Life is full of the unexpected. I was reminded of that last week. Planning on a getaway from the smoke that has preempted this summer, I headed an hour and a half north. I planned to be there for one week, Ashland, Oregon. I planned on enjoying good films, good food, the fun and creative shops, the beautiful park, meeting a friend for dinner and people-watching.
My first morning there, I woke in excruciating pain. This can’t be happening? I won’t go into the details…longish story short, I ended up in emergency twice and spent one overnight in the hospital. The whole odyssey was traumatic…and woven into this were miraculous encounters. I had to make some choices under duress and away from friends and what was familiar.
This unexpected turn of events left me reeling afterwards. I process things through body movement, massage, talking about the experience and through creativity. This wild piece came through to help me to work with my experience. The process continues as I integrate and heal.
What are your ways of dealing with trauma? The unexpected? Write down what supports you when you are rallying from an unexpected or traumatic experience.