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Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk

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CHAPTER ELEVENWEST • Finding Balance

Coming full circle into the west, we call upon the strength and introspection of the air element. By striving to achieve balance in our lives, moving energy through, and reminding ourselves of all that we are grateful for, we attend to needs as basic as the air we breathe. We celebrate the strength we receive by connecting to our inner self through our breath. The air is seen as universal power in traditional cultures; when we honor the changing winds, we see the impermanence of everything and understand the beauty of being awake for the here and now.

Engaging with Our Lives Outside of Work

I didn’t realize how bad I’d gotten until I left.

Health care worker

For many of us committed to the “repair of the world,” ...

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