Jovan Landry talks Synergy Pt I

Hello All, Welcome back to my podcast Alert, Aware, Mindful. This week we are speaking with Jovan Landry a rising black, female artist and organizer of Synergy an upcoming ALL FEMALE hip hop album, featuring local Chicago musicians and artists. This is the first of two parts. Jovan Landry PT 1 We talk about her Chicago connections and her roots. We bond like true Chicagoans … Continue reading Jovan Landry talks Synergy Pt I

Elle Cast 2.5: Surviving the Second largest cause of World Disability…

…according to the World Health Organization and How we can help change the course. Listen to the podcast and then click on the links for information on how to get involved. Save.org: Facts about Suicide in the US World Health Organization: Facts About Depression National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Suicide Statistics Transcript: Greetings, this is Elle Madelyn with Alert Aware Mindful and this is … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.5: Surviving the Second largest cause of World Disability…

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Elle Cast 2.4: Phillip Montgomery Counselor, Social Worker, PhD Candidate

Welcome back to Alert, Aware, Mindful Please enjoy my interview with Phillip Montgomery as he discusses the abandonment of young men, particularly men of color. Also, the lack of guidance, social-emotional skills available to these men, and how it dooms them to solve problems, without preparing them for how to find the best solution—and the inevitable explosion that results from this cycle. We talk about … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.4: Phillip Montgomery Counselor, Social Worker, PhD Candidate

Taking Back the Wheel

This is a key problem standing in the way of peace between people and nations, this idea that “My way is infallible and absolutely Just and there is NO room for the evaluation of my ideology. To evaluate is to devalue and disrespect the (obvious rightness of it.)  The other dangerous mindset is when one party believes the other “will NEVER understand their position.”  This … Continue reading Taking Back the Wheel

A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump | HuffPost

“The Huffington Post recently interviewed a nun and a monk at Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village monastery in France, to ask what advice they would give to activists who want to take action during Trump’s presidency.

Sister Peace, who previously worked in the office of the mayor of Washington, says action must be inspired by a deep-rooted sense of love.

“If we can be strong in ourselves, then we could offer a resistance that is nonviolent,” she said. “But that means that we ourselves are at a place where we can have that recognition and we can offer that to another. And that is a great, great source of love and having the other feel they’re being recognized and listened to and embraced.”

She says that those who are passionate about taking action should learn from the nonviolent approach of the civil rights movement.

Referring to the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during which marchers remained passive despite being chased and beaten, she said: “They were taught how to be quiet, how to be still, how not to resist and fight back no matter what happened.” Continue reading A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump | HuffPost

How to be happy: Stop being positive and just cultivate neutrality — Quartz

” In practical terms, it means detaching. As a human, you will inevitably feel or think when stuff happens. If you’re stuck in traffic, late for a meeting, and freaking out, feeling bad, that’s OK. There’s no need to put a happy face on a sad day, but—if you don’t resist what is—things will shift without you trying. Likewise when you’re delighting in a win. … Continue reading How to be happy: Stop being positive and just cultivate neutrality — Quartz

Hey everyone! I will return soon

Hello All, I have been very busy. Life intruded and then I needed to recover from that. I am currently working on my new music (both band stuff and solo projects) and building my new business.  I am stressed but excited. But stay tuned for more Elle in your inbox. I am going to post links to my band She’s So Quiet, we had a … Continue reading Hey everyone! I will return soon

Elle Cast: Episode 2

Originally posted on Alert. Aware. Mindful.:
Here is the second episode and we are talking about Race, sexuality, and poverty. I am including some of the techniques or activities I use to de-stress, in dealing with my regular life stress and the additional frustration I feel encountering or witnessing  discrimination. You can download it here  or stream it if there are issues, iPhone users can download here … Continue reading Elle Cast: Episode 2

Why Baths are a Lifesaver in De-stressing

I love taking baths. They are extremely effective for sore joints and tired muscles. With the aid of Epsom salts, essential oils, and products to soften the skin, it literally removes the achiness from my body.  The salt baths are very cleansing to the body and many times the mind.   For those who are afraid of soaking in their own filth as a friend … Continue reading Why Baths are a Lifesaver in De-stressing