I have come to think of all of the challenges life brings as opportunities for growth. We don’t always love our “opportunities,” nor do we always love our teachers. However, if we think of life as what I call a “spiritual gymnasium,” we know that our challenges are the resistance training program we bought a membership for when we came to life here on planet earth. When these challenges involve emotional hurts, betrayals, trauma, and abuse, I call them “sacred wounds.” … [Read more...] about Are You A Lightning Rod For Sacred Wounds?
This week I had the opportunity to see Mean Girls the Musical in New York City. Because I love anything Tina Fey does, I fully expected to like it. I was wrong; I LOVED it. It contained the themes from her blockbuster movie of the same name: human sexuality, bullying, hierarchical structures of the animal kingdom, and the possibility that people can change. … [Read more...] about Mean Girls: Female Aggression Takes on New Forms in Adulthood
Have you had trauma in your childhood? I'm Dr. Keesha Ewers. I help people understand the meaning of trauma, and the impact that it has on your adult life. One of the things that people say to me is "No, I didn't have any trauma. I had a really good childhood." I would like you to understand that everybody has had trauma; it just depends on where your bar is set. You can have capital-T trauma, or you can have lower-case-t trauma. Capital-T trauma is going to be sexual abuse, domestic violence, physical, psychological, verbal abuse, neglect; all the scenarios that were described in the adverse childhood experiences study that was done between 1995 and 1997 that I wrote about it in my book, “Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle.” The lower-case-t traumas, are going to be situations like failing a test, getting picked last for the baseball team, having a set of friends on the playground one day and then having them all turn against you the next day, being in a motor vehicle … [Read more...] about The Impact on Your Health from Stressful Childhood Events.