Finding Patrick on the other end of the phone opened the door to the first hopeful conversation I had had in a long time. I had long since lost the battle against stress and other inner struggles. My body and mind were spent at far too young an age.While I knew I was trapped in an unhelpful narrative, I did not know how to climb out of it and could not hear or listen to the signs around me. He guided me over a month through the first steps of healing myself holistically. He remained calm and skilfully managed my changing moods, irritability and frustrations through a difficult rejuvenation process.Doctors specialized in Interstitial Lung diseases had told me there was no cure for a rare autoimmune disease I had. My lungs looked like swiss cheese in a CT scan - filled with cavities and cysts due to a malfunction of the langerhan cell where instead of healing wounds, my cells began to attack them.
Against all odds, a month in Thailand under Patrick's guidance reversed 80% of this damage. When I went back home, doctors were stunned and baffled by the regression of the disease and did not believe that "bunk" alternative methods could have helped me where science couldn't. Till today, I don't fully understand what happened in those 30 days. Of course, I am not implying some miracle took place but what was more miraculous was getting someone as stubborn and defiant as I am to surrender to a process, to surrender to letting my body heal itself. And that would not have been possible without Patrick's nurturing presence.Of course, I "retoxed" very quickly :p after that first attempt at wellness but unknowingly I began a journey towards helping myself and understanding the relationship between body and mind in a way that I was previously dismissive or scornful of.In the three years since then, Patrick himself has been taken aback by the progress I've made (albeit not in a slope but in progressive circles) and areas of knowledge that I have dabbled in which he may not yet understand. However, his patience, consideration and amazing ability to listen compassionately brought relief and light into a very dark space. His openness about his own healing process, and his honesty about his vulnerabilities, as well as his constant desire to educate himself are traits that will always benefit everyone around him.I have sent other friends his way and they have had a similarly empowering experiences. Taking care of yourself is a burden and a responsibility that most of us are afraid to admit we buckle under. Trust Patrick to be both firm and gentle when you reach out to change your self.