The Intersection of Buddhist psychology and Somatic Experiencing Therapy

The Somatic Experiencing (SE) Trauma Institute has posted an interview with me, covering some basic principles of how to integrate SE’s psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and chronic stress with a Buddhist psychological approach. Not surprisingly, these two methods have much in common: the use of mindful attending to external and internal stimuli and resting awareness in its natural arising and passing away, increasing a patient’s conscious experience of the brain’s innate interoceptive capacities, mind-body nervous system regulation, and intentional cultivation of wisdom and compassion.

What Buddhist psychology uniquely offers is the wisdom of self-lessness. In this interview I suggest that even as somatic release of physical and subtle body knots of trauma occurs, the self will continue to grasp at its habitual identification with trauma narratives. Clinging to autobiographical narratives of a wounded self can prevent full recognition of nervous system release and impede trauma healing.

The SE Trauma Institute Blog calls this interview “spirited”. I assume that means I tread on a few sacred cows and possibly offered something new. Give it a listen.

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