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Loving-kindness meditation can decrease PTSD

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Mister_Fabulous formerly BetaMale

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I suffer from a lot of trauma stemming from intense childhood abuse. Due to my trauma, I not only hated my abusers but was indifferent to most people.

I've been practising mindfulness meditation for a year or so now using the Waking Up app. I started practising loving-kindness meditation (Metta) last night using the same app, and I think it does make one more compassionate. I also found research that this practice can decrease PTSD:
 
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Meditation is a wonderful tool in recovery and coping
 
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Meditation is a wonderful tool in recovery and coping
It is! I was always skeptical about the whole idea of sitting cross-legged focusing on the breath, but there are scientifically proven benefits.
 
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I'm Buddhist and I love meditating too!
I'm currently struggling with my anxiety and CPTSD, but I find the concepts of wisdom, loving-kindness and compassion of Buddhist theories and practices help a great deal.
Not only does it help me breathe, but I am able to open my mind to a bigger view of the world and all its occurrences. As much as I want to cry and complain about the pain, I am able to find lessons and gratitude in every single wound that's built me stronger and more compassionate :)
 
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