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On 5/10/2020 at 11:17 AM, Gene Williams said:

Thanks @Jo L,

I also grew up Catholic and can really identify with what you are  saying!!!!  I have read Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, and Trah Brach books... to name a few. I also follow servaral Buddhism related podcasts and information online. I am not sharing this to suggest that I am any kind of an expert..... just figuring out my spritual path. What i do not have  is  any kind of real community to connect with about what I am learning and experiencing.

I really appreciate your offer to conenct about questions/experiences etc.

Kind Regards,

Gene

 

Thanks Gene! It's nice to hear that you also grew up Catholic- it's a unique background so I appreciate that you 'get' me. Also appreciate that you have immersed yourself in such good literature and information about Buddhism. There is always more to learn, and I like when people are passionate about such an amazing and life-changing topic. 

Have a wonderful day- and we'll talk further!

Jo

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11 hours ago, David Weiskopf said:

Hello, Paige. I am not familiar with the Grand Master. Is that Grand Master Lu? My main focus, but not my sole focus, has been on the ancient teachings as celebrated by the Theravadin tradition plus anything this layman can fathom from modern science, which is not so very much. I also was not familiar with Burt Goldman, who I gather promotes wellness with an approach similar to EMDR, about which I also know little. But, the book The Body Keeps the Score reports amazing results with it. I would like to learn more, but like you I find there are limits, even for a retired person!! Thanks for posting and I look forward to more.

Hello, I am very familiar and trained in EMDR, which treats trauma by gradually leading the client through distressing memories while utilizing bilateral stimulation to help the brain resolve the trauma by neutralizing the memories, desensitizing them, and moving them from the amygdala to the hippocampus so the memories are less likely to be associated with sensations and be triggered, and more consolidated with other memories.

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Just now, Jo L said:

Hello, I am very familiar and trained in EMDR, which treats trauma by gradually leading the client through distressing memories while utilizing bilateral stimulation to help the brain resolve the trauma by neutralizing the memories, desensitizing them, and moving them from the amygdala to the hippocampus so the memories are less likely to be associated with sensations and be triggered, and more consolidated with other memories.

Thanks David for mentioning the book The Body Keeps The Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, which is an excellent book that explains trauma reshapes the body and the brain, and how with neuroplasticity, it is possible to recover and change neural pathways to make real changes in how trauma survivors think and function. 

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I've recently stumbled upon the cover of that book - The Body Keeps The Score - numerous times. Will add it to my to-read list!

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On 5/14/2020 at 2:00 AM, Gillian Sanger said:

I've recently stumbled upon the cover of that book - The Body Keeps The Score - numerous times. Will add it to my to-read list!

I love that title  "The Body Keeps the Score"  That is what Chinese Medicine is all about.  I will have to add that to my list.  Thank you. 

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19 hours ago, Paige PIlege said:

 

I love that title  "The Body Keeps the Score"  That is what Chinese Medicine is all about.  I will have to add that to my list.  Thank you. 

I've just ordered it online and plan to read it when I take a week off work soon! I will keep you posted on my thoughts and reflections @Paige PIlege

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9 hours ago, Gillian Sanger said:

I've just ordered it online and plan to read it when I take a week off work soon! I will keep you posted on my thoughts and reflections @Paige PIlege

Yes I would love to hear your thoughts. wonderful, I am half way through Tara Brach's book.  Have to pick and choose the next. lol  Such great selections. 

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I have been teaching Mindfulness Meditation classes for 4.5 years now (I trained to teach the MBSR course but lack the time to teach the full blown course, so my classes are taught in a similar way).  Sometimes, I find it hard to find people to practice with due to living in a rural town.  I have been attending a twice-monthly Secular Buddhist Practice Circle for about two years. I invite you to check it out.

The URL for the Secular Buddhism Association is:  https://secularbuddhism.org/

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Thank you both Robyn and David for the links to excellent websites. I'm definitely going to check both of them out. 

Have a great day!

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On 6/12/2020 at 11:54 PM, Mindfulness With Robyn said:

I have been teaching Mindfulness Meditation classes for 4.5 years now (I trained to teach the MBSR course but lack the time to teach the full blown course, so my classes are taught in a similar way).  Sometimes, I find it hard to find people to practice with due to living in a rural town.  I have been attending a twice-monthly Secular Buddhist Practice Circle for about two years. I invite you to check it out.

The URL for the Secular Buddhism Association is:  https://secularbuddhism.org/

Thank you for sharing Robyn! Yes, I can imagine it would be a bit difficult finding people to practice with in a rural setting. That is one blessing of the internet - we can find connections wherever we are.

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