A Painful Gift: The Journey of a Soul with Autism by Chris Goodchild

By Chris Goodchild

This superbly illustrated, relocating and revelatory publication will motivate readers to work out that it's always that which provides us the inner most sorrow in existence that may carry us the best pleasure. 'Welcome to my international. i've got autism. 'But A Painful reward isn't approximately my autism. it really is in regards to the fight to be really ourselves on the planet. To be absolutely human, to the touch humans and to be touched by way of humans in go back. 'Autism is a blessing, a talented means of seeing the realm. it's also deeply misunderstood. there's a lot speak of discovering a medication for autism, however it is simply our lack of ability to just accept distinction that cries out to be remedied. 'Although autism is a present, it may be a painful present. i've got shared my woundedness in complete so you will be given the power to carry to mild your woundedness. nice love and nice anguish are a part of the non secular trip. discomfort cannot merely holiday us down, it could actually additionally holiday us open. This e-book is a pilgrimage of the brain to the guts and is a sworn statement to the truth that it's not the absence of sickness that makes us who we're, yet our faithfulness in adversity that's the deeper degree. 'My private prayer is that every one who learn this e-book can be encouraged to determine that it's always that which provides us the private sorrow in existence that may convey us the best joy.' Christopher Goodchild

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There is only one piece of poetry that can truly bring alive this chapter of my life. It is in the final scene of the film American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes. Kevin Spacey, who plays the part of Lester Burnham, a man whose life and marriage is falling apart, says, I guess I could have been pretty pissed off with what had happened to me, but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I am seeing it all at once and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst.

It was because of all these difficulties that I became attracted to the Alexander technique. The Alexander technique was founded by Fredrick Matthias Alexander, who was an Australian actor born in 1869 in Tasmania. While performing on stage he kept losing his voice. He received little help for his condition from his doctors, so he set himself the task of observing his posture with the use of mirrors, while€ reciting as though he was on stage. As a direct result of these observations, he was not only able to regain the use of his voice, but was able to pinpoint certain universal patterns of poor coordination which had caused him to lose his voice.

So she taught me practical ways of reducing over-stimulation from my environment, both within my home and outside, in order to calm the hyper-arousal of the nervous system.

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