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In a world where stress and challenges seem to be an inevitable part of life, the concept of trauma-informed mindfulness emerges as a beacon of hope and healing. Mindfulness, rooted in ancient contemplative practices, has been a source of solace for centuries. When combined with a trauma-informed approach, it becomes a powerful tool for navigating the intricate path of healing from past wounds. Let’s explore how trauma-informed mindfulness can be a transformative journey towards self-discovery and resilience.

Understanding Trauma and Mindfulness:

Trauma, in its various forms, can leave lasting imprints on both the mind and body. Whether it’s the result of a single traumatic event or prolonged exposure to stress, the effects can be profound. Trauma-informed mindfulness recognises the sensitivity of those who have experienced trauma and adapts traditional mindfulness practices accordingly.

Mindfulness, at its core, involves being present in the moment without judgment. It invites individuals to observe their thoughts and feelings with curiosity and compassion. When applied through a trauma-informed lens, it takes into account the unique needs and triggers of trauma survivors. The emphasis is on creating a safe and supportive space for healing.

Building a Safe Space:

One key element of trauma-informed mindfulness is the creation of a safe and nurturing environment. Mindfulness practices are often introduced in a way that allows individuals to choose their level of engagement and control. This autonomy is crucial for trauma survivors who may have experienced a loss of control during their traumatic experiences.

Practitioners and instructors play a vital role in establishing a sense of safety. Language, tone, and choice of activities are all carefully considered to avoid retraumatisation. The emphasis is on empowerment, encouraging individuals to explore their own boundaries and gradually expand their comfort zones.

Embodied Mindfulness:

Trauma is not only stored in the mind but can also manifest in the body. Trauma-informed mindfulness places a strong emphasis on embodied practices that reconnect individuals with their physical sensations. Techniques such as body scans, mindful movement, and breath awareness help survivors develop a sense of agency over their own bodies.

By fostering a mind-body connection, trauma survivors can learn to listen to their bodies’ signals without fear. This embodied mindfulness approach promotes self-regulation and self-compassion, allowing individuals to release stored tension and cultivate a sense of safety within their own bodies.

Cultivating Resilience:

The ultimate goal of trauma-informed mindfulness is to cultivate resilience and empower individuals to reclaim their lives. Mindfulness practices provide tools for managing difficult emotions, reducing anxiety, and improving overall well-being. As individuals become more attuned to the present moment, they often discover a newfound strength and resilience within themselves.

Through mindfulness, trauma survivors can develop a greater capacity to navigate life’s challenges without being overwhelmed by past traumas. The journey towards healing becomes a process of self-discovery, allowing individuals to rewrite their narratives and reclaim their sense of agency.


Trauma-informed mindfulness is a compassionate approach to healing that acknowledges the impact of trauma while offering a pathway to resilience. By creating a safe space, incorporating embodied practices, and fostering self-compassion, individuals can embark on a transformative journey towards healing from within. As mindfulness continues to evolve, its integration with trauma-informed principles provides a beacon of hope for those seeking solace and empowerment on their healing journey.


Join our Trauma Informed Mindfulness Course

At Samye Ling OR Online

12-14 April 2024

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The aim of this course is to increase awareness of trauma, by bringing together various perspectives in the understanding of trauma and its effects, and to explore how mindfulness practice can be a nourishing source of support on the journey of healing and self-discovery. The format of the course will be a mixture of mindfulness practice, experiential exercises, and interactive teaching.


Natasha is a senior psychotherapist, specialising in trauma, currently working for an NHS trauma service in London. Choden is a long time Buddhist monk and mindfulness teacher. Together they will explore how mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassion in the context of trauma can promote healing and integration.  Jacky will provide some mindful movement to move towards embodiment of practice.

Try a short 4 minute practice from the course