Excerpted from Feel to Heal: Releasing Trauma Through Body Awareness and Breathwork Practice
By Giten Tonkov
Pretty much everyone pushes back anxieties, fears, and worries, trying to focus on work and dinner and getting kids off to school. And even when we’re not actively engaging in our trauma, we still inadvertently, unintentionally pass it on to our children. With trauma release, we can truly accomplish what we are consciously or unconsciously trying to accomplish through repression. When we “ignore,” push away, or numb our feelings, we almost will the feelings to disappear. Of course they don’t, but for a moment, we feel rid of them. On the other hand, when trauma is actually cleaned out of our bodies, it really does leave us. We really do feel different. In the process, we also lift the cloud from the shoulders of our children. And, miraculously, when we release our own tension, somehow the worries of our parents are reduced. Just try it and see. When a son or grandson, daughter or granddaughter, successfully shakes free of past agony, something shifts in the elders. Our positive efforts actually impact the past. This means that we are able to cease carrying anger, resentment, injury, illness, and fear for ourselves and our ancestors, and we remove from our children the burden of carrying our troubles into the future.