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Hello everyone !
I am a PTSD sufferer (I also have C-PTSD, which affects my ability to trust, causes chronic low self-esteem, and causes me to easily feel hurt or to have painful emotional flashbacks to pain, shame, and sadness).
and I practice what I call 'Buddhism-Lite', I regularly follow teachings, I practice metta, I try to keep my ethics good (but not super strict - though I've recently being going to sangha more often which I feel is putting me on the right track). In addition, I practice a mindfulness based therapy called Somatic Experiencing, which focuses on bringing attention to bodily awareness and I find it very helpful. However, I know from my own reading that meditation can be dangerous for trauma survivors, so I steer away from sitting meditation extensively... this is something that has been recommended by two trauma specialists (the guy who founded Somatic Experiencing) and Bessel Van Der Kolk (a prominent trauma specialist in the US) - though both are advocates of body-based mindfulness practices. I wonder if anyone has any experience of PTSD and meditation and what they personally think of practising with PTSD (I don't personally wish to debate whether or not it can be dangerous for trauma survivors )?
I just wondered if anyone else was a sufferer who practices here ? In addition, does anyone have any general advice on what kind of Buddhist practices may help ?
Thanks everyone !