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From elementary schools to psychotherapy offices, mindfulness meditation is an increasingly mainstream practice. At the same time, trauma remains a fact of life: The majority of us will experience a traumatic event in our lifetime, and up to 20 percent of us will develop post-traumatic stress. This means that anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room is likely to be struggling with trauma. At first glance, this appears to be a good thing: Trauma creates stress, and mindfulness is a proven tool for reducing it. But the reality is not so simple.

Drawing on a decade of research and clinical experience, psychotherapist and educator David Treleaven shows that mindfulness meditation - practiced without an awareness of trauma - can exacerbate symptoms of traumatic stress. Instructed to pay close, sustained attention to their inner world, survivors can experience flashbacks, dissociation, and even retraumatization. This raises a crucial question for mindfulness teachers, trauma professionals, and survivors everywhere: How can we minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits?

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness offers answers to this question. Part I provides an insightful and concise review of the histories of mindfulness and trauma, including the way modern neuroscience is shaping our understanding of both. Through grounded scholarship and wide-ranging case examples, Treleaven illustrates the ways mindfulness can help - or hinder - trauma recovery.

Part II distills these insights into five key principles for trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Covering the role of attention, arousal, relationship, dissociation, and social context within trauma-informed practice, Treleaven offers 36 specific modifications designed to support survivors' safety and stability. The result is a groundbreaking and practical approach that empowers those looking to practice mindfulness in a safe, transformative way.

©2018 David A. Treleaven (P)2018 Tantor

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Loved it!

As a clinician who facilitates mindfulness groups for individuals recovering from concurrent disorders, I found the considerations around trauma to be highly relevant. A very worthwhile listen. #Audible1

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Excellent book ! Excellent timing !

Wow ! Thank you Mr. Treleaven, for this work. It arrived in my life in such great timing. I would rate it as outstanding because of the capacity to highlight and say out loud truths most people try so hard to avoid. Very helpful I you want a clear understanding of Post traumatic condition and if you want a holistic perspective on trauma.

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From a survivor with complex P.T.S.D.

With all that I have read in my quest for health, I have never identified, understood and accepted and related to a piece of literature like this book. I recommend it to anyone with a traumatic past, anyone treating someone or just be prepared for that unexpected day where a friend opens up and truly needs you.

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great narration

this easy to listen to and understand as an audio book. I could follow along to concepts easily.

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  • Pamela Rae
  • 2018-10-18

For Mindful Practitioners Only

This isn’t a book for trauma survivors; but to show how to make a mindfulness business more trauma-sensitive.

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  • Shawn
  • 2018-12-06

Trauma, Mindfulness, and Culture

I have listened to many books on trauma and many more on mindfulness and read many to increase my cultural lens - this is the best summary of all those and a very helpful specific exploration to ensure mindfulness practices are tuned in to humans that have experienced trauma. Avoid inadvertently shaming survivors, and help them embrace mindfulness to rewire their brains with this wonderful, well read guide.

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  • Daria Garina
  • 2018-12-14

Clear, timely, accessible, practical.

This book is a necessary read for all teachers and practioners of mondfulness prsctices. its a real gift.

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  • MissM
  • 2018-12-04

interesting subject and knowledgeable author

topic was interesting and the author was knowledgeable in how trauma effects those impacted by conditions such as Post-traumatic stress disorder.

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  • Robin Sol Lieberman
  • 2018-06-23

Relevant! Relevant! Relevant!

For those who recognize that the perpetuation of humanities systemic trauma and abuse is probably not going to go away by itself. For those who want to become actively involved in seeing humanity live together in a peaceful, expansive joyous way. Not just cartoon fantasy but actually doing the honest work of allowing that potential to bloom in our lifetime. For those who are not afraid to wake up to what’s really happening inside themselves and around themselves. For those who are more interested in truth then disassociated fantasy. for those who just want the tools to create a safe space for their clients to engage in a mindfulness meditation practice. This book is for you! (This book was most definitely for me. Five stars all around!)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-10-13

Unnecessarily Political and Off-putting

I am a trauma survivor diagnosed with complex PTSD. I have been in trauma resolution therapy for nearly 5 years and am well versed in this topic. But I couldn't get past the framing of trauma through the author's political lens. I wanted factual, practical help in how to incorporate mindfulness in my overall treatment regimen. What I got was identity politics and the contextualization of heinous violations of the human person's dignity as symptoms of systemic racism, sexism, and classism. If I want preaching, I'll go to church.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-22

Well-intentioned but premised on pseudoscience

poly-vagal theory: unproven, theoretical, not based in the current understanding functional of neuro-anatomy. Google it.

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  • Dani Monster
  • 2020-06-09

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This is what we need in colonized mental health. Advocates. Thank you to the authors for this body of work.

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  • SafeMommy
  • 2019-10-11

good information but slow-moving

good information but slow moving. The stories are interesting. some good metaphors. but much of the book reads like a textbook

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  • barbara swingle
  • 2018-12-26

great book however the author brung up his hobby

it is finally a book and advice dealing with my anxiety and PTSD HOWEVER HE BRUNG UP HIS LIBERAL AND MISGUIDANCE IF TRUTH OF HOW AND WHY THESE KIDS DIED BY COPS. HE DID MENTION THE BACK STORIES WHY I THINK PEOPLE WHO HELP MENTAL PEOPLE SHOULD THEIR POLITICS OUT OF THE JOBS AND DISCUSSION. IT'S NIT CONNECTED WITH OUR ISSUES. BUT FINALLY ADVICE WHICH WAS GENERALIZE EACH PART ON OUR TRUMA SENSITIVE MINDSET. BUT DAVID SHUT WITH BLIND KNOWLEDGE OF BEING An activist!!!!!

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