Resmaa Menakem – NWI Podcast: Episode 36 – “Healing Racial Trauma Through Body-Centered Psychology”

By the National Wellness Institute, NWIPodcast.org, Category: Education, 8/28/2019, YouTube, 1,228 Views, Length 32:17

“This is the first self-discovery book to examine white body supremacy in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.”

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19 thoughts on “Resmaa Menakem – NWI Podcast: Episode 36 – “Healing Racial Trauma Through Body-Centered Psychology””

    1. I found out about Resmaa Menakem when I was researching how to build empathy between the community and police, particularly the Phoenix Police Department who had doubled the number of officer-involved shootings in 2018, twice the average over the previous 20 years, to 44. Our Coalition had been collaborating with them since 2015 on “Ten Solutions to Build Trust in Our City.” My specific goal since that time has been to eliminate racial disparities in officer-involved shootings that result in serious injury or death. Changes in policy or infrastructure were not accomplishing that. Tom DeWolf of Coming to the Table (comingtothetable.org) recommended the book “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) because it addresses “the racialized trauma that appears in three different forms – one in the bodies of white Americans, another in those of African Americans and yet another in the bodies of police officers” (Page 18). It is the first self-help book to provide a step-by-step healing process, based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods. It offers five opportunities by which to heal: (1) on our own through reading this book and following its guidance, (2) with another trusted, caring person, (3) within a community, (4) with the help of a body-focused healing professional, and (5) with the help of a trauma therapist (Pages 305-306). To learn more you can go to Resmaa.com. Our nonprofit organization’s Community Facebook Page, “People Demanding Justice Community Coalition,” can keep you up-to-date on our #HowWeHeal Book Club which is our Racial Healing Campaign (RHC) Community Project we began this year, focusing on his book. You may also forward your email to justice4allinaz@gmail.com to keep current with our Book Club and other RHC Events. Thank you so much for your interest.

    2. I found this podcast, “A Conversation on Compassion with Resmaa Menakem,” on the University of Arizona website, at their Center for Compassion Studies. They said to “learn more about Resmaa’s work to check out his online classes at his website resmaa.com.” He offers resources, Justice Leadership, as well as free e-courses. One is a FREE 5-day Racialized Trauma Home Study Course to “learn the basics of Racialized Trauma, what you can do about it for yourself and your communities.”

      You could also learn as a community as we are in Phoenix by organizing a #HowWeHeal Book Club using the CHAPTER SYLLABUS on our website and, as a facilitator, setting boundaries for respectful dialogue at the beginning of each meeting and asking for volunteers for “housekeeping” (sign-in sheets, timekeeper and handouts) (Please see the blog topic on HOW TO FACILITATE A #HowWeHeal BOOK CLUB.)

      Or, in addition to healing in community or on your own by reading “My Grandmother’s Hands,” there are three other “opportunities for healing and making room for growth: (1) healing with another trusted person, (2) healing with the help of a body-focused healing professional, and (3) healing with the help of a trauma therapist” (Pages 305-306).

      I agree with you that his message is priceless in that we’re not just reading or listening, we’re “experiencing it in our bodies (through Body Practices) – the only place where the mending of racialized (or any) trauma can happen.”

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    1. Your website is perfect! On Tuesday, April 7th, I turned mine into a blog. I first wrote because of the racial disparities in number of officer-involved shootings in Phoenix (highest in the nation in 2018) and now because I realize it is our responsibility in this lifetime to heal intergenerational racialized trauma that perpetuates discrimination. This website, the proclamations for the Day of Racial Healing, and the #HowWeHeal Book Club are my contributions to help myself and others put a stop to this cycle of trauma. I thank the Kellogg Foundation (healourcommunities.org), Tom DeWolf of comingtothetable.org, and Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” (Resmaa.com) for their inspiration.

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