Andrea Steffens

When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness and our seemingly separate lives become meaningful

Yesterday was a day of contact with vets  and a reminder of the meaning of what we do at Ashlar: giving hope and experience in resolving the all too often debilitating symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress.  It is such an honor to be a "player" in supporting people to re-inhabit their lives. Hurricane Sandy was  such a metaphor illuminating the devastation and destruction of home and community and a very literal vision of the work that lies ahead-- both with the metaphor and the reality.  Making art, making peace.  Rebuilding devastated lives.   

look what is happening to Juvenile Justice: the work of Bruce Perry...trauma informed care

New America Media, Commentary, David Muhammad, Posted: Aug 28, 2012

Juvenile justice is transforming throughout America. Though there is a long road ahead to reform these systems into effective, rehabilitative programs that no longer make children worse, there is great promise in jurisdictions across the country, that are changing how they work with youth.

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Do not be daunted...

I  saw this at the check out desk at the hospital and was deeply touched: 

Do not be daunted
by the enormity of the world's grief
Do justly, now. love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
neither are you free
to abandon it!

The Talmud

Women of The World - Trauma

I am always pleased to see that articles, films and video (You Tube) support our work with traumatized people.

This an inspiring piece... How many of us use the common sense we developed/learned as mothers (parents) or nurturers in our professions?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BvL8bAkRDE

Please send your favorite pieces that relate to our mission -- even if vaguely. This piece was sent by a colleague in Minneapolis.

 

P.S. don't forget to look at our registered clinical nutritionist Preeti Sharan's work on the use of probiotics for depression. You can scroll down for her blog on this topic. 

 

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