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Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 - January tbi Support Group Mtgs. in Portland

Presenting GMMP to support group meetings in Portland

1)  Brainstormers II at Emanuel Hospital (Saturday, Jan. 15, 10A)
2)  tbi social group at Pietros in Milwakie (Tuesday, Jan.  18, 11:30A)

(Benefits for fellow head-injury survivors)         

Head-injury is an invisible disability, not easily seen from the outside like a wheelchair or crutches. However it’s still a disability known profoundly, from the inside.  Gold Mind Meditation Project exists to offer you the possibility of transforming your disability into capability: being present and awake to an abiding wellness, in spite of your injury.  I speak from my personal experience,  my brain injury.  You can cultivate your mind's inherent strengths. You can learn a self- generating long-term practice that will enhance your life, with satisfaction and way more smiles.  Really! 

Let me share my experience.  Returning to college thirty years ago, I was involved in a serious car wreck. I was in a coma and Jaws-of-Life were required to free me. When I came to I had amnesia, diplopia (double-vision), and TBI (traumatic brain injury). In short, I was not who I used to be.  My life was forever changed.  Since that time I have lived with the challenges of TBI.  I know the devastation of this condition from the inside, and wish to share what I've found to be a powerful healing benefit for me, and possibly for you.

This malady has often been misdiagnosed and thus poorly treated. I struggled to complete my degree at the University and to get on with my life, very unsure of what I could be or do. Within a few years I experienced the frustrating failure of the loss of several jobs before learning that this was the result of my TBI. There is light at the end of this tunnel.

In top-of-the line and expensive rehabilitation programs I was taught 'compensatory coping strategies' for the 'cognitive deficits' of my brain injury. These strategies are well-intended rehab but fell short of addressing my inner well being.  They didn't work for me; I had to learn the necessary inner transformation for myself.  This is the cleansing of mind and knowing it's gold.  

I discovered Insight Meditation. This simple practice of sitting mindfully helps me be clear-eyed and capable of sustained attention, knowing that as obstacles arise I have the capacity to face them directly from a steady place of clear seeing.  This practice is based on the intent to relieve suffering and dissatisfaction, cleansing the mind of illusions, and grounding us in a sense of dignified inner wellness, at peace beyond the physical damage.

With practice you can become aware of the present moment and learn exactly what is most needed for you. Healing is a possibility.  It's been well documented by neurologists, psychologists, and doctors: mindfulness practice leads to positive brain healing (neuroplasticity). I am choosing to live my life intentionally and more skillfully.  You can tooThis is the start of a new path!

Had C. Walmer