One person can change a life forever. That’s what Nancy Bunt does with children at Alexander through Reiki, meditation, guided imagery, and relaxation techniques. It all started with ‘Dan the Artist’, a young man who visited Nancy’s second grade classroom just once to lead the class in a guided relaxation exercise. That one moment solidified meditation practice in her life forever. While Nancy does not know Dan’s full name, she made a promise to herself to pay his gift forward.
Nancy discovered Alexander Youth Network through one of her students who was interning at Alexander while she worked on her master’s degree in social work. When asked what inspired her to commit so much time and effort, Nancy responds that “after learning about the integrative approach Alexander takes in supporting the healing of children recovering from the effects of trauma I knew it was a place I would enjoy sharing my skills.”
When she first began volunteering weekly at Alexander she thought she would help out for maybe six months. “That was almost six years ago”, Nancy says with a spirited laugh. “I never imagined just how much joy, inspiration, healing and growth was going to come out of this experience for me personally. I’ve been able to witness the positive impact it has, and I believe it’s a valuable experience for the children, the staff, and myself.”
One of Nancy’s favorite experiences involved a diminutive six year-old boy name Marvin*. Marvin would wrap himself up tightly from head to toe in a blanket on the floor during guided mediation. He would not move a muscle the entire time she was there, declaring that he didn’t want anyone to touch him. This went on for six weeks. On the seventh week, Nancy saw him in the hallway as she was walking to the class. “When he saw me coming his eyes got huge, his face lit up, and he exclaimed to his teacher, ‘I can’t sit here, I have Reiki today!’ She knew in that moment that her small gift was a huge one for Marvin.
When Nancy is not working at A Reiki Life Academy and volunteering, she often spends time in nature, goes hiking, enjoys yoga, and enjoys amazing adventures with her husband Dennis.
*Name changed to protect privacy