- 06/05/2017Some of my story I shared with an on-line magazinePublic Life, Private Pain - Leckey Harrison | At the Ready Magazine - A Magazine for First Responderswww.atthereadymag.com Calls involving kids are the hardest. The one that brought me to my knees involved the death of Zippy, a nine-year-old girl I knew, on Christmas Day in 2011. I’d been a firefighter and EMT for 11 years and had been to many accident scenes like hers....
- 02/05/2017Not quite what I experienced. We were often the ones that put them in an ambulance for delivery to the hospital.
I love the juxtaposition. I can feel it to this day. It is why sleep was so hard to come by.A Trauma Nurse Reflects On 'Compassion Fatigue'www.npr.org Years of treating grievously injured people starts to wear on a person, a trauma nurse in Minneapolis says. She explores "compassion fatigue" in a semi-autobiographical...
- 01/05/2017New blog post!Ancient brain, modern worldraiseyourresilience.com We just aren’t fast enough. In terms of evolution, we’re far more like a tortoise—one of those really old ones—than a cheetah. In his book The Perfect Health Diet (pages 5-6), Paul Jannet, PhD, says it would take approximately 200,000 years...
- 01/05/2017A little spot I did for Sheree.Author Sheree Darienwww.facebook.com Courageous Conversations with Sheree is going LIVE with Special Guest Retired South Whidbey Firefighter/EMT Leckley Harrison and Founder of Raise Your Resilience. Watch and listen as he shares...
- 28/04/2017A couple things we love about TRE:
1) It's natural. No drugs. No devices. It's built right in to every body.
2) It's self-healing. It's self-empowering. It is self-discovery.
Our next workshop on Whidbey Island. It can also be learned via video sessions.Learn natural self-healing for anxiety, stress, and traumawww.eventbrite.com Nature provides a powerful resource that enables us to heal our own anxiety, stress, and trauma, but we don't harness it because we don't recognize it. In this workshop, you'll learn to start, stop, and self-regulate a natural healing response that...
- 25/04/2017I was just a volunteer, so the bad stuff wasn't day in day out. I had my share though. Aside from car accidents that killed and maimed people, the host of other carnage calls. My Perfect Storm resulted in the birth of being born, and from that Raise Your Resilience, LLC.
I was able to cure my PTSD, and now we offer free help to emergency responders where we live. As I've watched since 2013, the numbers of posts about emergency responder and veteran mental health and suicide have increased. That's why we exist.
If you want to talk about how you can naturally release stress and heal trauma, including secondary trauma (without talking about it), let me know. If you suffer, make the move to get help. I did. Well, that's not true. I broke right on a scene. My choice was to not stuff it. That was my move. I've been helping people save their lives since.Whidbey CareNetwww.whidbeycarenet.org Helping emergency responders heal body and...
- 21/04/2017Newest post at LinkedIn.Always bring your "A" gamewww.linkedin.com Today I sit here after my krav maga class last night, as usual after a class: still waking up, and sore. It reminds me of my days of being...
- 16/04/2017There is a lot here! I was tracking relative to childhood neglect and trauma: "pain" as Gabor Maté might say it. I look at "numbing" that way, and then the outflow: addiction, medicated (overlap between the two), obese (stress/insulin/inflammation/diet relationship), in debt, and busy. I have lived what she says here: "We keep busy because if we stop we're afraid our lives are going to catch up with us."
Using TRE I came out of the numbness of freeze and back into myself. Back into that root of joy, and love, back into experiencing incidental disappointment, rather than a lifestyle of it. Incidental anger, sadness, regret. There is great strength in being vulnerable; great freedom.The price of invulnerability: Brené Brown at TEDxKC TEDxKC talk synopsis: In our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet...
- 14/04/2017"The quality and stability of a child’s human relationships
in the early years lay the foundation for a wide
range of later developmental outcomes that really
matter – self-confidence and sound mental
health, motivation to learn, achievement in
school and later in life, the ability to control aggressive
impulses and resolve conflicts in nonviolent
ways, knowing the difference between
right and wrong, having the capacity to develop
and sustain casual friendships and intimate relationships,
and ultimately to be a successful
parent oneself." -
What do you suppose the out come is if the quality and stability don't exist?Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationshipsdevelopingchild.harvard.edu An environment of relationships is crucial for the development of a child’s brain architecture, which lays the foundation for later developmental...
- 13/04/2017"A society that generates pathology."
Think about that in terms of resistance.Gabor Mate – CRAZYWISE Expert Interview Physician Dr. Gabor Mate began his interview by addressing the 'myth of normal' that divides us into the normal and the abnormal with pathological traits....
- 13/04/2017Yea, this has been pretty much silenced. Had he been Muslim? Ironically, he claimed his wife's presence was disarming.
Beyond all that, is the trauma of this event. They are like ripples on the pond, spreading in circles. I could conservatively estimate that 1000 were directly affected by secondary trauma by this event.
Hurt people (and hurt doesn't recognize faith), hurt people. It's why I do what I do: teach hurt people how to be healed people.San Bernardino Shooter Was A Christian Pastorwww.patheos.com The San Bernardino Shooter was an outspoken Christian pastor, but most mainstream media accounts ignore this part of the story because it doesn’t fit the established...
- 23/03/2017To me this means there is a lot of work to be done. Notice the causes primarily: "diseases of despair." I know TRE® is a good tool for this even though we don't market it that way. I'm in that group with the highest death rate. I don't have despair though. I hit my bottom in 2011, didn't learn TRE until fall 2013. I now have purpose, connection, and pleasure. That heart disease that the article mentions? Pin that one on stress. My BP has dropped to within normal ranges and I quit taking the meds for it back in 2014. I found my purpose and connectivity possible because of released trauma. I can live in my own skin (rather nicely, thank you), and my health is improved because I down regulated my nervous system and I'm far more active now. .Death Rates Rise for Wide Swath of White Adults, Study Findswww.wsj.com In 2015, two economists published a landmark paper showing that mortality was rising for white middle-aged Americans after decades of decline. Now a new analysis from the same pair paints an even bleaker...
- Producer22/03/2017Do not try this on the streetEver been grabbed suddenly? Experienced a blind side attack? My only experience is in my self-defense class, where we learn to keep our head on a swivel so we can in fact drop the odds of that happening to us. However, I am a white male. At the very...
Comments22/03/2017 #2 Leckey Harrison#1 Hi Claire!
Thanks, and thanks for engaging.
Unfortunately, it says that for now our world is a dangerous place. My very short answer is this: the world does not yet heal it's trauma effectively, so the world has a lot of hurt people in it. From their childhoods. Hurt people, hurt people, and the cycle continues. I believe that the paradigm shift has begun though, and this sort of readiness is part of that. I could speculate, but that would get into a very long answer....22/03/2017 #1 Claire L CardwellLeckey - great article. At school we had self defense training. We practiced and practiced until it felt natural. I had first cause to use it about 10 years later. Very effective and it has been ever since. Despite all of this, what does it say about our society when vulnerable people - especially women and girls have to walk down the street on the alert with keys bunched between their fingers?
- 20/03/2017My story in short.
- 18/03/2017Childhood pain/stress/trauma adaptive behaviors illness later on. TRE® (Tension and trauma releasing exercises) can help. They did for me.The Need For Authenticity - Gabor Mate Original Video Published on scienceandnonduality Youtube Channel. Gabor Maté, When The Body Says No: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress- Disease Connection Non...
Comments20/03/2017 #1 Leckey HarrisonPosting again with a great synopsis from my friend and colleague in Australia:
"A great 20 minute talk, outlining how we disconnect from ourselves and our authenticity when young in order to maintain attachment and how this plays out in ill-health and disease later in life . This for me is the real essence of what TRE and our tremor reflex offers us over the long term, the chance to grow more fully connected, embodied and authentic within ourselves. My only addition to this talk would be to emphasize that emotions are literally about movement, not just staying still and allowing in or pushing away but actually moving towards and away. We don't just suppress emotion, we suppress the movement those emotions were fueling and this is why the restoration of our bodies innate neurogenic movement is so beneficial. Thankfully the polyvagal theory, my own personal experience and David Berceli's constant reminder that safety is in the body, underneath our habitual defensive responses helps me to keep tremoring onward and inward."
I can echo his experience, and the nature of what we teach: the release of TRE that creates the possibility of an embodied fullness.
- 17/03/2017A short version of the neurology of how TRE® (the modailty I teach), works.TRE: A condensed explanation This video attempts to explain the hypothetical process of the tremor mechanism in the TRE process. It brings together several complex components into a...
- 10/03/2017There is some interesting aspects brought out early in this video. First, the aspect of movement brought up by Porges. This speaks to the already lost movement of hunter/gatherers that our neural system had for almost 200,000 years. I would say look at these kids. Does this look like a poor school to you? This is the future. Disconnected from themselves in terms of movement and play, and each other because the interaction is with a device. Not to say this is an all day thing. It is however, already manifested in "tech neck." TRE can speak to this by creating the capacity to and restoring the vagal tone that desires face to face connection. It also brings about self-regulation as a way of life, meaning we can gut used to that desire for being outside, being connected, and being able to moderate our activities to meet our own needs.Stephen Porges on the Causes of Distorted Social Engagement In this clip from his Keynote address at the 2016 Networker Symposium, "The Science of Therapeutic Attachment," Stephen Porges explains why the fabric of...
- 08/03/2017An excellent primer. This explains our Krav Maga lesson 6 taught at Armstrong's Taekwondo-Krav Maga. That lesson was on psychological reactions to a violent encounter.
Notice also that Porges says much of our physical disease is that of the autonomic nervous system, which he touches on at the very end.
Tremoring corrects a lot of these maladies: it will restore the vagal tone, which in turn restores the "rest and digest" program, which down-regulates the activity above the diaphragm, and up-regulates the the activity below it. It has demonstrated clear effects on those related illnesses.
I love this stuff!Stephen Porges - Polyvagal Theory: how your body makes the decision Im Gespräch mit Dr. Gunther Schmidt erläutert Prof. Stephen Porges, Begründer der polyvagal Theorie, seinen wissenschaftlichen Ansatz. Gemeinsam diskutieren...
Comments08/03/2017 #2 Leckey Harrison#1 Very true. If the SYS is on all the time, really the damage done is amazing. The little capillaries at the smallest branches where they branch are damaged, they they scar, and then on the large scale, the blood comes back into your heart slamming into the heart wall that gets thicker, and those little damaged capillaries happen to be the ones that feed the heart muscle itself from the outside and soon enough, they fail, and then it fails. The whole time the person has high blood pressure. Add a crappy diet and.....08/03/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThis is such a great little talk!
This fits right in with current research that attributes heart attacks to ANS dysfunction. "a deficiency in the parasympathetic nervous system" If we think about it we are aware of the personality that is prone to having a heart attack - someone in the throes of intense sympathetic responses
- 07/03/2017"Trauma is not an external event, it's an internal dynamic - it's what happens inside you as a result of the event. Trauma is the loss of connection to the self - to your body, your emotions, and your essence." - Gabor Maté
I agree completely. Inside you not meaning inside your brain. It means your body as well. It accumulates, as does chronic stress that becomes traumatizing to the organism, hence, traumatic stress. Trauma can be healed.
- 02/03/2017It works in Australia, and it works here. This is what I teach, and it is amazingly powerful. It cured my PTSD, and with a little re-patterning, my C-PTSD. That means it released the anxiety, the dissociation, the flashbacks, the hyper-vigilance, the emotional numbness.
Think of the stress of childhood abuse/neglect, domestic violence, secondary trauma, car accidents war, natural disaster, atrocities, criminal acts. TRE® will help immensely. "no drugs, no hospitals, no positive thinking," and no appointments.Shaking all over - the stress therapy treatment causing tremorswww.abc.net.au It's a free medical treatment that could revolutionise stress and trauma treatment, and reduce the $7b in annual spending on mental health in Australia. And now one Wollongong GP wants to shake us into thinking about...
- 27/02/2017If trauma or stress are the problem, your body already has the mechanism to release and/or heal it. TRE is a tool you can use to release it, to heal the trauma, and re-organize the body. Stress definitely becomes physical. It indeed, is primarily so.
- ProducerRenewed Perception This week I was honored to attend an interesting mindfulness workshop provided by Patrick Poedts. It was a beautiful experience. In every way. Not only because of the gift, expertise and life experience of Patrick to make us feel at ease, and to...
Comments08/03/2017 #40 Laura MikolaitisGreat blog, @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.. Thank you for sharing your experience and for drawing me into mindfulness. I don't believe it is a coincidence that I am reading this today after having mindfulness mentioned to me in the past 24 hours after publishing a poem that I wrote. Your post gave me pause to reflect on how and where my best mindfulness occurs. It's usually on my evening workout where I traverse the terrain for about 2 miles. The fresh air is rejuvenating and freeing simultaneously. It enables me to decompress, destress and find a bit of balance. I definitely notice the difference when it is absent from my routine as my mind is more cluttered and my thoughts more anxious. But I also find my zen in writing and in the uninhibited laughter I experience with my friends and family. I get wanting to "empty" your brain. There have been nights where my mind doesn't turn off and it does cause restlessness. That's when I am slowly learning to pick up a book, read, and relax. It seems to be working and I need to practice it more. Thank you for sharing this and for opening your thoughts to us.28/02/2017 #39 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#38 thank you @Javier 🐝 beBee, my pleasure! Have a great beBee day!27/02/2017 #38 Javier 🐝 beBee@Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc., thanks so much for sharing your positive experience ! Your buzzes are always much appreciated !26/02/2017 #37 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#36 thank you @Sara Jacobovici I appreciate you. What a beautiful comment, thank you.25/02/2017 #36 Sara JacoboviciThank you @Ken Boddie for bringing @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. buzz to my attention. I appreciate your writing about your experience Liesbeth and most importantly, about your insight into your learning: "This week I learned how each human being has a story to tell. A touching story that can be so different from what we would expect at first glance." A true call to action to be mindful and open to each individual being as unique as their story, one that we need to wait to hear first, before we make up our own about them.25/02/2017 #35 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#27 @David B. Grinberg, thank you for your comments and question. Belgium is my home country, it is a great place with wonderful regions and people, good points and less attractive ones, as everywhere. What currently keeps me here, is my close family. On the other hand as I spend 9 years abroad a part of me would love to continue my career in an English speaking environment. The future is in the making.25/02/2017 #34 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#23 Queen bee @🐝 Fatima G. Williams love your contribution - a beautiful present - thank you.25/02/2017 #33 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#25 @Kevin Baker your comments are always a pleasure to read. Deep and wise. Thank you.25/02/2017 #30 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#29 helpful comments @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, we recognise this, it is good to share our experiences and viewpoints.25/02/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a lovely blog @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.. I think it's cool that you were able to attend a seminar on mindfulness. I think for myself, mindfulness comes to me in different forms. Music takes my mind on a journey that is hard to describe, the scents of the woods after the rain, flower gardens, and I can't leave out my photography. Photography takes me away from all of life's stressors and it brings to life different senses when I upload, view and many times edit. As for people, I have to say I really try to keep in mind that everyone has struggles we don't know about. I find it's easier for some to share their struggles and for others- it may be way too painful or they are just that private. I try to remember that say the clerk who is waiting on me in a store and might be cranky towards me really isn't angry with me, maybe someone ahead of me gave her a hard time, maybe she has a sick loved one at home she's worried about and on the list could go. When someone is mean to me (if it's not too crude lol) I honestly try hard to say something nice to them and people would be surprised how many people seem to smile after they realize others do care. It's great to be mindful of others too. Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie!25/02/2017 #28 Preston 🐝 Vander VenThanks @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. and @🐝 Fatima G. Williams. I am glad you enjoyed my view.24/02/2017 #23 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsLet's take off and renew our perception. What a lovely buzz @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
The experiences you share are very interesting. Awakening our senses to connect with our thoughts is an art everyone needs to master. When our senses are fully awake ! Perception renewed!24/02/2017 #22 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.@Praveen Raj Gullepalli, that is very insightful, very well elaborated, thank you!24/02/2017 #21 Praveen Raj Gullepalli@Ken Boddie thanks for the tag. Now I need to get a cat outta the bag;) I have had my share of silence, i must now exercise some poetic licence;)
Allow me a few words on awareness and mindfulness. Awareness is the door, for perception to receive its guests - the sensations, courtesy the senses. Meditation is the stilling of the senses - in a neutral, quiet environment, that automatically clears the mind of its thoughts. You are then aware of only being aware. An emptied / empty mind is a great medium, primed for the highest perception the moment our senses are deployed through acts of intense concentration. Concentration is often done to visualise something when it is not accompanied by physical action. When you visualise with the greatest of clarity and detail, you create. You enable the thought to become a thing. You materialise that into your life in just a matter of some time. But then again, going back, Awareness is always the first condition. The more aware / mindful you are, the higher the quality of meditation or concentration, and the greater the success. ;)
- 19/02/2017I proudly call this woman my trainer. In this video shot in LA, she discusses some tools to help down regulate the fight/flight/freeze energy. If you're interested in learning TRE, contact me.HOW TO DEAL WITH FEAR IN THE ERA OF DT, With Certified TRE Practitioner Nkem Ndefo Beyond being a socio-political issue, the massive deportation and violence against immigrants are a very serious health issue with profound negative...
Comments19/02/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThis is a great share, @Leckey Harrison
A very succinct talk that brings up the oft forgotten Freeze option that is part of the Fight/Flight/Freeze paradigm.
Our society conditions us to freeze by wanting us to ignore our bodies right from childhood, when we now mediate kids for fidgeting.....
I love the way she phrased it: "Fitness for Nervous System" which is essentially come down from the mind and get into the body and move it and notice it.
Our bodies are correct in constantly asking for movement and our rules of 'order' -stay still - are the problem.
- Producer15/02/2017Anger Buddies Does a Body GoodMy dear buddy Cyndi wilkins has really helped me move forward over the last few weeks because she is very good at using her intuition to guide a conversation into the nooks and crannies that typically get overlooked. We all have periods in life when...
Comments16/04/2017 #17 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#16 I think it would benefit you immensely, @Lyon Brave. You do a very fine job of writing through it, but there is another level of healing when you can have an honest conversation to express it all with an eye towards that deep body sigh that signals it is safe to move on to what is next.
I identify a lot with where you are right now. I recognize myself in my 20s. No one really told me I could design the perfect life I wanted to live. It won't be easy, but you will have more freedom, even if the financial struggles continue, if you excavate your own path. You've got so much raw talent, but the truth of the world right now is that you need to 'package' yourself with a specific, although in no way standard, job title so that the people and companies with money know what you are capable of doing.
If you wanna skype, DM me. I have a little time over the next two weeks, and then I'll be pretty occupied as I will 'see' your OH to FL relo and raise you with a WA -> MA drive.18/02/2017 #14 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#13 You've highlighted the very thin line between anger and danger, @debasish majumder. I think that is why we find it easy to want to ignore these feelings, bury them, and pretend everything is fine. It is incredibly hard to express anger in a constructive way, and yet, learning this skill is pretty crucial for living a contented and meaningful life.
Knowing the things that draw our ire - the things we will not tolerate - helps us navigate life in a direction that will ultimately bring us to serenity, while ignoring anger is very likely to dump us right into situations that trigger the emotion in ever-escalating cycles.
Like so many things in life, the way to learn how to deal constructively with anger is to practice and @Cyndi wilkins and I are finding this buddy system to be a fun, fruitful, and sometimes profound way to express feelings, understand life-long patterns, and start to change the way we feel so that we move on, full of hope, curiosity, and delight.18/02/2017 #13 debasish majumderto prefix 'D' to anger i guess, amply clarify the gravity as well demerits of anger @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. yet, anger have positive impact too, as it vent out our suppress emotions, enabling us to understand our constraints and how detrimental our emotions are if we allow them to overrule us. however, lovely insight madam. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.16/02/2017 #6 Cyndi wilkinsAs a manual therapist by training, I am more accustomed to using therapeutic touch to interpret the signals that the physical body communicates to me. In that way I can assist my client in the release of their pain through soft tissue manipulation. This was more of a cerebral experience where I really had to trust my intuition to guide me ...@Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I were both challenged to engage ALL of our senses...particularly sight, sound and body language, in an effort to tap into the "emotion" trying to make its way to the surface. Once we did that, we could have a little "playdate" with it...give it expression in a supportive environment where it can be transformed through the eyes of others as they reflect back to us the lessons to be learned from our collective experiences.
These "patterns of behavior" are inherent within all of us. As society has taught us to bury our emotions like an unnecessary appendage, it is high time we did a little excavating of those old bones and shed new light on how we express ourselves effectively.15/02/2017 #3 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#1 Of course, you picked out my favorite sentence, @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. And added so much more by extending it to the very important concept of SELF-NEGOTIATION. I actually think that is the core of learning to be a happy and well-adjusted human being.
Self-negotiation is learning about ourselves and how we react and questioning which parts of our actions and habits may be due to factors way beyond something as innocuous as a comment by a stranger that causes us to lash out in ways harmful to our own bodily equilibrium and meant to throw someone else off of their balance, regardless of who else might be inflicted unintended damage.
That sort of behavior solves nothing, generates nothing but hostility in return and actually becomes an ever increasing cycle since the actual wrong never had a chance to be rationally discussed.
I think the first step to being able to find the insight in anger is learning how other people process anger in ways that actually allow the emotion to resolve whatever situation first brought the feelings of hostility into focus.15/02/2017 #1 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeDear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich- wonderful buzz. You said it in one line "Being able to express ourselves, and all our emotions, with clarity is part of the dance of negotiation that every human needs to learn to live a joyful, productive, and relatively stress-less life". You bring up to my understanding a hugely important point. We need to negotiate with ourselves as we do with others. Self-negotiation is an idea that strikes me powerfully. Great reading and is worthy of sharing.
- 13/02/2017Just saw "Manchester by the Sea." I loved the ending! No spoilers though.
I will say this. The story revolved around one line. If you're trauma informed at all, you'll see it, and if you've seen the movie as well, the more so.
"I just can't beat this."
It's why my colleagues at www.TREWashington.com, www.TRELosAngeles.com, and others across the planet do what we do. It can be beat. Your body has the answer.
well being+ 100 buzzes
Well being is what everyone strives for....no matter where you're from, what language you speak, man or woman, young or old. Well being can be something to someone and something entirely different to somebody else. Well being allows you to look beyond the petty and inconsequential in order to finally find gratitude for all things that surround you. Everyday is a new opportunity to create your own state of well being.