What I Wish Everyone Knew About Breaking Intergenerational Trauma

Jenna Kutcher 

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January 22, 2024


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We all know that when a physical wound is left unhealed, it continues to cause pain and can infect the whole body. But have you ever considered that when emotions are left unhealed, they cause harm, too?

Healing this intergenerational trauma requires a holistic approach that has so far been absent from the field of psychology… Until Dr. Mariel Buqué: a Columbia University–trained trauma-informed psychologist, professor, and sound bath meditation healer. 

In this conversation, we discuss how we can start breaking cycles through tangible therapeutic practices, and learn to pass down strength instead of pain to future generations. This is such a powerful conversation and I truly believe the work that Dr. Buqué is doing is extremely valuable for people in all walks of life.

Understanding the Roots

Dr. Mariel Buqué’s journey commenced in a hospital, where she discerned recurring patterns in her clients’ stories. These patterns, as she discovered, were deeply rooted in intergenerational trauma, echoing through family lines. This revelation ignited her curiosity, prompting her to question why these patterns were often left unaddressed.

Digging Deeper for True Healing

Emphasizing the necessity of delving deeper, Dr. Mariel advocates for unraveling the layers of trauma to facilitate genuine healing. To break free from the cycle, individuals must comprehend the origins of their behaviors and thought patterns, paving the way for a healthier future for themselves and generations to come.

Holistic Healing Practices

In our conversation, I love Dr. Mariel explained the significance of incorporating holistic healing practices into daily life. A proactive approach involving practices like meditation, breathwork, and mindfulness enables us to regulate our nervous systems, alleviate stress, and foster a sense of calm and well-being. These practices serve as potent tools in rewiring the brain and promoting emotional resilience.

The Power of Introspection

Encouraging introspection, Dr. Mariel prompts individuals to examine their own experiences and childhoods. By identifying aspects that felt incongruent with their values, they can consciously choose a different path, creating a new narrative for themselves and their families.

Small Steps Toward Healing

Taking small steps is crucial in the journey of healing and self-discovery. Dr. Mariel Buqué recommends incorporating practices into daily routines, even if it’s just a few minutes of deep breathing or mindfulness during a walk or break. These moments of self-care and reflection can profoundly impact overall well-being and mental health.

Navigating Challenges with Courage

Acknowledging the challenges inherent in breaking the cycle, Dr. Mariel Buqué says that she recognizes that the journey may involve grief and loss. However, she highlights the courage and strength required to embark on this path, encouraging individuals to celebrate their decision to create a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

Break The Cycle

Breaking the chains of intergenerational trauma demands profound work, self-reflection, and proactive healing practices. Get Dr. Mariel’s brand new book, Break The Cycle: A Guide To Healing Intergenerational Trauma to get started on your own healing journey now!

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