Writings

Book Review: My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies By Resmaa Menakem This is a compassionate, practical and step-by-step guide to recognizing and moving stored trauma out of our bodies. Specifically the trauma that almost all people carry in regard to internalized and systemic racism/ oppression. Menakem believes that the stored

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Sensible and Human Things

I do not disagree that COVID is a real and true “thing” and that each of us needs to be thoughtful about how we respond to this pandemic, my concern is what it is doing to us collectively. I have been struggling to find words and found the below writing by C.S. Lewis—written 72 years

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It’s Not Black & White…But It Is. Still.

A few weeks ago, driven by a call to take some kind of concrete action in our community, a robust group of us gathered outside in a physically-distanced circle. All of us present to a much-needed conversation with two hard and ugly words at the center: Genocide and Slavery.  We were all asking some version

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Beltane Greetings dear Community

Beltane Greetings Dear Community

May robust possibility and livingness rise up through the chaos for you and all you love in this wild season and tender earthly time. While so much is in growth and action here at PrayerFarm this month I feel compelled to speak of death… Many of the people I spend time with, especially those beginning their walk of

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Trending: Safety

Trending: Safety

Recognizing and choosing to do something about our own safety has been a brilliant milestone in our collective evolution in the last few years. That said, experiencing and expressing “I don’t feel safe with you” seems to have suddenly become a trend. While there are way too many real and true and valid reasons humans can

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Discernment_ Pleasure Vs. Reward

Discernment: Pleasure Vs. Reward

As human after human declares themselves in trouble with their media addiction and we are collectively feeling our awake and aliveness threatened, I have a few thoughts to share. Being addicted to technology, from a brain standpoint, means we are neurobiologically wired to “reward”.  Because the brain so enjoys quick and easy access to reward experiences via technology, we can quickly

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Thanksgiving: Why Gratitude isn’t enough

Thanksgiving: Why Gratitude isn’t enough

It’s Thanksgiving season again, and even though a big day of food and family seems like it should be a welcome event, I have always despised this holiday. As far as I know, I believed all the construction paper pilgrim hat and feathered headdress stuff as a kid…but kids are smart and a something’s-weird-about-this feeling

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What’s your “Crack”?

What’s your “Crack”?

First, please forgive this term—for me it’s real. I did my student teaching back in the late 80’s in inner city Washington DC when the crack epidemic was a really big deal. I watched the impact this incredibly addictive drug had on communities (we did “shooting drills” in our classrooms with our children). And I

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What it means to Belong

What it means to Belong

Belonging   So conscience—our capacity to define right from wrong—defines our actions right?   A quote from a Rumi poem encourages us to transcend that: Out beyond wrong doing and right doing there is a field, I’ll meet you there.   While this is a favorite quote of mine and a real “place” and beautiful

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