Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness: EXPOSURE

 

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“Left to our own devices, we typically move away from pain and toward what is pleasurable. It’s a habitual, deeply wired response.

 

But part of practicing mindfulness is deliberately exposing ourselves to whatever is happening in our field of awareness, both pleasant and unpleasant. Whether we’re daydreaming about our next meal or feeling a sharp pain in our shoulder, we stay present.

 

We let ourselves be impacted by whatever is happening—right here, right now. For many beginning meditators, this can seem counterintuitive, but mindfulness works differently.

 

We practice turning toward what is arising instead of away from it.”
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My two cents: Mindfulness is the safe and secure way to start exposure therapy. We observe our thoughts without judgment.


We have no control over what thoughts surface, only power over where we place our attention. If we have PTSD, intrusive thoughts will arrive without input from us. We do not fight them, engage them or avoid them.

 

Avoiding our triggers leads to isolation and suffering. Our fears have an unknown quality to them, when we avoid them. They grow more terrifying inside our thoughts.

 

Staying present, feeling the emotional thought and the body sensation linked to it fully, enables us to let it all go.


Observe the thought patterns of your mind. Most trauma thoughts repeat themselves over and over and over until we integrate them.
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