navigating PTSD healing
“Practice letting thoughts not only come but go. Think “Weeds in the garden” and let the thought, the sting, the command, the demand, the big drama around weeds just evaporate. Don’t give a billion of your stray neurons even a nanosecond to join hands and create the mischief of a guilt trip.”

For this week’s exercise, I’ve chosen to engage in the practice of releasing thoughts that do not serve my well-being. Throughout my journey in navigating PTSD, I’ve discovered the importance of daily rituals in managing symptoms, particularly those associated with ruminating on negative thoughts. My explorations have led me to experiment with various techniques, including affirmational repetitions like “cancel cancel” and the practice of forgiveness—both towards others and myself. This process of release, entrusted to a higher spiritual understanding, has become a cornerstone of my healing journey.

The complexity and capacity of the human brain have always fascinated me and learning about our 86 billion neurons was particularly enlightening. I am drawn to the idea of not squandering or ‘sharing’ these precious neurons on fear, desire, or negative thought patterns. Instead, I like your view of these thoughts as “weeds in the garden,” a perspective that not only diminishes their importance but also empowers me to let them go with ease. This approach prevents them from taking root and impacting my emotional well-being.

My deep dive into the intricacies of the brain has been crucial for my transformation, offering a fresh lens through which to view my mental and emotional landscape. By perceiving the brain as a biological computer responsible for the ‘zigs’ and ‘zags’ of my emotions, I’ve adopted an observer’s stance. This detachment enables me to endure discomfort, grounded in the knowledge that emotions are fleeting—simply energy in motion.

I also identify with the snow globe analogy you presented, utilizing it to illustrate concepts of calmness and emotional turmoil. I also use this visual when working with other suicide survivors. This analogy effectively conveys how traumatic events can disrupt our neural “wiring” but also emphasizes the brain’s malleability. Thanks to neuroplasticity, we can forge new neural pathways, fostering hope for a transition into post-traumatic growth. This growth heralds a resurgence of purpose, inspiring our lives to be filled with creativity, awe, and gratitude.

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