Happy MLK Jr. Day!

Here we are again! It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the eve of inauguration day in the U.S. I don’t want to exploit the importance of MLK Jr., his words, and his work, but I sure am thinking about intergenerational trauma.

I am thinking about how and whether we can actually heal from trauma in a world that is unsafe, in a world that is dangerous, in a world that is violent. I am thinking about how recovering and reclaiming our nervous system requires a safe and compassionate society.

I am thinking about how hypervigilance can be a boon, how survival instincts are survival techniques in a world (in a country) that is deeply oppressive. I’m thinking about our Black siblings who continue to largely fight alone for us all.

I am thinking about how moderate politics is not the answer to creating a world that is welcoming, loving, and patient. And how it has continued to fail us thus far.

I am asking myself what else I can do, and to what else can I commit, to support social justice. I am wondering what else you can do, and to what else you can commit, to support social justice besides reading about and listening to BIPOC voices.

Happy MLK Jr day!

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