Trauma is inter-generational. Racism is a trauma that has been with us for many generations. #BlackLivesMatter

If you're dealing with the trauma in your life and you're denying racism you're not really dealing with trauma. Trauma is inter-generational among other things. What white people did to black people in enslaving, murdering and raping them is still in the bodies of every ancestor. That means the trauma of what we did to an entire population in this country is in the body if you're black and it's in the body if we're descended from the white people who raped, murdered and enslaved the black folk who are still being harmed. As white witnesses of white supremacist public policies it's in every white person who has privilege. Yes, it's in my body too. Own this shit and allow our beautiful black brothers and sisters to heal. Acknowledge that it's still happening and get started. #BlackLivesMatter

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“Everyone here is a freak, just like me” — (Ecstatic Dance)

Organic trauma therapy: Ecstatic dance as profound mindfulness practice A few months ago someone at the end of one of our dances said, *Everyone here is a freak, just like me.*  The room broke up in laughter because, indeed, we’re all freaks just like him and we get to come together and celebrate that fact in... Continue Reading →

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Announcement: Monica Cassani has moved to monicacassani.com

One last time! There is a new post there today. All Signal: Somatic living is life itself speaking to us Sign up to follow the site once you're there. You can do it in the footer below the post. My last announcement about this change is here

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Mindfulness / Meditation and Complex Trauma: The Rewards and the Risks

What media hype and those selling mindfulness don’t tell you is that mindfulness is a process that can radically transform you, and it’s not always safe, nor is it easy or straightforward. We make it safer by being aware of the risks and learning to listen to our own bodies about when it is or isn’t okay for us. No one else actually knows.

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New post at “All Signal”

go to: Mask wearing for dummies sign up to be on the mailing list at the bottom of the page. I won't be cross posting to here much longer.

First post on new site: follow me there if you like. This site is an archive. Very occasional very on topic posts may continue.

An alternate view (mental health) or check out the homepage which has a couple of posts from here on it too. The site is still under-construction but I will start posting. ALL SIGNAL: monica cassani Oh! I will continue to post very much on topic critiques of the mental health system etc here. Will Hall... Continue Reading →

Goodbye 2020 Hello 2021

What are people still reading now that I'm not publishing much anymore? Well, quite a lot really. I'm glad to know this site remains a resource. Below are the top ten posts of the year. There is only one new post and that wasn't written by the main author of this site. The posts that... Continue Reading →

Time…it marches on

More of my latest meanderings: Egalitarian "hetero" relationships don't need to look like God/Goddess (or anima/animus) relationships. They're not distinctively nor necessarily male and female. Both partners may embody both male and female. A man may be more archetypically female . A woman might be more male. Hetero-normative crap is crap. I see women and... Continue Reading →

I AM WHAT I AM

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes. - Walt Whitman I needed to share Walt as I write from several different physiologies, thus perhaps appear inconsistent. It is my reality, however -- as my physiology switches so does my reality. *** I may be awake, I... Continue Reading →

Words

Trust your exhaustion. Take a rest. A nap. STOP. It's okay. It's good to listen to the body. *** Both silence and stillness can be found in all movement and noise as well... silence and stillness are foundational...we need not stop doing anything nor do anything in particular to find them. *** I've been spending... Continue Reading →

Trauma release in an internet age

Part of the success of this website has been my willingness (and need) to speak things that many of my readers were thinking but not yet saying. As I've gotten deeper into my trauma release and healing I've backed away from this site in many regards and ventured into dark areas of the psyche which even many people who had followed me for a long time no longer wanted to partake in. I've continued to post difficult material much of which continues to be trauma release, both for myself and for those who also, like me have wandered far into the abyss, by necessity, for their healing. Most of the people I've had the privilege of helping on this site have a radically different history than I've had. This is rarely acknowledged or understood. Most of the people with histories like mine are totally and completely swallowed by psychiatry and lost forever. I don't actually know anyone like me who has made it as far as I have off the drugs etc. It's a tragedy that hurts me. And so...this site, in part, is trauma release in the internet age.

Keep going on…pandemic 2020, we got you…

I lay awake at 2:20 am this morning after going to bed at 8 pm. I was feeling a bit forlorn and I've had a really rough, homeless several months. Things are calming down now and I have a place to live for now but the chaos lingers in my body as it continues to... Continue Reading →

The Center for Spiritual Emergence – Brack Jefferys PhD

Update: I have heard from two women who have reported similar abuse. One of them has known him for many years and says this is a repeated behavior that he has played out with many women. This is why I did this so that he can be held accountable and women might no longer be... Continue Reading →

The Politics of Trauma

"I know this may sound strange but so often what we are reacting to is not being able to tolerate what is happening in our own sensations, emotions and experiences. We react to get rid of the feeling, to push away the sensations, because they are associated with something intolerable, painful and uneasy."

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