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A Community Conversation Acknowledging Trauma and Pathways of Healing
6:30 pm EST
The greatest gift to yourself is compassion...
OMA panelists will share their experiences in dealing with trauma, in which self-compassion is recognized as another key pathway of healing from pain and suffering. Panelists will relate techniques and ways of healing from various forms of trauma, which many of us can benefit from.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE—We are all connected on this journey of healing, of both self and humanity, from our own individual traumas as well as our collective traumas. Think about how you treat yourself when things go wrong. Forgiving and nurturing yourself can be vital to overcoming trauma. Those who are self-compassionate recognize their suffering and become kind to themselves, lowering their own levels of anxiety and depression.
This panel conversation is part of OMA's Trauma program, designed for the sharing of stories around our diverse life experiences, and exploring the connections among us all. Please join us in this online series as we continue our journey home to ourselves and to one another. --Callie Gropp, Moderator
6:30 PM EST: Opening/Introduction
Callie Gropp and Gail Hunter
6:40 PM: Presentation & Panel Discussion
Marilyn Carpenter, Erin Daquelente, Angela Failor, Callie Gropp, Jacqueline Harter, Gail Hunter, Mai Nguyen
- Techniques for Healing
- Panel Sharing
- Q & A
8:20 PM Closing & Final Remarks
Let’s all drop the pretense that we are either normal, or abnormal...
We are all in the same support group: ordinary people who must deal with the struggles that come with being human. We all carry this heavy weight—a trauma, in today’s terminology. We all at the same time struggle to meet our basic human needs for connection, community, acceptance and validation among ones who share our culture and language, or not, for authenticity–the capacity to feel what we feel and to be in touch with our bodies and to express what we feel when we need to.
Fundamentally, that is the ultimate trauma, the disconnection from ourselves...
In this series we believe that in the presence of compassion, healing is possible. Only with compassion can we bear our pain. In the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying the author says, whatever you do don't shut off your pain. Accept your pain and remain vulnerable.
--Mai Nguyen, Panelist