The amount of upheaval and adaptation you have experienced in the last couple months is hard to see, let alone wrap your mind around. You may not realize how well or poorly you are doing now. This is normal. We are all anxious to feel safe and grounded in the “here and now”.
Dr. Grand’s talk has been very helpful for me to normalize a very abnormal time. He mentions that sight is usually our main tool to process information or distract ourselves which is why and how Brainspotting works so fast. It can be harder to process Covid-19 since it is invisible; we are hyper-hypervigilant about the unending uncertainty. It is a chance to deal with a double negative and be open to clarity in so much fuzziness.
These are the highlights/mantras below. I do better seeing in print, however auditory is here too.
Mantra #1: Time distortion is due to being in the subcortex of the brain.
Mantra #2: During this period of existential trauma, we may experience states such as dissociation, shut down, denial, and hyper-hyper vigilance.
Mantra #3: This existential trauma presses on the underlying traumas we are still processing from our childhoods.
Mantra #4: This is not the time to make big decisions.
Mantra #5: This is, however, a time to set your priorities. We are being forced to evaluate what is important and what is not important.
Mantra #6: We must slow down, be curious, and observe.
Mantra #7: We are safe in the present moment; we must bring ourselves back from ruminations about the past and worries about the future and focus on the here and now.
Mantra #8: In the present moment, allow uncertainty, be curious, and mindfully pay attention.
Mantra #9: If not now, when?
Mantra #10: A karmic “pause button” has been hit.
Mantra #11: In adversity, there is opportunity.
Mantra #12: Distractions are a good thing. Embrace hobbies, movies, cleaning, cooking, any other activity that focuses your attention. I will be out in the garden with my hubby this weekend.
Mantra #13: Stop and observe the majesty of nature
Mantra #14: Be generous to yourself
Mantra #15: Be generous to others
Mantra #16: We are in a major “reset” period as a paradigm shift occurs in the world. A foundational principle of Brainspotting, the Uncertainty principle, offers guidance on how we can move as gracefully as possible through this challenging period