The greatest battle we all face is the battlefield of our own mind when we have experienced a traumatic event. A traumatic event can often leave a person feeling helpless down the road, as if they didn't do all they could to change or stop the event from happening. Thoughts like those rapidly lead to thoughts of letting themselves down and letting others around them down. It then becomes a matter of turning on yourself.
The issues that begin churning on the inside become outward manifestations. It can start as simple as being irritable from day to day, not being interested in the things you used to love or not enjoying the company of those you love. On the much more serious end of the spectrum it can lead to addiction in some people, violence, anger issues, broken relationships, sleep issues, drinking, or worse. Instead of nurturing the mind and body through the processing and releasing of traumatic material, it becomes a battle to push it back inside as it desperately forces its way out.
It is awful to be the one experiencing what that feels like, but it is equally as awful to watch someone go through it and not know how to help them. Meditation can be a way of nurturing the mind and body through the processing the brain must go through to establish a sense of equilibrium in a person's life. As a daily practice, meditation can be used as a gentle, kind method of reminding your mind and body that they have not been abandoned through trauma.
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