Author: Danielle Hulan

When Meditating Doesn’t Feel Safe

Meditation has become a panacea in the mental health arena, and in some ways, for good reason (web search: benefits of meditation). But for some people, meditating can evoke anxiety, feelings of not being safe, distress or panic. If any of this is you, you are not alone! What can you do if meditation doesn’t feel safe in your mind and body? Let’s talk about 5 ways that you can reap some of the same benefits of meditation without the meditating!

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR understands that our brain has a natural processing system for processing and adaptively storing memories and experiences – even difficult ones. There are times however where an experience can overwhelm this natural processing system in the moment, and the memory or experience can be stored in a way that is not helpful. It is not helpful to experience disturbing emotions, beliefs, or body sensations about (or connected to) a past experience.