Thoughts on Finding Peace
Desiring peace is a constancy in yoga therapy for special needs children. As a society we have claimed peace as our ultimate mission. We focus on calm, balance, inner tranquility or a community, country, and world free of battle. You may have painted and embellished a detailed picture within your consciousness that illuminates a greater good for peace. For the family of a special needs child the vision of peace may be as simple as a relaxed meal, a progressively calm bedtime or a play activity free of impulsive outburst. For these families desiring peace is a unified experience, finding peace may separate even the strongest constellations.
I have observed many inharmonious interractions among special needs children and their parents and siblings. There are varying dynamics depending on the capabilities of the special needs child and the mother and father’s parenting styles. Complicate this with neurological disorder, communication deficit, attentional issues and sensory sensitivities and you can have an explosive context in which to excavate for peace. To further complicate the search for harmony, the behavior of a special needs child can vary significantly, with no contextual variance, and these inconsistencies can place greater stress on family members.
How do we enter this scenario as a professional and look beyond counseling, therapies and medications? Perhaps a sampling of yoga can be that glimmer of hope the family members are wishing for. The calm that drifts through the body, the balance that brings one back to core as a result of oxygenation and altered brain chemicals, could actually be the elements that lift the spirit for whatever may come. Over time, an awakening consciousness can help one to cultivate loving acceptance for what is present while trusting they are given everything they need. Does yoga therapy promise a cure, no, is it a practice that offers a calmer perspective of each and every situation, yes, it is possible. For if we cannot cure symptoms of a diagnosis, we may have a better outcome if all members of the family shift into their most positive being to more calmly, lovingly and possibly, more PEACEFULLY, work with the situations presented to them.
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