IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE: He Held His Head Up

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It is difficult to write anything right now, given the violence in this country. And yet ten years ago one man stood up against what Armond White aptly described as “torture on a global stage with the whole world watching.” Michael Jackson held his head up. He knew who he was, he believed in himself, he believed in humanity, and he won. I needed to remember this. Thank you Jude for reminding me, and thank you Michael for showing us … Read More

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ECSTATIC DANCE: Healing Trauma with Michael Jackson

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  Part 2  I’d just paid my weekly rent and was staring at the remaining bills in my very thin stash. My heart was pounding and my gut twisted a bit tighter as I forked over another ten to attend the ecstatic dance session. I was there because my last blog talked about how Michael Jackson’s dancing healed trauma, and it invited us to dance and observe how it shifted our stress and trauma levels. That blog put me on … Read More

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DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE: Healing Trauma with Michael Jackson

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  “Fall down seven times, get up eight” is an old Aikido saying. But these past weeks, broken bones, monsters from the past, inner war zones, and empty pockets have been plaguing my friends and I. Get up and change the world?! We’re too busy reeling from the punches… But here’s the deal: we didn’t come to this planet to do easy or fair—we came here to do the impossible, like Michael. To keep getting up. To change the world … Read More

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JAMMING IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE: Michael Jackson’s Resilience

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Is your head spinning from the violence in this country? Mine is. But the media spins it even more: it fans the flames of fear, which solves nothing. Michael Jackson showed us that to really heal the world, we have to confront injustice and fan love’s flame. I’m taking a break from writing this week, but I’ll be back next week to explore how Michael managed to dance through the chaos and keep changing the world. Meanwhile, I invite you … Read More

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THIS IS WHAT RESILIENCE LOOKS LIKE: Living Michael Jackson’s Lessons

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Was I angry? Absolutely. Did I feel powerless, like they wanted me to? Not at all. I knew Spirit was right there with me and speaking through me. Who else was quietly demanding that the men with guns treat me with dignity? Who else had the courage to say, “Even if others decided to evict us, you are carrying out the orders. You are responsible for your actions.” I know the men will be chewing on those words for a … Read More

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S UNTOLD STORY: Astonishing Challenges, Breathtaking Accomplishments in Social Change

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I’ve always been drawn to the most wounded people … those who struggle to put themselves back together yet also manage to change the world, because I long to do it myself. This is why I am so captivated by Michael Jackson. Funny thing is, when I first started looking at how “messed up” Michael was, I was surprised that popular notions of what was “wrong” with him were either severely warped or outright lies, while his real challenges were … Read More

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