Talking Through Conflict: Communicating with Loved Ones Over the Holidays

Since the election, many of us are sitting with some extremely difficult feelings. For many of us (myself definitely included), the pain and fear of bigotry lies right at the surface. We’re afraid. We’re angry. And the unfolding horror may be the direct result of the way our family members voted. So how are we supposed to talk to one another? How are we supposed to gather and express our gratitude when that pain is so raw? I’ve always had a difficult time talking to family members about this pain, but I have made a commitment to myself to not...

Meditating on Strength in Spite of it All

Let’s talk about strength. This has been an incredibly intense week for all of us. I didn’t think it was possible that Donald Trump would get elected. Not only that, but bigoted politicians have swept all levels of government – including state and national congress. Off the bat, I need to qualify this blog post: It won’t be beautifully worded. It won’t be perfect. In many ways I’m still processing and formulating my thoughts, and while it’s difficult to share the mess that’s going on inside of me, I don’t want to be silent. If you are a person of color,...