We have been doing the work of survival.
It makes sense we haven’t been in our body. Perspective is hard to find. We don’t recognize our experience because the meds are new and withdrawal is ongoing
So we injured the body twice. This fragile container is healing. We haven’t gone birdwatching for a few weeks. Haven’t gone for a walk in a few weeks. Mostly homebound like usual.
Haven’t seen T-3 in many weeks. We decided to stop meeting because we are so ill from meds and tired and the drive is almost 40 minutes each way.
But after we agreed to not meet, we decided to try again. To dig even deeper. To do the work.
We have fallen behind. We don’t meditate much. We dont use the body as much. We don’t cooperate. We don’t talk about things. We avoid therapy. We are surviving.
We need hospital but won’t go while our family is struggling due to pandemic.
Older Child has just days to decide whether to return to campus this fall or study online or some other option. Spouse and Older Child are very stressed about this decision
Younger Child is fearful of infecting us if high school resumes in person
We don’t fear things like that. We fear our trauma fears—not real life fears
We have come to some terms with losing ground during pandemic. We don’t see therapists in person. We aren’t alone any more. We are different now.
Once we can resume healing work—is every—we will begin where we are. This is acceptance. Creates less suffering than resisting what is true. AJ feels mad about our situation. But we need to preserve energy.
The new therapist we haven’t seen yet already canceled. Won’t take our insurance. So we have another appointment with another stranger just to see someone in person. We stopped seeing T-5, who was not a fit for us but was a live body to keep us trying to connect.
T-2 switched days we meet. T-3 switched days we meet. All of our plans are like confetti in the wind. Having expectations creates attachment to outcomes. This inevitably leads to suffering.
We need to lessen our suffering to keep doing this survival.
We have been spotting on Younger Child. Younger Child seems receptive. We are shifting our attitude from frustration and control to nurturing and acceptance. This seems healthier for everyone.
And still we suffer.
T-5 asked why we can’t be pleased with things like being closer with Younger Child.
The sexual abuse
It created expectations about what sensory experiences are. It was too much too soon in our life. And we are spoiled from it
Or some of us feel that way
We are very tired and disconnected. This is close to our best probably. We keep hanging on. It can always get worse. That’s what we prepare for inside. What we trained us to think we deserve. Joyless life of suffering living in excrement underground
We will keep going anyway