As a culture, we learned to believe our rational minds take precedence when we need to decide on something. The decisions we need to make include things like what to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner or when we are buying a home. But what about those moments when things don’t feel right? Those moments we have a gut feeling, an instinct, hunch or premonition about something? We all experience such feelings or intuition at times in our lives. It is a deep feeling that we carry inside. Sometimes we shrug off the feeling while other times we take steps.
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Our mind is what tells our body what to do. When our mind moves, our body moves. In fact, what is in our mind can be exhibited outwardly by our body. For example, when you are sad, your shoulders may slump and you may move more slowly.
Did you know that this great mind of ours is split into two parts? It sure is – the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Think of it as if there is an invisible line separating your mind into these two parts. Each part has its own characteristics.
“Wow! I didn’t expect this place to be so crowded.” My longtime friend Naya and I were leaning near the bar, she in her high top leather boots, leggings, and faux fur vest and I in my new black pants with textured top. She handed me a glass of champagne and raised hers with a sheepish smile, “Happy 50th!”
As she left to find the bartender to get another round I heard a voice above the noise of the bar. "Look at that chick, is she hot or what? Check out at that body!” I then hear a female voice say, “Forget about it she has got a ring on her finger.” “I don’t care what she has on her finger, [calmly].” He shouts back, “I’m going for it.”
Trust and trauma
We know how important trust is to build and nurture important relationships. But for survivors of trauma, it’s even more challenging, because usually, someone in our life has broken that trust by betraying or hurting us.
And it’s not only trusting those around us that proves to be difficult, it’s also learning to trust ourselves and put faith in our ability to make the right decisions. We find that we blame ourselves and set borders and boundaries if others violate our trust.