Our New Monthly Segment – A practitioners journey to healing.
Every month I am asking a practitioner to share their journey to healing to show what they did to gain peace and healing and how they found their modality to the path they now lead.
This month is an article by Natalie Lombard, an inspiring journey to health from tragedy. These are the journeys our members go through to find the healing they needed and want to share with you, we have a story today about BodyTalk and how it helped, in a poetic way how the use of a physical change using these techniques helped our member to grow in a way unexpected before change happens. Change happens to us all, read how this change has been useful for Natalie.
Natalie writes –
How can you hold
things safe and
steady with others
if you dont hold
things safe and
How can you swim deep into
a soul when you
cant grasp or
ignite your own?
This is why we do
the work to become.
Because none of us
are truly happy
But without first
well get trapped
in tiny ponds.
When all we ever
longed for was the
ocean, all along
– Victoria Erikson –
December 2004 broke me, shattered me into shards and left me to rot the sole survivor of a devastatingly tragic car accident
As the clock slowly ticked on and life happened for others, my life pooled in an array of bandages.
Attempting to nurse these wounds of immense pain, both of the Heart and the Body to some form of sanity, I stumbled upon the aegis of the BodyTalk Modality as a form of healing. Along with this as a steady foundation, I began to explore Yoga as a form of post-traumatic stress therapy. With perseverance, I initiated the beginning of the most outrageous healing experience of my inner landscape and struggled through crushed bones and a bleeding Heart with determination and a wilfulness to find some form of calm within the chaos.
When theres a
fresh wound in
your heart keep it
open until it
heals. Air it out.
Dive into it. Be fierce
enough to become
it. If you ignore
it, it wont be able
to breathe. If you
ignore it, it will
wanting to release.
And when later
happens, it will
hurt even more,
because when later
happens, you wont
know what youre
Remain with it
until it clears,
and watch the
beauty pour into
Remain open to feel
Remain open to feel free
– Victoria Erikson –
Having the tenacity to start close in (David Whyte) means having the Resilience to pause in this moment and look inward at the pleasant and unpleasant and then Faith enough in yourself as you are, to take the first step towards embracing your Whole despite the odds… all of it. And then to hold this all with a kindful embrace, easing into the woundedness with a sense of curiosity and radical compassion.
Rumi, the well-known Mystic Poet once said, Dont turn your head. Keep looking at the bandaged place. Thats where the Light enters you.
And so with Courage unbeknown to me, my Journey as an Energy Healer etched its path deep within my Soul as I graciously stepped up and took my Life back.I was introduced to Yoga 6 months post-accident.
I had nothing to lose. The intrigue of the BodyTalk modality was already sewing immense interest, not to mention how much I was uncovering through personal sessions.
I spent hours on my mat, learning how to move my Body again. Easing into the pain. Softening towards the magic of movement, the medicine of mindful movement! I was naïve to the magnanimous effect this beautifully tough practice would have on my Life.
Doctors mocked my optimism, cautioning me to tone down as their prediction insisted that I would never walk unaided again. Ha! With this bet on my Life, I embodied the challenge with all that was me.
Three years later, I qualified as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. Four years on I was teaching Yoga unaided. I opened my own BodyTalk and Yoga Clinic in Natal in 2013 and in 2017 I graduated with a post-graduate certification in Mindfulness-based Interventions.
Ultimately however, it was never about who or what I would become through all the discovery and learning.
My intention was never to qualify nor quantify my story to make mine more or less than anothers and it never will be.
I simply wanted to find some form of Peace. And I did.
How I use multiple modalities to help you to heal
And so I too, choose to see your whole-ness through your broken-ness.
I choose to cast Light on what fragments you through an amalgamation of craft called MATAMORPHOSIS.
Mindfully combining Yoga into movement therapy merged with the intimate collaboration of Mindfulness-based practices, Body Psychology and Consciousness Frameworks, I intend to hold and support you to and through a journey of Self-discovery. My wish is to platform the space for your story as the mat has for me.
To show you that it is ok to have one and that there is Acceptance and Joy through any adversity.
To embrace ones path is to find Form in the Formless and Life in the eyes that stare back at you.
It is the unapproachable, limitless Truth one finds. Courage of the Heart is required. Once that Courage is found, the Journey begins.
The practice of mindfulness ranges far and wide deep within the psyche and the heart.
As a liberative practice, it calls us to face and honour the root causes of our individual and collective anguish and suffering, and to observe them carefully as they work on us.
For one thing, it asks us to be willing to observe what actually moves us, the root meaning of emotion, and to learn to stand inside of our feelings in ways that allow us to tap their power to teach and to heal and catalyze growth, and not ” simply to react and be chronically overwhelmed and imprisoned” 1#(Santorelli, 1999).
“UNPRECEDENTED WARRIORSHIP ON THE MAT IS AN EMBODIED, UNMASKED PROCESS OF BREAKDOWN AND INTEGRATION.
A JOURNEY OF SHADOW STALKING.
A SMASHING OPEN OF THE HEART.
A TENDER UNDOING OF THE DONE.
A WILDLY ORIGINAL MEETING OF THE SELF.
A COMPASSIONATE ACT OF PERSONAL MEDICINE EXQUISITELY REVEALING THE NAKEDNESS OF
THE SOFT WOUND THIS IS UNTAMED EQUANIMITY.
INDULGING THE PRESENCE TO HEAL, IS MATAMORPHOSIS AND EMBRACNG THE VASTNESS OF THIS OPEN AWARENESS.” – Natalie Lombard
1. Santorelli, S. 1999. Heal Thy Self. Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. New York: Three Rivers Press.