It's no secret that we're firm believers in the power of meditation and yoga when it comes to facing stress, anxiety and past traumas in our lives. Coming up at YIMI we have a brand new course, Trauma Therapy Training, which is comprised of three modules over six days of workshops at Upper Brookfield.
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THE MIND MATTERS - MEDITATION FOR INTEGRATIVE WELLBEING
“Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.”
Though many in today’s culture of hustle and bustle may not come to recognise it, quite often we find ourselves in a place of apprehension and disconnection that has been driven by someone's normalised levels of stress. This common “normative” stress that we see all too often, or potentially that you have come to recognise it in yourself, is not a eustress that promotes adaptability and functionality in times of survival, nor a eustress signifying to us that “this is important”; rather the stress we see in today’s culture is one of distress.
This distress propels Australian’s into a place where sleep is a luxury, coffee is a necessity, mealtimes cease to exist, and FOMO is a term which gains notoriety in evidence based examinations of stress (“FOMO is defined as a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences that you are not part of, and is characterised by the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing” Przybylski, Murayama, DeHaan, & Gladwell, 2013 cited in Australian Psychological Society Stress and wellbeing in Australia survey 2015).
More significantly, distress and the biological, psychological, and sociological (biopsychosocial) effects leave “Young working-age adults (25–44) experience anxiety disorders as the leading cause of burden, with back pain and problems a close second (Figure 3.1.3). While suicide and self-inflicted injuries is ranked third among leading causes of burden in this age group, it continues to be the leading cause among men aged 25–44 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018 Health Overview, p. 86)."
YIMI’s approach to mediation is a holistic and integrative approach. Meaning that, while we conceptualise and address the burdens of ill-health, rather than seeing our teachers teach to rid symptoms, we teach to promote wellbeing.
Ignoring, or blocking out feelings, emotions and pain is not an effective method long term to facing traumatic emotions or memories. YIMI's approach to meditation and mindfulness is to be in the space of your present moment and observe all the sensations, whether they are physical, or emotional.
When defining mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn said “Paying attention in a particular way, in the present moment, on purpose, non-judgementally” - therefore, bringing attention to any current thoughts or feelings and accepting them without judgement, even if they are painful or unpleasant. The experience of trauma can make changes in the brain, particularly in association with memory. When we use mindfulness and meditation, over time we can re-trace and re-build these pathways, and repair damage that may have been caused due to trauma. In turn, this helps emotional regulation and encourages emotional stability when faced with one of life's many moments of adversity.
Add the practices of meditation and mindfulness to your toolbox and you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way!