Curriculum Vitae Number 19
Crystal Vehicle for Inner Change
Catalysis for Venturing
Crazy Voluntary Opportunities
You name it!
Is a plague or a blessing in disguise?
Can we go inward to find answers?
Can we keep our heads up, our spirit in check?
Can we mobilize our inner resources?
When….I ask when do we have the time to do these things?
Yet, my heart goes to all people that are suffering or have lost a loved one.
May you be all safe and use your time wisely.
Pablo Neruda Poem
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
Coronavirus: Changing from Within
With the threat of Coronavirus we are all experiencing, we have an invitation as well to quiet our minds and our bodies and to choose to gravitate towards hope instead of fear. In every challenge we face there is opportunity for growth. We are summoned to embark upon a shift that requires spiritual stamina and endurance. This is a path that invites self-reflection, contemplation and a profound transformation. We have an opportunity to shed old habits, accept a new rhythm of life, and mostly, enjoy our creativity. What a wonderful time to give birth to the book you have been thinking about!
I will be presenting my work at the Healing Trauma Conference in Bend, Oregon on May 1st and 2nd. This a wonderful opportunity to introduce the Seven Jewish Samurai memoir as well as to share my experience as a psychotherapist and as an author on the healing power of writing. I will also be discussing the methods I use in my therapeutic practice for healing trauma. Unfortunately, the conference will be presented online instead of at the original place, the Seven Mountain Resort. Nevertheless, we all have to adapt to the new circumstances and I will show up to support my clients and readers. I’ll keep you posted on the information about this conference as soon as I get it. Hope to see you there.
Identity and Multiculturalism
We may wrestle from time to time with identity questions: Why are we here and were did we come from? The truth of the matter is that multiculturalism and multidimensionality play a great role in our identity. Are we one? Many? If we speak different languages, are we different people when we do so?
Having been born in Mexico City, a place of rich colors and culture, gives me a springboard from where I can understand the world from this colorful perspective.
Having being born to Jewish ancestors and parents gives me also a unique understanding about the world. I have always felt free to explore my surroundings and feel more like a citizen of the world at large.
Matilde Konigsberg is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the author of The Seven Jewish Samurai of Guadalajara.