Bonnie Diamond is a Licensed Acupuncturist at Staying in Balance LLC. She has been a member of the Northampton Club with Angela Lussier since February. We checked in with her and here’s what she had to say after being a member of the Speaker Sisterhood for the past 5 months.
Why did you join the Speaker Sisterhood?
I love all things Angela!
What do you love about it?
The women in the group and their stories are amazing. Hearing them speak their truth has been a gift to me. I’ve found a safe environment to find my voice.
How has becoming a member helped you?
It’s helped on many different levels. When we begin to find the words to describe our life experiences, we grow. We are able to reframe difficult experiences and celebrate joyful ones. There is a power found in being seen and heard.
As an acupuncturist, the Speaker Sisterhood has enabled me to find words to explain how I help people reclaim their power to heal, and how I lived with chronic fatigue syndrome for 9 years and how that experience introduced me to acupuncture. (I liked treatments so much that I went back to school to get a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and fully recovered from CFS.)
As a person, the Speaker Sisterhood has helped me find words to describe the painful loss of both my parents, as well as my funny and touching memories of them.
As a woman, it has helped me find solace in a group of exceptional, like-minded sisters.
Have you experienced any surprises or unexpected benefits since becoming a member?
It has truly been a journey. We go deep. I have become more conscious of the power of language. It has been a privilege to witness my “sisters” transform from hesitant, shy speakers into funny, quirky, comfortable communicators of their stories and the fullness of their lives.
Why should someone else join?
To be seen and heard. I wrote this note to Angela after a day of cross country skiing in February:
“It’s comforting and often necessary to follow paths that have been blazed by others. But there is something important and magical about putting down tracks in freshly fallen snow.
With healing, the same is true. We need our routines. But we heal when we find the courage to try something new. When we see each day as a new road, beckoning us to step into our best, truest, and healthiest self.
You have given me the courage to put down fresh tracks. On many different levels, in many different ways, you have shown me new paths.”