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Pawan Bareja

Pawan Bareja, PhD has practiced Vipassana meditation since 2001. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Teacher Training, a Buddhist Ritual Minister and a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock. She has taught classes and daylongs on healing trauma using mindfulness at Spirit Rock, San Francisco Insight, EBMC, and Esalen. In her private practice as Trauma Resolution Practitioner, Pawan works with a diverse population of clients and teaches mindfulness meditation. For the past 18 years, Pawan has been a senior assistant at Somatic Experiencing trauma healing trainings and has traveled to India to teach this work to professional care providers.

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April 24, 2022 - Change, Impermanence, and Gliding Through Life’s Transitions

When we become aware that we’re caught in a traumatic emotional response, we bring in mindfulness, and we investigate our thoughts. We do this to break the pattern of habitual, recursive thinking. As you break these patterns, it’s good to observe any of the small things that are actually working in your life. For example, if you’re working with pain in your body and you fear it’s getting worse, then you would gently connect with other parts of your body that are actually pain free and functioning well. This helps contain the stressful emotional response and creates new pathways in the heart and mind.

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