Judith Elizabeth Bowen’s belief in the transformative power of Truth, Compassion, and Love is supported by 42 years as a registered occupational therapist. A decade as a Healing Touch Practitioner further enriches her spiritual and analytical gifts as a healer. She has been published in professional journals, two textbooks and three anthologies. She also has extensive experience as a presenter at workshops and conferences, both locally and internationally. She resides in south central Pennsylvania, USA, where she writes, paints and lives in enjoyment of children, grandchildren, family and friends.
I was nine the first time I read myself home. The public library was a twenty minute walk from my house, across some busy streets. I was so proud to have my own library card and started reading before I left the building. Suddenly I was home with no awareness of how I got there. And so it began.
I knew when I moved to Sedona, AZ that I would write a book. But the book I had in mind never emerged. Instead, one day, I picked up a 55-page journal that I had kept during the last seven years of my husband’s life, and I suddenly knew that this was what I would write about.
Tapestry; A Loving Weave of Living, Dying, and Spirit – A Memoir emerged out of wanting to understand my own journey through a difficult and challenging part of my life. It is wrapped around a 25-year marriage, living through my husband’s years of illness, his death, and my search for balance and strength during that time. I found a new level of compassion and truth, not only for him and for myself, but for all who struggle.
In the search, I dropped out of my mind and into my heart. I was led to acknowledge fears while trusting in my heart’s inner wisdom to find strength of spirit. I learned that facing “what is” and allowing my most vulnerable feelings to flow, created an inner spaciousness and greater capacity to heal. In my work as a health care provider, as a Healing Touch Practitioner, and in my interactions with others, I saw that we all hold at least one story. When we are heard, our stories emerge.
What is your story? Where does your strength come from? Have you found a place or time for deep listening and deep sharing. What is your road to transformation?
A Heart’s Story: Connection, Compassion and Transformation.