"Wellspring of Compassion" by Sonia Connolly offers validation, support, and healing tools for sensitive people healing from childhood abuse and other trauma. Warm, inclusive language and practical exercises help survivors with the following topics: Find Support, Celebrate Survival Tools, Connect with Your Self, Recognize Abuse, Understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Heal Your Boundaries, and Learn to Thrive. A glossary explains unfamiliar terms. The latest research on PTSD from Dr. John Briere and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is discussed in clear, easy-to-understand language with tips on how to reframe symptoms and heal the nervous system.
With this guide, uncover your wellspring of compassion, understand your reactions to trauma, rebuild self-trust, and respond to your inner voices with kindness. Reconnect with your body and respect your internal NO and YES. Nourished by compassion, grow into a shape defined by your history and desires, like a tree becoming more intricately itself every year.
Nourishing and Heart-Centered Support
Wellspring of Compassion offers a solid foundation for understanding impacts of trauma as well as many approaches to lovingly tending those wounds.
I appreciated the opportunity to explore aspects of trauma healing in novel ways: double binds, longing, shame, and even housework! I waded slowly through these and other sections that evoked both new and familiar feelings and sensations wanting my attention. Sonia Connolly’s respectful writing style gently offers space for these explorations into more fully understanding the complexities of transformational healing after trauma. I found it useful to keep a journal nearby to let myself dive more deeply into topics. Connolly has formatted the book into helpful sections, short chapters, resource lists, and bold text for key concepts, all of which creates content that is more manageable for readers. This is especially helpful for making Wellspring of Compassion accessible to trauma survivors coping in-the-moment with a trauma trigger or flashback.
I highly recommend this book to those new to trauma healing as well as to those who have been healing for years. Reach for Wellspring of Compassion when you are in doubt or pain. Let yourself be nourished by the creative approaches and heart-centered acceptance that flow through and from this book.