Using mindfulness to overcome trauma
People working in family services, counseling, foster care, and education are learning mindfulness practices all week at a conference at the Ramkota Inn.
School social worker Kathy Fleminio is teaching these professionals how they can overcome trauma.
Fleminio used props to illustrate how to clear your mind and control your thoughts, like how the sparkles of a glitter ball mimic thoughts in our brain.
“What happens when we just stop and slow down? You can see the sparkles are settling. Mindfulness isn't about getting rid of all of that, it's learning how to notice it and not get all involved in it,” said Kathy Flaminio, Founder of 1000 Petals LLC.
Flaminio says her big message at this conference is you can't choose the circumstances you're put in, but you can choose how to respond to them.