Over the last couple weeks the 1992 Bobby Brown song, Get Away, has been ringing in my mind. “I gotta get away, I gotta get away, I gotta get away.” It seemed that no matter where I turned or where I looked I was being triggered by things that were on the news, on social media, or the topics of discussion. I’ve noticed that a full spectrum of ideas and opinions often fail to exist (or at least be expressed) with many “hot button” topics and instead the majority of people fall at polar opposite sides. This polarity, along with the fact that many people are not listening to hear, but to gain ammunition to attack, makes for tense, emotional, and often very activating circumstances. And while escape was my primary desire, I fully understood that I couldn’t simply leave; and I know I am not alone in this experience.
On one hand, it would seem to be reasonable that people who are overwhelmed by current affairs could turn off the news, minimize their engagement on social media, and disengage from conversations, but there are numerous reasons people are hesitant to do those things. Whether their job puts them in constant contact with the happenings of the world or their own personal convictions and interests necessitate their constant involvement, people who fall on both sides and those who line the middle could benefit from respite and giving their minds and bodies rest from the continuous stimulation. What many people fail to understand is that the triggering that they are experiencing is not a cognitive experience, but first manifests in the body. Our historical experiences are being activated by current circumstances and causing many of us to go into Flight, Fight, Freeze, or Faint. This means that when we begin to communicate about the things that are happening around us, we are doing so from a survival perspective and not from logic or reason. Only when our brains experience safety can we access the thinking part of our brains.
So how can we experience safety during times of personal, professional, and political distress? We can create for ourselves a Secure Internal Space. I would like to offer you the opportunity to create an experience of safety and security in your mind that will be accessible to you at all times and can give your mind and body the escape they need to rest and recalibrate.