In his book Waking the Tiger, Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing, shares this concept of the “trauma vortex.”
Like a tornado, it has the power to pull us into its chaos.
And when we haven’t done our own deep healing work, we tend to react to this pain and suffering in the world (and within ourselves) in one of two ways:
1) We get sucked in, overwhelmed, and potentially retraumatized.
2) We ignore their existence entirely, disconnecting from ourselves and the world.
Neither is helpful to us (or humanity) when utilized long-term. The good news is that there is a third option.
We have the power and choice to create our own “healing vortex.”
And that’s what we’ll be diving into today.
Here’s what I cover in this quick vlog:
- What the “trauma vortex” is and how it can impact our capacity to heal.
- What it will take for collective healing to happen on our planet. (Hint: you being here reading this is a great start!)
- How to strike a balance between acknowledging the pain and suffering in the world (and within ourselves) without getting overwhelmed by it or denying its existence entirely.
Here’s to your infinite capacity to heal!