Studies have found that practising these three pillars helps the different structures and functions of the brain to become more integrated.
And this integration in the brain helps our regulation and executive functioning, so we can live a life with positive emotions and not be taken over, in a non-regulated way, by painful, chaotic, or rigid states of mind.
3. Cultivate interconnectedness.
As well as an internal integrative healing process that helps us resolve trauma, we also need a relational integrative process that allows us to be differentiated. This enables us to feel that our own internal experience is heard, respected, and empathized with.
And then we need to be linked to other others, so we can become connected as a part of a larger whole. Many social injustices and environmental injustices lack acknowledgement of the reality of interconnection; that we each have a responsibility to support others—either individuals or collectives—experiencing these traumas.
For example, awareness of the importance of Black Lives Matter, of respecting women, and of respecting the environment is about interconnection. And if we can use the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic to ask, “How can we live a more interconnected life?” then we may be able to turn this painful time into a moment of discovering more integrative ways of living.
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Written by: Michelle McQuaid Originally appeared on Psychology Today Republished with permission