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The Battlefield in the Body
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"While we see anger and violence in the streets of our country, the real battlefield is inside our bodies...

If we are to survive as a country, it is our bodies where this conflict needs to be resolved. That the vital force between white body supremacy is in our nervous systems...The premise of the work is predicated on the idea that there was a certain time when the white body became the supreme standard by which all bodies in humanity shall be measured...

Trauma and resilience can cross generations.

My ancestors lived through trauma and the angst and anguish was decontextualized. And so now for my Black body to born into a society by which the white body is the standard is in and of itself traumatizing. If my mom is born as a Black woman into a society that predicates her body as deviant, the amount of cortisol that is in her nervous system when I'm being born is teaching my nervous system something...

Trauma decontextualized in a person looks like personality.
Trauma decontextualized in a family looks like family traits.
Trauma in a people looks like culture...
We are formed by culture, not color...

Part of our civilization work, our national work, our political work is for each of us to settle in our bodies in a new way and then settle in to our bodies together, collectively...

We must create a new culture to allow a new emergence to reign supreme." 

Resmaa Menakem, Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence
Listen to the entire interview: 
On Being with Krista Tippett (podcast)

June 24, 2020

Resmaa Menakem is a Minneapolis-based clinical therapist and trauma specialist devoted to healing racial trauma in our bodies. I bought his book, "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies" in late 2017 just before I moved from Seattle to California as I was wrapping up (or so I thought) a year of exploring the somatic imprint/threads that I may have inherited from my family, ancestry and heritage.

The book challenged me so much that I could not finish it...at least not quickly. It often left me in tears and the intensity of it caused me physical discomfort and pain - all necessary for me to unearth some deep truths and traumas that I had inherited from both sides of my family and from the culture I was born into in the United States of America.

In early 2018, inspired by my experiences with this book I began to craft an ArcanaDance workshop on embodying and healing generational trauma. It felt like a monumental creation to craft something that would be rooted in a safe container to move through such an experience. I never completed it. It was too much for me. I didn't feel like I could do it. I didn't know how to dance through all the aspects of indigenous trauma - colonization, genocide, erasure, and assimilation, and of course the threads of survival, strength and resilience - without breaking down. These don't even include the traumas accumulated in my own 44 years of life - but that's a whole other story.

Our current state of affairs is bringing me back to this now. I know it is time to complete this practice for myself. I can feel these old conflicts and traumas bubbling up and threatening my sense of safety and sovereignty. I can't say whether or not I will share this practice as a workshop or other experience yet but will absolutely share my own reflections once I am ready. And I encourage any of you interested in addressing conflict in the body (from a generational trauma perspective) to get this book. Our individual healing will have an essental ripple effect in familial, community and global healing. 

After listening to Resmaa's interview with Krista Tippett in the OnBeing podcast (excerpts and link above), addressing the battlefield in my body is the only way I can create the "settled-ness" needed to allow something new to emerge as part of the collective. I harbor way too much anger, rage and grief at how my ancestors were treated, disregarded and essentially eliminated via assimilation. That anger sometimes feels like a insurmountable barrier. There is no "putting it in the past" for me. It is like a dense ghost stuck between worlds and lodged in my body. In the podcast, Resmaa says that "we need time to condition the body against our own sufferings edge before the transformation happens." That feels Herculean, until I remind myself that I can call on practices of resilience to support my journey. 

To stay with this thread of healing through feeling, an embodied ritual and act of resilience, I am teaching my body of work in progress, the Dance of Emotional Resilience, again this weekend. Please note the time change. I have Yoga Teacher Training this weekend and so I will be offering class from 8:30AM PDT - 9:30AM PDT. This schedule change will happen once per month during my yoga training immersion weekends.

Many thanks for your donations this past weekend in support of the Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective: www.beam.community. A portion of this upcoming weekends class will also go to BEAM. 
 

Join me for an encore of the Dance of Emotional Resilience 

Saturday, June 27, 2020 & Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 8:30AM PDT!


Time (both days): 8:30AM PDT, 9:30AM MDT, 10:30PM CDT, 11:30AM EDT

Register in advance for one or both classes:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlcuutpzMuH9OuGhnc8aTL39p32wqoLOg0

*A reminder that this time change will only happen once per month as I am in yoga teacher training both Saturday and Sunday afternoons (eastern time).

This one-hour class is Nia-inspired and also integrates my own work in archetypal embodiment and choreography.

Throughout this class we are guided through simple and deep choreography that emulates acts of resilience - bringing us back to center and encouraging our perseverance even as we experience adversity. We are guided by the imagery of the salmon (see Mark Nepo reference below), using its powerful tail to face obstacles on its journey upstream. They teach us to lean into experiences and face adversarial forces by harnessing our natural organic resilience - the impulses to push back, be resourceful, swim around up and over, to rise up, to keep moving, to know that when one part is tired the other will compensate, and to lean into being held by something greater (the movement of the ocean, the hands of a loved, or our faith).

Further below I have included the passage (from Mark Nepo) I read at the beginning of class this weekend. 

We dance barefoot. The choreography is easy to follow. If you’ve been a student of Nia, these classes will feel familiar to you. If you are new, welcome, my classes are inclusive of all people, movement abilities and beliefs.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.

*Once again, a portion of the donations made for these classes will go to Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective: www.beam.community

Pay what you can:
Here is the info to make a payment of your choice, in exchange for the class experience:

Venmo: Jennifer-Lucero-Earle or https://venmo.com/jennifer-lucero-earle
PayPal: https://paypal.me/jenniferluceroearle
Credit Card (Square): https://my-site-105290-108786.square.site/
Zelle: jenniferlucearle@gmail.com

What to wear and have with you:
  • Have the Zoom link/meeting ID and password provided to you by Zoom (confirmation of your registration).
  • Wear comfortable clothes to move in freely.
  • We dance barefoot but if you need the additional support, feel free to wear flexible (and comfy!) sneakers or shoes.
  • Have water nearby so that you can stay hydrated.
  • Feel free to have a yoga mat, towel or chair for our last song.
  • Optional: Earbuds or wireless headset. You may want to use a wireless headset/headphones – it appears to be a good way to hear the music more clearly. If not, feel free to hook up a speaker to your laptop, tablet or phone OR use the speaker in the device you are using. It’s all good! Make the choice that feels right for you.
     


I am teaching my first yoga class on Tuesday, June 30, 4:00PM PDT.

Join me for a Coming Home to Ourselves Yoga Practice:
Movement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Mantra, and Mudra


Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 4:00PM PDT

Time: 4:00PM PDT, 5:00PM MDT, 6:00PM CDT, 7:00PM EDT

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudu2opjwuG9HQxanx15oHgS1bqqq-ly7f

Wear comfortable clothes to move in. Make sure you have a yoga mat or towel. Feel free to also have a blanket or pillow to sit on for the seated portion of class. 

This class will introduce you to very simple yoga postures in dance form (I love to dance and my trainer gave her blessing for me to bring asanas to life through dance), mindfulness, meditation, mantra and mudra. The theme for the class is "coming home" to ourselves mindfully via the moving body, breath, sound, and symbol. This will be a one-hour class and since I am a yoga teacher in training, this class is offered by donation. Know that any donation goes toward my 300 hour yoga teacher training tuition :). 

If you are new to language I have used above to describe class, here are some simple guiding definitions:
  • What is movement? For this class it is body postures in motion. We will take simple yoga asanas (poses) and embody them through a dance that blends fluidity and stillness.
  • What is mindfulness? A quality of focused awareness to the present moment and of our sensations that includes our body, mind, and emotions. 
  • What is meditation? Various experiential practices and techniques that support mindfulness and focusing our mind and body. 
  • What is Mantra? A sound, word or group of words (such as affirmations) that aid in mindfulness, meditation and focusing the mind and body. 
  • What is Mudra? Hand and body gestures that both ground and move energy in the body. 

Here is the info to make a payment of your choice, in exchange for the class experience:

Venmo: Jennifer-Lucero-Earle or https://venmo.com/jennifer-lucero-earle
PayPal: https://paypal.me/jenniferluceroearle
Credit Card (Square): https://my-site-105290-108786.square.site/
Zelle: jenniferlucearle@gmail.com

With much love and gratitude and looking forward to dancing with you from my new place in North Carolina. Thank you, always, for your ongoing support,

Jennifer  


Following is the passage I read, by Mark Nepo, this weekend as our opening for the Dance of Emotional Resilience

"Salmon have much to teach us about the art of facing things. In swimming up waterfalls, these remarkable creatures seem to defy gravity. It is an amazing thing to behold. A closer look reveals a wisdom for all beings who want to thrive.

What the salmon somehow know is how to turn their underside – from center to tail - into the powerful current coming at them, which hits them squarely and the impact then launches them out and further up the waterfall; to which their reaction is, again, to turn their underside back into the powerful current that, of course, again hits them squarely; and this successive impact launches them further out and up the waterfall. Their leaning into what they face bounces them further and further along their unlikely journey.

From a distance, it seems magical, as if these mighty fish are flying, conquering their element. In actuality, they are deeply at one with their element, vibrantly and thoroughly engaged in a compelling dance of turning toward- and- being hit squarely that moves them through water and air to the very source of their nature.

In terms useful to the life of the spirit, the salmon are constantly faithful in exposing their underside to the current coming at them. Mysteriously, it is the physics of this courage that enables them to move through life as they know it so directly. We can learn from this very active paradox; for we, too, must be as faithful to living in the open if we are to stay real in the face of our daily experience. In order not to be swept away by what the days bring, we, too, must find a way to lean into the forces that hit us so squarely.

The salmon offer us a way to face truth without shutting down. They show us how leaning into our experience, though we don’t like the hit, moves us on. Time and again, though we’d rather turn away, it is the impact of being revealed, through our willingness to be vulnerable, that enables us to experience both the mystery and grace.”

- Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
Passage from October 30: The Art of Facing Things


Image from: https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/salmon-swim-upstream-d555480847e93dcc

Tarot Sessions are back 


I have set up my home office and am already booking tarot sessions into July. These sessions are my lifeblood and I so appreciate your continued support in scheduling appointments and referring your loved ones and friends to me. As you know, I don't advertise. All of my client work has been via referral. For that I am immensely grateful. 

To schedule a session, choose the session type at www.jenniferluceroearle.com/tarot-with-me/sessions and email me your questionnaire.

Tarot Consultation Packages
There are several tarot packages to choose from, including options for multiple one hour to two hour sessions throughout a one year window.

Huge thanks to Brooke Lowe Johnson for the photo (top) above! 
A new free 21 day meditation was launched today - in English and Spanish, "Renew Yourself: Body, Mind & Spirit." 

To join: https://chopracentermeditation.com/

This free three-week experience is divided into three parts: body, mind and soul. The first week will be devoted to meditation and how to "create a joyful energetic body." The second week will be focused on "how to have emotional stability and a resilient mind," while the third week will be about spiritual enlightenment.

Each day, a new 20-minute meditation audio will open with both English and Spanish commentary and storytelling from J Balvin, followed by meditations led by Deepak Chopra.

I am registered and began this morning. Do let me know if you decide to join as well! 

https://www.oprahmag.com/life/health/a32947147/deepak-chopra-j-balvin-meditation-bilingual/
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