• Meditation To Manage Symptoms of Trauma

    Have you been feeling discouraged that you’re still paying the price and living with pain for the trauma and injustice done to you? And whether you should reach out to a nearby counsellor to heal from your trauma?

    At Empower Counselling Services Winnipeg we offer blogs such as this one to help you with this healing journey.

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    The Power of Meditation

    Meditation offers practitioners powerful benefits, yet many people are confused as to what exactly those benefits are. In a nutshell, meditation focuses attention in a deliberate manner, taking you from a state of noisy mental chatter to calm and quiet inner peace. And isn’t that something most of us could use?

    While meditation has been practised for thousands of years in the east – and more recently in the west – as a way to grow spiritually, modern medicine is now finally extolling the numerous health benefits that meditation offers.

    Meditation has the ability to reduce stress hormones by calming the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. These systems are what activate our main panic responses (“fight,” “flight,” “freeze”) to stressful situations. Because of this, meditation can be a wonderful coping strategy for those suffering with trauma.

    Is Meditation Better than Medication

    Historically, people battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been given medication to help alleviate unwanted and unpleasant symptoms. But a new study has found that regular practice of meditation “… enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to reduce, or even eliminate, their use of psychotropic medications and to better control the often-debilitating symptoms of PTSD”.

    This is great news for service women and men, and anyone who is battling PTSD. Not only can meditation help to calm your nerves and rewire your brain, it can also reduce the risk of developing negative side effects to many psychotropic medications used to treat PTSD and anxiety disorders.

    How to Begin a Meditation Practice

    If you are suffering from the effects of trauma and would like to try meditation, here are some steps you can take to get started:

    Find a Group Practice

    If you’re completely new to meditation, you may want to join a group meditation course that meets every week. You can usually find groups through a quick online search for groups in your area.

    Online Resources

    There are great online resources available, such as mindfulness and meditation apps and youtube videos. A quick online search will help you find an option that fits your preferences.

    Be Open Minded

    Meditation has long been associated with new age and other religious movements. But you would be amazed at the different kinds of people that now practice meditation. Many practices don’t require any affiliation with or belief in a particular set of spiritual/religious beliefs, or spiritual/religious beliefs at all.

    If you tend to be a skeptical person, try to have an open mind as you begin your practice.

    Be Patient

    It’s called a practice for a reason. You won’t “get” meditation overnight. You’ll have to keep at it before it becomes natural for you and you really reap the benefits. Try to have patience and just keep at it.

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