Veterans for America delivers an early holiday present to our nation’s military families: “The American Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Survival Guide,” a 599-page guidebook every veteran should own. And there’s no need to worry about being naughty or nice, because the VFA Santa has made the ebook available to everyone as a free download.
Reiki and Veterans: U.S. veterans are plagued by PTSD, suicidal thoughts, sexual trauma, depression and other remnants of wartime service. Vets can be taught to self-heal using Reiki, making it avaiilable to them at all times. They can access Reiki in the moment, as they feel fear, anxiety or depression building inside. Reiki’s gentle relaxation and mind clearing benefits may see someone through a crisis long enough for them to reach out for the help they need before causing harm to themselves or others.
PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is highly associated with our country’s combat veterans- past and present. Approximately 17% of combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of PTSD and these numbers continue to rise. In addition to these statistics, approximately 3,300 combat troops also suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury. The lifetime cost of treating these aliments is expected to equate to a staggering $35 million.
I am an OEF/ OIF Veteran that suffered for many years from PTSD. I found holistic lifestyle changes and diet to support my shift, but the biggest benefit was studying and becoming a Reiki practitioner, and using it daily for life management. My love for Reiki tuned me into creating my own company to support Veterans and Military Families using Reiki to facilitate a safe place for them to get back in touch with themselves, be at peace, and allow the healing to occur naturally. Complimentary/ Alternative therapies like Reiki are very important in the whole picture of health and wellness, and are crucial for preventative measures for stress management. As a Veteran, I know that it is important to feel heard, understood, and safe, and that is why I offer Reiki as a Veteran for Veterans and enjoy seeing others doing the same. The more we share, the more we grow! Keep up all the great inspiration everyone, for we are bringing balance into the lives of many. Honorably, W. McGraw
He enjoyed spending time with his family. Don enjoyed traveling with his wife, Lucy, in northern New England and Cape Cod. He has been a resident of North reading for the past seventy five years and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
I received my first Rieki Treatment in 1997 which would change my life forever! In 2008 I had the opportunity through Reiki Rays of Hope and the Alzheimer’s Foundation to take Reiki 1. This course was offered to caregivers and their families to bring relief to loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s, a disease my Father suffered from. The Reiki treatments were comforting to both of us. For my Dad it brought a sense of quiet, calm and peace, I too received peace in helping bring him the comfort and dignity he deserved. I continued my education through Lakeland Community College becoming a Reiki Master in the fall of 2009. Since then I have had the joyous privilege of growing my practice and offering healing services to many people. I am delighted and honored to become part of Blue Sky Yoga and Healing Arts.
Lucy turned to yoga at 18, in 2009, while searching for a natural way to de-stress and to manage a severe hyperthyroidism condition. As a result, she immersed herself in yoga, rieki, self expressive healing arts, raw vegan food preparation, meditation, anthropology and numerology. She continues to look for fun and creative ways to maintain and improve her health so that she can enjoy, as well as help others enjoy, a good quality life. Lucy took her first teacher training in 2011 at Red Lotus, focusing on short form Ashtanga & slow flow. Wanting to understand the other side to Hatha yoga, shortly after Lucy trained in Yin Yoga with Lynne Baum at Red Lotus Yoga and in Iynger Yoga with Lucia Romagnoli of the Quercia Calante Yoga Studio in Umbria Italy.
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