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Portland: Trauma and Buddhist Mindfulness (Daylong Workshop)

  • Portland Insight Meditation Community 6536 Southeast Duke Street Portland, OR, 97206 United States (map)

Buddhism encourages a process of developing greater presence for both the pleasant and unpleasant experiences that are part of any human life. This process can be complicated when a person has a history of trauma. Whether connected to early childhood, an event in adulthood or to social oppression, trauma impacts our self regulatory capacities, our self image and our relational capacities. People with a history of trauma will have extra challenges that require additional tools and a different framework for how to think about what it means to be present and responsive. 

In this gentle and permissive daylong we explore some ways of working to create more capacity for presence (and the agency to decide when and how to be present)The day will include lectures to help contextualize buddhist mindfulness within the experience of trauma, self regulatory strategies, and compassion oriented practices. Each practitioner is encouraged to self select their level of participation throughout the day as part of their self regulatory practice. NOTE: This is not a trauma resolution workshop so there is no specific intention to work with traumatic events themselves. More info here