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Monday, April 16, 2012

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 Gold Mind Meditation Project
(Benefits for fellow head-injury survivors)         

Head-injury is an invisible disability, not easily seen from the outside like wheelchair or crutches. However, it’s still a disability known profoundly from inside, with an array of symptoms - vastly different for each survivor. Gold Mind Meditation Project has the purpose of empowering you to transform your relationship with this new condition and thrive: through the power of mindfulness.

I speak from personal experience.  Returning to college years ago, I was involved in a serious car accident. Jaws-of-Life were required to free me from the vehicle, I got a skull fracture and was in a coma for six days. My brain swelled in my skull and when I came to I had amnesia, diplopia (double-vision), and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). In an instant I was not who I used to be.

Since that time I have lived with the challenges of TBI. I struggled to complete my university degree and to get on with my new life. I graduated from university (B.S.) and then within a few years experienced frustrating failure in the loss of several jobs.  Often I was cloudy and very unsure of what I could do or be.
Fortunately my friend, an occupational therapist showed that this was the direct result of my TBI.

TBI has often been misdiagnosed and thus poorly treated. 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 were well-intended rehab but fell short of knowing and actually addressing my inner well being. They didn't work for me; I had to learn that necessary inner transformation for myself.  In my own explorations I learned to sift gold from the gravel of my life experience in order to find meaning, value and purpose for myself.
Knowing devastation and frustration of this condition directly, I intend to share what I've found to be a powerful healing benefit for me, and possibly for you too. I’ve learned Insight Meditation or mindfulness meditation practice. Learning this simple practice can enhance your life, with satisfaction and way more ease and smiles. Really! The technique of practice is very malleable and everyone can find a way that is appropriate to him or her. There is light at the end of the tunnel for each survivor.

Regular meditation practice has helped me be clear-eyed and mindful, capable of sustained attention.  With mindfulness I can accept and gently hold whatever moods suddenly arise in my consciousness, letting go of what does not serve me.  This training is intended to relieve suffering and dissatisfaction, freeing the mind of illusions. It can ground us in a sense of dignified inner wellness, and peace beyond the damages of our trauma and change.  This is the golden path of being authentic to who you are and finding current capabilities.

Mindfulness practice can lead to brain healing (neuroplasticity).  I am now choosing to live my life intentionally and more skillfully, making peace with this malady and finding healing. You can too. This is the start of a new path!

Had C. Walmer                     (503)332-3046