Mindfulness is often suggested as a panacea for, well, everything. It is not. It is especially important to be careful about practicing or teaching meditation when trauma is involved. I wanted to make sure you saw this video conversation between trauma expert and author David Treleaven, Jenna, and myself. It’s not short (a little over an hour), but if you have a chance to watch it, it contains valuable insights into working with trauma as part of a meditation practice.
With love, Susan
David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma and mindfulness. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (W. W. Norton), which was praised by meditation teacher Tara Brach as “essential and fascinating reading for meditation teachers, mental health professionals, and all those who have suffered from trauma.” Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, he received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has been studying mindfulness for twenty years.