Yesterday I had a conversation with someone I respect in our community where ultimately we agreed AND disagreed.
We share some common values and yet have a different approach to community building.
What I noticed was that I felt nervous and jumpy before our conversation. My body was ready for fight and flight. After some mutual pleasantries, we got to the point--but what was the point?
As it turned out, I misinterpreted something she said on social media.
Ok, relief that we did not let...
According to the British, the year was 1619. I don't know how African peoples counted that year. I don't know how the Arabs, the Hebrews or the Chinese counted it. But to English colonists living on stolen land in Jamestown, VA —it was 1619.
Amongst the "twenty and odd" African people sold to the Virginia colony there was a woman "Angelo," as she was first called, later Angela.
Scholars know that she survived a 100 mile forced march from the interior to...
Do you want to stand for justice AND want to come from a place of compassion?
I'm sharing with you a short audio excerpt "How to Stop Judging People." It's a real and searching conversation by folks who stand for racial justice from the heart.
My own experience shows me that the pain of the hurt gets extended by judging. But that doesn't mean we can't set boundaries or say no to harm.
If you'd like to talk through your...
Michael is watching Rambo as I write this . I'm trying to ignore it because I'm not a Sly fan, but it's hard to avoid the story. A green beret, suffering from PTSD, gets jumped on by a small town police force and fights back. It's frustrating because this entire town's police resources go into apprehending a man who they triggered into trauma, resulting in lots of killing for no good reason.
Imagine what would be possible if the police force was staffed by people who know how to de-escalate....
Since I returned from our Strong Voice Compassionate Heart Retreat, two people, two beautiful change makers have told me this.
They are not alone.
One of the most important things I got out of a self compassion class is that our minds are not here to make us happy.
The mind is conditioned to keep us safe.
Safety means staying vigilant about harm.
We’re constantly thinking about what’s wrong; what’s a threat; and how we are not...
I’m sitting at a roof top listening to Michael and Francis talk about how musicians make time, generating past and present and future. We move on to Sun Ra. Then Francis shares how our mental strength correlates to how much awe we experience in our daily lives. Music and art including Mother Earth’s creativity can make us feel AWE!
This is what happens when composer Francis Wong is in town...
Have you ever been in a conversation when someone complimented you in a way that put themselves down?
Have you ever thought OMG, that person (Michelle Obama or Lupita Nyongo for me) is so confident, smart and comfortable in her skin--and I'm not? I suck!
Well, I recorded a conversation with my friend and former client Melody Leon about what to do when that happens. Listen here!
We also talked about how you can recover when your nervous...
Let's take a moment to thank Malcolm and to thank Yuri. Sunday May 19th would have been their birthdays.
They saw the interconnection of the movements of people all over the world for freedom, dignity, and self-determination.
How fitting that they shared a birthday and that Yuri, a Japanese American held Malcolm after the assassins bullets brought him down in 1965.
I want to share some beautiful art that shows Black and Asian unity.
One of the most important relationships in racial justice is that between European American women and African American women. If we could heal this partnership, what would be possible? To do that requires a reckoning...
How do white women use their power? Often it is subtle, appearing as weakness and fragility. However, historically and to this day, a white woman in distress triggers a powerful...
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