Jewel on how mindfulness can help deal with trauma

Jewel on how mindfulness can help deal with trauma


If somebody is in a triggered state, you
know, a soldier or somebody who has suffered any kind of trauma – when you get triggered the blood flow leaves your frontal lobes, drains out of where you reason, process reason and logic – and it goes to your amygdala – fight or flight – so you really can get hijacked. And so I began to develop a protocol when I started suffering panic attacks when I was 16, that involved… it’s
something I talk about in my book and might be up on my website – I started
coming up with this meditation where I was on a stormy ocean – it’s
frightening – I would smell the smells in the air, see the colors, taste the saltwater that might hit my lips, I could taste the salt – in my mind –
and then I would fall backwards into the ocean and fall down to where the water
got calmer and calmer, colors would change, these rays of light would come, I would hit the sandy shore – I notice color I noticed space, and then eventually when I hit the bottom I felt calmer – and then I learned
eventually when I was at the bottom of my imaginary ocean on the sandy shore, it was safe – there were beautiful colors around, I could look up at the surface and go, “What was so scary up there? What frightened me? And I could begin to learn what
triggered me.

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