Research has shown that childhood abuse can damage the brain and reduce it up to 10 percent in size. This in turn can then create functional abnormalities of one’s mood and thinking process. Western science used to believe that by young adulthood the brain had lost its capacity for radical change, which meant that brain damage caused in childhood was no longer curable in adults. This viewpoint left little hope of recovery for individuals who where abused as children.
More recent research has revealed that the brain has the capacity to change at any age, and one of the best ways of doing that is though mindfulness practice. Since childhood adversity is an experience that many people have had, I feel it is important to make easy and effective tools available to as many people as possible to help reduce stress, move out of reactivity, restore balance, and learn to create a healthier life.
The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) program grew out of a need that I saw, and from my own personal experience. I experienced an excessive amount of trauma both in the womb and in the first five years of my life. This subsequently had a negative impact on my developing brain. Since I grew-up in a time where there was little awareness of how trauma and/or abuse could impact brain development, I had to find a way out myself.
Some of the ICWIB activities stem from activities I developed for myself as a child to help restore balance, while other activities are based on movement practices and drawing activities I discovered later in life and used for my own healing. Each of the twelve activities focuses on helping the brain resolve a different kind of imbalance.
The ICWIB program activities helped me let go of the difficult experience and see it with new eyes. This in turn helped me move forward into life in a more peaceful, integrated and joyous way. This is the reason I am so passionate about getting the ICWIB program into the hands of parents, teachers, therapist, and anyone working with children—especially at-risk children or adults.
Over the last ten years of teaching the ICWIB program, I have received letters and e-mails from people all over the world expressing a desire and need to learn more about both the science behind the ICWIB program and the drawing activities. In response to their outreach, I created the new Global Classroom.
Today I would like to share with you Version One of Activity One—Just Scribble—from the ICWIB Tutorial DVD. This activity incorporates deep abdominal breathing with movement—two important components for restoring balance and healing in the body and mind. It also introduces the art of self-reflection, which is a very important component of mindfulness training. I hope you enjoy this video clip. Please share it with anyone who might benefit.
Reminder: Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST is the first FREE ICWIB teleconference. Any individual or group that has purchased an ICWIB kit is invited to attend. Please contact Nancy Marie at: firstname.lastname@example.org for the dial-in number and password. The focus of this event is to review material, help individuals adapt activities for special circumstances, and answer questions.
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