From Psychotherapy Networker: Creating a new wisdom tradition By Ronald Siegel ;But Will They Practice?

brighton-beach John Constable

As clinicians move beyond their initial enthusiasm for mindfulness practice, they’re encountering the problem that may well derail the whole enterprise: people find it hard to meditate regularly. It’s one thing to take up these practices in a monastery, where the whole day is structured around meditation and everyone is doing it, and quite another to take time out from a busy day and a long to-do list.

Figuring out the best ways to get clients to practice is another challenge that’s just beginning to command the attention of researchers and clinicians.

Wow, these therapists are so off on what this is and how to apply it.  Well,  maybe you need to suffer with this disorder with doom, gloom and terror to have urgency and specific direction.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on February 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I think you said it best, you need that sense of urgency for any real change to take place.

  2. Excellent. Urgency is something that does not exist in a therapist mind. It seems that week after week can pass with no passion no push no real desire to heal.

  3. Posted by willa on February 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    perhaps it is not reasonable to expect all people to begin with the goal of regular meditation. maybe it is enough for some of us to first begin with learning the skill of meditation. once we get it, then we can begin to build towards the goal of regular application. it wasn’t all that long ago i lived in frequent overlapping states of dissociation. often i could not focus for more than a few seconds at a time. fortunately, i’d found a therapist who knew what they were doing and who was as determined to stay the course with me as i was determined to survive. having this wonderful someone to explore and debrief with enabled me to slowly but surely get on a healing path. so good therapists are out there even if it takes time to find them. the other thing i want to share is a realization that started as a question: if i was “able” to deeply be involved with terrifying thoughts, could i not develop that into being able to be deeply involved with healing thoughts? survivors have amazing skills and should be respected. i realized we who suffer cptsd are already adept at deep focus – even if that focus has been on that which terrifies! but once we realize our capacity to pay deep attention ah! then we can choose to redirect our deep attention states to that which heals. do not settle. do not give up.

  4. Great response. Willa, this is exactly the issue, how do they introduce us to meditation.

    meditation has so many connotations. We all think of what monks sitting their whole life. meditation is beyond the scope of most therapists. It is to cumbersome and each therapist has come to meditation after graduating because it is the current phenomena.

    it is to abstract and confusing for suffers of complex PTSD.

    Focus is an issue already.

    That is why we have the breathing track. It is the opposite of abstract of counting your breaths. It uses a model to give the breath symmetric and rhythmic balance and an ease of flow that keeps thoughts out. The breathing track is easier and quicker to learn and reach that empty state we are practicing for.

    yes this helps us observe the trauma and follow the body sensations.

    Willa you are perfect, your true self is perfect every day it is the only part of us that is permanent. keep up your work and self worth will be revealed to you a little each day.

    life has suffering, when we can stay present and observe suffering it opens up joy, and happiness in the next moment
    Good luck

  5. Posted by willa on February 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    thank you marty. i no longer doubt my self worth. here’s why.

    when i finally found a mult-trauma therapist i could work with, i asked if we could work on my self esteem which was rock bottom – tragically painfull. the therapist ackinowledged that was a priority for me then kindly said that we would address that in time … turns out it was addressed during time spent in healing activities (which now includes the breathing track). i had an epiphany one day as it relates to worthiness. you see, i believed that all human beings are equally worthy. no one inately better than another. then it dawned: hey, i’m human so that must apply to me too!

    being able to absorb this truth was augmented by tapping into the inner unharmed, unabused, orginal wonderful beautiful me – constantly at hand.

    soon others judgements held less sway. oh i still have to deal with flashbacks of emotional abuse and attack and fallout of being stigmatized, but with time and work and practice – and experiences of peace – that which is wonderful within comes closer to surface, IS my experience.

    meditating without the breathing track was scary – felt out of wack and brought up scary images.

    for any reader who has not yet tried the breathing track … fear it not. the breathing track is a safe place to focus. really.

  6. your spirit, insight and courage inspire me. life has suffering and we have the choice to learn from it, observe it without running away to be granted the opportunity, to have joy, happiness and opportunity in the next moment.

    We have avoided our childhood trauma way to long, now applying the focus of the breathing track lets us observe in a safe secure soothing space. When we face our trauma, it integrates and comes to present moment.

    When we stay present without judgment or thought, trigger thoughts lose power and we do not carry any of that trauma forward.

    Our daily practice slowly chips away until the self worth of the true self is uncovered.

    Actually we are perfect in this second, all we ever have to do is be in it. All trauma dies in this moment. Remember also we are reprogramming or creating a new ego.

    Willa you have been courageous enought to face your demons, to accept and surrender to them with the help of a great therapist. You have done the work and now you benefit from the self worth the resilience restored. great job, add affirmations spoken out loud, aerobic exercise if possible and no negative self talk.

    You are on your ways and I hope others see your courage and hear your call for action.

    because action by us is what heals us. great job, Willa

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