Emotional triggers and things that we see, hear or feel that cause emotional flashbacks.
Emotional triggers can happen on the inside or on the outside. For example, someone may say something that triggers you. Or, you may have a thought (saying something to yourself) that causes the same reaction. We can trigger ourselves, too!
Here is an ongoing list of examples.
1. During meditation
Describe the trigger. What happened? Include what you saw, heard and felt as the trigger, as well as how you reacted.
I was meditating and starting to feel calm and grounded. Suddenly, the thought came into my head, “Yeah, but nobody cares about you. What about that, huh? It doesn’t matter how calm you feel, you’re still unlovable. This, of course, caused sadness right in the pit of my stomach.
This line of thinking goes back to age 7-10 when we lived in a trailer park. My mother was single and being paid close to minimum wage. She was gone when I woke up in the morning, only to return home in the evening too tired to hear our complaints.
Given the abuse going on in the home, it was impossible not to conclude that no one loved me. I was being beaten and couldn’t get an adult to protect me. I was eight or nine years old.