Natural Awakenings Twin Cities May 2021
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Featuring: Women’s Wellness Issue plus Massage and Bodywork
Letter from the Publisher
May is traditionally Women’s Health month at Natural Awakenings, and this year we have plenty of helpful articles that focus on our wellness.
Unfortunately, May also holds another important marker. As I write this letter, I am listening to the closing arguments of the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd. I sit here fully aware that May 25, 2020, is the date that Mr. Floyd was killed after nine minutes 29 seconds under the knee of someone who saw him as less than human.
This horrible event has been followed by a year of protests, arguments amongst friends and family regarding who was right or wrong, and even more trauma. It was just a week ago that another young black man, Daunte Wright, was killed by an officer in Brooklyn Center. My heart aches as I hear the pain in the voices of his mother, father and others who loved him dearly and are now left with an inconsolable void that was once occupied by a loving young father.
It seems to many of us that these horrendous events are happening at an increased frequency. Unfortunately, these crimes against our fellow human beings, our Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) citizens, have been happening for centuries but are now being exposed through the power of social media. We can no longer look away, push down the pain, or say that it is “just too much” to witness.
We have work to do—lots of work to do. Each of us has a role to play, and no matter how small or insignificant it might seem, I implore you to continue doing the work. Over the next few months, we will be publishing articles from leaders in the field of healing race-based trauma. This month we offer “Healing the Scars of Race-Based Trauma” based on the work of Dr. Joy DeGruy and Resmaa Menakem. The article provides information about historical trauma and steps we can all take to begin the healing process.
Healing trauma is not easy work, but it is the most important work we need to do. You are fully capable of doing it—are you willing?
In peace and love,