Sunday Dharma Talk: Trauma and Meditation

with Lassiter Williams

December 8th

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    Mindfulness and embodiment are essential to healing trauma, but there needs to be more understanding of how trauma stored in the body can be triggered by deep relaxation and meditative states. With this understanding, trauma and mindfulness can work in tandem towards healing, rather than exacerbating any sense of isolation or threat that may arise with the unexpected appearance of trauma symptoms.

    Our guest speaker Lassiter Williams will be giving a talk on how her experience of trauma has affected her meditation practice, and vice versa.

    This talk will be the beginning of a 6-week course which will explore more deeply the extent of sexual harm, trauma, and how we can navigate a journey of healing. Attendence in this course is highly encouraged, but not necessary to attend this talk. More information can be found here: https://burlington.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=416791

    About the Speaker:

    Lassiter Williams has a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. She is the co-founder of Regent Street Press—a small press focused on publishing fiction for children who are dealing with issues of trauma and resilience. Her first YA novel, The Rage, was published in July, 2019. She leads creativity workshops for kids throughout the Northeast Kingdom. Lassiter has been part of the Shambhala Community for seven years, two of which were spent living and working at Karmê Chöling.


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