A large part of my job is to provide clients with self-care tools. Most of us can't afford continual trips to various therapists, and if we're serious about maintaining or improving our health, we need to create some time in our schedule to work with ourselves.
Physical activity is important, and proper nutrition can't be overlooked. But we also need tools to work with our minds, to deal with those things like illness, anxiety, depression, and so on that drain our energy and keep us from feeling fully alive. We can call these our “traumas;” another way to describe them is our “demons.”
One of my Buddhist teachers, Lama Tsultrim Allione, has developed a five-step method for "Feeding Your Demons." Although most of us would do almost anything to avoid these issues, Lama Tsultrim teaches that not only should we get close to them, but we should feed them to full satisfaction! This strategy of nurturing rather than battling our inner and outer enemies offers a revolutionary path to resolve conflict and leads to psychological integration and inner peace.
The following is a video of Lama Tsultrim explaining the origin of her "Feeding Your Demons" practice, and she actually guides you through it. If you'd like to skip directly to the guided meditation, it begins at 21:40. Please let me know how it works for you!
At Bodhisattva Bodywork, I offer a variety of trauma resolution therapeutic services in my Chapel Hill office and online via a secure video link. I’m also affiliated with a trauma-focused group psychotherapy practice in Japan: Trauma Treatment Center and Resources (TTCR), which offers body-based therapy sessions and educational seminars in both English and Japanese.