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Jul 28, 2020

In this week's episode, we process Krista Tippett’s interview with Therapist and Trauma Specialist Resmaa Menakem, and Resmaa’s work on somatization and racialized trauma.

Listen as we talk about the interview’s highlights around diversity, equity and inclusion practices and facilitation, intergenerational trauma, and the development of and the impact of white culture on the world. Dive in as we discuss how this podcast has inspired us to continue doing the work on ourselves and how to inform others and strengthen our work with clients.

Check out Resmaa’s book entitled “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.

Please, please and PLEASE check out the podcast @onbeing with Krista Trippett and the episode on 6/4/20 titled “Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence” with @resmaamenakem. It is enlightening for all people of all races and cultures and all therapists and all healers.

Key takeaways from this episode include:

1. Historical facts, storytelling, and the use of radical language shapes how people understand what is happening in the world and to understand the behavior of others.

2. Notice your rage and notice the silence within your body. Pause to feel the discomfort. Do not exit the conversation or the work too early. Watch out for the performative behaviors that prevent you from being uncomfortable and working on yourself.

3. Diversity and inclusion work does not and should not in any form or fashion include Taco Tuesday and or staff happy hour. You know what? When in doubt just go ahead and hire Resmaa.

4. People of color have to go deeper. We need to do our own healing and our own cultural work. We have to figure out our own shit, internally, first so that we can be ready for change and freedom. Mental health matters.

5. Yes, we need to continue pulling back the onion layers and uncovering what we need to focus on to do the work. S*** we have so much work to do...

6. To paraphrase Resmaa: “shut up and check your impulses.” Mic drop.

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Until next time, remember to live, laugh, love, and keep it real.

-Frantzces, Sabeen and Tonika :)

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