Sandra Bland trooper Brian Encinia: Perjury case dismissed – CNN.com

  Of course, it was. This way no one has to go to jail.No accountability found or given. That is my country. Philando, Trayvon, Michael, and Sandy. For some of us, America is good, others it may even be great, but it NEEDS IMPROVEMENT to say the absolute least. The fact is, juries can’t seem to find fault with the police. It reminds me of … Continue reading Sandra Bland trooper Brian Encinia: Perjury case dismissed – CNN.com

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

Creating harmony: “Seek to understand…” | Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

“If we’re to have genuinely mindful dialog with another person, we have to respect that person. If he or she has a certain point of view, then we shouldn’t assume they hold it because they are stupid or unfortunate enough not to have heard what we have to say on the issue. They almost certainly have a complete set of reasons for believing what they … Continue reading Creating harmony: “Seek to understand…” | Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

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

On Privilege, the Multi-Colored Spoon.

Originally posted on Changing the Lens:
*Extremely important disclaimer: As I mention in this post, with regards to being able-bodied, I experience privilege. As I got ready to post this I felt slightly uneasy because I realize in a certain sense, I am speaking to an experience and perspective which I will never be able to full understand. For all I know, what I discuss… Continue reading On Privilege, the Multi-Colored Spoon.