After four incredible transformational weekend workshops in Oakland, California, we are now taking our A New Way Forward Wellness and Mentoring Circles nationwide! Oakland/Bay Area residents, please read Dr. Barbara Wallace’s letter below and Rev. Andriette’s letter here to learn more about how you can become part of the Circles, which we are proudly conducting in alliance with the most highly regarded faith leaders in Alameda County.
For a quarter of a century, I have served the needs of children all over the world as an ambassador for UNICEF, and I have seen children at all levels of the human condition. Whenever I am asked to consider the spiritual and emotional well-being of our children, I do so from a place of concern.
We are all searching for happiness and peace. We all want to feel healthy and whole, but the times we live in and the pressure we Black folks withstand each day—in our home, in the workplace and the community—leave us feeling sad and dissatisfied.
Our pain shows up as chronic stress that gives birth to all manner of terrible consequences—depression, alcohol and other drug misuse, overeating and other forms of hurtful behaviors that lead to early death.
It's up to us. This is our work. Our tithing. We must reclaim our struggling children and ourselves.
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When our bodies are constantly stressed and tense, we set ourselves up for distress and disease. It is crucial to our healing and continued good health that we achieve and maintain an internal calm. Even in our fast-forward world, achieving inner peace and calm is possible.
Eat what comes from the earth: lots of fruit, dark green veggies and whole grains, and choose low-fat protein. Skip the killers: deep-fried, salty, highly processed, fatty foods and sugary drinks loaded with high-fructose corn syrup.
Practice listening and not talking "at" or "past" each other. Practice telling your own truth, the things about yourself––your deepest hopes and dreams, your fears and frailties. Lead the way in the opening of hearts.
The manual, A New Way Forward: Healing What's Hurting Black America, is a work in progress and is intended to inspire direct action from us as a people, to move us beyond our collective hurt and cultivate effective pathways to healing, wholeness and a willingness to mentor our children. The manual and its companion training are being piloted, evaluated and refined as we receive vital feedback from you.