In this solo episode Eric reflects on Jem Bendell’s essay Deep Adaptation and how many of our social and environmental predicaments are rooted in the trauma that our cultural body has accumulated. He talks about our stress response and how it gives rise to trauma, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s 6 stages of grief, and why modern activism should center the healing of trauma.
Tada Hozumi coaches and consults on the practice of cultural somatics, wrote the viral essay Why White People Can’t Dance: Because They Are Traumatized, and manages the website Selfish Activist. They talk with Eric about cultural somatics, ancestral trauma and how it is passed down through generations, and the need for white activists to prioritize regulating their nervous systems, among other things.
Larken Bunce is a clinical herbalist, educator, gardener, writer, and photographer who co-founded and directs the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. She talks with Eric about the physiological and neurological bases of our stress response, how stress becomes trauma, how we can learn to better regulate our stress response, and how plant medicine can offer a path through trauma, among other things.