"Sing Your Story" playlist

A collection of the songs played and studied during workshops. 

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Meditations and Relaxation

Meditations and relaxing musing our participants enjoyed.

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What We're Reading

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma By Junot Diaz. 
"I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone."

Weekly Activity

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This week we worked with mantras, and how to use mantras to help us stay on course for where we want to go. A mantra is a phrase that helps you cultivate an intention or theme you want to practice. "I am focused" or "I am forgiving" are two very basic examples.
Our homework was this: if you do not have a personal mantra, create one! Consider what you want, and what you worry about, and structure your ideas into an "I am" statement. Do not use the word "no," "not," or another negation, because we want to focus on what we ARE instead of what we ARE NOT. Similarly, make the statement present tense ("I am" instead of "I will"), because we're focusing on the now instead of some nebulous someday. Make sure to tailor your mantra towards your specific goals- consult your happiness ecosystem for inspiration. If you do have a personal mantra, make it more specific based off of where you would like to be or what you would like to be doing; again, turn to your happiness ecosystem if you need inspiration.
Once you have your mantra, write it down and place it around your space, so that you will see it frequently and be reminded of the intention you set.

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Last week we made happiness ecosystems, studies of what we needed for peace of mind and contentment in life. This week, our homework is to look at our ecosystems and identify the highest priority section of it, the part that is most important that we continue to develop. With this priority in mind, make a plan of action to improve your happiness in that section, and put that plan into action. Nor is this a one time activity: as we go forward through our program, continue following the plan you made, and come back to your happiness ecosystem. Identify other priority areas, make a plan of action, and work to complete it. Your ecosystem should help you decide a series of goals to aim for, and each week should you continue striving towards them.
​This week we spoke about what we do to relax, music we turn to in our various moods, and some techniques for de-escalating from a triggering situations. As a result, our homework was to make a "happiness ecosystem," a study of everything you need to have peace of mind and contentment in your life. Look at the categories in the examples below, and draw your own happiness ecosystem. What does it look like? How does it match up with your life as you currently live it? Ask your friends or family to make a happiness ecosystem. How do your ecosystems compare?
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This week we chose a section of Sa-Roc's "Forever" for our Lyric Spotlight. After listening to the song, did you connect to any of the lyrics? If so, please write down a specific memory from your own life that you thought of while reading the lyrics. After answering, take note of what order you wrote your responses in. Share your insights with a close friend or family member. 
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Other Documents

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