Lynn Fraser on the Body, the Mind and Trauma Recovery

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How the Body Can Help Heal the Mind

Research shows that the body stores memories of trauma. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest Lynn Fraser, author of Friends With Your Mind, talk about safely accessing those memories on the journey to recovery.

We need to find ways to feel safe and, when we do, then we can heal.
— Lynn Fraser

Show Notes:

When we experience trauma, the memories reside in the body, and when those memories are triggered, they surface as sensations. How we react to those feelings plays a role in our recovery. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Lynn Fraser, a Nova Scotia-based yoga and meditation teacher and author of Friends With Your Mind, about how trauma can disrupt your connection with your physical self, how you can restore that connection and further tune in to the wisdom of your body.

Listen and learn:

  • How we often misinterpret intense feelings

  • Why trauma needs to be healed through the body

  • What guided mindfulness inquiry is and how it can be helpful

  • Why connections with ourselves and others are important in healing trauma

  • Why we don’t always recognize that we have experienced trauma

  • Why children are so susceptible to trauma

  • How our flight/fight/freeze response colors how we react to trauma in the long term

  • Why we are often afraid to listen to our bodies

  • Simple techniques to help make traumatic memories more manageable

  • How tapping your forehead can help ground you in the moment

  • Why suppressing traumatic memories leads to exhaustion

  • The key question to ask yourself when you’re having an uncomfortable feeling

  • What “box breathing” is and how to use it

  • How “framing” images in your mind’s eye can decrease the intensity of a traumatic memory

  • How we can re-parent ourselves to get the emotional support we need


Learn More

> Lynn Fraser’s Stillpoint website

> Lynn Fraser Stillpoint online learning

> The Unfindable Inquiry: One Simple Tool to Overcome Feelings of Unworthiness and Find Inner Peace by Scott Kiloby

> Progression Counseling


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