Spiritual Growth After The Hardships Of War

Posted on: 19 June 2015

The military can be a physical and emotional challenge. Whether you're staring death in the face, helping the less fortunate in foreign lands or dealing with moral obstacles within your chain of command, the nature of the military may have put you into a mindset of 'sucking it up' or holding your problems to yourself. Whether you're a spiritual person looking for peace in a place that lacks spiritual discussion or a person looking for answers in a confusing new lifestyle, think about your situation and how you can grow out of it with the right mindset.

Coping With The Difficulties Of Foreign Lands

Entering a new culture can change a person faster than they're ready to admit. The change can begin as soon as the strict structure as boot camp, but many military service-members see themselves challenged when entering a vastly different culture for more than a short vacation.

Many young veterans encounter things that can't be explained by their understanding of the world. In times of war, they may see groups of the people who seem the same, but are locked in mortal combat or victims of horrible atrocities. Although many military organizations train to shield the mind against such sights, seeing such violence for the first time can be traumatizing.

Some people can move on after the incidents with little to no outside effect. It may be a bad memory, but there are those who are equipped to simply move on. Others may experience nightmares and flashbacks of the incidents, while some may struggle with their faith about how such things could happen. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can make past events difficult to rationalize.

Military orders can be conflicting in such situations. If you're ordered to support the injured and victimized, you at least have an outlet to try to make things right on your own terms within the rules. If you're a combatant on a fast mission to neutralize an enemy or defend a target, you may have to ignore what you see unless it's an immediate threat.

What do you do once you've ignored an issue that you thought you could have changed? The answer may take a lot of searching, and spiritual growth exercises may be necessary to tap into the answers.

You Aren't Alone In Your Search

Many people feel that they may be alone after experiencing a specific incident. While it's true that only a few people could have witnessed your specific incident, you need to remember that trials and tribulations face many people involved in conflict. The key is to speak with others and open yourself to how you feel.

There may be someone out there who has been down a similar path. Although you are ultimately in control of the way you think, getting tips and outside opinions about where to go next can help. You don't have to follow orders just to think, but suggestions and feedback can help you make it to a better peace of mind.

Get in contact with the Department of Veterans Affairs' PTSD awareness program if you're feeling confused about your situation, then reach out to a community spiritual growth companions to begin walking down the path of answers and a calm mind after the hectic nature of conflict.