To have a conversation there is back and forth. One person talks and the other one listens. If a voice is silenced for too long it will be a roar when it comes out. The problem is when people roar no one listens. So the voice goes silent again and conversation doesn’t happen.

So how do we engage in conversation that builds relationship and healing? We share, we listen. But what if it doesn’t feel safe to share? What if using our voice leads to more hurt and no results?

What do #blacklivesmatter and #bluelivesmatter have in common?

What is the thread they share other than being human?

TRAUMA - racism is trauma, finding a dead child is trauma, living in fear for your life is trauma.

Feelings of powerlessness and helplessness are drowning everyone right now. Hurt and anger are filling the air more than any virus.

I hope this tragedy leads to more heart to heart conversations and openness to hearing and learning from each other. Trauma doesn’t have to be traumatic. Connections heal trauma.

Trauma can unite us - a common enemy, a common ground. #traumamatters

Amy Reamer, LMFT, RPT-S

Heart & Mind


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