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My Grandmother's Hands

Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
Narrated by: Cary Hite
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans - our police.

My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

  • Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy - how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system
  • Offers a step-by-step solution - a healing process- in addition to incisive social commentary

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. Menakem has studied with best-selling authors Dr. David Schnarch (Passionate Marriage) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score). He also trained at Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

©2017 Resmaa Menakem (P)2017 Central Recovery Press

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  • AK
  • 11-05-2019

Powerful piece for unraveling white supremacy .

This is a powerful contribution to the unraveling white supremacy. The author provides tools for healing, which is truly needed today.

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  • 13-04-2018

urgent and important

this book will, if humans survive their self inflicted crisis, become one of the cornerstones of our healing -- looking back we will wonder how this basic information, about how human mammals cope and cover up their trauma, about how to restore the body after trauma, was so out of reach of the common people for so long.
no more! this book brings what we need to know now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2019

meh

I wish the analysis went further. it appears to coddle white people and cops. doesn't include imperialism or colonialism despite its obvious connection to white body supremacy . a humble beginning. co ops a lot of relaxation practices from Asia with little to no awareness or lip service of such appropriation.

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  • 23-06-2019

Transformative

Resmaa paved the way for the processing of racial, historical, inter generational and personal trauma. As well as the intense emotion and grief rooted in the harm that White Body Supremacy has done to both BIPOC and White people. The field, even the “trauma focused” experts had yet to address, confront, and heal the racialized history of this country and its mental and psychological impact and wounding; let alone incorporate it into therapeutic healing methods. Resmaa’s work pushes the field past its limitations in order to achieve healing for us all. Transformative.

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  • Rurik McKaiser
  • 10-04-2019

One of THEE best books I have ever read!

This book NOT for the faint hearted. If you are open to healing your Soul then read this book. If you live living an unconscious life of pain an hurt and wish to break the cycle of intergenerational pain and harm, then book is for you.

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  • Wells
  • 25-03-2019

Very relevant!

Great learning opportunity! Especially for diversity and inclusion efforts. Resmaa shares real life stories that most won't believe.

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  • Cate
  • 19-09-2018

Amazing

I can’t say enough good things about this book (ask anyone who’s been around me for the past month). I loved it as an audio because the author does a great job walking us through the exercises (take the time to do them!) and the action steps he maps out makes me aware of growth I need and can do on many fronts beyond dismantling white supremacy. It will help heal trauma of many types.

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  • Kim
  • 13-09-2018

Transformative

Manakem reads with compassion, empathy, and truth-telling. If you allow yourself to surrender to this journey, you may find yourself transformed as well

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  • Shawnieka Pope
  • 12-06-2018

POWERFUL READ

I am reading (listening) to this book for the second time. I am a licensed social worker by profession, but the information presented and its applications for the community at large are tremendous. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book!

Shawnie Speaks Social Work