HELPFUL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
There many books available these days about the effects of stress and trauma and how to heal from it, far too many to list here. Here are a few titles I've found personally helpful.
Spiritual practices have changed a great deal over the time I've been engaging with them. Although there can still be plenty of spiritual bypassing and emphasis on 'transcendence' in the spiritual community, there are many practices and teachers that recognise the value of taking a more integrative approach, that includes psychological work, trauma healing and attention to process in the body.
I would particularly recommend the work of the people below as being complimentary to the trauma-informed approach of Somatic Experiencing. Whilst the list is by no means exhaustive, it should provide a good starting point for anyone interested in investigating further.
Adyashanti - American-born spiritual teacher and author who offers talks, online study courses, and retreats in the United States and abroad. ''Spirituality is not something set apart from life; rather, it is a plunge into the heart of existence.'' Many talks and videos available on youtube and on his website
Tara Brach - Psychologist, author and teacher of meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. Her teaches the possibility of emotional healing and spiritual awakening through mindful, loving awareness and practicing compassion in action. She has worked to bring principles and practices of mindfulness to issues of racial injustice, equity and inclusivity; peace; environmental sustainability, as well as to prisons and schools. https://www.tarabrach.com/
Respect - for men suffering from domestic abuse or violence; mensadviceline.org.uk; Tel: 0808 8010327 Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (Mon/Weds 9-8)
NSPCC - keeping children safe; www.nspcc.org.uk; Tel: 0808 800 5000 - 24hrs
The National Careline - providing support and information to the elderly, their carers and their families.; www.thenationalcareline.org; Tel: 0800 0699 784
Hourglass - Action on Elder Abuse; wearehourglass.org; Tel: 0808 808 8141