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.
ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences
Jeep, Kayla and Susan realized how their Native families and communities don’t talk about the hard things that have happened to them. And they decide they’re going to change that. But it’s risky.
Fight, Flight or Freeze
Kayla is relieved to learn that she struggles with depression and anxiety - not because she is crazy - but because of trauma from her childhood. And Susan can relate.
Jeep Learns about ACEs
Jeep shares about his early trauma and we realize that he recreated that chaos and trauma in his later life. But after getting sober and learning about ACEs — he’s peeling back the layers of trauma and changing his life, and healing his body, mind and spirit. Lessons that will help his daughter and his grandkids.
Kayla Takes a Break
Kayla and Melissa are scheduled to have a few more interviews but Kayla doesn’t make it to any of them. Melissa is worried that Kayla is triggered by the first conversation they had where Kayla talked about the devastating trauma she experienced as a child. Melissa thinks maybe she’s hiding from the world, trying to comfort herself curled in a ball under the covers. But Melissa is wrong.
Soft Belly Meditation
Susan and Kayla talk about triggers - where they come from and the impact they have. They tell the story of how they learned meditation can help them keep their brains out of the “trauma time machine” - at least some of the time. And you get a chance to meditate along with us.
What Am I Passing On?
Since learning about ACEs, Jeep has been trying to make good decisions about how to raise his three grandchildren ages 10, 8 and 6. But in this call, Jeep realizes to care for them more fully, he needs to look at his own childhood trauma.
Incredible stories of resilience and healing with storytelling that’s caring, enlightening and thoughtful
Wonderful and heartfelt
Great voices all around. Miigwech!