It’s a four-year conversation between two friends, Barthel and Fleury, that evolved to a book on healing, compassion and empathy.
Fleury doesn’t believe in coincidence; he strongly believes everything happens for a reason. Despite going through terrible abuse, he can now look back to see everything from a different perspective. He feels it’s a very spiritual way of looking at his circumstances.
“Going through it at the time was very, very difficult,” he says. “But now I have done a lot of healing.”
It’s vital to view his experiences in such a way so he can more easily move ahead. Fleury believes it was presented to him as a gift from the universe to help him build resilience.
“If you’re comfortable, you’re not going to change,” says Fleury of taking the challenge to sit in one’s “shit.”
By doing so, one must deal with the emotions that bubble to the surface. Even if the feeling can’t be identified, it’s still present and waiting for you. The more people shut off their brain, which is constantly lying, the more people are capable of listening to their heart (or gut feeling).
This is why ancient practices such as meditation, mindfulness and yoga are making massive comebacks. These activities allow people to shut their minds off and simply allow themselves to exist in the present. The more someone practices, the easier it gets.
“When we’re traumatized, our nervous system gets frayed and out of whack,” Fleury says. “When we’re in high stress, we release cortisol, and it starts to do damage to the nervous system. How we deal with that is using these mindful holistic practices.”
Fleury Enterprises offers people the opportunity to heal themselves through open conversations, practices, and offering people the security and safety they need in order to allow vulnerability and begin the healing process.