by Kenneth Lyen
I have heard of music therapy, and the use of music in medical practice for calming troubled souls. However, I have never heard of poetic medicine until today.
I was browsing in Borders Bookshop at lunchtime when I chanced upon "Poetic Medicine" by John Fox, a certified poetry therapist who uses poetry as a method of healing. He has shown that poetry can have therapeutic effects on children and adults with life-threatening illnesses or emotional problems.
John Fox himself had his right leg amputated when he was 18 years old. To bear the pain of this trauma, he discovered the therapeutic effects of poetry.
"Poetry is a natural medicine ... Poetry helps us feel our lives rather than be numb." "Poetry is simply speaking the truth." Reading or writing poetry can help you find emotional release and uplift your spirits. Words act like a healing balm on deep emotional wounds. And there are no adverse side effects.
We know that by reading inspirational poetry, we can gain admittance into the hidden recesses of our deepest psyche. When we write poetry, we "experiment with metaphor, sound, rhythm, imagery, and symbol as remedies for connecting with our wholeness and living with greater heart."
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Go rush out and become certified poetry therapists!