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Flowers in the Dark:Reclaiming Your Power to Heal from Trauma with Mindfulness

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As a follower of Thich Nhat Hahn's teachings, and living one mile from Deer Park Monastery, this was such a blessing.

I have practiced mindfulness and meditation for years (off and on) but did not know how to use it in a way to help myself. He is co-author of the books Crabtree (with Jon Nichols) and This Bridge Will Not Be Gray (with Dave Eggers).Through her own story and those of many others, Sister Dang Nghiem, MD, offers a path to healing from childhood sexual abuse through mindfulness … a path that allows one to reclaim their childhood and move forward in their lives and to heal what for many is a very deep wound. Our aspiration is to contribute to collective insight and awakening, bringing about a more joyful, healthy, and compassionate society. I wanted off of the Prednisone more than I wanted to get better, but it was the only available tool to shut down the inflammation.

Other cars are moving fast on all sides, and now we are driving through a cloud of dollar bills, like the aftermath of a surreal pillow fight. I can access this vision of my robust health at any time and put it up against whatever symptoms I’m experiencing. As a trauma survivor, medical doctor and Buddhist nun, Sister Dang Nghiem, MD, offers an empowering mindfulness-based approach to healing. With the practice of mindfulness, we can access our strength as survivors and our joy in being alive.She’s a diehard San Francisco Giants fan, adorned with as many team logos and colored pins as she can squeeze onto her scrubs.

It hasn’t happened for many years now, but looking back now I feel like, What was I supposed to do, really? Less well known are the steps I’ve taken since I took refuge as a Buddhist nun, to heal from my past of childhood sexual abuse. The inner child practice Thich Nhat Hanh teaches is just one exercise among many in a holistic system of activities his tradition offers to the world for transforming pain and suffering—and generating peace and joy.The Five Strengths of applied Zen Buddhism, which underpin the sister’s teachings, are accessible and deeply compassionate practices for healing trauma. Admittedly, I was not enthusiastic at the prospect since I was already quite tired after a long day at the retreat. Mindfulness is a miracle because it enables us to behold ourselves and our lives as if witnessing the blossoming of a flower for the very first time. From my room, you can see a slice of the harbor across the highway if you stand behind the lamp by the window. She is the author of two books: a memoir, Healing: A Woman's Journey from Doctor to Nun (2010), and Mindfulness as Medicine: A Story of Healing and Spirit (2015).

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