"Practicing Sacred Activism at Standing Rock
Article in "Hearing Voices" Community/Liberation/Eco-psychologyannual publication from Pacifica Graduate Institute
Sakyaehita USA 2017 Conference at University of the West
Diversity in the Dharma: Buddhist Women Engage Race and Exclusionary Politics in America. This is a one-Day Conference in Rosemead, California Saturday, April 1, 2017. I have the pleasure of speaking on a panel with Against the Stream Buddhist Mediation Society to discuss expressions and challenges of diversity in the dharma.
NASW Assistant Director of Region H (West Los Angeles)
With deep gratitude I accept the position of Assistant Director. Here, I hope to work toward supporting the profession by offering efforts to collaborate, care for self, and advance the profession. I also wish to explore the edges of how we formulate and evolve as Social Workers, in our identity in this service field and specifically an inquiry around how our work is working us.
Fieldwork Research: "Where else but here?"
The work of this project stems from an aspiration to extend the work of secular mindful based practices and include in its evolution, a move toward social justice. In collaboration with Compassion LA and The Relational Center a Relational Practice was developed which sought to explore how the communities of compassionate practice may help deconstruct systems of oppression on an intrapsychic, inter personal and structural way. I will be presenting this work and its findings at the International Conference for Community Psychology in South Africa.
Mindful Mondays: Ongoing Mindfulness Class- On hiatus
Housed at The Relational Center, join us for a drop in Mindfulness class, we will be exploring the practice of mindfulness and heartfulness using:
Short exercises exploring the interconnectedness of body, thoughts and emotions by using breath,
Body scans and walking (10-15 minute exercises)
We will also explore various readings and videos on mindfulness from seasoned teachers and elders
Thoughout the class we will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on our experiences
2016 National Association of Social Workers Nomination
This year I've been nominated to the Assistant Director position of West LA's NASW chapter, here is my candidate statement:
"I am delighted to be considered for the Region H Assistant Director Position. Practicing social work amidst our current historical, political and social epoch is a not only an ethical care-response but a subversive act. Social workers are not only asked to serve the vulnerable and the marginalized but also attend to the roots of this suffering, promoting both as Dr. King 'a rhythmic alternation between attacking the causes and healing the effects.'
The work in the field has inextricably transformed me in the way I experience my relationships, community and world and as I embark in my 8th year as a Social Worker I feel emboldened to continue my service not just as a Social Worker but a Cultural Worker, with a renewed sense of vitality, inspiration and compassion. This dynamic energy that has sustained me in this work would not be possible if it were not for the supportive people and conditions in my life. If I am elected for this position, I aspire to help build a beloved community to meet and sustain each other and to creatively imagine how we may embody social, environmental, economic and political justice."