Your Body Has a Memory—Here’s How It Physically Holds Trauma and Ways to Release It

Hubble Space Telescope spots extreme weather on strange alien worlds

Since astronomers began finding exoplanets in the 1990s, they’ve uncovered a lot of hot Jupiters, and now NASA’s most venerable telescope is playing meteorologist.

An artist’s depiction of the planet KELT-20b orbiting its blue-white star. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, Leah Hustak (STScI))

These colossal worlds are gas giants like our own Jupiter but orbit much closer to their parent stars — close enough that their surfaces might boil at stomach-churning temperatures above 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,600 degrees Celsius). Now, the Hubble Space Telescope has pierced the veils of two different hot Jupiters, finding some rather bizarre weather, at least by the mundane standards of our solar system. These worlds are more than curiosities; they’re evidence of how a star can influence an orbiting planet’s atmosphere…READ ON

Your Body Has a Memory—Here’s How It Physically Holds Trauma and Ways to Release It

Sometimes our bodies react quicker than our minds. Maybe you walk into a room and your chest instantly tightens; maybe your pulse quickens and your head pounds every time you watch a certain type of movie scene; maybe your shoulders feel heavy for weeks on end.

Seventy percent of U.S. adults experience at least one traumatic event estimates the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

Our bodies are physical manifestations of our experiences, which means they’re often processing or holding onto traumas that we didn’t even know were there. By definition, trauma is any deeply distressing or disturbing experience, and understanding how we hold trauma in our bodies can help us figure out how to release it effectively as part of a healing process…READ ON

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