Sometimes we have experiences in our life that feel too much, too fast, too soon. These experiences, whether encountered in our social justice work or in our personal lives, will activate the branch of our nervous system that is responsible for fight or flight. When our fight or flight response doesn’t work, we can shut down and freeze.
By getting to know our nervous system better, we can learn to listen more deeply and intentionally to these sensations in our body and instead of shutting down, use them as a resource for calming, grounding and presence.
In this conversation and guided practice from September 2022, slow down, tune into your body and discuss strategies to help regulate our nervous system with Sandra Ljubinkovic, a feminist activist, movement facilitator, somatic therapist and trauma worker. Sandra and Spring CEO Ellen Sprenger also discussed how we can integrate these practices into our social justice work.
Listen to the 23-minute audio summary of the conversation’s highlights.
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About the speaker
Sandra Ljubinkovic is a feminist activist, movement facilitator, somatic therapist and trauma worker. She works on "holistic security," including the politics of self-care among activists.