Kayla Gordon, Jeep Roberts and Susan Beaulieu have started a journey — shaking loose from depression, addiction, and dissociation and walking with more laughter, lightness and love. They struggle with the same feelings many of us have, but this is the story of their work to heal. They are acknowledging the trauma that was passed down to them as children. It’s a journey and we each get to decide when and how we move forward.
A Mile in my Moccasins hosted by Melissa Townsend, a 12 episode podcast from Niijii Radio serving the White Earth Nation. It’s a story about learning how to live the life you want after surviving trauma.
There Is No Map
After spending the last 11 episodes sharing the ins and out of their work to come to terms with trauma and begin their journey to heal, Kayla Jeep and Susan think about what comes next. Jeep is thinking of transforming his relationship with his daughter after her 2 years of sobriety. Kayla is finding ways to use her gifts to wrap children up in love. And Susan maps out how to broaden and deepen healing work in tribal communities.
Moving Through Grief
Susan is dealing with a new level of grief after her father dies. It’s an invitation to work more deeply on generational grief that’s been pass down as a trauma.
After Susan gives a presentation to medical students about historical trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) I wonder - why do doctors need to know about this stuff? Susan says indigenous knowledge and western science both acknowledge the physical impacts of emotional and spiritual wounds. So how and when will the medical community catch on to both indigenous wisdom and western research?
Who You Gonna Call?
Kayla describes a low moment when she feels the weight of the grief and hopelessness of her ACEs. But the feeling doesn’t last long because she has figured out how to recognize what’s happening and reach out for support from people who love her. Kayla and her friend KJ tell us how she learned to do that. Surprisingly - it involves sushi in Fargo.
Ruts in the Road
Kayla and Susan have struggled to be he supportive loving parents they wan to be when their kids show anger or upset. Through their work with ACEs they both realize - it’s because anger and upset are triggering or more accurately — activate their nervous system’s trauma response. So how can they handle the trigger so they can be the kind of parents they want to be?
“I Love You”
Jeep grew up in a family that loved each other but never said the words. Now that he’s taking care of his grandchildren, he’s realized that just doesn’t cut it with them. As hard as it is for a man to be vulnerable and emotional - Jeep is learning how.
Incredible stories of resilience and healing with storytelling that’s caring, enlightening and thoughtful
Wonderful and heartfelt
Great voices all around. Miigwech!