Recommended Resources

Books

As a practice, we have a monthly “Me and White Supremacy” book circle. Together we create space to examine our own racism. We recommend getting the book and finding a trusted group to create your own circle.

“When I started to feel the drag of winter, I began to treat myself like a favored child, with kindness and love.”
-Katherine May

How do you, or don’t you, treat yourself like a favored child?

A practical guide to connecting with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing.

Inspired by the life’s work of Dr. Carl Jung, The Mandala Work was created to help discover and integrate our greatest gifts and powers. To be used during times of transition, loss or deep change, The Mandala Work is a perfect complement to many modalities, including psychotherapy, psychedelic medicine work, shamanic healing, life coaching, grief and trauma work, and more.

“To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. . . .”

Podcasts

How “Wintering” Replenishes
Finding Your True Self Father Richard Rohr Interview
Remembering Nature Writer Barry Lopez

Terry Gross remembers nature writer, Barry Lopez, whose writing about finding beauty and healing in the midst of pain feels particularly poignant this month.

Race and Healing: A Body Practice
Krista Tippett interviews Bryan Doerries about his public health project, Theater of War

Treating PTSD With Psychedelics

A conversation with Dr. Julie Holland, author of ‘Good Chemistry’.

“For MDMA assisted psychotherapy in particular, it’s a perfectly designed drug to be a catalyst to allow psychotherapy to go deeper and be more efficient and more effective basically. Good psychotherapy takes years, and there’s a lot of fits and starts and people run away when things get too heavy. So to have something akin to anesthesia during surgery, that allows people to be more open and vulnerable and also feeling confident and strong enough and calm enough to trauma, that’s incredibly helpful for the field of psychiatry. And we’ve never had something like this before.”

A Poem for Letting Yourself Be “Suppose there was a book full only of the word, let”.

Meditations

  • Dr. Mariel Buque leads a sound bath meditation for healing collective trauma
  • How to Be Alone — We love this animated poetry film of Pádraig Ó Tuama’s poem, “How to Be Alone.”
  • We’re just loving Netflix & Headspace’s new docu-series, “Guide to Meditation”. We strongly encourage you to check it out.
  • Meditation to Stimulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System — Activating the parasympathetic nervous system and vagus nerve improves physical and mental health by lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation, calming stress and improving cognitive performance.
  • Meditation for Healing — Historical or intergenerational trauma can impact groups of people in both subtle and more acute ways, across generations. It can be helpful to make space for strong emotions by getting curious about them through Insight and by leaning on gratitude.

Articles

  • Eroticism + Self Care — Self-care comes in many forms. Esther Perel explores eroticism as part of your self-care routine.
  • The Science of Happiness — Soul Pancake conducted a mini experiment on the impact of gratitude on happiness. The more we practice gratitude, the happier we become. And the least happy people benefit the most from the practice of gratitude.
  • As a part of our commitment to Anti-Racism, our team took Resmaa Menakem’s Racialized Trauma workshop. We encourage you to check it out and take the course together with members of your community.
  • Our bodies hold memories connected to the season and time of year of an event. This anniversary is a big one. “Be ridiculously, wonderfully gentle with yourself—especially when you’re feeling low.”
  • Take this hour-long, free bystander intervention training to stop police sponsored violence and anti-black racist harassment.
  • Defining a New Grammar of Hope  A deep hope might be as simple as forms of togetherness, that is people and communities still come together. Whether they can improve the situation or not is not the question — it’s the togetherness itself…Be present to it. Be together with others in it, and face it honestly. That’s a form of hope that we don’t see a lot in our culture.
    – Andre Willis
  • Epigenetics — Epigenetics generally refers to the effect the environment can have on gene expression — not if a gene is present in someone’s DNA, but whether it’s turned on or off….Regardless of how the trauma is inherited, the important thing is to stop the transmission to the next generation.
  • Story of my Life: How Narrative Creates Personality 
    Storytelling, then—fictional or nonfictional, realistic or embellished with dragons—is a way of making sense of the world around us.
  • Does Consciousness Pervade the Universe? — “What if consciousness is not something special that the brain does but is instead a quality inherent to all matter? It is a theory known as “panpsychism,” and Goff guides readers through the history of the idea, answers common objections (such as “That’s just crazy!”) and explains why he believes panpsychism represents the best path forward.”
  • Me + We = Mwe – Dan Siegel’s defines the term “mwe”. “Living the lie that the self is separate is a form of impaired integration”.
  • You Are The Universe: The Nature of Consciousness philosophy by Alan Watts
  • What Happens When Americans Can Finally Exhale? — When they finally get a chance to exhale, their breaths may emerge as sighs. “People put their heads down and do what they have to do, but suddenly, when there’s an opening, all these feelings come up.”
  • After Thoughts: 18 Plans and Proposals for When We Emerge From the Pandemic — “Many have found themselves reflecting on the kind of lives they want to live as the world reopens. Is ambition something to strive for? What have we learned about ourselves and our communities? After a year of reminders of how short, and precious, time can be, how do we want to make the most of ours?”
  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) — MAPS is a leader in psychedelic research. Since 1986, MAPS is on a mission to create safe and legal opportunities for the uses of psychedelics in society.
  • Betty’s Coming Out Story — “If I was to give my younger self advice about coming out, it would be that not everyone deserves to know you. Live as authentically as you can without feeling like you must explain yourself.”
  • Take your full lunch break. Schedule your PTO. — “We’re generous with giving time to others and our work. Let’s be more generous to ourselves.”