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Centering Childhood in Social Justice Series: Part 2 with Tanu Biswas
Kindred's series on Centering Childhood in Activism continues this month with an interview with Tanu Biswas. This series marks the beginning of a new dialogue at Kindred around the promise of centering childhood in social justice education for the next generation of changemakers. Kindred is launching the Kindred Fellowship Program (see below) this summer to continue to explore this promise as we collectively imagine a world transformed from social justice beginning with childhood.
Dr. Tanu Biswas is a Post-Doctoral Researcher, under the Junior Professorship of Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Cultural Studies -University of Bayreuth, and an advisor for University of Rutger's Childism Institute. Dave Metler, Kindred’s Social Justice Editor, and Lisa Reagan, Kindred’s Editor, talk with Tanu about the roots of oppression in childhood, and how they relate to social justice issues.
Learn more about the Kindred Fellowship Program and support the initiative here: kindredfellows.org
Listen to part one of the series with John Wall, director of the Childism Institute, here: www.kindredmedia.org/2021/03/childi…ignty-learned/
See the term childism, and learn about its origins, in Kindred's New Story Glossary here: www.kindredmedia.org/glossary/childism/
Change Your Physiology, Change Your Worldview
In this discussion with Rhea Komarek, DC, we ask what happens when we bring ourselves out of our heads and into our bodies to our worldview? Is this a which comes first, the chicken or the egg question? Dr. Rhea shares insights from Polyvagal Theory and Somatic Movement and how, befriending and tending our bodies, allows us to create the safe space that becomes the fertile, “tonified” soil for perceiving our world around us.
“When our physiology changes, our worldview changes. We can also use worldview to help us change physiology. There is so much we can do to tonify and nurture our physiology – to get ourselves into a healthier worldview. They can work together, the intellect and the intelligence. It is not a battle, but people need to be safe enough to shift their neuroceptions.”
In this Kindred interview, Dr. Rhea shares:
- Her personal story of moving from a wellness to wholeness approach, and discovering the roots of dominator culture thinking in our quest for an intellectual understanding of “wellness” instead of a relational experience of wholeness within the living energy of our bodies. “One is befriending and accepting, and one is shaming,” Rhea says.
- Her personal story of moving through injury and “panic states” when trying to approach her body, and discovering the neurobiological roots of her body’s responses.
- How she uses practical self-awareness and self-regulation exercises that both model for her son that these states are possible, and enrich his own capacity to co-regulate.
- How a community of adults who understand and practice co-regulation is a part of our cellular memory and expectations as human beings.
- How the Polyvagal science helps to explain our lack of “listening” in our culture and how its practical skills can be used for conscious activism.
Dr. Komarek is a chiropractor in Napa, California specializing in helping people move from states of stuckness and stress into more embodied states of health and wholeness using hands on care, applied polyvagal theory, and somatic movement. You can visit her site here: www.blossomlife.com
Finding A Bridge To Indigenous Wisdom And Worldview: An Interview With Kelly Wendorf
Kelly Wendorf shares her two decades of indigenous worldview allyship captured in her latest book, Flying Lead Change, and shared on her teaching ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kelly has lived and worked around the world, studying with many spiritual and indigenous leaders in India, Africa, Indonesia, and Australia. Her early work inspired her to found Kindred to answer the question: how do we live a sustainable and peaceful life? A question we still aspire to answer here at Kindred.
Read the transcript and find resources here: www.kindredmedia.org/2021/03/findin…kelly-wendorf/
Pam Leo Tackles Family Illiteracy During Pandemic With Book Fairy Guidance
Read the story here: https://www.kindredmedia.org/2021/01/tackling-a-national-family-literacy-epidemic-during-a-global-pandemic-an-interview-with-pam-leo-of-the-book-fairy-pantry-project/
Pam Leo inspires us to quite the hand-wringing and get busy tackling the epidemic of family illiteracy in our local communities with her on-the-ground Book Fairy Pantry Project stories and guidance!
At-risk communities, who were already struggling with an epidemic of illiteracy, often transgenerational, are now finding their limited book resources drying up during the pandemic. Pam Leo shares with us in this interview practical ways to combat illiteracy in your community, as well as the shocking statistics on the lack of books in many homes in America. Her stories are uplifting, funny, and common sense, with her guidance on how to work with food pantries, local WIC offices, Goodwill, Eagle Scouts (who built Little Free Libraries in two Maine neighborhoods), and more.
Visit the Book Fairy Pantry Project for more literacy statistics and guidance on how to get your own community literacy activism going at www.BookFairyPantryProject.org.
Visit Kindred Media for a transcript of this recording in the near future, and read more of Pam's work: www.kindredmedia.org/author/pam-leo/
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Jamie Grumet on Modern Attachment Parenting: Her New Book
Lisa Reagan talks with Jamie Grumet about her new gem of a book, Modern Attachment Parenting: The Comprehensive Guide to Raising a Secure Child. You may remember Jamie as the mother featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2012 nursing her three-year-old. Her follow-up interview with me in 2013 entitled The Cover Shot Heard Round the World – won two Hermes Platinum Awards and told the real story behind the scenes of the TIME magazine shoot.
In our call with Jamie today, you will hear about the fallout of the TIME cover in the years following Jamie’s TIME shoot, the social bullying and trauma she endured, how she fought to preserve her relationship with her children, how attachment parenting supported her recovery, and how she is still championing parents who follow their primal instincts.
Jamie’s new Modern Attachment Parenting book features a foreword from singer and AP mom Alanis Morrisette, and an introduction from AP founder, Dr. William Sears. In the book, Jamie tackles the myths and misperceptions of attachment parenting and shares her personal stories and compassion for parents, and her affirmation to all parents that they are in fact enough.
Find the transcript, foreword, and more excerpts from Modern Attachment Parenting on www.KindredMedia.org during October's Attachment Parenting Month celebrations.
Native Breastfeeding Week - with founder Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk
Read the article on Why We Need A Native Breastfeeding Week here: https://www.kindredmedia.org/2020/08/a-closer-look-at-native-breastfeeding-week/
Native Breastfeeding Week is August 9-15, and is being celebrated for its second year. Listen to the founder share her story of realizing why a Native Breastfeeding Week and movement are needed, and how she is working with her community to create ceremonies and rituals to honor and heal families. Breastfeeding, as a "First Medicine," is considered vital to this decolonization practice.
"Native Breastfeeding is an act of defiance to the colonial systems and their imposed “norms” as well as a resilience of culture and body sovereignty, no matter the length of your experience. In decolonizing practices of motherhood such as breastfeeding, we can promote food sovereignty, body sovereignty, and the healing of the next generation. In decolonizing feeding practices, we follow the needs of our children."
JASHA LYONS ECHO-HAWK