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Suzie Looks at Art Review of Body Language

“Body Language” makes trauma approachable through engaging and sometimes lighthearted activities, but never loses sight of its serious and scientific backbone. The installation was infused with research. There was even a binder of the many scholarly articles they consulted set out on a desk for visitors to draw their own inspiration.” This was written by Suzi Grossman of […]

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Global Trauma by Margaret Bellafiore / Guest Post

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by what is happening to the planet earth? You know, the place where we all live. What if you have been reading Bill McKibben, Elizabeth Kolbert and Barbara Kingsolver? Oil and Honey, The Sixth Extinction and Migrant Behavior, in that order. Not very hopeful stuff. Apocalyptic, actually. […]

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Sebern Fisher: The Woman Who Gets Developmental Trauma Like No Other!

“You can recover from all that happened to you.” Sebern Fisher, author of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain That was the dose of hope I received from Fisher during a telephone call this summer when she took time out of her busy life to speak with a trauma blogger. […]

Images to help understand the body. Photo Credit: Margaret Bellafiore

Polyvagal What? Stephen Porges, Fear & Trauma

When it comes to trauma, the body pulls rank. I can use willpower to wish away symptoms and ask my brain to try to outsmart fear – but to make myself feel safe – I actually have to feel safe. This is tricky because I have a PhD. in terror and lifelong experience with living […]

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Trauma Art Installation/Body Language Recap

10/18/2014: We are CURRENTLY SEEKING FUNDING AND APPLYING FOR GRANTS We are expanding this installation in 2015. We’d love to bring the visuals as well as lectures and workshops to other trauma survivors, health activists and any who loves or works with trauma survivor or simply wants to better understand what toxic stress does to […]

Staying Brave When Life Goes Well

Tender, surrendered and still curious. Some days this is where I live. The world feels fresh and new. I didn’t have to change jobs, houses or countries to get here and I’ve been a while. There were no passports, applications or petitioning of anyone for anything. The sweetness of life feels present more often and […]

Trusting Collaboration

I just finished a-four month collaboration with Margaret Bellafiore who is an artist, Mobius member, friend, writer and professor at Bridgewater State. Our interactive installation called Body Language (and reviewed here) was about how and why the body is burdened by trauma (and how to lighten that load). The two-day run is done. For now.  I was too exhausted to […]

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Sample of Work for Body Language at Mobius.org this weekend

Margaret Bellafiore & Christine Cissy White, 2014 altered yoga mats and glasses, www.mobius.org  

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End of Summer

“Did you see the sunset?” the neighbor in the orange pick-up asked as his baseball cap sat on his head and the dog in the front cab moved towards the window opening. “I did,” I said, as it was going down beside me as I walked, “so nice. Always so nice.” “But it was especially […]

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In Love with Possibility

Or Survivors CAN Have a Great Sex Life! Midlife dating is divine.  Questions, like balls racked up on a pool table get shot and pocketed. “What do you want in life and love?” “Where must you travel?” “What are your secret passions and joyful hobbies?” This, in between ice cream licks and sips of wine […]

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