For many of us, the body doesn’t feel like a safe place, or parts of the body don’t feel like a safe place. Surviving and healing trauma is held in the body. And as we’re paying attention to the body, memories come up, and a lot of memories for most people are associated with one of our least favorite emotions, which is shame. Living in a female body is associated with a lot of shame or shaming in our society. So as we explore, I will invite you all (not just those who identify as female) to think about the messages you heard as a child about your body and who you are.
Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD is a former physician, Dharma and mindfulness teacher. She is the author of "Outsmart Your Pain - Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind" and co-author of “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness”.