What does the word ‘transform’ mean to you?
Perhaps it means to change, to grow, or to become something new and improved. The word means all of those things to me. I believe transformation is inevitable as we evolve. We all change with each passing day.
I had the privilege of reading and reviewing Dr. James Gordon’s The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, recently, and it’s a book I want to share with all of you.
Sadly, most people have had some form of trauma in their lives whether it be a loss of some sort, a breakup, abuse, neglect, an accident, an unwanted change, or a horrific experience that rattled their soul. The truth is, trauma is very common among all of us.
In my work as a counselor, almost every client I have worked with has some past trauma in need of resolution. They might not be aware of its lasting, destructive effects on their present relationships or situation, but it always surfaces in our counseling. Past trauma, until resolved, tends to weave itself into our lives through behavioral patterns, health woes, or in our limiting beliefs.
Trauma work is imperative if you want to achieve total wholeness and healing.
We Are All Human
Contrary to what some people think, counselors aren’t superhuman with life all figured out. We, too, have our own traumas and issues to work through. Having the courage to dig deep and let past hurts arise can be very uncomfortable, but there is something so cathartic and rewarding on the other side of those emotions that makes doing the work completely worth it.
No matter what your life trauma is that you want to release and move on from, I feel confident this book can help! And therapists, this is a book you’ll definitely want to read to help those you care about and work with.
What I liked about this book is that it offered practical, hands-on strategies to address your feelings. You can’t read this book and not walk away with tangible ways to cope with anger, grief, frustration, hurt, anxiety, and even feelings of depression.
If you’re willing to do the work and address your underlying emotions and beliefs, this book will really speak to you and transform your life.
The Mind-Body Connection
Dr. Gordon is a world-recognized authority in mind-body work and he founded The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. He encourages people to heal their psychological trauma to fully become who they were meant to be all along. His book offers step-by-step, evidence based strategies to heal psychological and biological damage that trauma can inflict.
Applying the Strategies to Myself
As I continue to figure out some of my own mysterious health ailments, such as this dang throat condition that I haven’t found answers to after 9 months (see my post here), I can’t help but wonder if it’s psychologically-based. With every symptom, I always want to rule out psychosomatic (psychologically induced) causes.
If it is something psychological behind your symptoms, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s just a clue that your mind is trying to tell your body that you have “stuff” to release and clear up. That’s why I have no shame sharing my health journey with all of you!
If you haven’t read my post on my favorite books of all time, check it out. Louise Hay, one of the authors I featured, believed that all physical bodily ailments were psychologically rooted. Our bodies keep track. When we experience trauma, our body holds onto it until conscious work is done to let it go.
Are You Ready to Heal?
So what can you do if you’re suffering from physical ailments, emotional distress, or want to release painful past memories?
- Read The Transformation and apply the strategies.
- Seek the help of a trusted therapist, clergy, family member, friend, or support group and start talking about what’s bothering you.
- Clean up your lifestyle and diet (focus on eating whole foods).
- Pick up a few self-help books and see what resonates with you. Your inner guide will always know what you need.
- Meditate every day, even if only for 5 minutes.
I hope you take the time to take care of you today! Check in with your body and your emotions and see what might need a little attention. Be kind, be gentle, and always, be sensitive with yourself.
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