Place of Peace Garden: Finding that Place of Peace Within to Overcome Anxious Thoughts

Welcome to the Post-Traumatic Growth and Resilience Project!

This comprehensive program contains 21 Mindfulness “Sur-Thrival” exercises to help you transform post-traumatic stress and anxiety into growth and resilience. Each of these exercises also has a 1-minute pause near the end to give you time for reflection.

We can’t truly be free from the anxiety and stress of life until we can learn how to step away from our thoughts and focus on the beauty and stillness of the moment – that’s what mindfulness can do for us.

Exercise #12 – Place of Peace Garden

Objective: Tapping into Your Place of Peace Within

Finding a place to relax and unwind and escape your thoughts is crucial for those with PTSD.

Overthinking or ruminating is often the cause of stress. For those with PTSD, a garden is a safe and peaceful place to escape to and a place where you can set aside your anxiety and immerse yourself in the magic of the moment.

Imagine yourself sitting in a peaceful, calm garden. Consciously let go of the day you are having so far. Tune in to what you see, sense or feel. Your garden may appear different every time you do this meditation. You might be sitting in a garden filled with statues or water fountains or simply a place filled with beautiful plants and flowers.

Take a seat somewhere in this peaceful place, maybe on a bench or under a tree.

Now ask yourself what it is you need to release to continue to experience this peaceful place in your mind.

Affirmation: Today I intend to be gentle and kind to myself. Today I choose peace.

These exercises can be used within a solitary mindfulness practice or featured in groups and classes. This guide is perfect for: PTSD Groups. Therapists or Counselors. Meditation and Mindfulness Groups. Coaches, Educators, and School-Based Groups. Ministers and Spiritual Counselors. Sobriety and Addiction Groups. Yoga, Reiki, or Tai-Chi Classes. The exercises in this product are designed for anyone going through post-traumatic stress and anxiety. These empowering exercises will help you rise above the anxiety, fear, and pain and start fresh.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has become a worldwide epidemic. While there may not be a “cure” there are ways to better manage it, and mindfulness is one of those ways. Mindfulness grounds you to the earth and to the present moment allowing you to temporarily step away from the pain and the trauma. The more you connect with this inner world of healing, through a practice like mindfulness the more peace and harmony you will experience.

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