You Are Not Alone–Connecting and Belonging


A Community Conversation Acknowledging Trauma and Pathways of Healing

6:30 pm EST

$5 Donation

In this continuing series, OMA panelists share their insignts on confronting personal trauma, this time emphasizing connection and sense of belonging, seen as a vital component of any healing process. Especially today with aloneness and social isolation in this pandemic, the importance of a sense of belonging is more vital than ever. Creating a deeper sense of connection and belonging in our lives is one step in healing some of the major forms of physical, emotional and psychological discomfort.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE... Others have walked this path before you, including the panelists in this series. 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. What happens to us when we cannot satisfy our inherent needs? Over time we may develop anxiety, stress, addictions and depression. Creating a deeper sense of connection and belonging in our lives brings purpose and faclitates the healing process.

"True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are." – Brené Brown

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

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Callie Gropp

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, Leza Vivio

  • Techniques for Healing
  • Panel Sharing
  • Q & A

8:20 PM Closing & Final Remarks
Callie Gropp


Whatever you answered in your head, expand it. Make it bigger. Wider. More impactful.

Trauma is…

A hard lesson learned before you were ready.

A shock to your system.

A tear in the fabric of your life.

These moments, big and little, rare and recurring, hide in pockets of our narratives and define our entire personalities.

And contrary to the beliefs we were all raised on, unresolved trauma doesn’t simply go away.


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

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