Recently I was asked by a new friend, Dawn Aegle, to update my article on releasing trauma to address those who have recently left a toxic relationship. See: To Release & to Grieve – Tackling the Trauma of a Toxic Relationship.
Working on this article got me thinking more about trauma and, serendipitously, a whole new concept came to my attention–using experiences of Awe to transform the patterns of stuck energy that lie at the core of PTSD and other manifestations of trauma.
Whether or not trauma is an issue in your life, I highly recommend this inspiring and informative video: How Awe Transforms the Body and Mind. Researcher Lani Shiota argues that “awe is a fundamental part of being human—making our bodies and minds more receptive to new information, new experiences, and life’s deeper meaning.”
Be sure to watch to the end of the program, especially if you are an artist or creative in any medium. Shiota’s stories about the power of the arts to invoke awe are particularly engaging.
The photo above is the awesome site I saw out my living room window on the first night in my new home.