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Hi Rachel, so excited to hear about this. I specialized in trauma as a psychologist for 13 years. I teach trauma-sensitive yoga and plan to teach/volunteer in prisons. I'm so curious about your friend's experience.
Thanks David. Yes, equality for all, economic justice, prison and police reform (abolition?), radical acceptance and love are just some of the keys to peace in our society. I think each of us has a role to play in moving our society in that direction- it's absolutely overwhelming to consider as a whole, but if I can greet a homeless person on the street today and make her laugh, or donate to an organization that provides books for inmates, then I am sending positive ripples into the universe that affect all of us.
Thank you Gillian, I appreciate your comments, and mentioning metta meditation. I, too, have been experiencing such a range of emotions.
Gillian, I was wondering, do you ever listen or do Kirtan with Krishna Das?
I would love to get a thread going about trauma-sensitive mindfulness and trauma-sensitive yoga, if anyone is interested?
I have read Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness and think it is excellent. Jo’s comments are so spot on. Without trying to diminish the plight of Afro Americans or indigenous people, I just want to add that crony-capitalism is killing the US and poisoning the globe. You cannot have a system that funnels wealth at alarming rates to a very few without suffering serious harm to the welfare of others and to society itself. The absolute lunacy of current events here in the US triggers me on a daily basis. But for my practice I would have given up some time ago. It’s not just loutish Trump, but something at the very core of US cultural beliefs in extreme exceptionalism and entitlement. In Buddhist terms it is rooted in greed, hatred, and delusion. One great thing about this forum is that it reveals a counter-current, no matter how small and weak. Thank you all for that.