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Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma Weekend of November 8-10, 2019

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Our desire to be happy is our most basic urge, but physical or emotional trauma can get in the way. Traumatic responses, especially from old painful unresolved experiences, are embedded in our body and in our behavior, and have the ability to blindside us and sabotage our happiness. These responses often produce stress that no longer serves us in our present day-to-day life. Is it possible to recognize the traumatic responses in your body? How can you recognize the non-verbal traumatic responses in your reptilian brain? How do you work with old emotional and physical wounds to free up your frozen, survival-based energy, so that you may feel more settled, grounded, and calm in your everyday life?

Expect a weekend of teachings that facilitate an exploration of your traumatic responses in your animal body, experiential exercises to free up energy, and ways to recognize the felt-sense of being grounded and settled. The workshop will emphasize movement and mindfulness meditation practice.

Recommended reading: Moffitt, Emotional Chaos to Clarity; Levine, Waking the Tiger.


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