Saturday 28 June
The student asked her Zen Teacher:
“How will I ever be liberated?”
The Zen Teacher replied:
“Who has put you in prison?”
This paper examines the lived experiences of highly functioning women and men who have combined “The Three Treasures: EMDR, Positive Psychology and Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM)". When integrated these three modalities can alleviate mind and body constriction created by separating emotions such as anxiety, fear, grief and loss. The spaciousness that arises allows safety, security and stability to emerge as resources in the clients’ inner world. The engagement of the Three Treasures invites compassion, gratitude, wonder, curiosity and love that creates positive resonance.
These principles are illustrated by the experiences of clients who are living the motto “Do not squander your life”. It becomes apparent life has dramatically changed for them as in the cases of the two terminally ill clients utilising their Three Treasures Credo to savour their life and their dying process. It will be shown through the aid of EMDR, Positive Psychology and LKM that life reaches higher levels and continues to evolve while walking the edges of impermanence. Why? The Three Treasures captures and cultivates the client’s attention to prioritize positivity in their life while encouraging transformative antidotes to suffering.
Ann-Marie McKelvey is an EMDR Consultant, Psychotherapist, Buddhist Chaplain, International Trainer and Wellness Coach. She coined the term "Dynamic Duo" to describe the potential effects of EMDR and Positive Psychology (McKelvey 2009).
Ann-Marie's work with grief and loss has evolved into The Three Treasures Practice and Study: EMDR, Positive Psychology and Loving Kindness Meditation which currently are her "teachers".
As a result courage, tenacity and playfulness emerge to explore the depths of her clients' inner and outer worlds. As a long-time meditator Ann-Marie is known for her 12-Step wisdom, Jungian flavour, Buddhist perspectives and engaged compassion in contributing to the planet. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.