- Context involves processing the stimuli in our environment, making sense of it, and understanding the effects and implications it has on us.
- Its is necessary for our ability to feel safe in connection.
- This is because it helps us feel more confident that the unfolding of the present moment will ensure our safety, that of others, and that we stay connected.
- Additionally, it allows us to avoid threats and seek safety.
- When people struggle with having little context, there can be a sense of panic or aloofness
- We’re constantly searching our environment to understand the situation.
- This gives us information needed to be able to respond.
- Without context, we’re just going to react.
- It helps our body feel safe and lowers our natural threat response.
- From that place, we can make a choice that is not anxiety-driven
- Melissa’s explanation of lack of context as an abuse tactic (9:49)
- Melissa gives context to allow her daughter to choose clothes (11:05).
- Bridger’s explanation of using context as an invitation in therapy (12:22).
- The importance of learning to make decisions from a calm and safety-oriented place (16:28).
- Melissa’s example of her daughter’s first dentist appointment (21:59).
Summary of Context, Choice, and Connection
- First, when we have all the context we can have about what’s going on,
- Then, we can choose how we want it to go or what direction we want to go.
- Finally, from this place, we can be connected on the choice of the path we choose.
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“With awarness comes choice and context is one of the ways we can immediately offer an invitation into awareness of what is really going on” (13:54).
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