Posts by Mandy Martini

Mandy Martini—Kvyen Chihuailaf (Moon, Mist-Spreading-Over-A-Lake)—is a Mapuche writer and teacher of kuyfi kimün, Indigenous knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. She's the creator of SLG, an online school where she's taught people in over thirty-five countries how to heal from the effects of stress and trauma. Want to learn more? She offers free classes and resources on her website, www.return2life.co.

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Always Exhausted? Native Wisdom to Restore Your Energy

TRIGGER WARNING: This post references sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.

“Spirit carved by Nature
Here I am.
Slowly ascending
toward my own profundity.”
~Elicura Chihuailaf

That exhaustion you feel when your body is fighting something, the feeling of being completely drained to the point where you can barely move your body…. that’s how I felt when I was living with trauma.

Over the years it had piled up inside of me—the sexual assault I survived one night after I’d just turned twenty, the physical and emotional abuse that went on almost daily when I lived with …