Trauma, unfortunately, is everywhere. And there is something that happens to the brain when someone is severely traumatized. Now, it is widely accepted that the two hemispheres of the brain govern different functions: the right is in charge of creative processes and the left the more analytical and logical thinking. When something triggers a past trauma, the right works as it is while the left does not work as well. This means that the brain continues to tell stories about a past trauma, and it cannot distinguish that this belongs to the past and is not a current reality. This is why we may notice someone— even ourselves— reacting disproportionately to a situation. It is because we are not responding to the present moment, but digging up the wounds of the past and reacting to that.
There is a way out of the cycle of trauma, and our yoga and meditation practices are the tools. Our body, our breath, our awareness all teach us to ground in this present moment. This helps us understand that at this present moment, our past is not replaying. It belongs to the past, and the present is of a different time and different situation. Repeat these words to yourself: “I am safe. I am free from harm.” Notice if this is something easy for you to say, if this is something that rings true for you. You can remind yourself of this, to train yourself that regardless of the past that we can no longer change, the present is right in front of us. We do not have to fall victim to our past, be stuck in our past, or let our past hinder the freedom we have in the present.
May all of us heal from our traumas. May all be safe. May all be free from harm.