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‘Healing in Wholeness with Yogic Meditation’ next trauma program at Central Hall

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — If you have experienced trauma, whether from military experiences, serious illness, vehicular accidents, loss of loved ones or dysfunctional relationships, you may feel broken. Finding and nurturing your innate sense of wholeness through meditation exercise provides the gateway to the healing of those particular issues inherent in traumas.

“When we’re working from wholeness, we’re not trying to fix or change the person. We’re helping to bring out the sense of wholeness,” states Richard Miller, PhD, clinical psychologist. This sense of wholeness can be discovered in about 30 minutes using Miller’s meditation approach.

Miller, besides being a clinical psychologist, is also a yogic scholar and researcher. He founded and co-founded several key organizations, including the International Association of Yoga Therapy, the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and the Integrative Restoration Institute. Miller is the author of the book “Healing and Well-Being,” “iRest Meditation” and “Yoga Nidra.”

Miller’s “Healing in Wholeness” presentation via video will reveal his extensive understanding and experience in the field of trauma recovery. Sponsored by NAMI Piscataquis County and part of the Sounds True Healing Trauma Summit, this program will occur on Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at The Commons at Central Hall in Dover-Foxcroft.

Guiding participants through his meditation exercise, he brings his listeners to a sense of peace and stillness to the point of just “being.” When you come to the sense of just being, you experience timelessness, spaciousness, and the realization of perfection in all things, including yourself, engendering a sense of well-being. From that sense of wholeness and well-being, one can begin to heal.

As an attendee and participant in this trauma healing program, you will learn about the neuroscience that leads us to move with meditation to wholeness at the very beginning of the healing process. The amygdala, which holds the negative experiences in the brain, becomes activated, hijacked if you will, when fear and anger occur. Using yogic-style meditation, even for short periods of time throughout the day when stress approaches, can activate the hippocampus, the portion of the brain that brings perspective to the situation. Activating the hippocampus results in more desirable consequences.

Miller explains that resilience, as well as our innate wholeness, is hardwired into us and can be accessed through meditation. Kindness, compassion and love naturally arise through the practice as you step out of stress.

Yogic meditation can be used by everyone. Professionals, those experiencing trauma, and those with everyday stress find it useful. It has even been successful with people who have been thought to be unable to meditate, such as those with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or psychosis. It has been especially successful with people who have PTSD. Throughout his 40-year career, Miller has practiced in VA hospitals, hospice environments, pain clinics, psychiatric hospitals and private practice to help people move from their innate sense of wholeness to mental, physical and spiritual healing.

If you would like to attend this free, peaceful and healing presentation to learn how to easily incorporate yogic meditation into your daily life or to help others to do so, please call 924-7903 or write to nami.piscataquis@gmail.com.

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