In this episode, Nirmala Nataraj, a New York-based writer, editor, book midwife, theater artist, and myth-maker, joins The Okay Days to talk about storytelling.
As a South Asian American woman who thrives in liminal spaces, her work lives at the crossroads of creativity, mythology, storytelling, and collective liberation. As a multi-genre collaborator and creative facilitator, Nirmala believes in generative solutions in the midst of chaos, the coexistence of messiness and magic, and breathtaking beauty as a natural consequence of this wild ride.
She is trained in a variety of methods of narrative-based collective healing, including Family Constellations, Psychodrama, Playback Theatre, and Theatre of the Oppressed. Some of the passions she brings to facilitation include movement (especially 5 Rhythms), guided visualization, and creative writing from unexpected prompts.
Nirmala is also a MNDFL Certified Mindfulness Instructor and a Depth Hypnosis Practitioner who is especially passionate about working with BIPOC womxn and femmes to reclaim their creative autonomy and mythic geographies. Through her Infinite Field work, she has developed a powerful method to lead people through guided meditation and free-writing prompts that help them to unearth deeper truths and step into deep personal and ancestral wisdom.
We talk about Nirmala's Infinite Field, moving through the different spaces we all find ourselves in, how to turn "I" into "we" and what storytelling can do to our mental health.
Follow along at nirmalanataraj.com.