This week’s resource shares podcast reflections from Amber Tamblyn, who recently authored a book on the connections between knowledge, the physical body, sensory experiences, emotions, gender, and knowing. This shows up on social movements, including the Me-Too Movement. It also shows up in friendships and relationships. Most importantly, and especially for survivors, these connections show up in our relationships with ourselves.
Almost anyone can describe ways that their “gut” shows up while making decisions or during hard times. Sometimes it’s a sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach when something goes wrong, or butterflies in your tummy when you’re nervous, or somersaults when you’re scared. Turns out, there are actually highly sophisticated nerve connections between your brain and your gut, and it’s not just about digestion!
This topic is especially relevant to many survivors of sexual violence. Many will struggle with being in their bodies, blaming their bodies, and reconnecting with their bodies in safe and healthy ways. If this is something you face, know that the violence was not your fault, and healing is always possible.
People (especially women, girls, and gender non conforming folks) have a long history of doubting, blaming, or criticizing body knowledge. Ideas shared in this podcast include building Trust your body and what it tells you through reflection on body connection. Other body wisdom practitioners suggest spending time in nature and using your body to experience that time. Main takeaway is to start small, and listen carefully. The power to heal is within you, and you’re never alone in figuring it out!
Resource of the week: (Podcast) Can you really trust your gut?