TRAUMA RELEASE PROCESS – 02.05.15 (A Really Different Approach)

I recently saw the movie “Big Hero Six” and was really amazed by the main themes of dealing with the trauma of loss and the ability to look at life from a different view.  If you haven’t had a moment to see it, then I strongly suggest that you do :).  We all need to smile and feel.

And the long-haired character that shouts out “We’re being attacked by a Super Villain people!” … yeah, his name is Fred! 🙂

What I am getting at is that we all deal with loss and hardship, but will we choose to react in anger and rage or will we reach out in love?  The main character and the villain in the movie both suffer loss.  Each reacts in a very interesting way that is easy.  Hate is easy.  Revenge is easy.  We want back what someone took from us.  We have to question … did what was lost truly belong to us?  How many will we hurt in the wake of our hate and revenge?  Will we run away or stay and face ourselves?  The movie asks these questions  and asks us to “take a different approach.”  

In class last week, we looked at four significant individuals in world history and how they took a different approach.  How can we look at our lives in this present moment from a different perspective?

** Oh yeah … and friends are awesome! 🙂

A Really Different Approach

I realized that the way they dealt with their truly tough times was different from the way many of us handle such times.  These people actually plunged into their most trying experiences, exploring the depths of what had befallen them, feeling the pain of their situation in its immensity, and staying with the difficult time they were going through instead of running from it.

1.  Mahatma Ghandi.  How did this profound insight come out of such intense suffering?  How did imprisonment produce a message that invited humans to rise to a new level of consciousness?

2.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  How did these two simple yet powerful words (“civil disobedience”) – words that were to change the consciousness of a nation – arise from such suffering?

3.  Mother Teresa.  Why would she embrace such a difficult lifestyle?  Of what benefit was this to her?  What did she expect to receive from such sacrifice?

4.  Nelson Mandela.  Why didn’t he leave prison bitter, angry, and even more in conflict with the government of his nation than when he was first incarcerated?

But I have become convinced that, in our avoidance, denial, and fear, we push away the very experiences that seek to stimulate the evolution of our consciousness.  In fact, we deny ourselves the opportunity to become the person we yearn to be and are ultimately destined to become.

BOOK – “The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process” by David Berceli (BUY IT!)

Flow w/Fred – 9.18.14 (YFD – Mindfulness for Anxiety-Based Depression)

In class Thursday evening, we used the following passage to connect our minds and bodies.  Pain is definitely a difficult subject to tackle.  It has cost each of us so many hours of our lives.  It is allowed to however.  Pain will happen to all of us and has happened to all of us.  Being mindful of the present moment in regards to it is a skill necessary of practice.  And this practice is not limited to simply seated, standing in Mountain or laying down in Savasana.  Mindfulness of pain and the present moment can happen during any task.  It just takes time and practice to become more aware of the affect pain has on us.  I’m still practicing, so do not expect day number one to show incredible signs of release and enlightenment :).  One day at a time and one moment at a time is all you need to deal with the struggle all of us face with pain.  Take yoga with you off your mat today and enjoy the last day of summer!

Mindfulness for Anxiety-Based Depression
“Mindfulness meditation does not require closing one’s eyes, although often people find that comfortable.  I usually close my eyes when I am sitting, but I open them if I am sleepy.  I can still be paying attention to my process; I can feel my body; I can feel my breath; I can attend to my mind states.  A person could think of themselves as a mindfulness practitioner and never sit down.  You could walk for your entire practice.  You can cook mindfully, clean house mindfully, do any job mindfully.  Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention with the hope of seeing more clearly what is happening inside and outside.  If I see more clearly, I will be able to respond in a way that doesn’t cause suffering to myself or anyone else.”

Pain doesn’t go away as a result of a meditation practice.  Even long-term meditators experience the ordinary losses that being human entails.  However, the recognition of impermanence that comes with meditation practice helps support the understanding that the pain will pass.  We don’t need to identify with our pain, our depression, or even our negative thoughts about ourselves.  We don’t have to suffer more because we’re in pain, which is what happens when we find ourselves unable to acknowledge and simply accept the pain.  Sitting in meditation, attending to the passing thoughts and feelings, helps us notice just how fleeting our feeling states are.  Suffering is resistance to the pain; suffering is struggling with the pain; suffering is saying that it should be otherwise.  Don’t talk about the end of the pain.  Talk about the end of the struggle with what it is.

BOOK – “Yoga for Depression” by Amy Weintraub