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Achieving Racial Equity in Massachusetts: The Dynamic Duo Is on a Mission!

Today, I am joined by Audrey Smolkin and Thula Sibanda. Audrey is the Director of Child and Family Policy at the UMass Medical School. She is responsible for identifying, developing overseeing the management of new programs, research and evidence based policy initiatives all related to children and families. And as part of her job, she is partnering with organizations and individuals from throughout the state to help improve services. Her current focus is on trauma, particularly racial trauma, and the long term negative impacts on the trauma of youth. And then, if that wasn’t enough, we have Thula Sibanda. Thula is with the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in Massachusetts. They call it JDAI for short. Thula is the coordinator of this effort. And her focus is for the oversight and implementation of the JDAI initiative in Massachusetts. The Initiative seeks to improve or reimagine a juvenile justice system that is anti racist and developmentally appropriate, and ensures that the right youth is in the right place for the right reasons.

Special Announcement – The Kundalini Chronicles Gets Its Own Podcast!

This is Scott Bryant-Comstock with the Optimistic Advocate podcast and the Kundalini Chronicles podcast. Wait, wait, what? Two podcasts?


I made the decision to split out the Kundalini Chronicles, which has pretty much dominated the last almost 30 episodes of the Optimistic Advocate podcast,

For those of you who are interested in just focusing on my experiences with awakening, and the lessons learned from that, but more importantly tips and strategies for your own personal self development, you will want to visit The Kundalini Chronicles.

The Kundalini Chronicles podcast is available on just about every podcast player there is whether it’s Apple, Spotify, Google, just go into your podcast player of choice, type in the Kundalini Chronicles, it’ll bring it up, hit the subscribe button, and you are good to go.

And then the Optimistic Advocate podcast will stay true to its original focus on interviews with some pretty amazing advocates from around the United States and actually around the world. We’ve been branching out and doing some really fine interviews. We have just a stack of interviews ready to go. We’ll start rolling those out next week.

Kundalini Chronicles – Mundane

Awakening is all about sparklers, fireworks, beams of bright light and fantastic experiences, right? Well, yes, but actually, the real fireworks happen just under the mundane experience of everyday life. Say what? Yep. The actual magic of an awakening happens in the calm of the mundane experiences of life. Don’t miss this episode of the Kundalini Chronicles, where Scott Bryant-Comstock shares his own kundalini awakening experience and provides a few tips that you can apply to your own self-improvement journey.

Kundalini Chronicles – Awaken the Gods of Light

There is much darkness in this world, but there is also much light. In this episode of the Kundalini Chronicles, Scott explores the balance between darkness and light – and the importance of finding ways to bring more light into our life!

Kundalini Chronicles – Speed

In this episode of the Kundalini Chronicles, Scott discusses the concept of speed, and how we look at speed as a strength in our lives. But is it? Going fast has its casualties – relationships, intimacy, self awareness, are often victims of our incessant desire to go fast to get ahead and achieve our next goal. But what if the secret to getting ahead was not to go fast, but to go slow?

Scott’s kundalini awakening showed him the power of going slow to go fast.


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