Posts Tagged ‘PTSD’

Is risk part of living

 

 

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“It is only by risking ourselves from one hour to another that we live at all.”

 

—WILLIAM JAMES
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My two cents: Richard Pryor did a joke about overcoming the “Ultimate Test”, living forever, which he says no one has ever succeeded.

 

We all die, same hour, same minute, same second, whether we worry constantly or enjoy the journey!

 

 

It is our choice!

 

 

Not risking will not grant you one more minute on this planet.

 

 

Not risking steals part of life, living.

 

 

i know, not risking is failure.   Maximum attitude and effort  is living.

 

 

What lesson will your actions impart to your children?
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This is known as dysregulated arousal

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In trauma-sensitive mindfulness, the variable we’re interested in here is arousal—defined as our basic readiness for life. Arousal originates in the brain stem, activates our ANS, and helps us respond to the demands of the world.

 

 

If we need energy to do something, such as get out of bed or pick up our child, arousal increases; when we rest, it decreases.

 

 

Trauma, meanwhile, creates acute arousal.

 

 

With fight or flight, our bodies hit the accelerator. We experience a burst of exceedingly high arousal.

 

If we then freeze, our bodies slam on the brakes.

 

 

With posttraumatic stress, arousal can end up fluctuating wildly between these two extremes.

 

Both pedals effectively remain slammed to the floor.

 

 

This is known as dysregulated arousal—a state where our ability to self-regulate becomes seriously compromised.

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Kindness

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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

 

-Mark Twain
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My two cents: Kindness needs no thought, no judgment, in fact kindness operates best without thought or judgment.

 

 

Let your heart read people who need a helping hand, a kind gesture, a friendly smile.
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Abusive childhoods have a big, nasty inner Critic!!!!!!

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Bring your inner critic out before you sit (Meditate).

 

 

Listen to the criticism, hear without grasping, feel without internalizing.

 

 

Hug your inner critic, he/she is just trying to protect us, he/she believes.

 

 

Let the storyline alone, envision inner peace filling your lungs, soothing the inner critic.

 

 

We are not destroying the inner critic, we are engulfing him/her in an approval bath.

 

 

Soothe your inner critic with inner peace, approval and acceptance.

 

 

Put your hand over your body part that identifies with your inner critic (solar plexus, stomach, throat, or between the shoulder blades).

 

 

You are fine, secure, safe and perfect.

 

 

My inner critic has the angry, emotional voice of my father.

 

 

I understand his judgment was not accurate, kind or humane.

 

 

In this moment, right now, I bathe in inner peace and acceptance.

 

 

No dialogue or thought is involved in this specific practice.
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Inner peace affirmation: Say out loud, record it, make it your mantra

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In this moment, right now, I invite inner peace into my body and spirit.

 

 

 

Inner peace soothes our weaknesses, our vulnerabilities, our doubts, our worries, our resentment, our jealousies and our anger.

 

 

Inner Peace is limitless.

 

 

Really, never too much inner peace, it must be very soothing!
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leave your bitterness and hatred behind,

 

 

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“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom,

 

I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind,

 

I’d still be in prison.”

 

– Nelson Mandela –

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It is possible to let go of decades of abuse.

 

Take a look at people who had great challenges, harsh lives, incredible obstacles, Lincoln, Helen Keller, Victor Frankel, Nando Parado.

 

Oh yea, Nando was one of the rugby players trapped in the Andes.

 

His mantra was, as long as I have a breath, I will die one step closer to my family!

 

 

He saved 17 people with his determination and courage.
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A thicker middle prefrontal areas in the brain.

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“Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness”

 


“One of the better-known findings is that mindfulness meditation correlates with thicker middle prefrontal areas in the brain.

 

 

In an oft-cited study, Harvard professor Sarah Lazar and her colleagues (2005) used functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to discover that people who practiced mindfulness meditation have greater activation in the prefrontal cortex.

 

 

Given that the prefrontal cortex helps us observe our experience—and exert executive control over compulsions from the emotional brain—the relation to mindfulness makes sense:

 

 

mindfulness allows us to witness thoughts, sensations, and emotions without being identified with them.

 

 

We can assess our situation rather than reflexively react to it.

 

 

While much more study is needed, it’s possible that mindfulness meditation, practiced over time, could lead to enhanced neural function in executive areas of the brain.”

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