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Katie’s Bookshelf: Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven

David Treleaven’s book, “Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness,” advocates for Mindfulness teachers to recognize the importance of understanding trauma from a biology, interpersonal, and systemic perspective, guide students safely through practices, and continuing to partner with other trauma professionals in their community. He puts a large emphasis on understanding the ongoing traumas that those who are in marginalized groups have to deal with and how this impacts their day to day life.

The author gives a brief background of Mindfulness but assumes one who is reading this already has that foundation. He provides more information on trauma and the residue it leaves in the body. He then outlines his 5 principles of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness; staying within the window of tolerance, shifting attention to support stability, working with dissociation, practicing with relationship, and understanding social context.

“The point here is that other people–who they feel are safe and trustworthy–can help survivors regulate arousal, whether through settling eye contact, physical touch, or overall presence.”

As a therapist and yoga instructor who spends a lot of time taking in content on trauma, mindfulness, and yoga, I found this book incredibly enlightening and useful. Treleaven approaches this heavy topic with a wealth of his own knowledge, vignettes to describe how mindfulness can be effective and ineffective with those who have endured trauma, and steps for the Mindfulness practitioner to understand how to structure, lead, and address a class and a survivor with a trauma-sensitive approach. I really enjoyed his emphasis on systemic trauma in that it gave me a better understanding of how the ongoing trauma can show up differently than other traumas. I also appreciated his information on the vagus nerve as it relates to neuroception(being able to connect to the social world).

This book is a must read for any practitioner of mindfulness or yoga, since mindfulness is used so abundantly in classes. All instructors will teach survivors of trauma whether they know about it or not. It’s always important to know the risks and how to address an abreaction.

Read this book if:

  • You are a Mindfulness, Meditation, or Yoga Instructor
  • You are a therapist who may be utilizing or recommending mindfulness practices

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Treleaven, D. A. (2018). Trauma-sensitive mindfulness: practices for safe and transformative healing. New York: W.W Norton & Company.

Books for Yogis

I’ve created a list of books that I believe are interesting for people who practice Yoga or are interested in beginning their Yoga practice.

Katie’s Bookshelf: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

“When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” by Daniel H. Pink explores timing to be most successful in life, careers, and education. He uses tons of research to show the optimal time to schedule a meeting, deliver news, take a test, and start a lifestyle change to name a few.

Detachment–both psychological and physical–is also critical. Staying focused on work during lunch, or even using one’s phone for social media, can intensify fatigue, according to multiple studies, but shifting one’s focus away from the office has the opposite effect.

In the first part of the book, Pink looks at our day; when we are most creative and productive, when(and how) to take a nap, and when to schedule meetings. The second part of the book looks at when to start a goal or lifestyle change and how the midpoints provide extra motivation. Lastly, the third section looks at the dynamics of group synching and what it does for belonging and achieving a goal.

Even though this book is heavily research based, I didn’t find it heavy or too clinical. It’s written for the everyday reader who has an interest in “life hacking.” It provides interesting ideas to try for more success.

Read this book if:

  • You are interested in how timing influences success
  • Want to life hack

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Pink, D. H. (2019). When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing. Edinburgh: Canongate.

Books for Personal Development

On this website, you will find a plethora of book reviews. These are all books I’ve read and provided my opinions and takeaways on. Below you will find books that I recommend if you are interested in learning more about yourself and growing.

Katie’s Bookshelf: What We Say Matters by Judith Hanson Lasater & Ike Lasater

“What We Say Matters” by Judith Hanson Lasater and Ike Lasater is based on Marshall Rosenberg’s techniques of “Non-Violent Communication.” Ike and Judith describe their practice of NVC as spiritual in nature as a way to connect to ourselves first and then to others. For them it’s a way to practice “Satya”(a Yama of Yoga Philosophy meaning truthfulness” and “Right Speech” from Buddhism.

“My words reflect my thoughts, my thoughts reflect my beliefs, and my beliefs, especially the unexamined ones, run my world.”

The basic concepts of NVC are: make observations, name your feelings, express your needs, and make a request. They do a good bit of work around connecting to yourself with empathy before responding as a way to be authentic with your needs, and wishes. The recommend using the phrase, “when I hear____, I feel____, because I need____; would you be willing to____? The book ends with a chapter on talking to our partners, children, parents, coworkers, and the world.

I have studied Yoga with Judith many times and have always admired the way she uses her words which inspired me to read this book. It’s a relatively short book but heavy with material. I feel as if I took in a lot of information and will need to read this several more times. I recently purchased Rosenberg’s book “Non-Violent Communication” as a way to dive deeper into this practice.

Read this book if:

  • You are interested in communicating more authentically
  • Have a desire to hear others more empathetically
  • Want improved relationships

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Lasater, J., & Lasater, I. (2009). What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication. Berkeley, CA: Rodmell Press.