Trauma knows no time.
It freezes our brain
or makes us run away and flee all the time.
It makes us angry and we want to fight,
or we give in and please others as a way to escape.
Some of us nurture others without stopping,
all in an attempt to overcome trauma.
Yet trauma does not know time,
it gets us stuck,
or makes us repeat certain behaviors endlessly.
when we carefully invite the trauma into the present
we can begin to heal our brain,
we can stop running.
We can learn to calm our anger
and slow down.
We often discover
that underneath the numbness or anger
are unaddressed feelings of sadness, helplessness or fear.
As we engage our past trauma with compassion,
we can stop fighting,
and we learn to stop pleasing
or nurturing beyond our capacity.
Trauma knows no time,
but when we invite it into the present,
we have a better chance
at leaving it behind.