For those of you who are struggling with something that you can’t seem to resolve, writing can be a powerful tool to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Writing helped me through the difficult process of saying farewell to an important part of my life, and work through emotional experiences that I had been too busy to deal with while I was in the military. The following list of resources were particularly useful in my journey. I have learned through personal experience and research on post-traumatic stress that unresolved trauma can have long-term effects on one’s health and relationships. There are many ways to find peace and healing, but what helped me the most was yoga, meditation, and writing. Please, know your story is valuable and you are not alone. By understanding our connection to one another, we will be able to make the world a better place.
Brown, B. (2010) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Minnesota: Hazelden Publishing.
Cameron, J. (2002). The artist's way: A spiritual path to higher creativity. New York: J.P. Tarcher/Putnam.
Gilbert, E. (2015). Big Magic: creative living beyond fear. New York: Riverhead Books.
Goldberg, N. (1986). Writing down the Bones, Freeing the Writer Within. Boston: Shambhala Publications.
Hawkley, J. (2011) The Bhagavad Gita, A Walkthough for Westerners, California: New World Library.
Judith. A. (2004) Eastern Body, Western Mind, Psychology and the Chakra
System as a Path to the Self. Rev. ed. California: Celestial Arts.
Lamont, A. (1994) Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Pantheon Book.
Miller, R.C. (2015) The iRest Program For Healing PTSD: A Proven-Effective Approach to Using Yoga Nidra Meditation and Deep Relaxation Techniques to Overcome Trauma. California: New Harbinger Publications.
Pennebaker, J.W. PhD and Evans, J.F. EdD (2014) Expressive Writing, Words that Heal, Washington: Idyll Arbor Inc.
Sapolsky. R.M (1998) Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (revised edition), New York: Freeman.
Van Der Kolk, B.A. (2014). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York: Viking.
Waters, E. (2020). A Shoe in the Sand. California: Advanced Publishing Concepts.
Yoga and Meditation Programs for Veterans, Military and their Families
Information and Support for Military Writers
United States Veteran'Artists Alliance
Veteran Women Alliance
Veterans PATH Resources to help military transition to civilian life