019: Understanding Trauma Through Meditation and Mindfulness – A Talk with Anton Eastick


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“When we come into the experience of the body and accept everything we find, as it is, we can start to notice the habitual patterns of our minds.”

Anton Eastick - Understanding Trauma
Anton Eastick

An experienced insight meditation teacher and psychotherapist, Anton Eastick carries a wealth of information about the workings of the mind and the effect trauma has on our lives.

Coming from a Buddhist philosophy Anton offers unique insights about understanding trauma and how we can begin to move through this trauma using meditation and mindfulness techniques.

I’ve experienced huge benefits in well-being from meditation and remaining aware of the thoughts and emotions I feel in my body. But I wanted to dive deeper with Anton to find out how the practice of meditation and mindful ‘watching’ actually works to heal our past traumas and brings us into a space where authentic action is possible – responding solely and uniquely to the moment in front of us.

Show Highlights and Takeaways

The Nature of Trauma

  • Trauma can be caused by an experience that was too much for us to handle. We deal with those experiences in a way that allows us to move on and remain functional in life.
  • Trauma can be caused by a big event or smaller subtler events which could be ongoing.
  • Being able to express ourselves after a traumatic experience can prevent us from holding onto the trauma in our bodies.
  • A traumatic experience doesn’t necessarily lead to an internal holding of trauma.
  • Animals don’t often carry trauma within their bodies as they shake off intense experiences which is a form of expressing the feelings within the body.
  • Dealing with past traumas, we need to find a way to access the original feeling and express it.

Anger and Aggression

  • Anger can be separated from Aggression.
  • Anger holds a lot of energy which can be expressed in constructive ways.
  • Aggression is destructive and usually involves trying to overpower someone – “I’m right, you’re wrong.”

Meditation and Mindfulness for Healing Trauma

  • When meditating on our breathing we can include the whole body in the experience, instead of remaining in the head.
  • There is nothing permanent about our thoughts and ideas about life.
  • When we come into the experiences of the body and accept everything we find as it is, we can start to notice the habitual patterns of our minds.
  • The body has it’s own wisdom. It will tell us know what foods to eat or not to eat, how it likes to be treated or not.
  • There’s no set process for dealing with our trauma. It’s a unique process for every individual.
  • Staying within our bodies at the sensation level and accepting what we find as it is we give these feelings the space to express themselves.
  • Over time, watching our thoughts and feelings leads us to dis-identifying with the habitual reactions we have and weakens the hold they have on us.
  • The healing process is not just about the impersonal watching of our thoughts and feelings. It’s about responding (expressing ourselves) in a way that is true to the moment from the unconditioned space that impersonal watching provides.

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About Benjamin

Hi, I’m Benjamin. I podcast and blog about authentic expression and self-discovery. I also make slow-videos for rest and reflection. You can read more about me here.

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