Fox News Interview: Post-Traumatic Stress Surrounding 9-11 Anniversary
On Tuesday September 6, 2011 Fox News invited me to speak about post-traumatic stress surrounding the anniversary of the tragic attacks from 9/11/2001. This weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks and I wanted to share this interview with you all.
The Fox News reporter wanted to know why and how the attacks still have such a deep impact on us, and how to cope with the pain of our memory from 9-11-2001.
I replied with the importance of acknowledging just how huge this trauma was for our Nation. We should talk about it with one another openly, we should think about it and use tools like journal writing. We can and should reach out to our pastors and therapists. People can also take advantage of tools to process trauma. I talked about meditation as a tool settle down the nervous system and really help to process these deeper impressions of heart and mind.
The video below is about 6 minutes long. Click the play button below to watch the interview:
The Fox news reporter asked me a very great question about when to turn away from the media and imagery that would most certainly accompany the anniversary of 9-11. After a certain point, exposing ourselves to this imagery is really just creating more stress by rehearsing the trauma. The repeated exposure can create more nervousness, and more fear. Instead of rehearsing trauma we can remember the tragedy in different ways. We can think about it ourselves and ask ourselves powerful questions such as: What have we learned from the 9-11 attacks? How have we grown as a nation? Have we grown stronger? This type of honest inquiry restores a sense of stability, strength and resiliency without rehearsing this traumatic stress, again and again.
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Wishing you Light and Transcendence,