Jun 17, 2020
Episode Title: “Social Chaos” By Tracy Kenela, M.A., LMHC, CRC,
CEDS, ACHT of Lokahi Counseling
Intro: Tracy Kenela is the founder of Lokahi Counseling and
Calming the Chaos Podcast. In this episode, Tracy discusses how
people in our society can cause other people mental and emotional
chaos. She begins with an overview of the civil unrest and social
chaos that is currently happening as a result of recent events
around the world, including racial discrimination and law
enforcement which has resulted in international protests,
violence and hate. She then presents some insights about how
we can calm the mental and emotional chaos that happens when we the
people are faced with these social issues.
- What is currently happening in the world?
- Two deaths on film of black men by a law enforcement
- Outrage from citizens of international communities
- International protests (peaceful and destructive)
- Hate, fear and Civil Unrest
- What is Going on here (mental health perspective)
- People see what is happening and are outraged, saddened and
afraid for their lives
- They begin to think in terms of survival – reptilian brain
- Emotional Mind prevails over Reasonable / Factual Mind
- Attacking and Defending Behaviors based in fear happen over
- Social Media fears and differing opinions spread and hate
- We as a society become more divided instead of more
- “Houston… (and Minneapolis, Atlanta, Seattle, Tulsa, Washington
DC, London, New York City and other cities)… WE HAVE A
- We first need to acknowledge we have a problem
- We then need to decide where we stand (continuum):
- Some tips for survival
- Listen to all perspectives with an open heart and mind
- Check your sources for facts before you go onto social media
and react or re-post the ideas of others
- Choose to educate others….and….choose your battles wisely
- Engage with each other respectfully, being mindful of the rules
- Don’t hurt yourself
- Don’t hurt others
- Don’t get arrested
- Recognize your own privilege
- Getting Involved: Three stories Glass, a nail and a cat
- A Nail
- A Cat
- Bottom Line: Even the best intentions can bring you harm.
- Listen much
- Think about where you stand before you speak
- Respect the rules of anger
- Try not to judge, but to understand varying points of view
- Respect the limits of others and take care of yourself!
- Final story about the 2016 women’s marches
- Check out the audiobook I created afterward called “Beyond
- Pilot copy will be released chapter by chapter on YouTube
- Wise Mind is from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, developed by
Marsha Linehan. Find out more by accessing the following link:
- “Speak little, listen much and be slow to anger” is from the
Bible, James 1:19
- “Do not judge” is from the Bible, Matthew 7:1-6
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Tracy also created a mindfulness CD called “On This Day.” This
CD teaches you how to practice mindfulness in less than 10 minutes
throughout the day. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to reduce
stress and increase clear thinking in times of chaos.
You can purchase the CD on Amazon at http://bit.ly/onthisdaycd.
or in digital format at
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Thanks for listening, and take care!
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