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In one of our previous blogs, we talked about the mindful approach required for living a trauma-informed life. Trauma-informed is a term frequently used in trauma therapy, trauma treatment, and trauma recovery which indicates the need for people to be trauma-sensitive. Truly, living a trauma-informed lifestyle means living with trauma-awareness. Very often, we are lacking in the insight to trauma needed in order to have the compassion and empathy necessary toward ourselves or others who have lived through trauma.

We can gain inspiration and guidance for living a trauma-informed life from the eightfold path presented by Buddhism. Our previous blog discussed one through three. Here we will discuss four through eight.

4. Right action: Most people live with a certain level of ethics in their life which directs their understanding of right versus wrong. If we know someone has been verbally abused in their life, we know it is wrong to scream at them. If we know someone is sensitive to loud noises for other reasons, we know that fireworks, loud shows, and other triggers could be overwhelming. Mindful, right action inhibits us from intentionally or unintentionally taking triggering action toward people recovering from trauma.

5. Right livelihood: Choosing how we want to live our lives based on the impact it has on others is a big choice to make. We can conduct an audit of our life and analyze our impact. Do we offer a positive, negative, or neutral impact on the mental health and/or awareness of the world?

6. Right effort: To live in right effort means to live with diligence in caring for the Dharma. For non-Buddhist practitioners, this can mean living with diligence in caring for the mental health of yourself and for others. Put forth the effort necessary for self-care and encouraging others to take care of themselves, too.

7. Right mindfulness: Mindfulness is an application for living in a state of awareness by learning to notice, pay attention, and see the world without judgment. Mindfulness based practices help ease stress, tension, depression, and anxiety. Being aware of your own behaviors with a non-judgmental approach helps you be aware of others. By truly paying attention to people, you can see them differently which enhances your sense of empathy and compassion.

8. Right concentration: Right concentration refers to the practice of meditation. Meditation is not a requirement for living a trauma-informed life. It can be, however, a helpful tool in navigating the sometimes difficult and traumatizing events life presents. Meditation gives you a foundation of calm, mindful peacefulness from which you can operate on a daily basis.

Everyone has a story that starts before treatment. Everyone has a story that changes when treatment is over. Let The Guest House Ocala show you the way to recovery from trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Call us today for information on our residential treatment programs, concierge customization, and life at the estate: 1-855-483-7800