Poverty and Race

Maribel, Ozzie, and I. Blessed and grateful.

Both my mom and dad grew up in extreme poverty. Neither one of them went beyond a 6th grade formal education. Their childhoods and youth were one of intense struggle and suffering. Their trauma was compounded with the loss of family and social support as they immigrated first to Spain and then to the United… Continue reading Poverty and Race

The Improvement Trap

Dune daisies bathed in morning light.

This past month I created a challenge for myself: For five days a week run for 15 minutes, swim for another 15, do five Sun A and Sun B salutations, and finish with a 20-minute meditation sit. I did this not so much because I wanted to improve my physical health, but because I realized… Continue reading The Improvement Trap

Chernobyl smolders and so do I. How about you?

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Earlier this week I learned that there are parts of the Chernobyl reactor that are still smoldering. The partial meltdown of the nuclear power plant took place April 26, 1986 with a fire that raged for eight days, bathing the surrounding area and a good portion of Western Europe in a radioactive cloud. Scientist are… Continue reading Chernobyl smolders and so do I. How about you?

Is it urgent?

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I was listening to a clip of somatic awareness teacher Licia Sky last week. Although I liked the interview, I was not really paying too much attention until until I heard her say the following: When you come from a background of trauma in your early life, it can feel like every situation that you… Continue reading Is it urgent?