Posts Tagged ‘ healing ’

How attachment theory works in the therapeutic relationship | Aeon Essays

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Why therapy works is still up for debate. But, when it does, its methods mimic the attachment dynamics of good parenting

Source: How attachment theory works in the therapeutic relationship | Aeon Essays

Sonia Sanchez’s ‘magic/now’: Black History, Haiku and Healing – Juxtapositions | The Haiku Foundation

ABSTRACT: Sonia Sanchez has chosen haiku for many decades to create magic in the now and to throw down sacred words with the power of healing past trauma. As a writer of the Black Arts movement, like Amiri Baraka, she has also consistently affirmed African culture and turned to an “ancient image” of African civilization to nurture her vision. This paper explores Sanchez’s wide-ranging development of new strategies within haiku — techniques that, in the words of Baraka, “raise up, return, destroy, and create,” knocking down almost all of the traditional conventions for haiku to chart her own journey as a Black woman poet. The paper especially investigates Sonia Sanchez’s relationship to the natural world, to the artist’s path of creativity, and the pendulum swings she makes between human relationships and the natural world. Her continuing attention to African culture has allowed her to lay claim to natural images within haiku while navigating the tensions of an exploitative, nihilistic past that destroyed African life as ordinary practice. Sonia Sanchez covers a wide range of historical topics in her haiku, including the 1985 MOVE bombing in West Philadelphia, the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, and the courageous actions of Harriet Tubman in the abolitionist movement affirming a collective consciousness and implicitly calling for increased activism for social justice. Sonia Sanchez relates her own understanding of spirituality, self-discovery, and scholarship to her reading of Egyptian and West African philosophies that affirm unbroken connections between the New World and African civilizations, and these connections inevitably influence her approach to writing haiku.

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by Meta L. Schettler

 

we be. gonna be
even after being. black
mass has always been. (I’ve Been a Woman 79)

Source: Sonia Sanchez’s ‘magic/now’: Black History, Haiku and Healing

It’s Published! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing | Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

Dear Readers and Followers:

My new book is out! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. It contains my published poems of many forms, including hundreds of the Japanese forms like haiku. It is 236 pages and is part reference with essays and prose passages on poetry  that will inspire you to write. It also contains multiples resource lists that will give you ideas on where to get published; teaching/speaking ideas; contest ideas; ideas for getting interviewed by the media; and poetry readings and exhibit ideas. Get ideas to showcase your poems! You will not only learn about promoting your work, but more broadly, how to  promote poetry, in general, and the public’s awareness of it as an enjoyable and accessible art form. Further, my book contains a Bibliography of books/anthologies that contain many healing poems, including the Japanese forms, and common other forms by well-known poets. – Charlotte Digregorio

Source: It’s Published! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing | Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

BBC – Travel – A 60,000-year-old cure for depression

Aboriginal Ngangkari healers now work alongside Western doctors and mental health experts in some public hospitals (Credit: ANTAC)

Traditional healers have been entrusted with the well-being of indigenous Australian communities for as long as their culture has been alive – yet surprisingly little is known of them.

Source: BBC – Travel – A 60,000-year-old cure for depression

An Ancient Prescription For Modern Ills | 3 Quarks Daily

by Anitra Pavlico

There is only one healing force, and that is nature. —Arthur Schopenhauer The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature, by German biologist Clemens G. Arvay

Studies show the following natural elements are proven to be most effective at activating the relax-and-regenerate parts of our brains, as opposed to the fight-or-flight parts:

  • Standing, sparkling water – lakes, ponds
  • Calm flowing water – streams, rivers
  • The sea
  • Flowers, blooming trees, green meadows
  • Gardens with fruits and vegetables
  • Berry bushes
  • Birds and bird songs
  • Trees with sweeping crowns under which you can find cover
  • Clearings or meadows scattered with trees and bushes

Source: An Ancient Prescription For Modern Ills | 3 Quarks Daily

Healing the Phantom Pains Through Poetry: Q&A with Noelle Kocot – ZYZZYVA

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Noelle Kocot

I turn to the poems of Noelle Kocot for the same reason I entered corn mazes as a kid: both are pleasurably unpredictable, and both transform

Source: Healing the Phantom Pains Through Poetry: Q&A with Noelle Kocot – ZYZZYVA

Friday Interview Series: Melissa Buzzeo by Bhanu Kapil| SHAME MAY BE FATAL

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Rose, Charnel Ground class, river ritual, Colorado.

 

THANK YOU MELISSA.  I LOVE YOU.  SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE YOU.  I AM SO GLAD TO BE BORN INTO THIS TIME WITH YOU. KAPIL MUNI SENDS YOU A VIOLET GOLD LIGHT AND IN IT ARE THE JET FLOWERS OF YOUR OWN PRE.  PINNED UP IN YOUR HAIR.  WITH A VERY RED ROSE.  CAN YOU SEE IT?  I LOVE YOU.  AND TRANSMIT THIS ROSE.  I HOPE THIS YEAR BRINGS SWIMMING, LOVE AND HOPE INTO ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE.  AS I WRITE THESE WORDS I SEE THE LONG WOODEN TABLE AGAIN.  AND YOUR BELOVEDS.  PLEASE COME TO COLORADO SOON.  WE WILL GO TO THE HOT SPRINGS AND LISTEN TO NIRVANA.  DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN WE WENT THROUGH KURT COBAIN’S HOME TOWN EN ROUTE TO THE SEA THE REAL SEA ESCAPING AWP SEATTLE AND WE ROLLED DOWN THE WINDOWS AND TURNED THE RADIO UP.  OUR HEARTS ARE NOT BROKEN MELISSA.  I LOVE YOU. I WANT TO BURST INTO TEARS OF GRATITUDE WRITING THESE WORDS. I CALL THE ANGEL NOW TO COME THROUGH THE BURNT GREY CLOUDS AND CUP YOU. AND REVOLUTIONIZE.  THE CONDITIONS.  AS THEY ARE.  I SEE THE ANGEL JUST SLIPPING A MAT OF SILVER-GREY LIGHT FROM UNDER YOUR FLOOR, WASHING IT OFF — ANY BLACK CHUNKS — THE DEBRIS — EMITTED DURING TONGLEN — OR THE PRACTICE OF FASTING — THEN SLIP IT BACK — LIKE A CARPET OF GOLD FIRE THAT SUPPORTS YOU AND THE LOVE THAT IS HERE ALREADY AND ABOUT TO ARRIVE.  IN YOUR REAL LIFE.  – Bhanu Kapil

Source: Friday Interview Series: Melissa Buzzeo | SHAME MAY BE FATAL

Charleston Church Shooting Leaves 9 Dead; Gunman Identified – The New York Times

A man knelt across the street outside the Emanuel A.M.E. Church after a shooting on Wednesday in Charleston, S.C. Credit

Wade Spees/The Post and Courier, via Associated Press

President Barack Obama called the nine deaths in a Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting “particularly heartbreaking,” and suggested a greater focus on gun control was necessary in the wake of the tragedy.

“We as a people will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Obama said. “It is within our power to do something about it.”  – CNN

Charleston Church Shooting Leaves 9 Dead; Gunman Identified – The New York Times.

Interview with Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Composer Gao Yuan

From left to right: the chime bowl, the pipa and the two-stringed erhu.

Interview with Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Composer Gao Yuan.

The ozone layer is recovering – there’s hope for the environment yet | Andrew Simms | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The ozone hole over Antartica in 1999, pictured here in blue. ‘What is cheering is that it’s taken us less than three decades to move from regulatory action to seeing positive results on a complex, global issue.’ Photograph: AP

The ozone layer is recovering – there’s hope for the environment yet | Andrew Simms | Comment is free | theguardian.com.