Walking Between Winds

Darling G. Villena-Mata (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 11. August 2020
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  • 344 Seiten
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Trauma-whether caused by society, family, or individual adverse experiences during childhood or adulthood-can affect our souls, our beliefs about ourselves, and cause us to create unhealthy coping strategies that limit our ability to live fully. But that trauma doesn't have to define us. Go from existing to living and become the trailblazer of your own life by learning how to walk between the winds of trauma and change, and transform them into life's adventures.

Beginning with revealing and understanding the roots and effects of trauma, author Darling Villena-Mata, PhD, guides readers through a holistic approach to healing and releasing traumatic energy from the body and soul. A unique how-to guide that incorporates instructional and storytelling narrative, thought-provoking questions, and poetry-all backed by scientific data-Walking Between Winds empowers those suffering from trauma to reclaim their lives.

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  • Englisch
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978-1-7350367-2-4 (9781735036724)
Darling G. Villena-Mata, Ph.D, writes with heart and expertise about traumas, grief, and paths toward healing into a more full and loving life. She explores how traumas and healing affects one's identity, safety, health, and how we experience love. She, personally, has experienced traumas, miracles, and transformations within herself, and has witnessed them in others. This book draws upon her work with groups and individuals, such as those affected by societal traumas, domestic violence, war trauma, as well as childhood abuse and other individual adverse experiences in one's life. Dr. Villena-Mata holds a Ph.D. in social psychology, with a focus on trauma and conflict resolution, and a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She has been an associate professor in psychology. Currently, she is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and advisor for individuals, groups and organizations. In her workshops and retreats, she integrates humor, breathwork and narrative re-authoring--to encourage the heart to open to the adventures that help us soar.


Chapter 1: Discrimination, Abuse, and Trauma

Chapter 2: Revisiting the Past While Remembering the Present

Chapter 3: Common Pain, Common Bridge: Adult Children of Alcoholics and Recipients of Societal Trauma

Chapter 4: Culturation Spectrum


Bicultural or Polycultural


Education and Ageism

What's in a Word?

Questions to Ask Yourself

Chapter 5: The Don't Rules



Trauma's Impact on "Being" and "Doing"

Family and Differences

Chapter 6 Discovering What Makes Us Who We Are

Area One: Who Am I?

Area Two: Who Are You?

Area Three: Who Do You Think We Are?

Area Four: Loving Differences, Hating Them

Being Ill-Mannered


Area Five: How Do I Talk to You?

Area Six: On the Bridge of Understanding

Chapter 7: What is in a Name?


Prelude: Stranger-Neighbor in Our Midst

Chapter 1: Our Bodies' Attempt to Keep Us Safe: Fight, Flight, Freeze

Field Generals

TMCS: Choosing Our Battles

The Reptilian in You

The Limbic System

"Outside" Energy-It May Not Be Yours

Chapter 2: Soul Retrieval and EMDR

Chapter 3: Trauma Stress Reactions - Normal Responses to an Abnormal World

Triggers: Incoming Threat, or Is It Memory?

Trauma Mechanisms and Coping Skills (TMCS) to the Rescue

Roles People Play: Adult Children of Abuse and Recipients of Societal Traumas

Chapter 4: Memory, Perception, and Trauma

Boundaries: Fences or Prison Walls

Boundary Creations, Self, and Trauma

Chapter 5: The Airplane Scenario

Chapter 6: Transgenerational Transmissions

Chapter 7: Revenge

Chapter 8: TMCS and Trauma - Fear and Safety Tools


Chapter 1: Sharing Your Heart: Being in the Present

Chapter 2: Realization of Trauma: Identity and Grief Process of Individuals and Groups

The Denier: Traumas Do Not Exist

Attitudes of a Person or Group in Denial

Victim-Ground Zero of Pain

Attitudes of a Person or Group in Victim Mode

Survivor-Learning to Cope, to Breathe


Chapter 3: A Wholistic Healing Approach for Those Experiencing Traumas

How Trauma Can Influence Grief and Identity


What Do You Keep? What Do You Fear?

Welcome or Beware

Crises, Addiction, and Grief

Meaning, Loss, and Investment

Chapter 4: Getting the Traumatic Energy Out of the Body

The Violence Within Us

SE and SER: Helping the Body Let Go


Hypnosis: Getting to the "Bottom Line"


Pain and Suffering: Separating the Twins

Breathing Life into Your Story

The Value of Body Positions

The Media: Leader in Healing, or Provider of Secondary Traumas?

Chapter 5: Ancestors' Legacy: Heritage and Healing

Transforming Time from Master to Servant

The Fear of the Oppressed: Honoring Differences

Chapter 6

Is It Me? Is the Trigger in Me?

Is It You? Are You Projecting onto Me?

Is It the Way We Communicate? Are Our Words Interfering?

Chapter 7: Time: Regaining More of our Humanity

Chapter 8: Retiring the TMCS - When Peace becomes "Familia"

Unhitching the Physical from the Trigger and Embracing the Dream

Chapter 9: Revisiting Faith and Beliefs - Finding a Bridge to Our Hearts

Redefining the Meaning and Traumas

Looking Below the Trauma Layers

Bien Educado-A Way of Living

"Storytelling" Our Own Lives

Chapter 10: Dreams


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