Mindfulness Training for Veterans
As our veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home, they are bringing with them the invisible wounds of war — traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and memories of experiences that many of us can never imagine.
Evidence increasingly shows that mind-body practices, such as meditation, trauma-informed yoga and TRE (trauma releasing exercises), offer hope for those struggling with anger, isolation, suicidal ideation and other manifestations of trauma.
On November 5-9, 2014, monastic and lay members of our community, led by Brother Phap Uyen (Brother Michael), himself a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, will offered a retreat in the Plum Village tradition, based on their own experience of mindfulness as a transformative and healing practice. Together they shared with more recent veterans practices that will help them to truly come home.