I discovered that cultivating joy can be helpful in trauma healing. Rather than waiting for joy to happen I create joy. Dancing, doing art, writing poetry are examples of some activities that allow me to surrender into joy. What about you?
In my earlier days of recovery sometimes even getting out of bed required so much from me. I decided to make it a practice called “taking a stand”. Swinging my legs over the bed I would softly encourage myself to take a stand for my healing. Then when I stood up I was intentional about it…making this movement count for personal power. After I stood, I took my time to acknowledge myself. Breathe. Ease into the day.
Nature is always a reliable healing presence for me.
I often include some reference to it in my writing.
Writing prompt: Complete this phrase “and I will”…..with a statement inspired by each of the four elements, one per line.
Earth, Water, Fire, Air.
Full permission for artistic interpretation! Would love to hear/see your poems.
I read and write poetry as a precious healing practice. Here the poet Billy Collins begins with a tongue-in-cheek statement, “The trouble with poetry is….” and then goes on to declare all the benefits and ways he is stretched. I completed the phrase and wrote these few lines to express my sentiments. Maybe you would like to use the same prompt.