Examining the Utility of Mindfulness-based Treatments for PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after exposure to a traumatic event, such as witnessing death, serious injury or violence. It causes intrusive symptoms that interfere with daily function and quality of life.

Common treatments for PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), have proven effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD. But a substantial number of patients do not fully recover following PE and CPT interventions.

Recent emerging studies indicate that mindfulness-based treatments may prove promising as complementary or alternative approaches to further assist people suffering from PTSD.

PhD Student, Jenna Boyd, in collaboration with HRI scientists Dr. Ruth Lanius and Dr. Margaret McKinnon (Boyd, Lanius, McKinnon, 2017) reviewed treatment literature and neurological evidence regarding mindfulness-based interventions for PTSD. The paper investigates the theoretical basis for the utility of mindfulness-based approaches in the treatment of PTSD, explores the overlap between neurobiological models of PTSD and the neurobiology of mindfulness, and discusses limitations and future directions for the potential efficacy of these approaches in treating PTSD.

To read the full article posted on .


What skills do we need in order to have the most rich, satisfying, and empowered life? How do we best cope with the out-of-control nature of our lives, given the dreams that we harbor, the obstacles we encounter and the pain we experience?

Mindfulness practice teaches us how to coexist with our internal experience, work with our attention, live with purpose, develop acceptance and practice self-reflection. 

  • Mindfulness can be a useful practice aiding us as our lives continue to change and unfold over time.

9EssentialQualities of mindfulness -Melanie Greenburg Ph. D

MindBody Exercises to Help You Transcend Chronic Depression by Dr. Ben Kim dr.benkim.com on Jul 26, 2007

Mindfulnessmeditation with Deepak Chopra

Palouse Mindfulness free 8 week course

Relaxationtechniques for stress relief- helpguide.org

6tipsfora mindful exercise routine -The Chopra Center

https://soundcloud.com/mindfulness-Loving Kindness Meditation (21 mins)– Kovido Maddick

YouTube Links

2HrMeditation Shamanic Tibetan Meditation: Calming Music, Soothing Music, Deep Meditation Music ☯181 – YouTube
WhatisMindfulness -with Jon Kabat-Zinn


I have recently launched a new business where I will offer mindfulness and compassion training programs in a variety of ways:

  • workplace group seminars,

  • one day and multi week training courses, and

  • online group discussions
    For more information see www.mindfulmomentum


    My goal with Mindful Momentum

    is to help you, your clients and this network of humans, nurture greater happiness, health and a deeper connection to our shared intention to do good in the world. Please let me know if you would like to keep in touch and hear about mindfulness and compassion programs and blog posts. Click here to select your communication preferences. My plan is to connect with the community about once a month with blog posts and updates about programs. Short social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin will be about twice a month.

    The mission is to share the journey, to be of benefit to all and enable human progress by cultivating greater connection, compassion and courage. I hope you will join and look forward to seeing you on the path.

    All the best,
    Laurisa Dill
    Mindful Momentum

By: Rachel Grussi  |  February 7, 2014

Silence befalls an ancient temple as row of robed monks settle themselves, body, and mind. Eyes closed, legs pulled up into a lotus position, the eye of the mind turns inward. For hours they remain; their minds disciplined to ponder like this for long periods of time. This is not a feat for the average person.

Perhaps when people utter the word meditation, this image stirs in the imagination. Indeed, meditation has been a part of spiritual and religious practice for as long as mankind has been recording history. It does take years of steady practice to hold such a state of mind for hours at a time. However, meditation is something that is not only easily accessible to anyone, but you may already be doing it without realizing it.

Meditation simply means to think, contemplate or ponder. Throughout the world, it holds many different names, but the idea is the same: to enter a state of mind where it is easy to focus upon one thing. If you have ever found yourself daydreaming for any length of time, you are meditating. If you found yourself captivated by a repetitive motion, the wheels and sound of a passing train for example, you were lulled into a meditative state. The same is true when you are reading a book and lose track of the time.

For full article: the-hows-and-whys-of-meditation

Find Your Meditation www.gaia.com/style/yoga-meditation

The Science of Happiness- Ashleigh Sergeant

1 Season, 4 Episodes

Explore the science behind the many benefits of yoga and meditation including relief from stress and anxiety and improved digestion as well as the capacity to deal with emotions like anger and grief. A powerful mix of scientific wisdom and first hand experience, this series will give you a thorough understanding of how yoga works on your body and brain.