Meditation and (C)PTSD
When we lose depth and connection, depression, feeling unloved and alienated are perceived expressions of that loss of depth. It is not by attempting to discover the meaning of why we have lost that connection, but rather by being fully attentive to the disconnection, that connection comes back again.
Being attentive allows the real story that relates to the disconnection to naturally come to the foreground.
PTSD Depression and The Seat of the Heart
Disconnection and connection relate to the heart area. When you have to withdraw into yourself because your environment is directly abusive, or when you suffer through a harrowing event or loss, the heart area closes, and in its wake creates feelings of loneliness and depression.
The heart area defaults to this survival mode, even though the price to pay, over time, is a high one.
Healing from CPTSD, PTSD Depression, and CPTSD through Meditative Awareness
Feeling into the body will, at some point, start to activate the emotions that are held within by physical tensions. What we often tend to do is to shut down and escape, or get overwhelmed again by those very same emotions.
If you come closer to the wound tentatively, carefully and often, neither pushing too fast or too early, nor evading the issue, you will gradually build up more courage, resilience, and containment which will allow you to "hold" the wound under your direct attention; then healing will begin to happen.
It is by being attentive and forgetting about "getting somewhere" that change starts to happen. Healing comes uninvited when you take away the element of time, and of wishing for an outcome.
It is through the flame of meditation that emotional residue is burned away, opening up the possibility of continuing life with an open heart.
How is meditation for you and how does it help you, or not help you in dealing with PTSD and Depression? Leave your comment below.