Friday, April 28, 2017
Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! The healing power of kindness, caring and compassion!
In December of 2016, Lady Gaga revealed that she is working very hard to overcome the trauma of a sexual assault that happened to her when she was 19 years old. She wrote an Open Letter about her struggles.
She said that the most powerful medicine in the world is words - kind words - positive words. There is powerful medicine in giving and receiving kindness, caring and compassion which is why she started the Born This Way Foundation.
As soon as I read Lady Gaga's Open Letter about her PTSD, I reached out to the Born This Way Foundation and shared my journey in healing the effects of severe childhood trauma and paralytic polio through my partnering with Jeffrey Spratt,MT.
When I told Jeffrey about the Kickoff for Kindness Campaign spearheaded by the Born This Way Foundation for Super Bowl Sunday, he was all in. We offered a 20 Minute ShakeOut (TM) Massage for only $20 or a savings of $20 on a massage therapy session that was 30 minutes or longer. I supported the campaign across social media outlets because it felt so good to practice kindness and giving back to clients of Spratt Muscular Therapies while bringing awareness to the work of Born This Way Foundation.
I was surprised and delighted when I received a Facebook message from the Foundation saying that they wanted to gift me a T-shirt as a way of saying thank you for my support of the Foundation in social media and for practicing kindness the way we do at Spratt Muscular Therapies.
In her Open Letter, Lady Gaga added a note from her psychologist:
It is my opinion that trauma occurs in an environment where your feelings and emotional experience are not valued, heard and understood. The specific event is not the cause of traumatic experience. This lack of a “relational home” for feelings is the true cause of traumatic experience. Finding support is key.
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., renowned trauma expert speaks to the importance of having a compassionate presence in the wake of a traumatic event.
Jeffrey and I are conducting a research study on "The Efficacy of the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy in Trauma Recovery." It is the combination of the power of positive, quality, innovative, therapeutic touch with Jeffrey's compassionate presence that facilitates the healing of the trauma.
Dr. Murthy, the 39th Surgeon General of the United States reminds us that "We forget some of the oldest medicines are love and compassion."
Giving and receiving - being in the flow of kindness, caring and compassion heals ourselves and can heal the world.
Please be sure to visit the Born This Way Foundation website and see how you can get involved to help create a kinder and braver world.
Go the distance with strength and courage!
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My latest book, 'Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance' is available on Amazon chronicling my journey to health and wellness as a survivor of paralytic polio and trauma and a woman who refused to quit!