One Soldier’s Path to Peace

by Donald Owen & Jean Bennett Owen

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/13/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781982215439
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781982215446
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781982215453

About the Book

Schuring was a mantra given to me in prayer which restored my ability to reconnect with God and find purpose for my life. For many years after my Vietnam war experience I struggled to find peace. I have met other combat vets who also suffer from PTSD and the trauma of their wartime experience. I am sharing my meditations in hopes that they will be used by other vets and their families who still suffer from the effects of combat.

Whether currently serving in wartime, active duty or at home I pray these meditations will facilitate bringing vets closer to their estranged families, Country and their God (or what ever higher power they believe in). I have always believed in God therefore my meditations address God as my higher power. It was not my intent to impose my personal beliefs upon others but instead to share my experience as a result of using these meditations on my daily life.

The meditations can be used in any order. I chose the smaller size format to enable the book to be carried in a rough sack like a field guide. Since the meditations are short and only take a portion of the page I encourage the person using them to journal in the extra space on each page or to write thoughts or comments. In this way the meditations, while simple, can be profound and lead to healing on many levels. I have kept a daily journal to delve into deeper insights and carried the meditations over to 3" x 5" cards I created for each. This books represents only a sampling of the over 250 individual meditations I ultimately had in my "deck" of cards. Start wiring your own using these as an example. The more personal the meditations become the sooner the healing can begin.

God bless my fellow veterans and their families. May you find the peace you deserve.

About the Author

Cody Owen was born into a middle class family in Boulder, Colorado. He was athletically inclined and excelled in golf. He had an older sister named Sandra. He was brought up with a belief in God and an understanding that he was his brother's keeper". At eleven Cody's father suffered a major stroke with left him unable to speak. This was a great loss to him since he was very close to his father. Cody took a job at a local grocer to help his mother. He often said his parents were his heroes…his mother gave him faith and his father gave him courage. He joined the U.S. Army in 1965 out of a sense of duty to his country. After boot camp he was shipped off to Vietnam. During his first month in country he experienced the devastation of war in the la Drang Valley battle. This engagement would change the way armed forces would fight the Vietnamese. It left him in a constant state of hyper vigilance. Upon returning home, Cody realized how difficult the transition to civilian life would be. Even before setting foot on U.S. soil angry war protestors spat on him as he disembarked. This trauma was lasting. He felt lost, bewildered and betrayed. The country he had fought for had thrown him away. The PTSD he was suffering from was not acknowledged and was dismissed by vveteras medical personnel. He did not find comfort in sharing his experiences with other vets. Instead it brought on more vivid he used flashbacks. He used alcohol to numb the pain. He stayed drunk and became homeless. He was among the many walking wounded living as an outcast on the streets of America. It was many years before he would live a productive life due in large part to employing the meditations he has shared in his book. Cody died in 2009 living with PTSD and from cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange.