Meditation + Trauma Healing

A few weeks ago I stepped outside my comfort zone to share a piece of myself I thought I’d never share. ⁠

⁠When I decided to create meditations for @insighttimer I knew I wanted them to reflect the benefits meditation brought to my life, which has been many. ⁠

⁠I knew I wanted them to provide tools for trauma survivors, for it was trauma healing meditations that brought me to meditation, to begin with. ⁠

⁠Like so many people, maybe even you, I’ve suffered many traumas in my life. Admittedly, I chose unhealthy ways to cope with trauma starting at a young age. Why don’t we learn how to cope with difficult thoughts & feelings in school? In my opinion, this is a much-needed curriculum for most people, all over the world. Don’t get me started, I could talk about this for days, but I’ll spare you 😉⁠

⁠Meditation was an invaluable healing tool for me. It was something I needed & I didn’t even know it. When I realized I needed it I fought it. Was meditation too hippy-dippy?⁠ NO! It was everything I needed! 

Meditation can help you process trauma in so many healthy ways, I’d like to share how it helped me in hopes that it could help you too 😘⁠

⁠🌙 It normalized my trauma. Surviving trauma can feel lonely & alienating. It can cause you to isolate, because you may feel like no one understands you or what you’ve been through, but you are not alone.⁠

⁠🌙 It’s a support group when you’re not ready for a real support group. It’s a stepping stone during a period of healing when you just want to be alone as you process your feelings.⁠

⁠🌙 Builds healthy coping techniques – Meditation itself is a healthy coping technique, but a lot of meditations also provide breathing exercises, body scanning, journal writing prompts & more.

🌙 Builds resilience – Nothing helped me bounce back from difficult experiences, thoughts & feelings like meditation & the more I meditate the more resilient I become. 

🌙 Clarity & Meaning – Healing meditations helped me make sense of feelings & emotions, which made them easier to deal with & less frequent. It also gave meaning to my experience & inspired me to help others who were in need.

Happy healing fellow trauma survivors 😘🙌🏽❤️

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Listen To Your Body

How often do you get quiet enough to truly listen to the signs your body is sending you? 

A great example is eating something that upsets your stomach over & over & over again…guilty 👋🏽 The upset tummy is the message!!! That’s just one example, but our bodies send us thousands, millions of messages all the time…begging us to slow down, eat, get more sleep, exercise, eat better, manage our stress levels, etc.

I learned a very hard lesson when I got diagnosed with Lupus. Your body will go to great lengths to get your attention if you won’t listen to all the little cues along the way. 

I had SO many issues before I finally fell flat on my face with a chronic disease that currently has no cure. I wish I knew then what I know now…

On Tuesday I posted about carving out just 3 minutes per day to focus on your physical and/or mental health, this is how I began my journey to remission. Not joking! 

I would set a timer to go off every day & for 3 minutes I would get quiet enough to reflect on how I was feeling that day & what I thought I needed more and/or less of. My 3 minutes started with journaling. Do not underestimate this technique, it was my daily journals that revealed a pattern in my symptoms & that documented pattern lead my doctor to the tests that ultimately determined that Lupus was causing 90% of my health issues.

Once diagnosed I bought 75 books on autoimmune diseases & got to work 🤪 To this day I still set a timer to go off every day but I spend more time focusing on my physical/mental health now. I started by bumping it up to 10-15 minutes, then 20-30, some days I’m even able to squeeze in a solid 60 min. The more important thing was that I was creating a healthy daily habit filled with all sorts of modalities that were making me better. 

Some days 3 minutes is truly all you’ll have, some days you’ll get a solid 60 minutes & that’s awesome, but what truly matters is that you dedicate time to take care of YOURSELF, every day! 

It took me 3 years to put myself into remission…but I AM IN REMISSION! How cool is that! It took time & dedication but I did it & so can you! 

Take care of yourself, today, tomorrow & every day!

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Movement Is Healing

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.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #itsmorethanyoga⁠ ✨Movement is HEALING✨⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ Inhale…⁠ Exhale…⁠ Inhale…⁠ Exhale…⁠ ⁠ I move my body on my inhales & exhales.⁠ Over and over.⁠ A beautiful dance between movement & life-giving breath.⁠ I breathe, I move, I breathe, I move.⁠ ⁠ As I do this I feel stress, tension & pain release from my muscles. ⁠ ⁠ When I breathe like this my body produces dopamine. I feel calmer, lighter & happier. ⁠ ⁠ When I move like this my body produces endorphins. Any physical pain I’m storing in my body begins to subside. My mood is boosted. I feel strong. I feel a release. I feel relaxed. I feel well.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I feel stress, & tension melt away. ⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I'm gentle with whatever feelings, thoughts, and emotions are gripping me.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I allow feelings to come and go as they please, with no judgment. I am accepting of who I am in this moment. The good and the “bad.” ⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I cry if I need to.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I close my eyes if it feels safe, or leave them open and allow my gaze to be gentle.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I watch my thoughts pass by, like scenes in a movie. I notice them, but don’t obsess over them, I simply let them pass. It’s just information about who I am today. What I need, what I need to process, or what I need to let go of.⁠ ⁠ I breathe, I move; I heal in bite-sized pieces, but I heal nonetheless. ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #itsmorethanyoga⁠ Movement is HEALING

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14-Minute Beginner’s Body Scan Meditation

This is the most educational body scan of the series I posted over the last 2 weeks. The scan itself is also longer & in my opinion WAY more fun! I know time is limited for most of us, but I love a nice long meditation with visuals & all the feel good stuff. This body scan is all of that!

Body scanning can reduce stress & anxiety quickly & help you enter your day or night feeling more centered & grounded.

All you need is yourself & a comfortable place to sit or lie down with little to no distractions.

Body scanning is a helpful tool to relieve stress & anxiety so you can live your life feeling more centered & grounded. It can provide useful information about you & what’s going on in your physical & mental body. You could go an entire day without checking in with yourself, without noticing the messages your body is sending you about what you need to be physically & mentally well. If you can create a habit of scanning your body, from the top of your head, all the way down to your toes, once a day, for 60 seconds you will begin to build a better relationship with your physical & mental body. This practice could help you avoid emotional & physical pain & illness, just by taking a second to listen to the messages your body is sending you. Body scanning can make you feel more present in your life, which I guarantee will have a positive domino effect on everyone around you. Improving not only the relationship you have with yourself but with others as well.

Save this post & come back to it when you need it & let me know how this exercise went for you in the comments section.

Please let me know what types of videos you’d like to see more of & if the moment strikes share your experience & I’ll share it with my followers. You never know the impact your experience could have on someone else & the world needs connection now more than ever.

Photo by: @heidizumbrun

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Body Scan Meditation Journal Writing Prompt

Are you guys doing your body scans? Are you following them up with the guided journal writing prompts I provided you?⁠

I’m trying to provide as many stress & anxiety relieving tools as possible during this absolutely crazy time & this has been such a beneficial tool for me, so I’d really love for you to try it.

⁠Check out the 3-Minute & 7-Minute Beginner’s Body Scanning videos I posted last week & keep an eye out for the 14-Minute Scan I’ll be posting this week as well. Then answer the body scanning guided writing prompts I provided for you last week.⁠

Reminder… this is how body scanning can help you:

  • Reduces stress, inflammation, fatigue & insomnia⁠
  • Reduces physical & psychological tension⁠
  • Relaxing⁠
  • Builds awareness, acceptance & appreciation ⁠
  • Centers & grounds you⁠
  • Increases stability of the mind⁠
  • Cultivates mindfulness⁠
  • Increases focus⁠
  • Allows you to live in the present moment⁠

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Stressed? Anxious? Mindfulness can help!

Social isolation can breed feelings of fear, anxiety, depression & stress! We are social creatures through & through, but all hope is not lost! Technology can be a hero in disguise for situations like the one we’re all in right now. You don’t have to ditch your daily routine, it just might look a little different. Check out the suggestions I’ve put together for you in this blog and save it to reference on days when you want to pull your hair out 😳🙈😂

You can breathe, meditate & move with me 100% online. Click the link in my bio to sign up for your ✨FREE✨ consultation & get 20% OFF for a limited time if you’re a new client. We can get through this together! ⁠⠀

⁠There are so many options just a quick search, click & download away!⁠⠀

⁠You’ve got this 😘❤️

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