The Impact of Trauma on the Emotions with Kim Lipsman
“Trauma, I would define, is the inability to stay in the present.” Kim Lipsman
Emotions are wonderful nuggets of energy which rise up in response to an idea, thought, perception, or reaction. If, however, you are traumatized, these nuggets may proceed thought and/or direct it. Even more likely, is the chance you are separated from thought.
During my two years of solitude I worked with Kim, above, to restore my emotional self to a place of balance and trustworthiness. I relearned the nuances of emotion and came to fall in love, once again, with the miracle of self expression through emoting. I allowed myself to write poetry, paint and wallow in emotional states not from a place of judgment, but from a place of gratitude.
When is the last time you gave thanks for your ability to become angry, disgruntled, happy, frustrated or giddy? It is a wonderful practice. Catch an emotion rising up from within, name it and then with delight say “I love this feeling.” This freedom has allowed me the spaciousness to accept my emotional body, trust it, and know I am more than it, all at the same time.