Gravity/Tales from the PTSD Files (revisited)

Another Saturday

another migraine

another two hour nap

trying to sleep it off

This is becoming a familiar and unwelcome routine

but it is my first migraine in a week

maybe the Mindfulness Meditation techniques

are actually helpful


I have been experimenting with different guided

meditations on YouTube

My favorite is a profanity-laden mindfulness exercise

sent to me by my friend Vanessa

but it gives me such a case of the giggles

that I cannot concentrate on my breathing


A second is tailored just for migraine and features the voice of an

Australian man that I am starting to develop erotic fantasies about

with a voice that sexy

he has got to be good in bed

but every time he talks about letting the tension in the head and neck

dissolve and drain away into the ground

I picture it becoming water running down my body and then I need to pee

(sucks to be over 50)


The third is a whole body check in that I am leery of

it provokes defensive and protective feelings in me

during the check in with the core of my body

I am tempted to literally cover my




with my hands while listening to it


I have discovered that an unexpected side effect

of practicing mindfulness meditation

is that I can no longer slip easily into the

(dissociative) day dreams that I enjoy when I am commuting

that calm me when I am stressed

help me get back to sleep when I am in insomnic (nightly)

I had not realized how much I relied on being able to go away in my mind

to cope with the stressors of my life


After this morning’s nap

I had sudden flash of memory that CB had actually brought up two themes

from our previous session

while referring to her dog-eared legal pad

The first

“I am attuned to pain”

The second

“I forget I have gravity”

(“gravity” was her word, not mine. i am sure that i used “impact”)


That is:

I forget that my




very existence

impacts anyone else


Because I feel so






Hmmmm. . .

let’s sit with that one for a minute


© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

7 thoughts on “Gravity/Tales from the PTSD Files (revisited)

  1. Boy, do I feel you. It’s been three weeks of varying degrees of migraines. From debilitating, confined to a dark room trying not to loose my stomach contents, to just sitting in the living room with the curtains drawn and my sunglasses on, I’m a mess. I’m barely writing, which is eating away at me, and I’m barely reading, which is probably noticeable by my sporadic appearances here. 😢


    1. I have actually started trying to manage the migraines with community acupuncture. Ironically the headaches seemed to get worse before they started to get better but I actually had a migraine-free weekend this past weekend which was like a small miracle. I actually enjoyed myself.

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      1. I actually enjoy the sessions. It forces me to be still and quiet for a period of time. I often dose off or just let my thoughts float. The needles can take some get used to and it it rarely hurts and if it does its only for a few seconds

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  2. I suffered from migraine for ten years, nothing worked. Then my yoga teacher introduced me to Jaa Neti (Jal Neti or jalaneti is a nasal irrigation technique in yoga used to clean out the nasal cavity and make it free of mucus and debris) You can watch the video here :
    You can also perform this without a pot, by taking water in a spoon and inhaling it. It’s two years now and I don’t get migraine.

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