PTSD Spirituality: Anniversary Dates, Transitions, Triggers

 

Anniversary dates can remind us of life transitions that then trigger PTSD symptoms and behaviors. Just like certain smells, sounds, and locations can be PTSD triggers, a meaningful anniversary date can trigger PTSD. Frequently, these anniversary dates represent a moment of transition. [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Finding Some Sun in Flowers

 

PTSD strives to change our identity, compel us into isolation, lacerate our abilities to hope and love. To survive and thrive in the face of our traumatic experiences and intrusive memories we need to find and embrace sources of life and love. The embrace leads to continued hope and life. There are many different manifestations of life and love for us to discover. Lately, for me, it’s been a sunflower.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Where to Start, How to Go On

If you feel your life has no value and there is no hope. Please do not kill yourself. *** It’s been an age since I have posted anything here at the PTSD Spirituality website. Mostly, it has been due to illness; the “Usual Suspects” of chronic pain, … [Continue reading]

PTSD Spirituality: Can Love Flourish Where There Is PTSD?

Can a person with PTSD love or be loved? The short answer is “Yes.” The longer answer is also “Yes” and would probably fill a couple of books (and might best be expressed in novels). … [Continue reading]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD, Statements and Exclamation Points

I had two encounters with the phrase “Make a Statement!” recently. In both cases it related to buying cars. And, as is often the case with me, I started thinking about the phrase in terms of PTSD and Spirituality. … [Continue reading]

PTSD Spirituality: Making Tomorrow Better Than Yesterday

In the last couple of months I’ve learned more about how to live the day that follows after a rotten PTSD-wracked day. Usually, the waves generated by a bad PTSD day will try to flood the following days. Even if we find a “boat” to ride out the … [Continue reading]

PTSD Spirituality: Holidays Can Really Suck

I've linked to an essay on why holidays are so painful for people with PTSD called Holidays and the 18% PTSD Danger Zone. It is something I've posted before, but which seems to have a sustained usefulness for some readers. On a personal note: … [Continue reading]

PTSD Spirituality: Kitty Assassins Defeat the French

Well, no words of wisdom here, just kitty assassins who are defeating … [Continue reading]

PTSD Spirituality: Thrills vs. Creativity: Finding Meaning

PTSD often induces a fair amount of thrill seeking.  Why is that? Could creativity, non-verbal arts as well as writing, help us find meaning, validation, and survivability at less risk than bungee jumping and thrill seeking?  To this end, I was asked … [Continue reading]

PTSD Spirituality: Past the Sand Traps, On to the Green.

Sometimes working on PTSD projects can be a little like trying to play golf. Not being a golf player (but I did like Bagger Vance, both the book and the film), I suppose it is something like this: You try to hit the ball as efficiently as you can … [Continue reading]