Practices for Recovering Resilience

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Joy Is an Act of Moral Resistance

“Joy is an act of moral resistance” is one of the wise gems I heard in the 2017 TED talk Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage by Valeria Kaur, a young American civil rights activist, lawyer, award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and Sikh faith leader, on the front lines of fighting hate […]

For Clinicians: Working with Traumatized Nervous Systems

So many folks are getting wrung out by the challenges of coping with a pandemic that doesn’t seem ready to quit.  Whether people were ever traumatized before in their lives, many are experiencing a marked deterioration in functioning and well-being now. NICABM is offering its Treating Trauma Master series to help clinicians help clients resolve […]

The New Normal? Not So Fast…and Not So Easy

Yesterday’s post, Gone Fishin’, mentioned that I hit a wall last week and would show up in your inbox today re-grouped, re-Sourced, recovered, with an attempt at explaining, at least exploring, why. A health scare, resolved, nothing to worry about now, and I’m grateful for that. Profoundly. The wall was noticing that I wasn’t turning […]

Gone Fishin’

Gone fishin’, metaphorically. The day I woulda-coulda-shoulda been writing today’s post, I hit a wall. The wall miraculously dissolved on its own, and I’m grateful. But I needed to take a break and re-group. Today’s Resources for Recovering Resilience will post tomorrow, with the reasons why. In the meantime, I’m posting two of my favorite […]

When This Is Over…

I first posted When This Is Over a full year ago, at the very beginning of the pandemic shutdown. As at least some of the areas of the world are re-opening to kids playing baseball outdoors, museums opening, friends hugging when vaccinated, the sentiments and intentions of the poem are as relevant as ever. May […]

A Truth about Trauma

Trauma is a fact of life. It doesn’t have to be a life sentence. – Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy I quote the quote above in most of my clinical trainings on resilience, including a 12-hour training for the Ottawa Centre for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma just last […]

Perhaps the World Ends Here…

April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. I have posted so many poems during this last pandemic year [see Poems for These Times], knowing that poetry is “fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something  As necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry. Yes, indeed.” – Mary Oliver. Our current […]

Earthrise – Amanda Gorman

I realized I had to forward this poem to you for Earth Day the moment it arrived in my inbox. Another magnificent right-on inspiration from our youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman. An environmental movement of this size Is simply another form of an earth-rise. Enjoy…and engage. Earthrise Dedicated to Al Gore and The Climate Reality […]

Fall in Love with the Earth Again

April 22 is Earth Day, people all over the world honoring the beautiful, unique-in-the-universe planet we call home; people all over the world working very hard to repair the damage we have done, especially in the 50 years since people starting celebrating Earth Day. I think falling in love with the earth again is falling […]

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