Recently I was able to attend a Mindfulness Training for Professionals which focused on transforming one’s life, work, and those whom one serves. The professor, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Hypnotherapist and head instructor for Karatedo Doshinkan, offered us many ways of re-awakening to the moment through an array of practices found in different cultures and religions around the world. Those of us who registered and attend the two day seminar were from various cultural and social backgrounds, worked with different populations of both children and adults, in a variety of settings (school teachers, social workers, private practitioners), and had different experiences and exposure to mindfulness practices. Although we were different people, who came to the training for different reasons, we were able to find a technique or strategy which resonated with our personalities and needs in the moment.
This reminded me, no matter where we came from or who we perceive ourselves to be, we all share special characteristics which make us human. If we are able to tap into one of those characteristics, breathing or feeling bodily sensations, we can tap into the oneness which is in us all, that we are all here together with the same afflictions, difficulties, and needs.
Here I share some of the insight and strategies I received throughout the training. This is part two of a two part series. If you have another practice or strategy, please share it with everyone at the bottom of the post.
Trauma and How it Creates Limiting Beliefs
Trauma and how it affects the brain and body is complicated. As I like to say in the yoga classes I teach, “Every body is different”. Because of this, trauma, and other brain patterns, are stored differently in different people.
There are five factors from which a belief, or way of thinking leading one to act or behave in a certain way, stem. One does not have to experience all five to create a belief about themselves or someone else.
- Authority figure
- Multiple people
- Emotional Experience
These factors create positive and negative patterns or ways of thinking. The following story is a belief created early on in a young boys life, which has negative effects. One can imagine the positive patterns created by these very same factors.