Simply reading this page (whether you try meditating or not) will introduce you to new, and potentially very transformative and healing, ways of thinking about, experiencing and responding to your own emotional and other mental and brain processes.
You build inner strength through embracing the totality of your experience, both the delightful parts and the difficult parts. Embracing the totality of your experience is one definition of having loving-kindness for yourself.
Recovering from PTSD can be likened to how a tree heals after a storm. This analogy became very vivid to me as I looked back over where I had been. I felt that my roots were not just damaged by my storm—they were ripped right out of the ground. I later found out that my roots had also been wounded by previous traumas.
Learning to access our personal space of “inner-ease” can be done with minimum practice and in just a little time. When operating in an ease-mode, it’s easier to choose less stressful perceptions and attitudes and re-create “flow” in our daily routines.
Recent studies show that approximately 20 million North Americans practice yoga. Why? If you’re amongst this group, you will know that put simply, yoga makes you feel better. This ancient practice that has migrated from India seems to be exactly the remedy for our times. If practiced regularly, yoga increases our physical health, emotional well-being, mental clarity and spiritual connection.
For Sara—who asked that her real name not be used—being grounded literally means feeling her feet on the floor; being present means knowing where she is and what's going on around her. These are things she can't feel when she's suddenly jerked into the past, reliving episodes of her ex-husband's violence, like the night he chased her through the house and pushed through every door she hid behind.
When I first became interested in the connection between spirituality and trauma recovery, I found that many people in mainstream health and healing programs felt that spirituality was a bit too much for someone “just trying to get by.” In other cases, there was an assumption that spirituality and religion are the same, and that religion was really not a necessary element of treatment. These were encounters of a healing model that placed spirituality at the end of the line, and certainly not at the beginning.
Qi is the force, breath or power of life which is present in every living organism, Qi could be strong or weak, fluent or stuck, Qi could also be acquired, control, manipulate, and storage, the quantity and quality of Qi determines your physical strength and emotional-mental contentment in life.