Biology of Trauma® Podcast
With Dr. Aimie Apigian MD, MS, MPH

Episode 46: Five Agreements to Keep Group Trauma Work Safe

Podcast Episode 46
"Our ability to be present for another is directly related to our capacity to be present to ourselves."
Dr. Aimie Apigian MD, MS, MPH
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Show Notes:

This week’s episode of the Biology of Trauma podcast explains the “five agreements” that we teach in our 21 Day Journey course. The episode answers the question: What are the five agreements that allow us to do group trauma work safely?

We emphasize the importance of attuning to your nervous system, knowing your own capacity, and staying present. This episode also features stories from 21 Day Journey members who share how the five agreements have helped their healing journeys and allowed them to discover new things about themselves.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this week’s episode:

  • What the five agreements are
  • The importance of understanding your own capacity
  • Why we agree to not hold ourselves to the standard of perfectionism
  • Why staying present is key, rather than ruminating on stories from the past
  • The reason we each must take responsibility for ourselves and our healing journey
  • How those who have done this work before us can help us grow and learn
  • What it’s been like for members of the 21 Day Journey to apply the five agreements to their lives.



Key Takeaways:

  • Introduction to Capacity and the Nervous System [05:45]: Dr. Aimie discusses the meaning of capacity, emphasizing its role in handling stress, relationships, and personal growth. 
  • The First Agreement: Presence [08:21]: Dr. Aimie explains the connection between being attuned to one’s own body and the capacity to be present for others.
  • The Second Agreement: Avoiding Perfectionism [10:16]: Dr. Aimie discusses the second agreement, which is about not holding oneself or others to a standard of perfectionism. She emphasizes starting where one is and building capacity from there.
  • The Third Agreement: Personal Responsibility [11:34]: The focus shifts to personal responsibility, where individuals are encouraged to take ownership of their reactions and energy.
  • The Fourth Agreement: Upholding a Safe Space [12:35]: Dr. Aimie introduces the fourth agreement, emphasizing the importance of creating a safe space by not intentionally triggering others with heavy stories from the past.
  • The Fifth Agreement: Being Open to Learning and Taking Direction [15:23]: Dr. Aimie highlights the role of mentors and the importance of taking direction from those who have walked the journey themselves.

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