For as long as I can remember, I loved the library. In elementary school, my mom, peeking out from behind the book stacks, would watch me follow the librarian around from section to section, asking for one more story for this week’s haul. I would leave with a pile of books taller than me, and I couldn’t wait to flip through those pages and travel through time and space to land in the heart and soul of someone’s journey. Always learning something about them, and often learning something about myself in the process too.
Although I read non-fiction as an adult, I adore fiction. Those imaginary tales take you to places you’ve never been and introduce you to lives you’ve never lived. Gaining empathy and self-awareness and emotional intelligence along the way. Continue reading
I was listening to Dr. Gabor Maté, a Hungarian-Canadian physician specializing in childhood trauma, on The Tim Ferriss Show. He shared a quote that was powerful. Dr. Gabor Maté said…
“It’s from one of my favourite teachers. And his name is AH Olness. And he says, ‘Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard, they’re actually yours. They’re specifically yours designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. That part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You’re not going to go in the right direction, unless there’s something pricking you in the side telling you look here, this way. That part of you loves you so much that it doesn’t want you to lose the chance. It will go to extreme measures to wake you up. It will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen. What else can it do? That’s its purpose.’ And I found this to be true of physical illness and mental problems and everything. You’ve got to see what is the teaching here.” Continue reading
I was listening to a talk by Dr. Gabor Maté and he was speaking about trauma. He said it comes from the Greek word for wound. And that trauma can be like an open wound that is painful when touched. Or it can be something covered over with a hard shell of scar tissue that has no feeling and is difficult to break through. Continue reading