Whether we have been emotionally wounded by trauma or not, recovering the self and carrying the feeling of hope and healing with us is a worthy human pursuit. “Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing” (vol.I, No. 1) lives up to its name and the promise it offers.
The cover image of dancers by Cindy Moran sets the soothing tone of comfort and beauty. The 87 pages to follow provides a collage of writing styles ranging from memoir, academic, inspirational, fiction, and poetry. Publisher Victor Volkman says this intentional mix provides a different way in to reach a span of readers who may respond more to one form than to another.
Editor Ernest Dempsey does an admirable job of pulling this material together in a pleasing shape. Each piece offers a revelation, insight, or lesson for the reader to take away. The writing throughout is excellent.
Here’s a passage I particularly found useful:
“When a trauma, a time of low resilience, gets re-stimulated, the ense of fragility, of helplessness in the incident is also evoked. Now the person is unable to cope with a number of situations that are only tangentially related o the original situation because of the feeling of fragility that arises in them because of the re-stimulation. This causes on’s general level of resilience to drop markedly, and more and more aspect of life become stressful or traumatic, creating new sequences of traumatic incidents.”
“Oh! So that’s been what’s going on,” I thought.
Order your own copy and find out for yourself.
· Resilience and trauma recovery
· Healing the inner child
· Journaling and grief
· Lyme Disease
· Substance abuse
· Military families
· Nature of gender
· Children and trauma
· and much more!
Paige Lovitt on Reader Views writes, “I highly recommend a subscription to Recovering the Self Journal for professionals who are in the counseling profession or who deal with crisis situations.”
CONTRIBUTE: Article lengths are suggested to be from 1,000 to 4,000 words, although RTS can be persuaded to other treatments if the story needs it. Deadline for issue #2 is September 1st, 2009, so don’t delay. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The journal is available through www.RecoveringSelf.com, where an excerpt can be read, or through online bookstores such as Amazon.
The Journal is published by Loving Healing Press.