Breaking Tradition

For the past week, clients and friends have been sharing their perspectives, grief, and trauma triggered by the ongoing crisis of child detention and the separation of children and their parents based on Trump’s expanded immigration policies, and asking for my thoughts. I will be brief, because the atrocities of the moment in many ways…

Spring: Necessary Work

Dear friends, clients, and comrades, I’ve been trying to get my things together for you all for the last several months.  My last post–about endings and beginnings, helped me, and I hope others get through some difficult times.  Right now in New York it’s cold and windy, and a loving, beloved, beautiful black man, Saheed…

Losing Our Grip

The Winter Solstice, the holidays, and the new calendar year are all times of deep reflection.  Ends become beginnings, and we tend to take stock of our year–who and what have we lost?  What struggles have we encountered?  We also look towards a renewal–What will I do differently?  How do I want to be in…

All Kinds of Dreams

 To look at the world as a revolutionary is to see that the very basis of your exhausting wage labor job is the creativity necessary to make something that goes beyond meeting your own individual immediate needs.  To look at the world as a healer is to see the migraines, nausea, back spasm, toothache…as health in the process of becoming. And of course, vision is not enough.  It must be accompanied by collective struggle against capitalism and its manifestations in white supremacy and patriarchy.  But struggle without vision is a losing battle.

Resistance in the Dark

Like most people, I’ve been thinking a lot about darkness.  From the murder of an anti-fascist warrior in Charlottesville, to the endless prison sentences of loved ones, continual assassinations of black and brown people by the police, the brutal murders of trans people in the streets, and generally living in a world where white supremacists…

The More They Try To Break Us

This week has brought the constant, seething dynamics of white supremacist capitalism to the forefront of public attention, with the Grenfell Tower fire, the police murder of Charleena Lyles, the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez (the cop who murdered Philando Castile), and the brutal beating and murder of Nabra Hassanen.  Meanwhile, over 2 million people live…

Abolition As Healing Work

I began my path into bodywork and healing 6 years ago with several fits and starts.  I started studying one modality and stopped after several months after learning the founder had politics I found commensurate with colonialism and white supremacy.  Later, I started massage school but stopped after one semester. I was doing healthcare worker…

Slow Spring Heart Thaw

Tonight I made a candle for “finishing” with my dear friend Katherine.  We sat in her home, drank tea, decorated simple red candles with gold ribbon, and talked about what we wanted, what our futures might hold, what is holding us back.  We added orange for joy and openness to the candles.  When I got…

Sights on Struggle: A Short Meditation on Daucus Carota

For the past 3 weeks I have had a lot of ideas about what I wanted my next post to be-climate change and the responsibility of healers and herbalists to come up with a solution to crop failure; the relationship between healing from trauma and collective struggle (something I’ve been trying to write for years…

Healing (in) uncertain times

I want to be honest–I feel completely lost.  In theory, 10 years of political study and organizing should have prepared me for this political moment, but instead I feel more confused about my role than ever.  On the one hand, I have a belief that is perhaps stronger than anything in the world in the…