In 2005, Cindy quit her career when she had the opportunity to move to Thailand with her husband and son. A chance meeting with a Thai Buddhist nun would open her heart and change her life forever. She chronicles her adventures along the spiritual path in her newly released memoir.
You work with people who have gone through trauma. How do you define trauma and how does one know if they’ve been through a traumatic experience?
When we think about trauma in our lives, we often refer to an event: a burglary, the unexpected death of a parent, an accident that left us injured. But Peter Levine, Ph.D., the founder of Somatic Experiencing, has a different perspective. He maintains that trauma is not an event, but the energy that gets locked in your body around real or perceived threat.
Martina had already shifted from being a divorce attorney to a mediator when a writing class would open up a new passion. Her book, I'm Still Here, is a braided memoir, part cancer-odyssey (including a terminal diagnosis in which she failed to die), and her life story of being married to a man, coming out, finding her life partner, Tanya, and becoming a two-mom family in the 1980s when there were very few lesbians with children. It's a story of hope, perseverance, and being who you truly are.
After 19 years in academic medicine and 20 years of marriage, Eva, a psychiatrist, underwent a divorce and major professional changes. She emerged from the transformation with a mission to help others on a broader scale and co-founded a non-profit and wrote a book to inspire all of us to be kinder to ourselves and others.