The Real Wonder Woman Challenge: Day 18

Marie Tshibangu

My friend and a Real Wonder Woman

I met Marie in Ivory Coast at her clinic. She was and still is an incredible healer, bodyworker and massage therapist. Marie’s healing center in Abidjan is a pure haven of peace and tranquility. It was also the meeting place for many of the Art of Living students, including myself, who would come to practice with her the breathing exercise once a week.

Marie taught me about body intelligence, its ability to remember and retain trauma and its own capacity to heal.

Upon return to Ivory Coast after the burnout episode I went through while in Brussels, I have set myself into a rigorous self-care program. This included a weekly bodywork at Marie’s. For three to four hours every week, she would work patiently, painstakingly and persistently on regenerating my body and my spirit. I don’t think I would have survived another year in the peacekeeping mission without these weekly sessions.

Marie taught me about body intelligence, its ability to remember and retain trauma and its own capacity to heal. Her knowledge of the human body, as well as the ayurvedic healing system, is as extensive as it is deep. She would often laugh when I would arrive at my weekly session saying: “OK, let’s get all this pita fire down and balance you out.”

She inspires me with her dedication to her work, her commitment to healing and her devotion to service to others.

I love you, Marie, and miss you so much! I really hope our roads will cross again soon!

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