Thursday, March 26, 2009

PTSD Treatment & Healing: The Power of the Group

In that funny way that serendipity works, this month I’ve been writing and thinking about the power of the group healing experience, and then along came a book for review and it’s all about the power of group healing!

Thistle Farms is a non-profit business run by women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution, and abuse. Thistle Farms bath and body products are hand-made by the very women they benefit. Into every product goes the belief that freedom starts with healing and love can change lives. All proceeds go back into Thistle Farms and the residential program, Magdalene, which is a two-year residential program where women become sisters and friends and support each other on the path to recovering a productive, self-supporting life.

This terrific little book, Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart, is full of words of hope, experience and revelation from women who are in the process of healing, and learning how much healing can progress from the love and support of a community.

A few choice quotes from the book:

Coming into this circle is like being able to breathe again. In the circle it feels like I have come up out of the water and am tasting life.

It is not a problem to be lost. It is only a problem if you think it is impossible to find your way home.

The women of the circle were such an inspiration to me and taught me how to let go of my past, accept the mercy offered to me, and grieve everything I loved that I had lost.

The entire book is composed of snippets from over 100 contributors as they reflect on their progress from the day they entered the Magdalene community in such dire need of healing, to the day they leave when they have healed enough to function again on their own.

The book is small and short and broken into quick chapters with paragraphs contributed by various women. Meaning, it’s easily transportable and simple to read throughout the day when you need a little lift to remember that there is strength found in numbers, healing can happen, and, as the motto goes, Love heals.

For more information about Thistle Farms’ products, volunteer program or residential opportunity, click here.

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