Growing beyond trauma

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From the microcosm of personal transformation to the macrocosm of global healing, Growing into the Gray is equal parts life story and social prescription.


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Hi! I’m Laurie

I’m a bit of an outlier and like to challenge the status quo. That’s because one of the greatest learnings of my transformation has been that I’m not inherently broken, and neither are you. Our individual and social struggles can be seen as symptoms of the dis-ease of our traumatized and disembodied culture. Thankfully, by starting with ourselves and bringing our own greater wholeness to the necessary work of change, we each hold the power to help heal the world. And we must.

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-Howard Thurman

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-Alice Walker

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