“A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”
There was a show on NPR today with a guest who treated victims of torture and other traumatic events who had post traumatic stress symptoms such as,
High vigilance– jumping at any noise ,expecting a crisis
nightmares – reliving the emotions of past experiences through dreams
flashbacks – returning to the traumatic event and reliving it, without any way to stop the experience.
One of the ways that he tried to break those patterns was using meditation to help the person to stay in the present moment, not in the past and not worrying about the future.
I read a book, in my younger days called ” Be Here Now ” by Ram Dass. It is a little hippie-dippie (as a friend once referred to my early life ) but if you read the whole book you will subliminally get the point of what he is trying to portray.
which is a simple idea of existing in the present moment ( the goal of meditation), and as Tony Robbins said if you remain in the present moment and work towards how you want your life to be – the future will take care of itself.
He also spoke of the effects of a deeper trauma and how the best thing you can do for someone who has experienced this type of situation is,
understand that they feel they have “lost a sense of the self – a soul death”.
Listen to them, don’t try to force an issue or idea on them, because they feel that they lost all control before, and need to know that where they are now, is under their control,
also help them to understand that no matter how horrible the incident they experienced, that you will not be hurt by listening to it, that you believe them and you will not reject them because of it.
Now I am not trying to give psychological advice, just passing along information that might be useful to those who are dealing with our soldiers who have this disorder and need our understanding.
The book is broken up into four sections: Journey: The Transformation, From Bindu to Ojas, Cookbook for a Sacred Life, and Painted Cakes. The first is a short biography of Ram Dass’ life, which began as Richard Alpert, and focuses on his transition to becoming Baba Ram Dass. The second, making up the core of the book, is a free-form collection of metaphysical aphorisms accompanied by illustrations. The third is a manual or “cookbook” for enacting certain changes in one’s own life and includes various techniques for yoga, pranayama, and meditation, as well as quotations from respected teachers of many religions and spiritual traditions. The last section contains an extensive list of recommended inspirational and self-help books, divided into such sections as “books to hang out with” and “books to visit with now & again.”
Still in print, the 416-page book continues to be popular and has sold over one million copies. Be Here Now is considered by many to be a manual for making the transition to a yogic or “spiritual” lifestyle. The work was originally distributed in pamphlet form by Lama Foundation. In the summer of 1977, Lama Foundation gave the copyright and half the proceeds from the book to Hanuman Foundation to further distribute the energy generated by the book through the projects of Hanuman Foundation.
The core message of Be Here Now, specifically the relationship between temporal consciousness and spiritual identity, has been reiterated by many other authors as well. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, by Alan Watts, are highly notable examples. From Wikipedia