“Over. It’s over, she said. It was many years later when the quiet realization dawned on her. It’s over, her heart whispered.” – Lang Leav
PTSD is said to be a disorder of time and space – the nervous system becomes confused and reacts in the present as if it is the past – it is a confusion between the There & Then versus the Here & Now.
Some of the most practical skills I teach my clients involve actively grounding in the present and identifying concrete reminders of how Now is distinctly different from Then.
With these reminders, the nervous system begins to learn that it can stand down from it’s incessant guard – reassured and reminded that the danger of the past is over.
Thanks to @langleav for the beautiful original post!