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Episode 3: Trauma & Hope

In this episode, we focus on trauma, including definitions, how it effects us, and how it effects our brain & levels of stress.  We talked about how to "ground" using your senses (what you see, taste, smell, touch, hear), and how paying attention to 3 or more of your sense can help anxiety symptoms.  
Neuroscience is proving now what Jesus told us:  Prayer brings us healing.  
We reviewed PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) vs. how we respond to traumatic events in a normal way.  Trauma symptoms are connected to memory, and how our brain helps us to make sense of memories.  Parts of the brain tied to trauma: amygdala and hippocampus, inside of the limbic system of the brain.  As we pray and meditate on scripture, we can change how our brain responds to past trauma, & reduce our stress hormones that flood our body (cortisol & adrenaline).
Brandon talked about how the bible is FULL of trauma & people who experienced traumatic events.  Cain & Abel, war, rape, Paul seeing many people murdered.  Jesus experienced His own trauma, stress, & redemption. The Parable of the Two Sons (or the Prodigal Son), which points to us using moralism or hedonism to deal with difficult things in our lives. 
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Breath Prayer

  1. Close your eyes and recall the line “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Be still, calm, peaceful, open to the presence of God.
  2. With your eyes closed, imagine that God is calling you by name. Imagine that God is actually asking, “(Your name) what do you want? Like the blind man on the road to Jericho, Jesus kindly looks you in the eyes and asks, “What do you want from me?”
  3. Give God a simple and direct answer that comes honestly from your heart. Write down the answer. If you have more than one answer, write them down. Your answer may be one word such as peace or love or help. It may be several words or a phrase such as “feel your presence” or “lead me into life.” Whatever your answers, they are the foundation of your breath prayer.
  4. Select the name that you are most comfortable using to speak with God. Combine it with your written answer to the question God asked you. This is your prayer.
  5. Breathe in the first phrase/word (generally your invocation of God’s name) and breathe out the second phrase/word (request or need).