On September 18, 2010 I begin hosting a Trauma and Social Justice book group.We will discuss books like Steven Wineman’s Power Under: Trauma & Nonviolent Social Change http://traumaandnonviolence.com/ and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky’s Trauma Stewardship http://traumastewardship.com/. These books eloquently support the orientation that I seek to bring alive for my coaching clients and workshop participants.
My orientation is based on unconditional compassion and respect for the body’s wisdom. Understanding how our bodies store trauma (including intimate trauma, social trauma and vicarious trauma), I offer simple body/mind practices to transform trauma into resilience.
An inspiring number of healers, educators, activists and organizations have been pursuing similar paths and developing trauma-wise, body-based healing tools to support sustainable social justice work. Some of these pioneers and projects that I am aware of include,
in the Bay Area:
Victor Lewis Victor@RadicalResilience.com
Trinity Ordona firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrence Ellis http://lawrenceellis.org/
Staci Haines, Generative Somatics; Somatics & Social Justice Collaborative somaticsandtrauma.org
Seminary of the Street http://seminaryofthestreet.org/
In Minneapolis, MN:
Susan Raffo, Heather Hackman email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Woon Tommy.Woon@gmail.com
Social Justice Leadership http://sojustlead.org/
These people and organizations integrate trauma healing methods into social justice work, understanding that individual and collective healing from trauma is inseparable. Many of them employ insights from neuroscience, attachment theory, and ancient/modern bodies of cultural wisdom.
From folks like these, and from my own experience, I have learned that social trauma shows up in our bodies and communities as unconscious behaviors, internalized oppression and dominance, toxic in-fighting within organizations and movements, and unsustainable workaholic practices.
This means that healing from trauma is critical to healing and empowering marginalized communities, growing authentic social justice allyship in privileged communities, building powerful alliances among diverse communities, and sustaining long-term social justice work.
I invite you to explore this powerful body of work; hopefully some of the books, people or organizations mentioned above will resonate with you, and connect you to others doing similar work.
I love that you just wrote this. I just wrote up something similar as a potential workshop at Creating Change – how privilege lives in the body. Thank you for your work, Vanissar. So seriously.
You are welcome! And thank you for yours! The Earth is birthing this through many of us now cuz it’s time…