Robin Lynn Brooks is a contributing author in
The Mentor that Matters:
inspiration from transformative teachers, role models & heroes
Edited by Suzanne Fox. Series Editor, Andy Fox
"In every life, there is at least one “mentor that matters”: a person whose insights spark change and whose influence endures.
"In a series of brief and richly thought-provoking essays written by both recognized 'names' and extraordinary ordinary Americans, THE MENTOR THAT MATTERS: STORIES OF TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHERS, ROLE MODELS AND HEROES shares the perspectives of forty unique individuals as each speaks about one person who unforgettably changed their lives."
Robin wrote about trauma therapist Dr. AnDréya Wilde (scroll down Author page) who helped to give her life for the first time. Without Dréya, Robin would not be who she is today. Because of Dreya's gifts to her, Robin has turned around to become a role model, inspiration, and mentor herself for so many others.
"THE MENTOR THAT MATTERS offers an array of possibilities and perspectives that affirm the human capacity to change, grow, connect, and make a lasting mark on the world.
"A go-to reading for anyone interested in personal growth, The Mentor that Matters will inspire readers to celebrate the richness of their own life journeys, remember their most extraordinary teachers, and continue to reach for opportunities to become 'mentors that matter' themselves."
Robin's story begins:
"I sit in the corner of the kitchen in an armchair. I am tense, as curled up into myself as I can be, my feet tucked tight beneath me.
"My voice shakes as I whisper into the phone to my therapist so I cannot be heard. It is hard to speak what I feel, the words coming broken and slow. I was silenced as a child and do not know, still, how to reach inside and speak what is there. But, gradually, it begins to come…”
After many years of work with Dréya, this is where Robin is now:
"I have found the strength that was already inside me, and I have discovered and now recognize the beauty of my being. Directly because of Dréya’s mentoring of me, I have come to understand, too, that it is my honor and soul’s purpose to give back and share with others what I have been given. It is my utmost desire to help others in whatever way I can so they might find their own way to healing and to the fulfillment of who they are.
"Now, I do not only allow myself to exist. So much more, I am learning how to live and breathe my greatest self as I become who I was born to be. I would not be here today without the extreme capability, guidance, love, and support of my amazing mentor, Dr. AnDréya Wilde."
…Such a gift
to be here
in this life
at this time
I have become.
[© 2013, Robin Brooks, the end of the poem "Who I Can Be"
from Robin's poetic memoir The Blooming of the Lotus: a spiritual journey from trauma into light]
I am so blessed.
Learn more about Robin's story. Become inspired.
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My book "The Blooming of the Lotus" invited AGAIN for the Top 10 Book Pick List for the SpiritedWoman.com website!!!!!
Nancy Mills of Spirited Woman invited me to feature my book The Blooming of the Lotus: a spiritual journey from trauma into light again on her amazing
The Holiday Spirited Woman Top 12 Book Pick List. What an honor to be here again.
Spirited Woman is an incredible resource of powerful and creative spiritual women from all over the world. Every month 12 of these women's work is featured, along with 12 books.
Lynn Andrews is a member of this group, as are many other women dedicating their lives to healing and shifting our world.
Thank you, Nancy!!!
My new book is out!! "The Blooming of the Lotus for Professionals: For all those who impact survivors' lives"
MY SECOND BOOK IS OUT!!
The Blooming of the Lotus for Professionals is a companion book to my original poetic memoir The Blooming of the Lotus: a spiritual journey from trauma into light about the process of my own healing from a brutal childhood. This new volume is expressly for professionals, for those who impact the lives of survivors. Like my first, this was written in collaboration with trauma specialist Dr. AnDreya Wilde.
A Special Introduction begins with my address to the Domestic Violence Task Force in Greenfield, MA, in March. “‘I Deserve’ and Resiliency” is followed by more information about the repercussions of being a survivor, as well as specific recommendations for therapists, healers, educators, medical professionals, judges, and other supporters.
A grouping of poems at the end, though much abbreviated from the original, still gives a sense of what it means to be a survivor and what the healing process entails.
An Excerpt from "'I Deserve' and Resiliency"
"I want to speak to you today about how childhood incest and abuse can deeply affect all aspects of a person's life and the dynamics of future relationships. I then want to talk about what can help."
Recommendations for Therapists and Healers
"I offer my poems to you in whatever form feels appropriate to your modality of therapy. I would, however, like to suggest reading through the chapter titles in the Table of Contents of the original The Blooming of the Lotus: a spiritual journey from trauma into light. Reviewing these may prompt poems that resonate with your client, depending on which clinical phase she is experiencing.
I offer this book with the hope that it will shed light on a survivor's life and also provide insight on how you can help.
Thank you for your time and consideration in reading this. Please pass it along.
To find out where to purchase The Blooming of the Lotus for Professionals, go here.
An Artist's Life: Healing Through Art. Opens Sept 23 6 - 7:30 p.m. Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, MA
Robin Lynn Brooks: A One-Woman Show
As I write, I discover more and more who I am, and, as I do so, I share with you, in case anything I write may resonate with, help, or guide you.