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If you've never heard of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) study, this is a must watch. It may help you to understand where physical and behavioral health issues such as shame and addiction often get started. "The good news is that positive supportive relationships at any stage of life can make a difference..." This is what Adversity 2 Awakening is all about. (Note: this video doesn't mention the "freeze" response, which is also hugely important!)
Why do Adversity 2 Awakening retreats use social processes like dyad meditations? Because science is showing that the best antidote to stress or trauma is safe social engagement. Dr. Stephen Porges, neuroscientist and creator of The Polyvagal Theory, talks to a group of mental health professionals about why this is so important.
Dr. Gabor Mate has worked extensively with addiction issues. Here he's talking about the importance of early attachment. This critical phase of development can impact many things: our ability to be mature in relationships, physical health, addictions, eating disorders, shame, and more. Fortunately, it is possible to heal these early wounds. This is why we use Dyad Contemplation in Adversity 2 Awakening retreats.
Here, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky talks about the opportunity of adversity. To most of us, it just makes sense that growing through challenges can lead to a greater quality of life in the long run. Now, there's science to back this up. SE™/Coaching and Adversity 2 Awakening retreats frame trauma within the possibility for self-transcendence.
Dr. Peter Levine, the creator of Somatic Experiencing®, has said;
"I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation.”
Adversity 2 Awakening retreats are trauma-informed and use dyad contemplation as a catalyst for awakening.