Wonder Woman at the UN


 

 

Next instalment – Dainius Pras reveals his superpowers…

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Gost Dad – Eat Electricity


Algorithms ep

by Eat Electricity

All music written and recorded by Geoff Bennett, September/October 2016, Toronto.

Cover photo by Carolyn Bennett (instagram.com/cbgb818)

Full download is $5, individual tracks are free if you’re short on cash.

Spread the word and enjoy!

released October 15, 2016
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I’m An Indian Too – The 1491s



The 1491s are a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma.

They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.

They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting on the royalties.

www.1491s.com

 

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Franz Fanon – Cornell West


Cornell West paying tribute to Franz Fanon

 

 

 

 

 

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They Heard Voices – 3rd July 2017 – Sneak preview


 

Join us for sneak preview of independently made and made-in-Toronto documentary that’s now being shown internationally.

This film invites questions and conversation, we invite you to join us and meet filmmaker Jonathan Balazs and hear how he became interested in telling this story – and how his understanding and telling of the story is evolving.

This event is a special edition of hearing Voices Cafe where we invite you to join us in different kind of conversation about what it means to be human – and to struggle with being human.

Together with ISPS, we are making plans for a series of community events that will screen three important documentaries and invite conversation and connect community.

Through partnership with ISPS-US [the North American Chapter] we have access to three important documentaries sharing different perspectives on what sometimes called “mental illness”.

  • Healing Voices
  • Crazywise
  • They Heard Voices

We are now seeking community partners to work with us and help us make this happen.

Come, join us on 3rd July, hear more and join with us as we make plans

The world changes when we change the way we think and change what we do.
We invite you  to join us…

About ISPS

ISPS is international organization dedicated to development and promotion of social and psychological approaches to experiences that get called “psychosis”.

ISPS-US is the North American Chapter of ISPS and is active organizing events in North America, members include professionals of all stripes including: psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, OTs, therapist and a whole bunch of others; as well  as experts by experience,  family members and carers – everyone. You can join too.
Membership of the ISPS-US automatically includes membership to ISPS international, so you get the best of both.
ISPS-US holds annual conferences , this year’s conference is in Portland, October 2017. ISPS hold international conferences biannually – next one is in Liverpool.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Toronto branch.

ISPS           ISPS.org

ISPS-US   ISPS-US.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Indigenous Journey to Leadership | Eddy Robinson


eddy robinson tedxBoozhoo

A couple of years ago I had the great honour and pleasure to meet and spend a day learning much from Eddy Robinson as he shared with us some Indigenous ways of knowing.

Here he shares from his own story of how he came to be doing what you see and hear him doing here…

Miigwetch, Eddy.

More Eddy Robinson

Website:   https://eddyrobinsonmsr.com/
Twitter  :  @EddyRobinsonmsr

 

 

 

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emotional body signatures



 

I first saw this image in peter Levine’s book Trauma and Memory.

We experience emotions in our body – but what if our past experiences have overwhelmed us and we’ve become disconnected from how that feels ?

Some therapists would have it that emotions are words we put on a scale of 1 to ten
But how do we knowhow we feel? how do we know how to name it?
How on earth do we know how to rate it on a scale of one-to-ten ?

How about rating this on a scale of one to ten…?

– f#ck you.

When feeling it so powerfully for so long becomes too much for us we might shut it down. If so we don’t feel it: we’re  left instead with uneasy feeling of knowing we ought to feel something but don’t feel, cant feel. We can’t feel i it but also need it to go away.
We can’t even remember how it felt, except that it felt – and feels – too scary to feel.


Sometimes it’s easier to locate where we feel it…

and work it backwards from there.

Where do you feel it in your body?

Shout out to Antonio Damassio and his book Descartes Error. First book I ever read that said to me my experience in this world was valid. Always been told my emotions were wrong, too much, all in my head: whatever insult you want to throw, I’ve heard it.

Antonio Damassio’s book told me that this is how my body – our human body- has evolved, how it’s designed to work . On top of that he shows us the critical place and role of feeling and emotion as well as thought.

Word-based-thought is way overrated as a means of communicating – it only covers a tiny part of what we experience, and what we can experience. Words can also only convey a portion of the complexity of existing, let alone the further complexity of contemplating and pontificating upon ourselves contemplating our own existenz.
Word-based-thought  is  useful,  it’s just not everything .

Words don’t mean what they say,
can’t say what they mean.
  -Wordy Rappinghood

Descartes’ error was in stating it elegantly but missing out a huge chunk:
 
We don’t exist because we think, we can think because we feel.
Embracing our feeling, emotional,  thinking whole as but part of a greater whole is how we can come to be a thing that we can call “I”.

When feelings overwhelm our body- and so  overwhelm us – thinking goes out the window, goes all chaotic or shuts down – because we’re in survival mode.

Where do you feel that  in your body?

Maybe this emotional body signature might help you unravel and map and name your own experiences.

If you want the science-y stuff behind it here’s the pdf of the science-y about how it came about.

Bodily maps of emotions

Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glereana , Riitta Harib, and Jari K. Hietanend.

http://www.pnas.org/content/111/2/646.full.pdf

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it ain’t my fault…


o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oH!
it ain’t my fault!
it ain’t my fault!
it ain’t my fault!
it ain’t my fault!
it ain’t my fault!
it ain’t my fault!

Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band – for Gulf Aid

 

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get by – Talib Kweli


Just to get by, just to get by
Just to get by, just to get by

 

Get By – Talib Kweli

[Verse 1]
We sell crack to our own out the back of our homes
We smell the musk of the dusk in the crack of the dawn
We go through episodes too, like Attack of the Clones
Work ’til we break our back and you hear the crack of the bone
Just to get by, just to get by, just to get by, just to get by
We commute to computers
Spirits stay mute while you egos spread rumors
We’re survivalists turned to consumers
Just to get by, just to get by, just to get by, just to get by
Ask Him why some people got to live in a trailer, cuss like a sailor
I paint a picture with the pen like Norman Mailer
Mi abuela raised three daughters all by herself with no help
I think about her struggle and I find the strength in myself
These words melt in my mouth
They hot like the jail cell in the South
Before my nigga CORE bailed me out
To get by, just to get by, just to get by, just to get by
We do or die like Bed-Stuy
Through the red sky with the window of the red eye
Let the lead fly, some G. Rap shit, Living to Let Die

[Hook]
This morning, I woke up
Feelin’ brand new, I jumped up
Feelin’ my highs and my lows
In my soul and my goals
Just to stop smokin’ and stop drinkin’
I’ve been thinkin’ I’ve got my reasons
Just to get by, just to get by
Just to get by, just to get by

[Verse 2]
We keepin’ it gangster, say fo shizzle, fo sheezy, and stayin’ crunk
It’s easy to pull a breezy, smoke trees, and we stayin’ drunk
Yo, I activism, attackin’ the system
The Blacks and Latins in prison
Numbers have risen, they’re victims lackin’ the vision
Shit, and all they got is rappin’ to listen to
I let them know we missin’ you, the love is unconditional
Even when the condition is critical, when the livin’ is miserable
Your position is pivotal, I ain’t bullshittin’ you
Now, why would I lie? Just to get by? Just to get by, we get fly
The TV got us reachin’ for stars
Not the ones between Venus and Mars
The ones that be readin’ for parts
Some people get breast enhancements and penis enlargers
Saturday sinners, Sunday morning at the feet of the Father
They need somethin’ to rely on, we get high on
All types of drug, when all you really need is love
To get by, just to get by, just to get by, just to get by
Our parents sing like John Lennon: imagine all the people watch
We rock like Paul McCartney from now until the last Beatle drop

[Hook]
This morning, I woke up
Feelin’ brand new, I jumped up
Feelin’ my highs and my lows
In my soul and my goals
Just to stop smokin’ and stop drinkin’
And I’ve been thinkin’ I’ve got my reasons
Just to get by, just to get by
Just to get by, just to get by

[Outro]
Yoyoyo, yo, yo
Some people cry, and some people try
Just to get by, for a piece of the pie
You love to eat and get high
We deceive when we lie, and we keepin’ it fly
When the people decide to keep a disguise
Can’t see they eyes, see the evil inside
But there’s people you find
Strong or feeble in mind, I stay readin’ the signs

Some people cry, and some people try
Just to get by, for a piece of the pie
You love to eat and get high
We deceive when we lie, and we keepin’ it fly
When the people decide to keep a disguise
Can’t see they eyes, see the evil inside
But there’s people you find
Strong or feeble in mind, I stay readin’ the signs

 

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weird shit that’s difficult to talk about…


The language of “mental health” makes difficult talking about human experiences and just that – human experiences.

There’s a whole pile of clever-sounding language imposed on us – words and terms and ways of thinking we’re led to believe we’re supposed to use and indoctrinated into.
and it is everywhere.

Whether or not you believe that people have a thing, an “illness” that causes them to struggle is moot – because what the person experiences is still a human experience.

It’s time to drop the language that makes stuff we can all experience and difficult to talk about even more difficult to talk about.

Time to drop the language that’s more concerned with categorizing us than helping us express our pain and heal.

Time to drop the language that’s more concerned with allowing a few to tell themselves how right they are in diagnosing what’s wrong with us

Time to drop the language that is more concerned with the needs of those who manage huge administrative systems behind “healthcare”.

Time to drop the language that fragments us and disconnects us from our experiences and from each other.

Time to drop the language that would have us believe that we are all disordered.

Time to drop the language that dehumanizes those of us it us used by and those of us it is used against.

Time to use ordinary language that lets us just talk about what we are experiencing, and especially when we are struggling with finding words to talk about.

Making it hard to talk about makes it hard to talk about.
It’s time to make it easier.

It is,  after all, just weird shit that’s difficult to talk about.
And we all have some of that.

Time to get real.

We had a great time last evening in downtown Oshawa , southern Ontario, at the first gathering of a new Hearing Voices cafe hosted at very cool place Cocoa and Joe .
Southern Ontario now has two hearing Voices Cafes.

The hearing voices cafe is based in a very simple premise, that:

We can talk about difficult experiences
in ordinary ways
and in ordinary spaces.
So we do.

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