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I’ve discovered a new inner mechanism—a mental resource for inner development—that I hadn’t known about. Perhaps hundreds of people may already have discovered the same thing. A few of them may even have written about it. But let me explain it this way:

People have difficulty being present in the moment because of their noisy, non-stop minds. From my experience working with people, the worst of the worst are people who have unresolved issues with past trauma. And that covers the majority of our population.

Recent research shows trauma is not merely remembered by the mind, but it actually changes brain structure. Trauma changes the way a person thinks and feels. Trauma reprograms people’s behaviors, often forcing them to react in the same way as the time the original trauma happened. As a result, a person’s mind can be hijacked over and over by something that happened in the past.

This is known as Post Traumatic Stress, or PTS. Previously it was called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But the psychiatric community decided to quit calling it a disorder, so the “D” was dropped.

Perhaps the most significant thing to know about PTS is it damages your your mind. Most significantly it damages your ability to control your mind.

For example, there you are, sitting on your meditation cushion, trying to calm your out-of-control conscious mind. But stress from some past trauma (that you may not even remember) is forcing your mind to go round and around like a rat in a roundhouse.

What to do?

In the short-term, improve your skills in Zen meditation. Then, the long-term solution is using your Zen practice to stop those rat-in-roundhouse thinking patterns, allowing you to be fully present where you are.

Each time you feel fear and anxiety forcing your mind into those round-and-round, out-of-control thought patterns, you must relax, breath deeply, and pull yourself back into the Zen state. As you do that repeatedly, over and over for many meditations, you can gradually undo the programming damage that was done by previous trauma.

The magic is this: Each time you feel threatened by your PTS, put yourself into a peaceful present-to-the-moment state of mind . You will gradually, over time, change your programmed responses. Instead of reacting with overwhelming fear and suffering from whatever stimulus formerly caused stress, your mind will react instead by creating a peaceful state. All it takes is practice. Lots of practice.

You can use the Zen state in almost any conceivable situation. You can use it to put yesterday and tomorrow out of your mind, and allow yourself to be in the peaceful experience and awareness of now.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

June 17, 2015 at 7:46 pm

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