For over a decade, I was a college teacher and transformative educator for NGOs, teaching and facilitating groups and classes on all things cultural change—communication, psychology, ecology, health, and sustainable development.
At the same time, I struggled to live. After a series of accidents and painful life events, my body made it clear I could not go on as before.
By the age of 29, I was diagnosed with a chronic health condition and registered as disabled.
Instead of working on changing the world, I had to focus on transforming myself. Until I realized that my work had to do with the way the two are connected.
When I asked my doctor what I should do about my inability to function normally, he prescribed medication and told me to apply for welfare.
Instead, I searched everywhere for answers. I studied approaches to healing and wellness like yoga and Ayurveda, meditation, nutrition, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and Continuum.
I apprenticed with a bio-energetic body-psychotherapist, healer and sound therapist. I got a PhD focusing on the questions I was trying to answer.
I learned that I was a hyper-sensitive empath who not only cared deeply about the pain of others and of the world; I could also feel it in my body.
Everything that I could not detach from; whatever reality I could not accept; however I could not love what was, as it was, I felt pain.
So I learned to love better – myself, others, the world.
For more about my story, check out this article published in various Postmedia newspapers: The Spark of Love Brought Me Out of the Dark Valley of Pain; and this one: Getting the Support We Need, my advice to the J-post about how to deal with stress.
Kim Hershorn, PhD is the creator of the Life-Tuning Process™ which brings together yoga and body work; writing and art; and sound and narrative therapy. Kim guides you intuitively toward spiritual and holistic well-being. As a university teacher and educator for NGOs, she has specialized in communication, cultural change, ecology, and social psychology. Originally from Montreal, Kim is based in Jerusalem where she works on peace-building through inter-generational trauma healing. Her international work connects individual and social healing.
OUT OF JERUSALEM: (since 2013) AACI; Bishvilach Women’s Wellness Centre; Enosh, the Israeli Mental Health Association; Beit Ashems Center for Self-Development; Kvinna till Kvinna centre for women’s rights; Seeds of Peace Women of Action group; Spiritual Counseling in Situations of Conflict, Program to Heal Trauma; Beit Shemesh Women’s Wellness Expo; Moshav Modiim; Bar Ilan University; Holy Land Trust; Willy Brandt Center; Work Factory; Kids 4 Peace.
INTERNATIONAL: with Non-Violent Communication senior trainer, Irmtraud Kauschat in Germany; The Hollies Center for Sustainability, Ireland; 5 Senses Rural Club, Costa Rica; Jewish Eldercare Montreal; the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Youth Institute, Montreal; the Centre for Creative Arts in Human Development, Concordia University; Canada-South Africa Education Management Program, McGill University; Leave Out Violence youth program; Department of Foreign Affairs JPO program, Durban, South Africa; Equipo Pueblo, Mexico; Businesses in Dusseldorf, Vienna, Amsterdam; American School, Japan