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Mama of Sanctuary Forest Garden
Mama of Sanctuary Forest Garden
Why I can talk about healing wholistically - from Body to Heart to Mind to Soul?
Healing wholistically from Body to Heart to Mind to Soul - that is - Psychologically, Emotionally, Bodily, Spiritually
There is no linear to it and no stages or level in it. I move away from levels, stages...
I still walk the healing journey till today. Yes, it is an on-going journey and a commitment to self and everyday affair.
The wholistic healing I am sharing is naturally organic and move with the flow of listening within, turning inward - in body, mind, heart and soul and also with the outer world.
I was born quite a sickly child, undernourished and malnutrition. My mother has always been concerned over my health since birth. I grew up with lots of medication and anti-biotics. I was so terrified of having to pop medicine from pills to liquid - into my mouth and on my skin as well. I had eczema, sinus, migraine, cough... Being ill all the time was a torture and painful.
Growing up my mother always warned me not to take cold drinks or drinks with gas (cola...). And even the food she warned me not to drink up the soup - lots of MSG. To a certain degree, I appreciate this ingrained value because I grew up very conscious of the food I consume - it became a bit too extreme in the past. But now as I heal myself, I listen to what my body needs and eat well as in no chemicals input into my body or I have enough and not overeat (my body actually gets reactions and detox on its own). I do it not because what my mother had said so but because I love my body and self. I do it more for myself than for my mother. That is a difference. That is the shift. Out of love for myself not out of fear (of getting scolding from my mother). Thank you mama for your love and concern all these years. I am doing well now! Woo hoo!
I began my spirituality at a very young age. You can say that my first encounter with healing is my heart and soul as young as 9 years old or maybe even younger. The influence from my paternal grandmother and my accompaniment with her to the Buddhist temple began there. I am so grateful that I had this experience and encounter, in my heart & soul, at a tender young age. My paternal grandma always questioned me about keeping animals and reminded me of doing no harm to the animals because of her Buddhism teaching and belief. My parents themselves are animal lovers and have a kind heart towards animals. Growing up, naturally, I am Nature conscious of the Natural world. How I end up living in the Nature is not a coincidence, with my husband, Jeroen who is also an animal lover, a nature lover and an animal whisperer. He is the most gentle kindest soul I ever met when it comes to treating animals. A pure natural kind heart as I witnessed him interacting with them. The radiance of the pure soul and love in him.
You want to talk about walking the healing journey. I am now coming to 47 years old. That mean 38 years if I remember my journey from 9 years old.
Our body, mind, heart and soul are intrinsically interconnected. As a dance movement therapist before, I walked from my body to the mind to my heart and soul, integrated and coming home to wholeness. (No liner, stages or levels. I just follow intuitively within.)
One affects the other. You don't just heal only the body, the mind, heart or soul alone. The rhythm and the natural flow will eventually move from one to another and never separated. I ever wrote neither one is superior nor inferior. If we just focus only on one area - we move to imbalance. Balance comes about where all flow as one. We embrace a very wholistic balance flow whether it is healing or way of being and living.
I once asked myself is it possible to live a balanced life. I was once being challenged by someone, saying there is no such thing as balance. It is not possible. I doubt. My soul says it otherwise.
As I walk, especially now living in the Nature, in our Forest home, I witness the trees, plants, creatures in the Nature world, I see balance in it. For me, God has already created an ecosystem that takes care of herself, a balanced ecosystem. God has thought it all through - God has everything planned out. My own human way of explaining it. I witness and see how the bird takes rest, caring for themselves, loving themselves... the bees too (You can read 'The Miracles of the Sleeping Bees") (I am also planning to write a book as I'm inspired to.) Honestly, we are the ones who messed up the Nature world - taking about climate change.
Frankly, let us be honest with ourselves, we are the ones who messed up our own life. We have choices, We can make choices. We can decide on what to do. But Nature cannot in a way. They can only choose to stay in the 'forest' if they want to. They cannot say hey you mess up my forest.
I am blogging to create the awareness of the Nature world, of living a wholistic balanced life. Yes, we can live a balanced life, we can heal wholistically, we can be whole again. I believe in walking my own life first and be responsible for myself. In return, the way how I live my life will have a ripple effect on the world around me including the Nature world.
* Elizabeth discovers not just the silence (you may like to read her blog on 'The Gift of Silence.") in her Forest Garden home that gives her solitude and peace, but also, to the Nature world. As Jeroen and she learn more about the living creatures in her forest, they too need safe, quiet, peaceful home too. They wonder why the creatures choose to be in their forest. They discover the variety of trees, shrubs and plants that the previous owners (since 1960s or maybe earlier) who stayed here have grown trees, flowers... that are bird-friendly, bees and butterflies-friendly... over the years by different owners. You can read her blogs (You Tube as well) where she often shares about the Nature world of their Sanctuary Forest Garden and lessons she learns as she witnesses and contemplates on the Wisdom of the Nature world. She is still learning everyday.
Her way of Living and Being is Simple Living & Being. *
Shalom! Blessings! Love To you!