YOU ARE NOT ALONE, an OMA Webinar Series featuring a panel conversation on trauma and recovery—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.
These panel conversations are 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
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 webinar 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