Are you familiar with the Center for Disease Control – Kaiser Study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), conducted in the mid-1990’s? The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5000% more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection (as well as how chronic stress contributes to inflammation and adult disease) in this brief, well-done video: How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult.
On Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm – 9:30pm Dr Dan Siegel will speak at Golden West College (Student Center) in Huntington Beach at a screening of Resilience (trailer). This event is the second in the film and discussion series, A Legacy of Learning: Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma (RSVP). The film is excellent and we were amazingly fortunate to get Dan Siegel to come to OC for this event as he is generally booked up two years in advance. So don’t miss this! Admission is FREE. Arrive early at 6:00pm for a light vegan dinner before the program starts at 6:30pm.
Plus — don’t forget that the Living Ubuntu fundraiser at the Veggie Grill (by the Tustin Marketplace) is this coming Thursday, February 23, 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Come any time during those hours, mention Living Ubuntu when you order, and 33% of sales will be donated to us. Thank you for your support!
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“…the answer came right from my solar plexus: I’m doing this work so that when things fall apart, we will not turn on each other.“
— Joanna Macy
This email is a gentle reminder that the online registration for Wednesday, February 15 7p-9p Intro to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) in Newport Beach will expire tonight. No one will be turned away for lack of funds so please contact us if that is an obstacle.
On this ‘day of the heart’ I hope you will find time to read: Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy by Dahr Jamail.
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One of my favorite t-shirts says, “Keep Calm and Go Vegan”. It is a pretty simple suggestion for optimal health, addressing both of the major causes of disease-causing inflammation in the body (i.e. chronic stress-trauma states in the nervous system and consumption of animal products as a mainstay in one’s diet) while supporting compassionate living at the same time.
For those alarmed by recent local, national, and global events, let alone the day to day situations we all go through in our own personal lives, the “Keep Calm” part might seem unrealistic and possibly ill-advised. However, we are not at our best when living with our emergency response system “on” all the time and sometimes we lose access to the “off” or “dimmer” switch.
If “Keep Calm” is desirable but challenging for you, please consider attending Introduction to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®), Wednesday, February 15, 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Newport Beach. As always, if paying the registration fee is out of reach for you, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. (What is TRE®?)
And about that “Go Vegan” part. Will you come join us at the Living Ubuntu fundraiser at the Veggie Grill (by Tustin Marketplace) on Thursday, February 23? Come for dinner any time between 4:00pm and 9:00pm, mention “Living Ubuntu” and the Veggie Grill will donate 33% of the sales to us. Your support would mean a lot.
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Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.
Read more about the ACEs study.
What did David Bornstein, New York Times journalist and author, say about the documentary, Paper Tigers: One high school’s unlikely success story?
“Absolutely riveting, profoundly important.” – David Bornstein, NYT
Watch the trailer.
Next week, A LEGACY OF LEARNING: Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma (a three-part film series and discussion), will begin with a screening of Paper Tigers at Golden West College on Monday, February 13, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. The post-film discussion will be moderated by Dr. Laura Duvall, Chair of Psychology Department at Golden West College. (See flyer at bottom this email.)
We live in turbulent times. Let’s go just a bit deeper in order to see where some of the trouble is coming from.
What would happen in our society if we responded with empathy instead of punishment?
RSVP to attend the FREE ADMISSION film series here: A LEGACY OF LEARNING.
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This is a friendly reminder that Fall in Love with Plants to Protect Your Heart is tonight, Wednesday, February 1, 6p-8p at Au Lac in Fountain Valley. Tonight’s Plant Powered OC workshop will be about the many benefits of plant-based eating for a healthier heart.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, certified plant-based nutrition advisors and authors, Laura Robinson-Oatman and Gina Bonanno-Lemos will be talking about heart health and how you can increase your odds of preventing… deadly and feared [cardiovascular] disease.
Find more info and RSVP here. (Free admission / dinner at Au Lac is optional.)
See you tonight?
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Last Saturday, the Women’s March was truly amazing, around the globe, across the country and within Orange County (where I have lived my entire life and was one of 20,000 people, according to local police, who participated).
There is much to be done. When we feel highly mobilized, the down side is, sometimes we fail to notice our own limits and push past them on adrenaline. Over time this can contribute to insomnia, burn-out / compassion fatigue, and exhaustion. For anyone interested, we still have a room for a few more in the January 25, 7p-9p, Intro to TRE® mini workshop. Please consider joining us in order to learn a method you can use in service to your own well-being. Today is the last day to register for tomorrow night.
(We will also offer Intro to TRE® on February 15 and March 22. Details soon.)
REGISTER HERE FOR JAN 25-INTRO TO TRE®.
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Wednesday, January 25, 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Newport Beach, Living Ubuntu is offering an Introduction to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®). I will be the one leading it, assisted by Certified TRE® Provider, Piper Sample.
Yes, this mini workshop is very intentionally timed to be only a few days after the U.S. Presidential Inauguration.
TRE® is designed to access the body’s own natural mechanism for restoring a normal homeostasis after traumatic or everyday stress. In that way it is very different from many other body-centered methods. It can be a very powerful tool for coping with the turbulent state we find ourselves in personally, domestically, and globally.
If you have not yet learned this method, I strongly encourage you to consider trying it. Consistent practice has truly changed my life and I have witnessed this in the lives of countless others also.
Some people feel different after only one session, some do not. Some people will learn it once and go home to finally have an excellent night’s sleep. Others will try it once and shrug. After a lifetime of unprocessed events held as tension in the body, creating an imprint in the primitive brain to hold the status quo, once is not enough and the subjective experience in the beginning will vary. While patience is often not our strength, sometimes it is necessary. This method is not intended to be a one time quick fix. It opens the door to reminding the body of what it needs to do on an ongoing basis to live in a healthier state. It is intended to be something people can learn and then continue on their own at home.
All proceeds will benefit Living Ubuntu. (Instruction and venue have been donated.)
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