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Reunion Issue No. 1
We call it a magazine, but Reunion is intended to be so much more. It was born from a need and desire among our program participants, practitioners and partners, for a community that collectively turns towards the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Our participants and supporters alike were searching for a way to stay connected to Joyful Heart. And we were looking for a way to stay connected to our joyful community. All of us were looking for a kind of… Reunion.
Our goal for the publication is ambitious, but so is the work of healing. In many ways, we hope that Reunion will be a comprehensive program of its own. Each issue will focus on a message of healing. We will feature a survivor's path to joy and aim to engage readers in three ways that mirror our mission: helping survivors and practitioners heal from trauma with thoughtful self-care; educating our supporters and partners about issues important to our cause; and empowering the wider community with ways to work together to help end the cycle of violence and abuse.
We invite you to reconnect with your joyful potential. Welcome to our first Reunion.
The Joyful Heart Foundation is working to build a community that is strong enough not to push this reality away, a community that acknowledges the dark side of this issue, but endeavors to turn toward the light of healing, the path to possibility and the clarity of honest dialogue.
For anyone experiencing the impact of trauma, whether the trauma was recent or in the distant past, there is hope. By engaging mind, body, and spirit, joy can stake its claim again where pain, suffering, despair, and anguish have prevailed.
Using breath to calm and control the central nervous system in order to manage anxiety and unwanted outbursts of destructive emotions is becoming an effective tool in child therapy for healing from chronic abuse.
This simple breathwork is highly effective for all children, trauma survivors or not. When practiced, it can help diffuse the anger of a tantrum or the fear of a fall. Encouraging young children to participate in activities like mindful breathing, yoga and stretching to help manage stress in early years lays the groundwork for healthy coping mechanisms in adulthood.
In Eastern cultures, the ancient practice of yoga has been revered for its healing properties for centuries. Now, Western doctors and psychotherapists are discovering yoga’s power to heal the wounds of trauma and restore balance to mind, body and spirit.
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Take a look behind Liz Claiborne Inc.’s stellar reputation in the philanthropic field, and you will find the utterly remarkable Jane Randel.
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Joyful Heart’s Second Annual Gala was held at Terminal 5, one of New York City's most exciting new venues. It was a vibrant, thrilling and unforgettable launch for The Joyful Revolution.