Retrieving Inner Athlete Squashed by CCT


  Part One of this (long) post reprints with permission my guest column from “Soul Songs” (March 2016), the free monthly newsletter on  Anne Marie Bennett’s rich SoulCollage(R) website Check it out.  Part One tells how my “Inner Athlete” self part got found when I used the process of SoulCollage(R) to make personal cards for my own psychological and spiritual growth. I share the card and the images on it in that spirit.

Welcome “Soul Songs” readers. Scroll down to continue with Part Two.

Part One:

“Athlete? You’ve got to be kidding…”

Oh, why did I volunteer to write this column about my Inner Athlete? Me, who often gives thanks that she was born before Title IX. That law gave American women a place in athletics in 1972. Until then, only 1 in 27 American girls competed in high school sports. I was not that one.

But I trust the impulse that made me say “I’ll write that column.” So the quest for my Inner Athlete begins.

She’s not among the cards already in my SoulCollage® deck. It’s time to make an intentional card for her.

Head to the used book store. Invest in two books of sports photos. Behold the images, and imagine becoming those athletes with their rippling muscles and their strained grimaces, their dejected losses and their elated wins.

Try to imagine organizing my life around winning. Championship boxer Muhammed Ali said, “I hated every minute of training.” I try to imagine training; to imagine hating it and doing it every day because I want to win.
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“Non-physical, attachment Chronic Covert Trauma” (naCCT) clearer, better name for this experience?

“Non-physical, attachment Chronic Covert Trauma” is a lot of words, but it describes the full traumatic experience more clearly than just “Chronic Covert Trauma”.  When I talk to people face to face in my attempt to get the word out and built a community, I get more of an “Oh, yeah, I know about that!” response when I clarify that these are not physical abuse traumas and they occur in those significant relationships, especially kids’ early attachment relationships with caregivers.

The long description could be shortened to the acronym “naCCT,” so we wouldn’t have to use all those words every time we talk to people about those traumas and their effects. What do you think?