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How to Stop Judging Yourself with Dr. Marcia

"Find the joy and fulfillment of every day through small and enabling actions."

The Health and Wellness working group puts out a new podcast every Thursday, revolving around holistic and natural health. To listen to this podcast from Reimagine TCWAC’s ‘Journey Through Health and Wellness’ series, click on the following link:

When a medical error caused Marcia's daughter to enter a vegetative state, she started seeing life from a very dark place. Her vision for her daughter's life radically changed. Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon joins Elisa Haransky Beck in discussing how she found the light again in letting go of her expectations of her daughter, who while Marcia was mourning in another room was approaching life with laughter. Marcia powerfully shares how she shifted her consciousness and learned how to cherish each moment through raising a disabled child. She found progress in letting go of her self-expectation of perfection, being less judgemental, and treating herself more gently.

In this episode, Marcia joins us once again from Trinidad and Tobago to offer methods of self-kindness and care. She demonstrates how she practices talking gently to herself by appreciating her efforts rather than judging her self-perceived failures.


Coming from an engineering background, Marcia has been a lecturer at the University of the West Indies since 2011. Additionally, she is a successful poet and author. She recently published a book, "Lighting the Path: Leaning into A Hopeful Future for Special Needs Parents," which aids other special needs parents as well as health care professionals. Marcia clearly has thought-provoking wisdom that aids her students and readers in gaining a deep understanding of living in the present moment.

You can check out her book here.

Journey Through Health & Wellness is a project of ReImagine Turtle Creek Watershed and Airshed Communities Plus.

Music: "Higher-Up" by Shane Ivers

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