The one similarity that is present in all the conditions and dis-ease that manifests in each of us is our own individual mind and its response to both external and internal events. Our mind therefore has a significant contribution to how we think, feel and in consequence our physical and emotional wellbeing.
It is the emotional memories of past frightening traumatic events or situations that can ‘highjack’ our minds when similarities match a pattern of memories already present in the mind. It is these memories that are responsible for, and give rise to the symptoms that manifest in our various named conditions. Please allow me to assist you in releasing you from their recurring debilitating impact upon you.
The idea of mindfulness has in recent years become popular and is now incorporated into a number of therapeutic practices. What may be not realised is that the practice of Mindfulness is in reality a preliminary but necessary step in the practice leading to the deeper states of awareness, which can be achieved in traditional Eastern meditation practice. In that tradition they see each moment of consciousness ‘citta’, to be individually ‘coloured’ by our previous memories and inclinations. These are triggered in response to the situation unfolding, as the information passes through the brain. Only then some milliseconds later does the conscious thought ‘coloured by the emotional response’ then arise in our consciousness. The thought does not occur and then the emotional response attaches to it. The emotion arises and is attached before the thought is consciously recognised.
This above sequence of events was known to the meditation masters some 2500 years ago. Scientific discoveries in recent years, about the order of events in brain functioning has verified this sequencing. (see ‘Consciousness and the Brain’ by Stanislas Dehaene, and ‘The Theravada Abhidhamma’ by Y Karunadasa).