Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Litany of Abuse

In a recent interview on Here And Now, Diana Nyad discussed the way that the litany of devaluation from her abuser became part of what she used and still uses against herself. As I listened, I couldn't help but nod, knowing all too well what this is like, and imagining hundreds of other listeners nodding along with me.

For all survivors of abuse, I imagine the devaluing casts the longest shadow and creates the largest challenge to reclaiming a healthy sense of self as we operate in daily life. How can we, as a society and as individuals, address this internal fracture? Mental health professionals and institutions seem to be all over the map on this, with little in the way of outcome-based solutions.

Yoga and meditation seem to get the best results across the board, but why? And how can we create more of what works into our world outside the ashram?