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 #7 – The Secret Garden of the Mind
Objective: Tending the Garden of the Mind.
The secret garden is a metaphor for the mind and a refuge and place you can go when you experience stress and anxiety. Take a moment to breathe deeply and imagine this sacred place in your mind. As you enter this sacred space, pay attention to what you see, sense or feel.
Notice what kind of state your garden is in. Is it neat and tidy? Is it messy or unkempt? Take some time to tend the garden of your mind. Clean up the garden by raking or making a burn pile. Plant some new seeds, Enjoy this beautiful place. Your garden may look different every time you do this work.
Now, take a moment to rest and enjoy what you have done here. Make a point to start putting yourself first because your needs are important. Stay as long as you like – as long as you need and continue working in your garden cultivating new seeds every time you visit.
Your garden is symbolic, so pay attention to what you see. Walk around and smell the wonderful plants and flowers. Let the energy of your secret garden fill you up.
Repeat the affirmations: My anxious thoughts do not define me. I face anxiety with courage and strength.
Stay here as long as you like and as long as you need to regain that sense of peace, tranquility and balanced.
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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