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Today we have a guest post from Purvi Shah, a writer and poet who recently facilitated a wellness session entitled "Imagining Our Wondrous Selves" at a Joyful Heart Heal the Healers event in New York City. Today, Purvi shares her reflections on why writing can be a practice of self-care, self-revelation and self-liberation.
What I Know Now: Letters To My Younger Self
by Ellyn Spragins
Ellyn Spragins’s collection of forty-one letters by remarkable women from all walks of life is an inspirational read for all ages. Whether you peruse the book all at once or simply pick it up when you’re in need of some extra motivation, this compilation of letters will encourage and enlighten you.
If you walk into my home office in Austin, Texas you will see two posters—one of Emiliano Zapata and the other of Cesar Chavez. Both of these men struggled for the rights of the poor and oppressed and organized movements that changed society; however, the tactics they used to achieve this social change differed greatly. As his birthday approaches, I would like to reflect on the example of change set forth by Cesar Chavez.
Chavez once said:
Joyful Heart was proud to sponsor the Lydia Martinez Celebration of Excellence, hosted by the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (NYCAASA) on Monday.