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Meanwhile, for those struggling with everyday trauma and adversity (rather than severe, clinically diagnosed PTSD), there’s a growing body of literature out there about the Phoenix that can rise from the ashes. “People can manage not only to survive the dark times but also to use that darkness as fuel to thrive in their lives,” says Matousek. “You can go through the alchemy of suffering and come out bigger, wiser, smarter, deeper, and more loving on the other side. If you’re willing to reimagine yourself, to step into a new zone, all kinds of possibilities can happen.”
Mark Matousek will lead his retreat “When You’re Falling, Dive: Thriving in Adversity,” December 5-8 at Old Stone Farm in Staatsburg (Oldstonefarm.org). Jenn Turner will co-lead “Teaching Trauma-Sensitive Yoga” with David Emerson, April 6-11 at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts (Kripalu.org).