Exercises in Grounding from The Art of Healing Trauma (Through Healing Exercises, Stories, and Research) Blog

“Briefly, the basic principle is: Holding your breath, shortness of breath, constrained and tense breath, rapid breath = survival, fight/flight/freeze, activation of the nervous system, stress. Natural, full, diaphragmatic breaths = opening up to life beyond survival, opening up to calmness, regulation of the nervous system, bringing about physical relaxation, improving health, being able to think. For PTSD specifically, conscious breathing seems to act as … Continue reading Exercises in Grounding from The Art of Healing Trauma (Through Healing Exercises, Stories, and Research) Blog

Global Citizen

Very heartfelt speech focused on connecting with women around the world. Jolie plainly says that she doesn’t know why she was chosen for the life she leads, but she acknowledges how privileged it is and how we need to see how connected we are. Moving speech by Jolie who recently was appointed as visiting professor at London School of Economics Centre for Women, Security and Peace. … Continue reading Global Citizen

Virginia is finally giving felons like me the right to vote. We deserve it. – The Washington Post

” I have never voted. By the time I was 18, I had a felony shoplifting conviction, which meant that I forever lost my right to vote in Virginia. I never had a chance. Not that I cared about voting at 18. I started getting into trouble very young — running away from serious issues at home at age 12, drinking, smoking weed. I had … Continue reading Virginia is finally giving felons like me the right to vote. We deserve it. – The Washington Post

A Black princess who saves herself and exposes princess culture? Kids and adults say “Yes!” — Embrace Race — Medium

An interview with Jeremy Whitley about his race-positive, gender-bending, subversive series for kids, Princeless Source: A Black princess who saves herself and exposes princess culture? Kids and adults say “Yes!” — Embrace Race — Medium Continue reading A Black princess who saves herself and exposes princess culture? Kids and adults say “Yes!” — Embrace Race — Medium

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “we should see sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” Here’s a true fact: On November 6, 1963, when she was 18, Laura Bush ran a stop sign in Midland, Texas and crashed into a Chevy, killing the 17-year-old driver, Mike Douglas, who happened to be a friend of hers … Continue reading

Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate

Haben Girma was born deaf-blind but she had access to opportunities afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Girma is Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate and her academic achievements have catapulted her advocacy career, fighting for the rights of people with disabilities Source: Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate Continue reading Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate

Still, nonwhite Americans were about as likely as white Americans to say they hadn’t taken any of the above actions against racism.

Check out this amazing article. You can send the link to the others out there like Bill O’Reilly  who claim we live in a post racial America:   Majority Of White People Say There’s Racism Everywhere, But Not Around Them. Continue reading Still, nonwhite Americans were about as likely as white Americans to say they hadn’t taken any of the above actions against racism.

Searching for Freedom in a “Free” Country

Welcome Back to Alert, Aware, Mindful! This week’s episode focuses on Kalief Browder and prison culture. Topics include: Effects of prison culture on society upon release and why activism is so important to social change. We end with peace and love from one of the greats. He was all about the love. Thanks for listening! Elle Download here and stream below Continue reading Searching for Freedom in a “Free” Country