We've been exposed to so much physical and emotional trauma in our lives. And we are socialized to suppress our natural, emotional responses...It never occurred to me that my body was organically trying to heal past traumas entirely on its own. It was truly empowering to know one can embrace this healing at any time. And it is a metaphor for how we empower and heal ourselves through writing. Thank you for sharing this beautiful gift so generously and graciously with everyone here at Street Poets.
Nkem Ndefo, CNM, is a gifted speaker who not only educates, but truly motivates! She not only delivers information that is beneficial to providers who care for women who have experienced stress and trauma, but cleverly has participants “take a selfie” to reflect on their personal areas of stress and unreleased tension. I was floored to think that my own unresolved tension and trauma could affect the relationship with my patients and potentially influence their health outcomes. Nkem’s message that we must learn to release tension/trauma is a critical one for providers, therapists, and, frankly, for any person desirous of healthy personal and professional relationships.
Nkem Ndefo is a transformational community leader who empowers individuals and networks with the tools to take better care of themselves and the planet. Working with Nkem as a community partner and as part of my Outdoor Afro leadership team, I was consistently impressed with her ability to balance attention to detail and concise communications, with warmth, compassion, and strategic networking.