This conversation is from the Wisdom of Trauma Talks on Trauma Series (2021).
Somatic Abolitionism is living, embodied anti-racist practice and cultural building —a way of being in the world. It is a return to the age-old wisdom of human bodies respecting, honoring, and resonating with other human bodies. It is not a exclusively a goal, an attitude, a belief, an idea, a strategy, a movement, a plan, a system, a political position, or a step forward.
Resmaa Menakem is an American author and psychotherapist specialising in the effects of trauma on the human body and the relationship between trauma, white body supremacy, and racism in America. He is the author of “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies,” published in September 2017, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list in May 2021 and "The Quaking of America: An Embodied Guide to Navigating our Nation's Upheaval and Racial Reckoning," published in 2022. He is also the founder of the Cultural Somatics Institute.
Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Gabor Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in over thirty languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books includeIn the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress;Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Dr. Gordon Neufeld)Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His next book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture is due out on September 13, 2022. His second next book, Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and Their Adult Children is expected in 2023. Gabor is also co-developer of a therapeutic approach,Compassionate Inquiry, now studied by hundreds of therapists, physicians, counselors, and others internationally.
Historical trauma is trauma so deeply rooted in the subconscious we may not even know it is there.
We are all connected through the traumatization of the world and that the healing of trauma is a way of returning to the wholeness and fullness of living.
What is deep medicine? How can re-establishing our relationships with the Earth and one another help us to heal?
In this conversation from the “Talks on Trauma” series Gabor investigates the paths of personal Trauma woven into the Buddhist and personal psychology fields for which Jack and Tara are so well known.
A segment from 'Hospicing Modernity'
Oliver Sacks on Nature’s Beauty as a Gateway into Deep Time and a Lens on the Interconnectedness of the Universe
There is no genuine possibility of hope if we cannot face all aspects of reality and of humanity: the good, the bad, the broken, and the seriously messed up.
A section from the The Wandering, Winding Way of the Wound Course on the modern paths of healing ancient trauma
Zaya and Maurizio connect with therapist Deran Young on her story and the layers of racialized trauma
15 People's Stories, 5,000 Miles, and a Journey Through the Emotional Chaos of Cancer
A short video from the animated philosophy channel, this video featuring Gabor Maté
The role of music, psychedelics, and Ayahuasca ceremony in working with Trauma and addiction, recorded live in Berlin for the Wisdom of Trauma tour.
Neuroepigenetics researcher Isabelle Mansuy investigates how life life experiences and environmental factors can shape not only us, but also our descendants.
Individual healing is an integral part of collective healing – in witnessing one another, we grow together.
The public is how the individual is measured out - a wave collapse function.
Master somatic therapist Peter Levine discusses the physiological origins of trauma, and how his Somatic Experiencing approach provides effective treatment.
"The crises streaming through the post-Hiroshima world of ticking clocks, purring machines, and universal declarations are transversal guests..."
Postactivism is a turn of grace, a falling off the highway, a disruption of the pheromone trail.
"I can't prescribe, nor should anyone prescribe for anyone else what their authenticity should look like, but for most people, it's going to be shining in a number of different dimensions." —Dr. Gabor Maté
In this beautiful conversation, two impassioned trauma specialists and authors, Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone and Dr. Gabor Maté, shared personal experiences and professional challenges working with the burgeoning field of trauma healing across generations.
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