Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice
“must read” – Adela Nieves, Traditional Health Practitioner, Taino (Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean) Caring – Volunteering – Always too much work to do – Burnout Does this sound familiar? Burnout is a vicious cycle. Naomi Ortiz went through this cycle many times before she realized: This Is Not Working. Sustaining Spirit shows how she
“must read” – Adela Nieves, Traditional Health Practitioner, Taino (Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean)
Caring – Volunteering – Always too much work to do – Burnout
Does this sound familiar? Burnout is a vicious cycle.
Naomi Ortiz went through this cycle many times before she realized:
This Is Not Working.
Sustaining Spirit shows how she broke the cycle of burnout and brought balance into her life.
“Sustaining Spirit takes us on a poetic and layered journey”- Lisa Hoffman, International Human Rights Activist
Naomi provides us with a guide to self-care, sharing her journey and the strategies she’s learned from interviewing over 30 social justice activists.
“beautifully crafted and exquisitely written” – Melanie Morrison, Allies for Change
Here’s a taste of this remarkable book:
“We live in a world where there is a raging storm swirling around our bodies all of the time. Wind blowing so hard we can’t catch our breath.
Do not get blown away in this raging storm.
We need you. You have so many gifts to give.
¿Y dónde está tu ombligo? Where are you rooted?
How does one grow roots in the midst of this storm, you ask?
Growing our roots is a leap of faith. We must trust ourselves that where our roots wander and how deep they grow is just right.
In knowing where our roots grow, in tending to how and where they spread, we make a commitment to ourselves that we can survive here.
Self-care is a practice of returning. Of remembering. Of noticing.
Be gentle. When living in a way where many truths exist at once, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities and the complexity. Accept all of who you are because this is the place where you begin, the essential truth of your nature.
You are precious, and it’s up to you to carry this preciousness centered in your heart.
I carry mine tenderly, wrapped up in an old piece of cloth my grandmother embroidered with the sun and stars.
Sometimes, remembering I’m precious takes all the courage I have.
Sometimes, it’ll take all the courage you have too.”
“activists from every movement can gain strength from Sustaining Spirit” – Alice Wong, Founder, Disability Visibility Project(TM)
Wow. Powerful words. Uplifting. Providing a light during challenging times.
Sustaining Spirit includes wisdom from over 30 leaders representing different communities including:
adrienne maree brown (author of Emergent Strategy)
Erin Blanding (WE Movement)
Cristy Chung (Move to End Violence)
Debra Erenberg (Amnesty International)
Adam Maltby (social worker)
Adi Afek (reproductive justice activist)
Emma Fialka-Feldman (inclusion educator)
Hillary Jorgensen (Colorado Progressive Coalition)
Janice Felka, (author, What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love)
Jennifer Thomas (Institute for Educational Leadership)
Kellie Haigh (MSW, disability activist)
Kim Borowicz (Independent Living Research Utilization)
Lisa Hoffman (international human rights activist)
Melinda Haus (Justice Moves),
Micah Fialka-Feldman (Through the Same Door)
Rachel Scoggins (artist, educator)
Rahnee Patrick (ADAPT and Access Living, Chicago)
Rich Feldman (James and Grace Lee Boggs Center)
Sarah Triano (disability rights activist)
“A guide book for activists and leaders in social justice movements.” – Erin Blanding, WE.org