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Real Stories by Regular Folks

June 5 - June 18

 In My Grandmother’s Hands, therapist and author Resmaa Menakem depicts trauma as “a wordless story our body tells itself about what is safe and what is a threat.” This traumatic story keeps us feeling anxious, defensive, isolated, trapped (even as life turns to normal!). The work, according to Menakem, is to “metabolize our pain.” Sitting in circles, listening compassionately to one another is one way we digest our suffering and activate our capacity to heal.
As we emerge from the pandemic there is an excitement to enter public spaces, at the same time many of us are still working to process the pain and trauma of this past year. The Hearth has sought to create spaces that aid healing through the practice of sharing personal experiences. We know that resiliency is relationship and when we exchange stories we strengthen our well-being. Register for one of our upcoming events:
     Recently we began leading youth story circles within the Phoenix-Talent School District. We do this work in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority to help improve mental health among students. At the end of one of our gatherings at Talent Middle School (where one-third of students lost homes to wildfires) we asked students to share a one sentence insight from the struggles of the past year. Here are a few:
I need others to become myself.
We all suffer, but if we suffer together we can survive anything.
Everyone deserves love.
     We need others to become ourselves. May each of us find a way to reconnect to friends and neighbors, the natural world, our own gifts and passions as we emerge from this isolating time.


June 5
June 18
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