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Hi, I've just caved in and asked for help from Leicester Rape Crisis after 2 weeks lack of sleep and complete fear at all the flashbacks I'm seeing. When i did ring they mentioned mindfulness, but I've never heard of it and don't know how it works, does anyone on here know or has heard of it? Please help i really am struggling!

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    Hi Sam - not sure if you got any help on this yet??? I used to work in a centre in Thailand and India for 15 years and our way of life there was to practice mindfulness. Its basically self-awareness  We were told to imagine its like you're holding a torch but shining it back into yourself. You can be mindful / aware of the body, mindful of feelings, mindful of the mind - we often in the west think the mindis in our brains but in asia, its taught the mind is all throughout our body. The easiest thing to begin with is using the 'torch' example and focus on what you like. Alongside mindfulness you have to also be very patient and enduring.... that's because as I have found, we have feelings that come out (and have to come out). Its hard to find help for these kind of things, as for me I had a near fatal accident in june that I cant even remember (had a severe impact to the head and broke my neck in 7 places) but even though the bones are mended now I get anxiety, and what I am sure must be PTSD. I am now having to do 'self-rehab' because I can't find any help. That means I am really aware of whats going on and watching it all - but even so, I have to endure the fear, the sacredness the anxiety and try not to identify with it as me but as a separate entity. Its not easy but this is the mindfulness I was taught --- hope you find it helpful xxx

     

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    Hi Sam, 

    How are you getting on? 

    There are a lot of apps you can get on your phone with guided mindfulness exercises as well as on youtube. 

    Well done you for asking for help, its not easy! 

    Charl x

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