"The mind may have forgotten but the body has not." Freud
Trauma disembodies us. Our body gets overwhelmed by stimulus or shuts down giving rise to the patterns of fight, flight and freeze. Traumatic events leave physiological and emotional scars that alter neurological structures and functions. By developing skills, individuals can recognize and reduce the painful effects of trauma and thereby free up energy for meditation and life itself.
During this daylong, we will explore the interconnection of meditation and somatic skills. In an atmosphere of safety, Sharda and Sakti will create a container for experiencing some useful skills for identifying and working with traumatic activation patterns that can obstruct our spiritual progress on the path. The key ingredient that can help us transform into healing is awareness. Through awareness we can find ways to untangle from this morass of inner constrictions and confusion and find a way forward to movement and release.
One of the unique expressions of Buddhism is to recognize that our true safety lies within. By learning to ground ourselves while sitting in meditation, walking, and engaging in other simple somatic and meditative practices, we may begin to feel more trusting of our present moment experience. We will also include time for dharma talks, discussion and other experiential learning.
Teachings and practices are appropriate for individuals and health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available, please see below.
-Recognize what trauma is;
-Observe how trauma affects the nervous system. i.e. fight/flight/freeze states;
-Apply basic skills to stabilize and regulate nervous system;
-Help clinicians recognize signs of dystregulation in the nervous system. Thus, through using these simple body-based regulatory techniques, the mind of the meditator is also stabilized and freed from the limitations of fight/flight/freeze. Thereby, incresing the meditator's ability to sit concentrated, still and at peace.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this daylong for $25.
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Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.
Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 6 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses from SRMC-SCRC for $45. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.