Witnessing this War can trigger us

Civilians shelter in a metro station in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in a photo taken by Victoria Vota. “We are trying to stay strong,” she said.

A follower responds: “I have been numb mostly for 5 days. The invasion of Ukraine pulled survival triggers. Looking back, I think I mostly disassociated, and watched, ready to go for cover. Regret is a really big one, I have stored many of those memories, and those all feel like a punch in the gut. Thank you Marty.”

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an airstrike hit an apartment complex in Chuhuiv.

My two cents: War and violence resemble the battle of our childhood, triggering our PTSD.

It is hard for us to see innocent people suffer, or be slaughtered.

We are helpless as we were in childhood, unable to alter their suffering.

Dissociating, leaving this present moment to ruminate in the past or predict the future is jet fuel for our mental disorder, Complex PTSD.

Be aware of this mechanism, focus on the senses, see, taste, touch, hear and smell your immediate environment without judgment.

Be an observer of your immediate existence, quiet the mind, slow the breath, narrow your focus, just be.

We feel danger when we witness violence and abuse.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rudid96 on March 1, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    I need to limit my exposure to the news. The feeling of being helpless in the face of human-to-human violence along with natural disasters is overwhelming. I stay aware but then turn it off. That’s part of my survival plan.

  2. Good for you

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