The Core Of Recovery Is Self Awareness

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“At the core of recovery is self-awareness” (2014, van der Kolk, p. 210). Events during this packet provided me the opportunity to explore further in my yoga practice. I revisited the “Healing from Trauma” section of van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score, and peeked into the insights of B. K. S. Iyengar. As I explored my emotions and self-awareness through yoga postures, each movement and thought opened a door to the proactive exploration of my inner world. My practice of yoga brought me into a deeper awareness of my body and emotions, guided me through mindfulness and being present in the moment, and assisted me in coping with incredibly difficult situations and my own reactions.
I don’t know where he is. Do I call the police? Does he really mean it this time? No one else seems to think this is a big deal. He’s cried wolf before. He is hurting so much. He’s so angry. He won’t tell me where he is, but I need to help him. If I call the police, he will hate me. He won’t forgive me. I terrified for him, of losing him, of him thinking I don’t care. (October 2015, K. Toney, journal excerpt)
Somewhere in the middle of learning of my oldest son’s suicide threat and my frantic indecision, I stopped and carefully stepped into quiet series of yoga postures. Each movement, from mountain pose to downward dog to half-moon was laborious and uncomfortable. However, as I eased into the repetition of postures and focused on my breathing, I voiced my feelings. It was probably…

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