Addicted to Trauma – Learning to Let Go

I recently watched the movie Addicted, which is based upon the fiction book by Author Zane. Although both the book and movie contained a lot of sexual content, it wasn’t the graphic material that grabbed my attention. Instead, it was the underlying message about the role that trauma plays in our lives.

What is trauma?

Trauma simply refers to an injury.

The movie Addicted focused on emotional and psychological injuries as a result of a sexual trauma that occurred. Sexual traumas are estimated to impact about 10% of the population. However, trauma can also occur in other forms. Injuries can also be physical, emotional, or psychological in nature. And the number of individuals who will face some kind of trauma by young adulthood skyrockets to over 50%!

So half of us have experienced some kind of trauma, at some point in our lives. However, I would hazard to guess that many have never dealt with the pain, hurt, and suffering that resulted from the injury.

Most of us have found a way to create a life that allows us to side step and avoid the difficult situations that may annoy, frustrate, or trigger our old wounds.

However, you do have a choice… As Michael Singer states in the Untethered Soul: “you have to decide if you want to continue to walk around with stored pain blocking your heart and limiting your life”.

I want to remind you that you must choose to let the pain go so that you can become unblocked, no longer stuck in repeating familiar patterns and being triggered by predictable circumstances.

Here are a few quotes to inspire you to let go of the old injuries and allow true healing:

  • It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go – J. C. Watts, Politician
  • Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be – Joel Osteen, Preacher
  • Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today? – Mary Morrissey, Life Coach

Life According to Me,

Dr. Donna


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