Why justice needs ritual: on the sacred origins of harm

NOTE: This article contains graphic depictions of childhood sexual abuse as well as other possibly triggering material. Please read with care. Everything we do is sacred I would like to start off this post by sharing an experience I had on Lekwungen territory in the November of 2017, that taught me about the inherent sacredness…

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The Revolution Will be Titrated

In my emerging practice of cultural somatics, I hold that the key to facilitating restorative/transformative justice processes is not so much about having the right ideology and systemic analysis, but what we somatic practitioners refer to as ‘titration’. Titration is a word from chemistry that means to facilitate chemical reactions by only adding small amounts…

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The key to healing whiteness is understanding cultural somatic context

A SPECIAL NOTE ON ‘WHITENESS’: This article refers a lot to whiteness. Heck, its in the title. If I am honest with you, I have lately been developing a lot of weariness around how language such as whiteness or (toxic) masculinity can imply a person’s body is the source of violence. As a somatic therapist, I…

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Mitochondrial activism and the alchemizing of selfishness to love

NOTE: If you need a little biology brush up, mitochondria are organelles in our cells. Their main purpose is to convert food into energy. They have their own DNA and are theorized to originate as bacteria. There is a lot of discussion within our activist community these days about subjects like emergence, call-out culture, slowing down, healing,…

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Boundaries and the body: how our sense of space is shaped by our embodied state

My ancestors came to me and told me: No is sacred. It is important for our No to be witnessed. We deserve for it to be upheld. And they also told me that some ways of saying No can end up traumatizing us in ways we don’t intend. This isn’t our fault. This is because colonialism and patriarchy…

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The hidden cost of call-out culture is bigotry

How does your body respond to the following statement? Call-out culture enables bigotry. And healing it within our relationships is one of the first responsibilities we have as radical/progressive/liberal people. One of the problems with how we talk about call-out culture is that we tend to treat it as an internal dialogue within activist communities about…

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Is the Trump-era a morbid illness or healing crisis? I think it can be both.

In this piece, I would like to speak to a question that many of us in social justice community have asked since the beginning of Trump’s presidency: is this the foreboding of a terrible sickness overtaking our culture or the beginning of a deep healing process? My understanding is that the above two possibilities are…

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What quantum physics can tell us about activism: that change is messy

Quantum physics has shown us that the everyday reality we live in is actually founded on a super-tiny befuddling unseen world that is completely topsy-turvy. Matter behaves both like waves and particles. Time is all over the place. Everything exists everywhere. The laws of physics that help us make sense of the tangible visible world…

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