1. Trauma Stage: Acceptance Hrisanthi Dokos and Amanda Blackwood 52:50

Acceptance is that moment when you’re finally in a position to move forward with your healing. At this point you’ve reached a place where you have processed and acknowledged what happened to you and you’re in a better mindset to deal with the emotions and consequences of having gone through something so traumatic. Many people believe that “acceptance” means forgiving the person who hurt you or even accepting what happened to you as being okay, but that’s not the case at all. What it actually means is that you’ve come to terms with the fact that it happened at all and you understand that it’s changed your life. It has nothing to do with forgiveness. Acceptance doesn’t mean  you don’t get angry or depressed about it anymore, either. 

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Amanda Blackwood is an accomplished artist and author, public speaker, podcast host, trauma recovery mentor and a survivor of human trafficking. A portion of every book sale goes to help fight human trafficking. Amanda lives in Denver, Colorado with her rescue cats and supportive husband who keep her sane.