Over the last year, I’ve been sharing how I worked through my past trauma and ways that others can start that journey as well. I’m here with Dr. Ariana Langdon, who is a Bastyr-educated naturopathic physician. She was raised in the Ukrainian area of Chicago where she learned plenty of street smarts by age nine. Later in life, her self-education continued with a four-year stint in Europe and Third World travel. Combine all of this with her work as an emergency room doctor for a number of years, and she was convinced of the deep connection between mental and physical trauma.
Today Dr. Ariana and I go deep on trauma recovery, the power of forgiveness, and how working through mental and emotional traumas can have a very physical effect on the body.
Episode Highlights With Ari Langdon
- Her story of working in the medical system and how this led her to work in trauma
- How she learned “you attract the type of patients that are perfect for you”
- The mental-emotional component of trauma
- How she learned to listen and be present to patients rather than imposing her opinions on the patient
- Ways to stay present and focus on self-reflection vs. projecting
- The ways “the body keeps the score” and underlying trauma can manifest in chronic disease and chronic pain
- Her tips for meditation and calm practices
- The importance of community and the effects of isolation
- Why we tend to isolate when we are dealing with tough things and how to move past that
- Tips to build communities of support as you work through trauma
- How the way we were parented affects our emotions as an adult
- What our childhood interactions with our parents can teach us about ourselves
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D
- Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David Hawkins
- Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly
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