In response to the State of A Pandemic essay I posted from my friend Rick Loftus, MD, a front line COVID ICU doctor, virologist, epidemiologist, immunologist, and researcher who used to be on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic, many of you asked questions about autoimmune conditions, allergies, and anaphylaxis risk with regards to the Covid vaccine.
A Note To The Vaccine Hesitant From A COVID Researcher & Front Line COVID Physician (& My Sister Keli)
This essay is written by one of my close friends, a doctor I trust who reads my Facebook comments and asked for permission to respond to all those who are vaccine hesitant. This opinion is my friend's opinion, so please don't attack me for sharing what my friend asked me to share as a public health broadcast. Also, please don't ask me questions, as I’m not resourced nor experienced enough to answer them, and neither are my friends on the front lines.
In a statement by the President of the Ford Foundation For Social Justice, Darren Walker writes, "I have long believed that inequality is the greatest threat to justice—and, the corollary, that white supremacy is the greatest threat to democracy. But what has become clear during recent weeks—and all the more apparent yesterday—is that the converse is also true: Democracy is the greatest threat to white supremacy... Yes, the ideal of democracy is the greatest threat to the ideology of white supremacy; neither can long endure in the presence of the other.
Even as an empath, it's hard to imagine the seething outrage, helplessness, disgust, terror, powerlessness, horror, and understandable hatred Black and Indigenous People of Color and Jewish people must have felt while watching video footage of white supremacists and QAnon followers egged on by a sitting President of their country while some in law enforcement practically rolled out the red carpet for them.
State of The Pandemic (From My Most Trusted Source- A Front Line Covid ICU Doctor, Virologist & Epidemiologist)
Rick Loftus, MD is in the same Finding Meaning in Medicine circle with me and our mutual teacher, Kitchen Table Wisdom author and The Healer's Art founder Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. Given his epidemiology background, his smart brain, his position on the front lines, and his huge heart, Rick is my most trusted source for current information about the pandemic, so I wanted to share with you all what he just shared with the doctors in our inner circle.
How To Have A Respectful Conversation About Conspirituality (And Still Protect Yourself With Good Boundaries) With Someone Who is Red-Pilled
This week, I took a hike with someone I've known for many years, someone who is convinced the conspiracy theories are true, someone who has been red-pilled. We've shared a dance floor and bumped into each other at the same spirituality conferences for many years. I like him. He's a good guy with a sensitive heart, someone who hates conflict and can't stand seeing everyone fighting. Like me, he wishes everyone could just get along.
When I posted my review of the Chris Hedges video "The Politics of Cultural Despair" on my blog yesterday, I had no idea how prescient the timing of that would become. Like my BIPOC sister, I was horrified but not surprised by yesterday's deadly QAnon and Proud Boy coup attempt. I was not shocked that shirtless white supremacists dressed in bull horns, KKK symbols, and QAnon markings waved Confederate flags in the seat of our democracy.
So far, for me, 2021 has been a surreal extreme of facing an increasingly despairing reality with sobering awareness and an exquisite delight in watching the nightly starling murmuration at a local cemetery with my fellow birdwatchers.
As dire as things seem, I have high hopes for at least one thing in 2021, and I'm excited to tell you about it. But first, let me give you some back story. Seven years ago, I co-taught an online program called Medicine For The Soul with my spiritual mentor Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom. It was a great honor to teach with her and I learned from her far more than I offered in that class, I’m sure, though she tells me we are practicing “inter-generational mentoring.” One of the eight live classes surprised us a great deal.
“Beauty, grief, death, the struggle with our own mortality, the search for a life of meaning, love, the capacity for transformation- those forces are ones that make us stop and become introspective and think and look within ourselves to see who we are and where we’re going. And that’s what any totalitarian state seeks to crush... And yet, we have kind of blissfully checked out.”
A Front Line Covid ER Doctor & A Vaccine Hesitant Intellectual Answer The Question, “Should Front Line Health Care Workers Get Vaccinated Now?”
I’m having a hard time staying patient with people who won’t cooperate with public health guidelines these days. While many of the debates surrounding masks, stay at home orders, social distancing, and vaccination are abstractions for people with a lot of...
*Because I’m giving my parts a break from potential attack, I won’t be posting this on social media and we have disabled comments on this post. For those who want to discuss this post- and many other controversial topics- we have a safe forum for unpacking these...
How Boundary Wounded People Bond In Spiritual Circles (& How To Grow Spiritually Beyond “Symbiosis”)
In some of my latest writings, we’ve been examining some of the shadows of spirituality, including how our wellness, yoga, and spirituality circles got hijacked by QAnon. Many previously helpful wellness influencers went down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories...
By special request from a number of readers, let's unpack some New Age teachings regarding money. One frustrated reader who asked me to write about this said, "I can't tell you how many times I've heard from a coach or healer that if I just commit or pray or...
... and Why People Who Won't Follow Public Health Guidelines Clearly Have Zero Empathy For Front Line Workers & Those Whose Lives They're Trying To Save My Thoughts On The Coronavirus Vaccine (& Why People Who Won't Follow Public Health Guidelines Clearly...
The other day on Facebook, I crowdsourced answers to the question- "What is a spiritual person?" Part of why I asked is because I went through a phase a few years back where I was DONE with "spiritual people." I was going through a rough time, feeling repetitively...