... and experience working with trauma as well as my many years of practice and exploration of the various kinds of meditation, I am sensitive to the need for trauma-aware mindfulness-based practices.
My meditation practice has been influenced by Transcendental Meditation (TM) when I was in college to Buddhist practices as varied as Zen Meditation and Vipasanna, and other popular Mindfulness-based practices. T-S Meditation takes into account the vulnerability to retraumatization meditators have who have not yet integrated their trauma and stress responses. When T-S Meditation is added to the menu of healing, more tools become available for self care and growth.
The main distinction from most other forms of meditation is a more sensitive and nuanced focus on the body - both on somatic sensations and the breath. This allows the process to be safer and gently regulating for the nervous system - a system that has become dysregulatd by trauma responses and ongoing stress.
As a result of this gentle exploration, stored stress and trauma reactions - both physical and emotional - can be released and integrated safely, especially when working with a somatically-informed trauma therapist.
Trauma-Sensitive Meditation can be guided - or once learned - practiced on your own.
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