unresolved individual, family, cultural, systemic and multi – generational grief from wars, poverties, cruelties suffered. Perhaps a fear of learning something new, like a language, may in turn affect our ability to embrace the learning of new things in life.
How do we transform ‘trauma’ into strength and resilience?
Our ‘introduction game’ itself provided many examples of ‘health giving’. By simply walking, we connect our heart to the earth with every foot step. We create a rhythm as we place one foot after the other. The human body is thus supported in ‘moving’ itself toward health.
Saying an emboldened: ‘HO’ while hitting our breastplate is akin to the ‘war cry’ that many cultures express before they enter a challenge together. (In the Jewish faith this is done at the time of ‘atonement’, symbolising a time of confronting the ‘dark side’ of ourselves.)
On that morning as we enthusiastically “HO’ed” we sounded so power-full that we had to ‘tone down our communal ‘HO’s’, as we were aware that we didn’t want to traumatize children that morning with the emphatic tone of our voices and stomping of our feet.
When we reached our own chair again, we sat down and Sandra explained the healing points of the exercise and then elaborated on the topic. Having completed such an exercise, we are reminded that getting ourselves and our children walking, in nature, up and down staircases, anywhere rather than ‘instant’ transport of a car or elevator is a health giving exercise.
Speaking the words of our trauma as we tell the story to someone or hear a child’s story, can in itself, be a turning point in our transformation from experiencing a traumatic event to creating a healing opportunity. We have a witness to this dramatic event, we