Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities
Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities presents a new perspective and action plan for anyone who lives with adversity. Author Kathy O’Connell draws from her own experiences of living with cerebral palsy and working with others as a counselor in this powerful—and empowering—book about living life to the fullest with a disability. Readers are offered an approach to moving through feelings of fear and victimization, which lead to embracing and appreciating their different abilities. As a result, people experience greater love, happiness, and fulfillment.
Kathy uses the metaphor of a firewalk to represent the fear we feel when faced with difficulty, circumstances that could further hurt us, and the doubt within about our own ability to be successful. The author’s epiphany during an actual firewalk served as a catalyst for developing this powerful and unique approach she now teaches to clients, audiences, and workshop participants.
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Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities offers invaluable tools for parents and teachers of children with disabilities, as well as new ideas for therapists and other healthcare workers who work with clients and patients who have different abilities.When we learn to see our disability or difference as a gift, we can use it as a transformative tool. Instead of struggling against what is difficult, or trying to “manage” or “fix” our difference, we can embrace the very thing we resist—and allow it to strengthen us.
Drawing from her own experiences of living with a disability and working with others as a therapist, Kathy offers readers an approach to moving through feelings of fear and victimization to a place where they can embrace and appreciate their different abilities, and experience greater love, happiness, and fulfillment as a result.
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Degree of Difference and Difficulty
From the Beginning
Recognizing the Gift of All Abilities
Breath Birth and Abilities
A Catalyst in the Lessons of Life
Being Rather than Doing
Listening to the True Self
Releasing the Myth of Disability
Healing the Shame
No Longer a Victim
Sexuality and the Power to Attract
Letting the Light Shine