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Creating Safety for POC in Predominantly White Gatherings

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Living in Asheville and moving in circles with healers and social innovators, I struggle with how both of these groups often avoid addressing and discussing issues of oppression and cultural patterns of superiority, particularly White supremacy. It has been incredibly nourishing to be at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference this weekend, joining a team that is holding space for dialogue around dismantling White Supremacy culture, how it shows up at a conference like this, how it shows up in our lives and communities and how as healers, this is an essential component that we must address to truly be able to do the healing work being called for at this time. This conference has made this conversation a central part of the platform and gives many opportunities for its mostly White attendees to engage in meaningful dialogue, practical learning, and healing. In addition, they have created a SisterLove space that is a sanctuary only for women of color. I return today for day 3 and am deeply inspired and hopeful that I will continue to see more courageous leadership like those of this conference who recognize the central role that this awareness must have in predominantly White gathering spaces that are in service to a greater good. And I bow reverently to the women of color who spoke up and invited action to be taken so that they too could experience this healing women-only conference as a place of refuge, medicine and returning to the ancient roots of healing that course through their cultural lineages.

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Gifted and Creative Individuals

I would love to hear your thoughts on this perspective of gifted and creative individuals.

The article is The Application of Dabrowski’s Theory to the Gifted by Kevin J. O’Connor and was published in the book Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?.

Here are a few quotes from the article to give you a taste of its content:

Dabrowski observed that gifted and creative individuals are often in conflict with the demands and expectations of their environment…

Many in the gifted community believe Dabrowski’s overexcitabilites, as they contribute to developmental potential, are a measure and indicator of giftedness.

Overexcitabilities are enhanced modes of being in the world. The word ‘over’ used in connection with ‘excitability’ connotes responses to stimuli that are beyond normal and often different in quality. Dabrowski identified “psychic overexcitability” in five forms: psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational and emotional.

While the concept of developmental potential emphasizes the positive aspects of experiencing life with greater intensity and sensitivity, these same characteristics may also be experienced in negative ways. Individuals with elevated overexcitabilities are more susceptible to being misunderstood and alienated by those who don’t share or understand their unique personality traits.

Parents of gifted children and gifted individuals themselves may find that Dabrowski’s ideas provide a useful “framework for understanding and explaining the developmental patterns and challenges that occur for those of high ability.”

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We Are All Truly Miraculous

An Evening of Poetry, Music and The Spoken Word at The White House May 12, 2009.

I’m incredibly moved and inspired. Beautiful opening performance by ELEW and Esperanza Spalding, soulful spoken word by Mayda del Valle and a powerful performance by ELEW.

“We’re here to celebrate the power of words and music to help us appreciate beauty and also to understand pain. To inspire us to action and to spur us on when we start to lose hope.” President Obama tells the crowd as he opens the evening.

“It is one thing for people to tell their stories in their own spaces and quite another for those stories to be welcomed in this space. Barack is president today because many people who thought their voices didn’t matter or wouldn’t be heard decided to show up on election day and vote anyway.” Michelle Obama

“Abuela, how did you pray before someone told you who your god should be? How did you hold the earth in your hands and thank her for it’s fecundity? Did the sea wash away your sadness? How did you humble yourself before your architect? Did you lower yourself to your knees or rock to the rhythm of ocean waves like I do?

“To be able to go in the White House and to represent my grandmother and my ancestors, it really means a lot. It’s a generation of women that don’t often get heard, you know, these old Puerto Rican women that no one ever really thinks about. To be able to use my voice to represent them on this kind of platform is really powerful.” Mayda del Valle

ELEW

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Singing the Blues

A guaranteed smile (for me at least!). Another treat from my God Friend Ethan and his dad, Brad!

(my apologies for the poor quality, I’m still figuring out the whole Youtube thing)

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Carrotmob


Carrotmob Makes It Rain from carrotmob on Vimeo.
Carrotmob Website

What power do we have to create change with our everyday habits of spending money? What’s possible when we organize together that isn’t when we act on our own?

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For Your Enjoyment and Inspiration: Whooshclang!

Thomas Arthur

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"It’s Up To You" to Share Your Gifts

If you haven’t already heard, Radiohead has taken an inspiring step forward in the music industry. They recently released their latest album, In Rainbows. You can download this album and pay what you can. That’s right, the price is “Up To You.”

It’s so exciting to see more and more people offering their gifts and the products of their passion out into the world in ways that invite others to engage in a mutual exchange of gifts and resources.

At Radiohead’s website, they link to a new friend and incredibly inspiring artist Chris Jordan.



Above is Chis Jordan’s work Cell Phones, 2007 which depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.

Chris was recently featured on Bill Moyers’ Journal on PBS and can be viewed here. Last night he appeared on The Steven Colbert Report. You can watch that clip here.

Ahhhh… Sweet swirls of gratitude beckon through me in response to these inspiring artists who are communicating messages of great importance to such a wide audience .

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