Season 1 Reflection, pt 2: The Power of Practice (Justin Campbell & Kate Werning)

August 16, 2018
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Welcome to part 2 of our 3-part season 1 reflection series. We are excited to share our reflections on practice with you from the past year, and also invite in your voice and practice stories here: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey

Join host Kate Werning & friend of the podcast Justin Campbell for a conversation about navigating this growing library of practices, and committing to personal practice in your life.

Tune in to part 1 and part 3 of our reflection series, too: exploring vulnerability and voice (part 1 with Jacoby Ballard), and further reflection on accountability, relationship, and a preview of what's next for us (part 3 with Marcia Lee & Zach Meyer).

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As we enter into a seasonal production break for reflection, restructuring, fundraising, and discernment, we need your accompaniment. Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? We want to shape season 2 based on your input, and invite you into the shared project of making this project what it can be!

Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts & ways you'd like to participate in shaping the future of this project: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey

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PRACTICES REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

06 Practice: Mapping Group Conflict with Celia Kutz

03 Practice: Journaling Our Identity with Dr. Robyn Henderson Espinoza

12 Practice: Somatic Centering with Sumitra Rajkumar

13 Practice: Belonging Reflection with Prentis Hemphill

24 Practice: Forgiveness Meditation with Jacoby Ballard

28 Essences for Everybody: Making Your Own Medicine with Dori Midnight

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Season 1 Reflection, pt 1: Vulnerability & Voice (Jacoby Ballard & Kate Werning)

August 9, 2018
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 We're BACK... just in time to bring you a 3-part season 1 reflection series and take a seasonal production break. (And inviting in your voice: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey !!!)

This reflection series took a long time to record and produce -- mostly because reflection and distillation of wisdom just feels so incomplete. It hasn't been the right time, and our learnings aren't codified -- they are in process, changing daily, and so recording a final reflection is a somewhat impossible task.

But -- we are committed to being incomplete and in process publicly together. Join host Kate Werning & friend Jacoby Ballard (of episode 24) for a conversation about vulnerability, voice, and accountability reflecting on 8 months of the podcast so far.

Stay tuned for the next two reflection episodes as we wrap up this first season together: navigating this library of practices and committing to personal practice in your life, further reflection on accountability and relationship, and a preview of what's next for us.

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✨ SHARE YOUR VOICE WITH US ✨ 

As we enter into this production break for reflection, restructuring, fundraising, and discernment, we need your accompaniment. Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? We want to shape season 2 based on your input, and invite you into the shared project of making this project what it can be!

Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts & ways you'd like to participate in shaping the future of this project: http://www.tinyurl.com/hjpsurvey

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This podcast is 100% volunteer-run. Help cover our costs by becoming a sponsor at www.patreon.com/healingjustice (and consider joining at $8/month or above to sponsor a gift for one of our brilliant guests or volunteers!).

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34 Trauma, Healing, & Collective Power with generative somatics (Spenta Kandawalla, adrienne maree brown, Prentis Hemphill, & Staci K. Haines)

July 5, 2018
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This week, we’re listening in as a brilliant crew from generative somatics has a powerful conversation about trauma, oppression, healing and organizing for structural change. They dig into the connections between personal, collective and structural transformation, and between healing and building collective power. They also explore the term Healing Justice and ask: what does embodied healing have to do with creating liberation?

For this week’s practice, we recommend you dive back into the Healing Justice Podcast archives and listen to Practice 12: Somatic Centering with Sumitra Rajkumar. Sumitra is also part of the teaching body for generative somatics, and the practice she shares is one of the core practices in gs methodology.

PODCAST NEWS: LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS

Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? As we head into a summer break for discernment and planning, we want to shape season 2 based on your input! Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts: https://goo.gl/forms/ykXYxg0iFq6pUxBF3

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FURTHER RESOURCES FROM GS:

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ABOUT OUR GUESTS

adrienne maree brown is the author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit. She is on the teaching bodies of generative somatics and Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity. adrienne can also be heard on episode 10 of Healing Justice Podcast.

Prentis Hemphill is a healer, Somatics practitioner, teacher, writer and organizer who works at the intersections of healing and justice. As the former Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter, Prentis committed to supporting and nurturing the brilliant strategies of organizers and healers to address trauma, move through conflict and center wholeness in the BLM network and in the broader movement for Black freedom and liberation. Prentis can also be heard on episode 13 of Healing Justice Podcast.

Spenta Kandawalla is a co-founder of generative somatics (gs).  She is an auntie, acupuncturist and herbalist, generative somatics teacher, and member of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC). Over the past 13 years, Spenta has been studying, teaching, and growing generative somatics work for organizers, movement builders and healers across the country.

Staci K. Haines is a co-founder and the Executive Director of generative somatics, where she integrates trauma and healing and a systemic analysis of power. Staci is also a founder of generationFIVE, which has the mission to end the sexual abuse of children within 5 generations, and  is the author of Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma (Cleis 1999, 2007).
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33 Practice: Centering Prayer with Mystic Soul (Alexis Francisco & Cicia Lee)

June 28, 2018
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In this practice, you’re joining Alexis Francisco and Cicia Lee for the meditative experience of Centering Prayer. They describe it as a constant practice of letting go of factors we can’t control in order to get our egos out of the way and be able to show up well to our lives and our work.

Origin: Centering Prayer practice is said to be created by Trappist monks in fairly recent history, and draws on a rich lineage in Christian mysticism, particularly in the catholic tradition in Europe through St. John of the Cross, and Teresa of Avila. Primary among these historical lineages is that of the Black tradition of the desert fathers and mothers, religious communities of African Christians who sought to build alternative communities outside of empire, who refused to be ruled and corrupted by the lies and compulsions of the world, and sought a lifestyle devoted to freedom in Christ, and practices to support that. Though this practice has a clear lineage and is deeply rooted in the Christian mystical tradition, and it is also influenced by Buddhist meditation and mindfulness practices.

Practice instructions begin at around the 10 minute mark. The steps Alexis and Cicia share are:

1) Choose an anchor word for your practice.
2) Settle into a relaxed position and take some deep breaths. Silently introduce your sacred word.
3) When you notice yourself get pulled away by thinking, gently return to your sacred word as a gesture of consent to the presence of God.
4) At the end of your time of prayer, rest in stillness for a few moments before transitioning to your next activity.

You can download the corresponding conversation (episode 33) to hear Alexis and Cicia talk about contemplative activism with Teresa P Mateus.

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ABOUT OUR GUESTS

Our guests all come to us via the Mystic Soul Project. The Mystic Soul Project is creating spaces that center the voices, teaching, practices, and wisdom of People of Color at the intersections of mysticism, activism & healing. More here: https://www.mysticsoulproject.com/about-us

Cicia Lee is an organizer, trainer, and contemplative practitioner. She currently works with Momentum, a training institute and movement incubator supporting organizers across the country to build social movements that can shift the terrain of what's politically possible. She is a 3-wing-4 on the enneagram and a taurus.

Alexis Francisco is an an organizer, educator, and currently serves as assistant pastor at New Day United Methodist Church in the Bronx, New York. Alexis' work focuses on centering spirituality and healing praxis in the work of community building and shifting dynamics of power and oppression in the Bronx, New York City and beyond.

Teresa P Mateus is one of the cofounders of Mystic Soul, a trauma therapist, and a regular on this podcast. To learn more about Teresa, visit at mysticsoulproject.com
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33 Contemplative Activism — Cicia Lee, Alexis Francisco, & Teresa P Mateus of Mystic Soul

June 26, 2018
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Welcome to part 3 of a 3-part collaborative series between the Mystic Soul Project and Healing Justice Podcast!

This week, Cicia Lee, Alexis Francisco, and Teresa P Mateus join us to talk about the role of contemplation in activism, queerness in spiritual community, what POC-centered contemplation can look like, lamentation and grief, and how attending to the internal and breaking through illusion *is* a form of action.

Download the corresponding practice episode to practice Centering Prayer with Alexis and Cicia. Practice episodes always publish on Thursdays.

To hear the rest of the series, download episode 26 to hear from Mystic Soul about POC-centered spirituality, and episode 29 to join the discussion on indigenous reclamation.

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ABOUT OUR GUESTS

Our guests all come to us via the Mystic Soul Project. The Mystic Soul Project is creating spaces that center the voices, teaching, practices, and wisdom of People of Color at the intersections of mysticism, activism & healing. More here: https://www.mysticsoulproject.com/about-us

Cicia Lee is an organizer, trainer, and contemplative practitioner. She currently works with Momentum, a training institute and movement incubator supporting organizers across the country to build social movements that can shift the terrain of what's politically possible. She is a 3-wing-4 on the enneagram and a taurus.

Alexis Francisco is an an organizer, educator, and currently serves as assistant pastor at New Day United Methodist Church in the Bronx, New York. Alexis' work focuses on centering spirituality and healing praxis in the work of community building and shifting dynamics of power and oppression in the Bronx, New York City and beyond.

Teresa P Mateus is one of the cofounders of Mystic Soul, a trauma therapist, and a regular on this podcast. To learn more about Teresa, visit at mysticsoulproject.com
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32 Practice: Relational Inclusion with Cedar Landsman of Relational Uprising

June 21, 2018
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Join Cedar Landsman of Relational Uprising in learning how to inquire appreciatively into what we may be inclined to judge, reject, exclude, dismiss, or devalue about another’s experience. We see what new information this brings to us, helping us to see beyond our own entrenched perspective.

This activity is meant to be done in conjunction with a relational storytelling and resonance practice, which creates the necessary support to do this activity well. (To learn Resonance Practice, see Healing Justice Podcast Episode 20 with Mark Fairfield.)

Follow along with this worksheet to really dig in to some supported reflection and also revisit later or share with others: Relational Inclusion Worksheet from Relational Uprising https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Kc4b5qUe-590SudKQ4AirmXQZc47O0La

Download the corresponding conversation (32: Bridging Complexity Collectively) to hear Lucién Demaris & Cedar Landsman of Relational Uprising about individualism as a system of oppression; “heroic” cultures of organizing; indigenous traditions of healing in Ecuador; repairing rupture, suspicion, and judgment; and bridging as a form of increasing our ability to hold complexity in our movements.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Cedar Landsman is a heart-centered community organizer, trainer and facilitator who has worked in the field of social justice for over 17 years, from the global justice movement to the low-wage labor movement to the fight for a just and fair food system. She co-founded and co-directs Relational Uprising with Lucién Demaris, which is a training and coaching institute that supports social movements to foster a relational culture of embodied support, interdependence, and inclusion in their organizations and communities. More at www.relationaluprising.org

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32 Bridging Complexity Collectively — Relational Uprising (Lucién Demaris & Cedar Landsman)

June 19, 2018
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This week, we’re talking with Lucién Demaris & Cedar Landsman of Relational Uprising about individualism as a system of oppression; “heroic” cultures of organizing; indigenous traditions of healing in Ecuador; repairing rupture, suspicion, and judgment; and bridging as a form of increasing our ability to hold complexity in our movements.

Recommended listening that this episode builds upon: Episode 20: Relational Culture with Mark Fairfield.

Download the corresponding practice (32 Practice: Relational Inclusion) to join Cedar in learning how to inquire appreciatively into what we may be inclined to judge, reject, exclude, dismiss, or devalue about another’s experience. We see what new information this brings to us, helping us to see beyond our own entrenched perspective. Practice episodes always publish on Thursdays.

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✨ PODCAST NEWS ✨

Thank you to all of you who joined us last week in Detroit for Allied Media Conference! It was truly amazing to be there as a team.. Check out our Instagram @healingjustice & Facebook ‘Healing Justice Podcast’ to get a glimpse of the action.

We also made a custom healing justice zine featuring the work of Autumn Brown, Maryse Mitchell Brody, Caitlin Metz, and Marcia Lee, so if you want access to the PDF so you can print one for yourself or a whole bunch for your community, join our email list at healingjustice.org and we’ll be sending that out soon!

And if you’ll be at CommonBound in St. Louis this weekend (June 22-24), come join us for our workshop on Saturday morning: Healing Justice & Economies of Collective Care, co-hosted with the local 4A Project.

In a couple weeks we are beginning a summer break for reflection, restructuring, fundraising, and discernment. Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? As we head into a summer break for discernment and planning, we want to shape season 2 based on your input! Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts: https://goo.gl/forms/ykXYxg0iFq6pUxBF3

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ABOUT OUR GUESTS

Relational Uprising is a training and coaching institute that supports social movements to foster a relational culture of embodied support, interdependence, and inclusion in their organizations and communities. More at www.relationaluprising.org

Cedar Landsman is a heart-centered community organizer, trainer and facilitator who has worked in the field of social justice for over 17 years, from the global justice movement to the low-wage labor movement to the fight for a just and fair food system. She co-founded and co-directs Relational Uprising, which brings relational practice and theory to changemakers, particularly activists and organizers engaged in frontline movement building.

Lucién Demaris is a Somatics-based healer, educator and consultant, training in the US and internationally for the last 15 years. He currently serves as Co-Director at Relational Uprising, a project incubated at The Relational Center in Los Angeles, where he developed a Relational Somatics frame for activists. Lucién is formally trained as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner of Somatic Education, a California Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Bodyworker.
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31 Practice: Heart Over Head with Teo Drake

June 14, 2018
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Join Teo Drake in this incredibly simple embodied exercise to practice privileging your heart above your head.

The questions Teo asks in this practice are:

  • To whom do I belong?
  • Who holds me?
  • Who am I in love with?
  • Who do I carry with me at my heart center?
  • What can my heart come home to?

There are lots of reasons that different versions of the yoga pose Balasana (Child’s Pose) that Teo offers might not work in your body. Here’s one option of an instructional video offering various options: https://bodypositiveyoga.com/modifications-for-childs-pose-balasana/ And please, be empowered to find any position that does work for your body to connect with a sensation of privileging your heart above your head -- either literally or energetically. Your practice is all yours!

Download the corresponding conversation (31 Intention & Impact: Showing Up Right-Sized) to hear Teo talk about the relationship between intention and impact, what it means to be right-sized, the rage of coming of age during the AIDS epidemic,  Being Trans and HIV+ poster child, having a quiet nature AND fighting white supremacy, and risk as a devotional act.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Teo Drake is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works in wood and steel. Teo says that as a blue collar queer-identified trans man living with AIDS, he has 101 reasons to not want to be present in his own skin. The physical and spiritual practice of yoga and Buddhist traditions made it possible to begin to heal and feel at home in his own body. When he isn’t helping spiritual spaces be more welcoming and inclusive of queer and transgender people or helping queer and trans folks find authentic spiritual paths, he can be found teaching martial arts, yoga, and woodworking to children. His writing can be found in the anthology Yoga and Body Image and at the blog Roots Grow the Tree.

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31 Intention & Impact: Showing Up Right-Sized — Teo Drake

June 12, 2018
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This week, we’re talking with Teo Drake about the relationship between intention and impact, what it means to be right-sized, the rage of coming of age during the AIDS epidemic,  Being Trans and HIV+ poster child, having a quiet nature AND fighting white supremacy, and risk as a devotional act.

Download the corresponding practice (31 Practice: Heart Over Head) to join Teo in privileging your heart above your head. It’s simple, short, and embodied. Practice episodes always publish on Thursdays.

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If you’re listening to this right when it comes out the week of June 11, we are currently at Allied Media Conference in Detroit! Check out our instagram @healingjustice for live updates from the conference and to peek in on what we’re up to, and if you’re THERE join us at 11am Friday June 15 for our Healing Justice Podcast Story Lab workshop to be part of a future episode.

We're giving out healing justice zines at the AMC -- if you want to print some for yourself, join our email list at www.healingjustice.org and we'll share the PDF with you!

There’s still time to chip in to support our travel costs along with our friends from Tonic Podcast: donate at www.gofundme.com/hjamc if you have something to give. Thank you!

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Teo Drake is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works in wood and steel. Teo says that as a blue collar queer-identified trans man living with AIDS, he has 101 reasons to not want to be present in his own skin. The physical and spiritual practice of yoga and Buddhist traditions made it possible to begin to heal and feel at home in his own body. When he isn’t helping spiritual spaces be more welcoming and inclusive of queer and transgender people or helping queer and trans folks find authentic spiritual paths, he can be found teaching martial arts, yoga, and woodworking to children. His writing can be found in the anthology Yoga and Body Image and at the blog Roots Grow the Tree.
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30 Practice: Sing for Freedom with Resistance Revival Chorus’ Abena Koomson Davis

June 7, 2018
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Join Resistance Revival Chorus Musical Director Abena Koomson Davis in a meditative singing and listening practice you can do alone or in a group. Get ready to hear her beautiful voice and join in!

Download the corresponding conversation (30 Joy as an Act of Resistance) to hear performances of protest songs new and old from Resistance Revival Chorus, as well as their thoughts on song and sisterhood,  intersectionality, singing at the Grammy’s with Kesha for #TimesUp & the #MeToo movement, parenthood, and self care.

This is the fourth episode we have created about music as collective healing on this podcast - for more inspiration, music, and activities you can use to empower activism in your group through singing, check out our conversations with IfNotNow in practice 16, Flobots in episode 19, and Peace Poets in episode 23.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 self-identified women who come together to sing protest songs in the spirit of collective joy & resistance. They honor the long tradition of Music and protest songs in civil rights movements, and honor that tradition by uplifting historical songs as well as creating new ones for our current moment. They are calling for a resistance revival of our spirits, of our commitment to the movement, of our joy and of our power.

Abena Koomson-Davis is a performer, educator and wordsmith. Abena’s musical credits include: lead vocalist for Van Davis funk rock band, and original cast member of the hit Broadway musical FELA! which earned 3 TONY awards. She recently became musical director of the Resistance Revival Chorus. Abena serves as Ethics Chair of the middle school division at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City.

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Song credit: Woke Up This Morning

Reverend Osby of Aurora, Illinois is credited with this song as an adaptation from a gospel song he wrote when spending time in Hinds County jail during the freedom rides.

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THANK YOU to all our production volunteers:

Mixing and production by Zach Meyer at the COALROOM
Intro and Closing music gifted by Danny O’Brien
All visuals contributed by Josiah Werning
Photo for this episode image by Ginny Suss