This week in class, I shared with you notes I took while listening to my favorite therapist (I'm sure you all have a favorite therapist, too) Dr. Peter Levine. He's the "trauma therapist". Fun! I first learned about him in my @fireflyyogainternational yoga for trauma training. We talked about the idea of "titration" and I've loved that notion ever since. Read on if you're into that sort of thing or just admire this beautiful photo collage my brother made out of some photos we took together a few years ago in LA. I love you @gilmoredan.
Borrowed *part of* the idea from chemistry
Drop by drop combining of two intense energies to slowly transform them rather than a quick, haphazard combination and resulting explosion.
We use this idea of tapping into sensation slowly and safely in yoga. Go to an edge, look at it, live there, back off.
DR. LEVINES WORDS:
"Finding a way to touch into bodily experience in a way that was safe and that each time gave the person more of an island of safety, more of a sense that they had the capacity to defend themselves and to deal with these sensations so that they became less and less frightening. And sort of like, if you look at it this way, okay, (makes a fist) and as you loosen it slowly (opening his palm, beat by beat) then, where’s the trauma? (Palm is open, trauma has been let go).
And thats what I’ve been learning with my clients, if we could just touch and learn to befriend our body sensations, that was the key, BEFRIENDING our bodily sensations, then that let us develop this capacity of resilience, of confidence, and really even of joy. What I discovered, was that they would experience as a side effect, tremendous joy and peace. Because by liberating that energy and being able to live that energy, this is a tremendous gift.
In yoga, kundalini, we release this latent energy, and are able to transform it into potent ways. Use their trauma as strength. Redirect what was trapped. Surge of energy that we learn to touch to. Let it through our whole body experience, we come home to ourselves in a more complete way."