Somatic Resources for Social Justice

Social Somatic Wheel The Feelings Wheel was developed in 1982 to help people identify and communicate their emotions. More recently, Lindsay Braman (2020) included an outer sensory ring to help people identify how emotions are felt in our bodies. I…

Somatic Awareness During Difficult Moments

Reflect on a time where you experienced a difficult moment. Did your heart beat faster? Your stomach turn? Your throat constrict? Your shoulders tense? Instead of reacting quickly, what would it be like to slow down, watch your body closely,…

Making Change from the Inside Out

The video below is  from a national presentation titled, “Making Change from the Inside Out” Unless noted, all photographs, images, audio, and video appearing on this website are mine. Please contact gherman.12@osu.edu for use requests. For a copy of the…

I am White.

Pastor Shawn Jackson preached Sunday (Mayes Community Temple) about making the invisible, visible.  Since then I’ve been thinking a lot about how often white people make race (and racism) invisible and when we talk about race (and problems of racism)…

Friendship Activism

At the beginning of the year I was dreaming of what friendship activism could mean and do to make social change in our communities. I thought of plans and programs that could achieve goals around understanding our interconnectedness, our capacity…

Healing from Whiteness

On Healing Justice, they talk about how as white people we often move to solutions and action too quickly. This is seriously problematic. “It’s dangerous when we move from awareness to action and we don’t cycle back through grief, lament,…

Somatics in Anti-Racism Work

Isa was upset this afternoon. A typical argument between six-year old’s ensued. What has me reflecting though is how we worked through it. We sat for several minutes with our feelings until we eventually decided to move our bodies. We…

Workshops for Racial Justice

Since 2017 I have examined the capacity of OSU Extension to respond to the need for dialogue to promote racial understanding and healing. I was fortunate to be invited by NC A&T University Extension to participate in a train-the-trainer event…

Motherhood is a Radical Tradition

Motherhood is a radical tradition.   I am the mother of Isa, the daughter of Adina, the granddaughter of Susan, and the great granddaughter of Mary Lavonne. Our family in the States goes back to the 1800s in North Carolina….

Growing Food Justice

While it is essential to address food security and food access, that work alone does not address systematic racism that permeates America’s food system. Driving Indigenous people off their land, enslaving Africans, the legacy of redlining, the plight of farm…