Manage episode 286624582 series 1412085
In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, the topic is something that drives all of us, whether we like it or not: fear and trauma.
Tana Amen is just the right guest to talk about this subject. She’s a neurosurgical ICU trauma nurse, vice president of the Amen Clinics, a health and fitness expert and a New York Times best-selling author. She taken on these topics in her new book, “The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child: How Persistence, Grit, and Faith Created a Reluctant Healer.”
Tana defines trauma as any event or set of events that occurred in your life that:
- made you think the world was unsafe,
- broke your trust in people that you’re surrounded by, and
- really caused you to just not trust.
We’ve all experienced trauma to varying degrees, so in our conversation we unpack how to identify your responses and access your inner strength.
“When we don't heal from trauma, all of that energy is stuck, and it's focused on the wrong things,” Tana says. “You're stuck in this flight or fight thing. You're stuck in this mode of “I need to survive” as opposed to, "I need to just thrive and heal and live life." You can't do that. And that's one of the really big reasons to do it.”
Our conversation goes into how trauma impacts your brain function and your healing process. From your biology and psychology to your social circle and spiritual circle, every influence throughout your life can change that process.
"We are more beautiful, we are more complex, more interesting because of those broken pieces that we've mended back together and mends just like a scar,” Tana says. “You can be stronger because of that, as long as you heal it, as long as you allow it to set."
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