The Mind Illuminated archive

Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Q&A: How would you advise someone that has PTSD and panics when the start to meditate?

Master Culadasa gives tips for beginners with PTSD.

Note: Upasaka Nandaka is using a tool called Descript to create machine-generated transcriptions of some of the talks on the TMI Archive (at a pace of up to 30 hours of audio a month). The following is one such transcript. If you’d like to help edit them for accuracy and readability, please see this Google Doc for detailed instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YxweiCr1N4YXY3Bn1mTzPBp811hTGolKroJS_RCMqo0/edit. Any editing contribution, no matter how small, is appreciated. Please remove this notice when the transcript has been fully edited.

Student: [00:00:00] Slowing came to you and had something like a post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional problems that made it very uncomfortable for them to sit by me. What would be your, what would be the best way to help them begin meditation practice?

Culadasa: Okay. So they have difficulty sitting due to mental agitation.

Student: Certainly and fear associated with that, right? Not just they're agitated, but maybe even fear. They close their eyes and they get panicked.

Culadasa: Okay. If they have panic, when they close their eyes, I would say. They meditate with their eyes open at least to start with certainly that they meditate for shorter periods of time.

And it could be very helpful if they start off doing more walking meditation now with their eyes open and they're moving and they still have, the sense of control, but they can still be focusing the mind on the soles of the feet and directing and sustaining the attention and calming the line.

So the I would suggest a combination of those things and add moved gradually into bonder sitting and move gradually towards supposing the eyes as it creates a problem.


Automated transcription

Someone came to you and had something like i'm not traumatic dress on I'm my notes probably that made it very uncomfortable for them to sit by me. What would be your what would be the best way to help them begin meditating practice. Okay. So they they have difficulty sitting due to mental agitation. Well, certainly... You're associated with that. Right? Not just they're agitated, but maybe even fear they close their eyes and they get panicked. Okay. Well, if they have panic when they close their eyes, I would suggest they meditate with their eyes open at least to start with.

Certainly that they meditate for shorter periods of time. And it could be very helpful if they start off doing more walking meditation. Know with their eyes open and they're moving and they still have, you know, a sense of control, but they can still be focusing the mine and the sole of the feet directing and sustaining the attention that calling the line. So the i I would suggest a combination of those things and and moved gradually into longer sitting and move gradually towards closing the eyes.

You can edit the title and description of this talk to help us organise the content and make it better searchable.

Edit talk