Do you have any New Year's resolutions? What do you think of the idea that it doesn't have to be something you start on day one and stick to every day? What if it could be a sure and steady and sustained resolution that results in you (and perhaps your part of the world?) being in a better place at the end of the year than at the beginning.
That's my kind of resolution. Besides, being the go slow girl (and proud of it), it's what works for me.
And that takes patience.
The kind of patience I have with myself as I radically redesign my website. I recently blogged about this pruning, which you can read about here.
And now I get to share the other part. Which just happens to tie into one of my New Year's resolutions.
First, as a quick reminder, this year I finished six and a half years of trauma recovery therapy with Candy, my at-the-time therapist, who has been certified in Somatic Experiencing for well over twenty years. The basic premise with this modality is that the body holds energy trapped during trauma (emotional overwhelm). The body (Somatic) and the central nervous system are able to very slowly (repeat very slowly) release that trapped energy (Experiencing) during therapy. That's it in a nano-nutshell. This short video that Candy and I created in summer of 2016 does a great job of introducing Trauma and Somatic Experiencing. FYI, gswoj stands for go slow woman on a journey.
The stuff I took off the website - poetry, memoir, mandalas, journal excerpts and illustrations - was created during my trauma recovery, and it's still very much around as an expression of my healing. Much of it will find its way into a book that Candy, now my life coach and collaborator, are co-authoring.
A book! One of my New Year's Resolutions!
Candy and I actually started on the book back in late 2014, when we agreed the overall structure, milestones, and story telling approach. We both felt a passion (I had a fire in my belly!) to get the word out about Somatic Experiencing as a very effective treatment modality for trauma recovery.
Do you ever feel like you're ready for something and you find out that life has different plans? This reminds me of the old joke: Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.
Sidetracked for almost two years with mysterious, repeated and prolonged medical and surgical circumstances, I kept trusting that what was going on with my body was part of a much larger healing path. Somatic, after all, basically means related to the body, and removal of 7 organs over that period of time was certainly a sort of releasing.
Thankfully, the fire in my belly was not removed.
Candy and I were able to resume our efforts recently. Today the framework, Introduction, and Chapter One are in the hands of my editor for review. Our working title is From Fear to Love: One Woman's Courageous Journey Through Trauma Recovery.
I am now patting myself on the back for meeting an important end of 2016 goal. Well done us!
When you undertake a project about which you are really pumped, how do you describe that to someone else?
Let me try: I'm thrilled and energized about how we're manifesting this book and who it will serve.
First, the framework includes three major sections I intuitively understood and named way back in 2008:
- Discovery - learning what needs healing
- Uncovery - getting to the bottom of my wounding
- Recovery- integrating healing and new truths into my life
Within each section, each chapter has its own framework:
- I tell my portion of the story in first person, present tense.
- Candy tells her portion related to my story in first person past tense.
- We include photos of my journal entries and illustrations and paintings as relevant.
- We wrap up with a summary and resources (as well as at the end of the book).
Next, the answer to a very important question. Because we can talk and write all we want and if it isn't relevant and doesn't serve, what’s the point?
I believe with all my heart that this book will inspire, heal, empower and help these people and more:
- Therapists who want to learn more about trauma and Somatic Experiencing in particular
- Therapists who are already certified in Somatic Experiencing
- MDs, PhDs and researchers who focus on neurobiophysiology and psychosomatic neurology
- Behavioral science students, social workers, psych nurses, doctors, practitioners and other clinicians
- Motivational and metaphysical speakers and writers
- People who know they are trauma survivors and want some point of reference and/or direction
- People who struggle with life and don't understand why
- People who live with PTSD, anxiety and/or depression, who are or are not in therapy
- People who are in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and/or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) who aren't getting better.
- The families and loved ones of the people above
Anyone wondering why we are doing this?
The answer is simple. My heart and the fire in my belly keeps telling me to get the word out about Somatic Experiencing.
And it's ok if we work on it all year long.
Go slow and prosper!