43 Practice: Reconnecting with Ourselves with Nora Samaran & Serena Lukas Bhandar

Nora Samaran and Serena Lukas Bhandar, authors of "Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture," offer us a practice for nurturing our nervous systems and reconnecting with ourselves. This practice can be done alone or in a group, and will require a piece of paper and something to write with, as well as a safe space where you can comfortably quiet your senses and pay internal attention.

The second half of this practice is called Right Brain Left Brain and is adapted from “Don’t Forget to Write” by Brad Wolf & Rebecca Stern of 826 National. The questions Serena poses for this exercise are:

  1. What brings me here today?

  2. What did I dream about last night?

  3. What brings me joy?

  4. What are the words I do not have?

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About our guests

Nora Samaran is a white settler from a working class immigrant background. She was a member of the No One is Illegal-Vancouver collective from 2005-2008, and the Media Democracy Day-Vancouver collective from 2008-2010. Her essay ‘The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture’ went viral in February 2016 and has grown into a book, Turn This World Inside Out, out with AK Press in June 2019. She teaches at Douglas College in Coast Salish Territories, also known as Vancouver, British Columbia.

Serena Lukas Bhandar is a Punjabi/Welsh/Irish transfemme writer and workshop facilitator living as a settler on Lekwungen and WSANEC (leh-kwun-gin and wuh-san-nuch) lands. She currently splits her time between providing inclusive sexuality education to middle-schoolers, supporting survivors of sexualized violence with the Anti-Violence Project, and mentoring trans, two-spirit, and non-binary youth through the Trans Tipping Point project. She is a Virgo sun and intentionally ignores the rest of her chart, and loves to swim.

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