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“All our wisdom is stored in the trees.”

― Santosh Kalwar

Glencoe, The Highlands, Scotland

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25 Obvious & Non Obvious Self Care Issues – Complex Trauma Survivors Struggle With ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

Good stuff, this.

Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD


Self care is something spoken about a lot, and seems so very easy. Well, not to complex trauma survivors and in particular childhood complex trauma survivors.

I asked my Facebook community, what were their biggest self care issues, the were some of their responses, which express the obvious self care needs and the not so obvious self care needs, complex trauma survivors struggle with..

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It Was Like the Surface of the Moon


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It looks like
the surface
of the Moon,
he said.

after a bit of research
which is what I do
I would discover
that geologically
it was exactly
like the surface
of the Moon

The wind
on the Isle of Harris
was ferocious, wild, free
and sometimes cold
on which side
of the island
you found yourself

Other than the howling wind
and the cries of sheep
and the occasional sound
of tires on asphalt
it was utterly silent
forgotten, somehow

It was a place
that slipped
in and out
of time

I was never quite sure
which century I was in

I just knew
I was stripped bare
to nothing
but a wispy
kind of essence

The parts
that make up
the whole of me
the broken parts
the shining parts
the dark parts
the good parts
merged together
into someone
I decided
I quite liked
a whole someone

Sheep spoke to me
in magical sheep language
A stray cat wove in and out
of my jean clad legs

My camera poised
for that next shot,

I looked up
into laughing eyes
and remembered
how to smile

While ghosts
from long forgotten pasts
claimed me
as theirs

And in that moment
I became a daughter
of the islands

Anything is possible,
I thought,
on the surface of the Moon

Every breath
is a poem
Every vision
is a work of art
Every smile
is a sunrise
Every moment
is the start
of creation

I could never
quite remember
which century
I was in

I just knew
it was the start
or a continuation
of a forgotten poem
of a song
on the current

A gull shrieked
gliding on the wind
while the waves crashed
and the sheep spoke
and the cat fell in love
and so did I.

13 July 2017
Sussex Coast, England




“Get close to grass and you’ll see a star.” ~ Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun … Isle of Harris, Scotland

My eyes drop…

all it takes
is the brush of his fingertips
the side of my face

My eyes drop
and rise again
to meet his

I never
quite remember
what happens next…

8 July 2017