Reframing Mental Health
February 20, 2021 @ 12:00 A.M.
Indigenous wisdom, surviving the trauma of abuse, and the power to forgive the unforgivable
How is our difficulty in facing our own personal traumas reflected in the problems we see playing out in society? In this deeply moving exchange, Matthew hears how Dr Anita Sanchez, an author, consultant and executive coach, learned to draw on the wisdom of her ancestors to transmute the trauma caused by the terrible abuse she suffered as a child and the race-related murder of her father .
The author of the internationally award-winning book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, published by Simon & Schuster, Anita has spent 40 years building a bridge between indigenous traditions and corporate culture. Her mission: to help top executives in companies around the world to create truly diverse and inclusive organisations, and drive wider change by confronting racial injustice and oppression. Anita and Matthew discuss how repressed suffering and unexpressed emotion may be a big part of the reason why the world is struggling to find adequate responses to the multiple crises societies face, and how rekindling our connection to Earth and Spirit can empower us to face our fears and create a more regenerative future.
This episode was recorded in July, 2020. In October, Anita was named by the World Woman Foundation as one of 60 “Women of the Hour” for the #SheisMyHero campaign aimed at inspiring one million girls around the world to live their dreams and pursue leadership.
Please note that this episode contains themes of sexual abuse and suicide.