Shaking It Off

All those water droplets sparkling in the sun made me throw stick after stick in the water for Zinnia just so I could watch her shake off.

Years ago I read the book Waking the Tiger.  It’s where I learned about how humans hold trauma in their bodies and how animals shake it off.  It’s our fight or flight response.

When humans fight back or do something to get themselves out of a dangerous situation they are less likely to hold that trauma in their bodies.  Much the same as when an animal is in a life-threatening or stressful situation it will shake itself off, releasing the tension and trauma it caused to their muscles and tissues.

Although Zinnia was just drying herself off after a swim, I thought it a beautiful metaphor of shaking off trauma and turning it into golden drops of sunlight.

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