Traumatic events have densely populated 5 days of the past week for me, and I’ve experienced a lot of big feelings related to
1) Jasmine Abdullah (Richards), a local Black Lives Matters leader who was – I and many believe – wrongfully sentenced for a felony under a “lynching” law;
2) the Stamford woman who described, in the courtroom, the impact of rape on her life when Brock Turner was given a 6 month sentence;
3) the murders, injuries and widespread trauma at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando.
For a few days, my gentler self was in charge of consoling the activist in me when I couldn’t compose coherent thoughts. It’s time to mourn, to take comfort from other people and simple acts: cooking, watering plants, sitting, walking.
Today I briefly turned on the Madeleine Brand Show and was relieved to hear her interview people who helped First Responders recover from attacks in San Bernardino, CA and Newton, CT. They described how many people in their communities encouraged responders to get help and about their commitment to exploring diverse recovery programs so that responders could choose what worked best for them. They noted that in Newton no officers had to take leave or resign because of PTSD and they spoke about the reality that there will likely be more violence in the future and about the necessity for developing long term psychological resilience.
We are all capable of violence. In my experience, Return to Your Senses helps people build resilience and helps people reduce violent reactions.