On my own journey to what I call “neutral energy,” a place where we can observe what is going on around and within us without overreacting or falling into an emotional abyss, learning some form of mindfulness meditation can be crucial.
Meditation ISN’T for right for everyone at all times though. In fact, trauma experts like Professor Bessel van der Kolk have pointed out, it’s even contraindicated to start out for some people with a lot of early life trauma.
If you’ve tried meditating, and you just can’t do it, or your anxiety gets worse, I recommend starting with a more body-based movement practice like yoga or qigong.
If you have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you might be better off trying out some sessions in Eye Movement Densitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) first which is a relatively succsssful conventional intervention with many well trained practitioners that can be found online.
In truth, there are many different types of meditation, and it’s good to explore and find out which ones resonate with you. You might prefer more heart centered practices for example.
My friends at the Shift Network are running a Mindfulness and Meditation Summit where you can get a taste and insight in to what meditation can offer, and how to create a daily practice.
If you’d like to learn more about meditation, this is a great event, and it’s free if you want to register here.
That’s it for now,