I like to use the ‘ho’oponopono’ way (a Hawaiian term describing a process by which we can forgive others and apologise to those we are connected to) in global matters. The ancestors behind me have created direct trauma to the ancestors of our eastern neighbors, through arrogance, unconsciousness and greed. For this, I must take responsibility and FEEL sorry – which I do.
What a great question! I have never actually lived and survived through a war. My mother, however, was born in 1942 while my grandfather was ‘away at war’. So, even though the experience of war is personally unfamiliar to me, the lingering emotional after effects of war is something that has rippled through my soul, defining my reality as a child and probably my life path as an intergenerational trauma therapist today.
This article was originally going to be about caffeine! Being a daily tea drinker, I was curious to understand the impact caffeine was having on my system. I did my research, including the study of the writings of those I admire and trust. One such resource was a book by my favourite advocate for real food, Michael Pollan. In Michael’s book ‘This is your mind on plants’, he explores the history of caffeine and mescaline. I was shocked by the wisdom that Michael and history had to offer me! I’ll attempt to give you the short version…