Back in the 1990s, researchers discovered that adverse experiences that occur during childhood physically change both our brains and the aging process of our cells. These changes dramatically affect our behavior and our health for the rest of our lives. Abuse, neglect, and toxic stress increase our risks of everything from obesity to heart attacks, depression to diabetes, addictions to cancer. In the past decade it was discovered that at least some of these changes and risks can be transmitted to the next generation.
As the healthcare and public health circles have grappled with these new facts an emphasis a troubling fact have surfaced. Identifying and treating individuals has not been shown to affect the larger outcomes. Suicides and heart attacks happen with the same frequency. Individuals are more likely to survive an event but are at even more risk going forward.
Something is needed to stem the tide. Current activity focuses on resilience, the ability to bounce back after a traumatic event. People who are resilient are much less likely to suffer poor health later on in life.
This series is focused on transforming the church into a place that models, promotes, and empowers resilience. It's a lofty goal. But once we view our lives through a trauma-informed lens it is easy to discover sources of strength that we never knew we had.
Session Three: My Big Toe
What does resilience mean? Today we start getting into the meat of the topic. Using a personal example, Steve introduces three elements that had to come together to create resilience for him.
Session Two: The Stoic and the Adventist
Talking about sources of strength takes us into the realm of behaviors. In today's polarized society that is hazardous territory. Today, my son, a practicing neo-Stoic joins me as we explore caring for the body, the first source of strength identified in last month's session. Finding common ground is the first challenge of this unscripted dialogue. Join us for the adventure. It should prove interesting.
Session One: Atlas