Such practices can combat the isolation that can both come from and contribute to post-traumatic stress.
Culture profoundly affects how people internalize, process, and deal with violence, victimization, and the resulting trauma. It is not just a factor that shapes people’s experience of harm; it can also be a profound support to healing. Knowing your history, accessing lessons from ancestors, connecting to music and art, gathering in community, and practicing rituals can serve as profound supports to healing.
Spiritual Healing can take many forms including (but not limited to) meditation, yoga, sweat lodges, dance and music, rites of passage, pipe ceremonies, and prayer. Such practices can combat the isolation that can both come from and contribute to post-traumatic stress. They can help those harmed understand what happened to them in ways that support healing and help them to overcome feelings of powerlessness by connecting to things larger and older than themselves. These practices can be compatible with other mainstream approaches and can enhance their impact.
Cultural and spiritual work is most effective when people who share the culture of those harmed support them in their healing.