Mulai membantu Center Terapi PediaSuit, Jakarta, untuk memberikan layanan Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy bagi anak-anak berkebutuhan khusus.
Semoga bermanfaat terutama bagi pertumbuhan dan kebahagiaan sang anak.
Gosh, somehow this memory suddenly sprang to mind. A question from a friend quite a while ago: “Do you always that the more challenging, winding route? Ouch. Oh, well, sometimes that is what friends are for. Sometimes.
I am not sure how right my friend was. Nor am I certain that it was the kindest way to point out that matter to me. But the question did ring some bells.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) seminars are always amazing, to say the least. It is a reminder how powerful being present, and being a neutral listener or witness is. It is a reminder of how wonderful, beautiful, and magical our body is. It is a reminder how much we can learn about ourselves and about life from our body and our relationship to other people.
During this particular seminar, it has been a strong reminder of (among others) what I am and what I love. Continue reading
Last time round, I decided to stay at YMCA Kuala Lumpur. Now I have a confession to make: I adore comfy places. When it comes to accommodation, this usually translates into squeeky clean place, fresh air, clean sheet, fluffly pillow and sofa, nice ambiance room etc etc. You get the picture.
The next day a friend asked me how my room was. I could not remember my verbatim response, but I did express that I I was not jumping joyfully up and down over it. Then out of nowhere, I said, “I have all I need.”
Honestly, that statement of mine stopped me. “I have all that I need.”
My God, I truly have all that I need.
post script: And that included the free wi-fi comfy coffee shop across the road. Ha ha. A true indulgence. You know me so well!
It is early evening and the pavement is wet due to rain. I am walking from the train station to my hostel when I see a visually impaired middle-age lady walking before me. She is alone, with her walking stick.
I mull over whether I should help her walk along the pavement or whether it would be better to let her be with herself. I hesitate.
A familiar feeling. This is the second time it has happened today.
Earlier today, I ggot on a bus and thought the steps were extremely high for the likes of senior citizens or people with weak knee. I sat and saw a senior lady got on the bus. She was obviously struggling.
I kept watching her and wondered whether she would make it. Should I help? I asked myself. I was a bit far, at the other end of the bus and there were quite a number of people between her and me. I decided not to move a muscle.
The lady almost fell down. She grabbed whatever she could grab in panic. The people behind her managed to catch her and helped her up.
Fast forward to now: me still walking on the pavement before the visually impaired lady.
Again, I hesitate. Then suddenly a younger woman walk pass me and without a slight hint of hesitation she takes the lady’s hand and walk with her, chatting happily. They are strangers. Well, were. They are strangers no more.
They part ways after crossing the road. They exchange a gesture of gratitude and bid farewell. Just like that. Life goes on for everybody.
I cannot help but smile. Yes, I see. No hesitation. Just follow the hunch.
I keep walking behind the visually impaired lady. She walks rather slowly. I pass her by but somehow I cannot help but keep looking back. I want to make sure that she is all right.
Another crossroad. The lady is struggling. The signs on the pavement for the visually impaired are not exactly the clearest in the world. It seems that there have been a lot of roadwork that have muddled the sign post.
Ah. She banged her head on the road sign just by the crossroad.
That very moment, I immediately return to her and offer my hand and help her across the road. Just like that. We part ways soon after.
Again, I cannot help but smile. Yes, I see. No hesitation. Just follow the hunch.
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It is unusual to ask where health is since often people refer to health as a condition in general. But when I further thought about it, people use the word healthy to refer to condition of either a specific part of our body or the body as a whole. Here lies the clue about where health actually resides: it is everywhere.
Health is present in every part of our body. It is like human DNA, or even more delicate and smaller. Each cell of the body, every level of our body knows what health is. The very definition of health is well imprinted in us. It is part of our essence. For as long as a human being is alive (or any creature for that matter), we always have health, one way or the other.
Hence, ‘being sick’ is by no means the same as having no health at all. What we often call being sick is a lack of expression of health. That is, health is still here—or there—in potential, in its latent mode, but did not find its way to fully express or manifest itself for our lament eyes to see.
From this point of view, healing would mean giving ways for health to express itself at its own pace. Once the permission is given—and health knows if and when the permission has been given—health would arise to the surface, although the process might not happen in a single instant.
This approach is a more positive, kinder, and wiser one to the body. We start with the certainty and knowledge that health is there, giving our subconscious mind a more optimistic, truer view of life. We let health to take its course, allowing the natural flow of Life to happen.
Furthermore, I’d like to think that health is even finer and less rigid than a physical DNA. It flows so subtly throughout our physical body and beyond. At the same time, it knows very well the borders that determine our physical, emotional and spiritual body. Health is part of a more universal Health, a Universal Essence. We are all inter-connected and in reality one.
The challenge for us—or rather, for me—is two fold. Firstly, I need to take this new understanding of health to my heart and to really apply this new understanding. Secondly, I need to practice witnessing (or acknowledging or even embracing) the presence of health in my body or others and allowing health to express itself at its own pace.
This is my current response to the question “where is health?” I suspect that once I am more adept in listening to our body, I can feel the presence of health even stronger and notice various behaviors of health in different parts of the body at particular conditions—understanding the messages it is trying to convey to me, for me to respond accordingly.
Originally written as part of the home study exercises for the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Training at Body Intelligence.
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