THE THIN LINE WE CAN ALL RECROSS
BY MARIA MACAYA
The line between being stressed and being chronically stressed is thinner than we realize, thinner than we’d like to think.
Where we are born, how we are brought up, our genetic and chemical make up, who we cross paths with, our vulnerability at a specific time period – so many variables, many of which we have no control over – can make us cross that thin line that lies between enjoying a glass of wine and becoming an alcoholic, between having moments of feeling sadness and being clinically depressed, between getting stressed from living in the type of world we live in and being diagnosed with anxiety, between being able to overcome significant events in our life – accidents, loss – and their becoming a traumatic experience that alters our perception of the world and how we live in it.
The line is thin, many of us often stand, maybe just for a short time, right on it, unaware that we are balancing like a funambulist. That’s why often it is so difficult to see when we cross it. If we look at it this way, the ‘us versus them’ dichotomy disappears. One can be traumatized, depressed, clinically anxious, addicted, but the good news is that recrossing to the other side is also possible. It may take more or less effort, more or less help, more or less support but the line is there to be crossed. Once we cross it, we can find ourselves on that safer, stabler side that once seemed quite far away. Once we cross it, the person that refunds him or herself on that safer safer a trip to the rough side, finds oneself being stronger, wiser, with more survival tools and often more compassionate than before.
One of the first signs of many of these disorders is that we lose the power to imagine. We lose the ability to see, believe or envision, that life could ever be any other way. “I will never be happy again”, “People are out to attack me”, “I’m always scared it will happen again”, “Why am I always so unlucky?” Most of us can recognize snippets of those moments and type of glass half empty thoughts crossing our own minds at some point or another. Sometimes, often, we need someone’s help – a word, a nudge – to see it, to do something about it. So much of our happiness and stability depend on the support, company, help or nudge of others.
Radika’s purpose is to let movement, breath, and those who work with us – be that friend, that nudger, that supporter. We want to help individuals who suffer from distress or mental disorders to recover through a practice that understands and respects our users’ needs.
Our workshops are there to prevent people from crossing the line, and once crossed, to complement your and your patient’s traditional therapy with scientifically proven tools that can help you re-see, re-imagine, re-discover and re-turn to the safer side of the line.
Radika stems from the word “radical” which means to return to the roots, to the origins. We believe that we all have roots and origins in this safer side, we sometimes just need a little support finding our way back to it.