Mindfulness and trauma healing

Mindfulness Meditation and Trauma Resolution

by Laura Piché on October 23, 2013

In the latest installment of SEPtalk, host Serge Prengel, an SE® Practitioner in New York City, speaks with Pawan Bareja, PhD about the benefit of including the teachings of mindfulness meditation when working with clients using the Somatic Experiencing® method. Pawan has integrated SE and mindfulness in her trauma resolution work.

In these conversations with Serge, Pawan explains: “When you bring in the warmth of mindfulness with compassion practices and loving kindness practices … then I feel huge healing happens.” For SE practitioners, she believes that mindfulness practices offer a container: “When you marry mindfulness with SE, then [you can ask]: ‘How do you open your heart and be present for some really deep wounded-ness in your client?’— and have a balance.”

The conversation is 29 minutes in length and includes a discussion on resonance and mindfulness in SE sessions. Pawan speaks about using mindfulness practices in her SE sessions as a practitioner and for her clients. Please listen to the full conversation here:

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Community Dharma LeaderPawan Bareja, PhD has practiced Buddhist meditation since 2001. She is a Ritual Minister and Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. In her private practice as Trauma Resolution Practitioner, she works with a diverse population of clients and includes mindfulness meditation. As a senior assistant in Somatic Experiencing trainings, Pawan has offered personal sessions and case consults at all levels for the past 10 years. She now teaches mindfulness and trauma classes and daylongs in San Francisco and at Spirit Rock.

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