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Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk

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CHAPTER EIGHTNORTH • Creating Space for Inquiry

We begin our journey in the north, where we call upon the courage and wisdom of the water element. We do this by coming into the present moment—by stopping our mind’s chatter and simply noticing what is around us. We try to create a sense of spaciousness—a horizon as vast as the one we see when looking out across the ocean. From this expansive vantage point, we will ask ourselves two critical questions: “Why am I doing what I’m doing?” and “Is this working for me?” (In order to answer these questions, we will also examine the concept of trauma mastery.)Just as all known forms of life depend on water, the quality of our livelihood depends on understanding our intention in regard to our work.

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