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Food for the Hungry During COVID-19 with Alison Cohen of WhyHunger and Lorrie Clevenger of Grassroots Action Network

MIP Make It Plain with Mark Thompson

Are you or someone you know struggling to afford food during this pandemic? There's a map for that, says Lorrie Clevenger, Director of US Programs for the Grassroots Action Network. She and Alison Cohen, Senior Director of Programs at WhyHunger, join today's episode to tell us about the Find Food COVID Map (link and phone number below), the change in eligibility requirements, and how their organizations are adapting and expanding to meet the rise in demand during coronavirus. Looking for a way to give back? VOLUNTEER! You can do it from anywhere in the country, from the comfort of your home, for however much time you can offer. Download today's episode then head to the link below. FIND FOOD COVID MAP: whyhunger.org/findfood OR, CALL: 1-800-5-HUNGRY VOLUNTEER: https://bit.ly/WHVol Executive Producer: Adell Coleman Producer: Brittany Temple Distributor: DCP Entertainment For additional content: makeitplain.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


15 May 2020

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Alison Cohen on Wholehearted Living: Understanding Implicit Bias and Growing Forward

The OHMazing® Way with Beth Reese, PhD

"The challenge is that because we are human beings living in society we’re influenced and conditioned by all kinds of forces that can lead to us developing biases that are particularly destructive… and that cut us off from wholeheartedly connecting to others." ~Alison Cohen, MST and Certified Mindfulness Teacher/School Coach Join The OHMazing® Way podcast creator, producer and host, Beth Reese, PhD, E-RYT, RCYT, YACEP, and guest Alison Cohen, MST and Certified Mindfulness Teacher / School Coach, in conversation and practice with the critically important and meaningful topic of implicit bias. Alison first leads us through clear and concise definitions and examples of bias, explicit bias, and implicit bias. After skillfully laying a foundation, she then offers suggestions and leads practices to support us in increasing awareness of our own biases so that we can curate the wholehearted lives we wish to create.  "In terms of implicit bias, research has shown there are really only a few ways currently to work with it meaningfully. One of those, interestingly enough, is loving kindness practice, as well as mindfulness meditation."~Alison Cohen, MST and Certified Mindfulness Teacher/School Coach One of the mindfulness tools Alison shares is a practice known as HALT. HALT stands for: H: hungry A: angry L: lonely T: tired While the origination of this may be from Alcoholics Anonymous, neuroscientists, like Dr. Dan Siegel, recommend this practice for parents and others. Using HALT can be integrated into daily living in a myriad of ways. For example, before picking up your kids from school or entering a personal or professional conversation, pause and scan the mind and body for signs of being hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Without making yourself right or wrong, notice if any of those exist. If one or more do, name a way you can take care of yourself in the next moments so that you cultivate responses instead of habitual reactions. When you notice one or more of the "HALTs", a practice could be to pause and notice the breath, then feet, then belly, then hands. You might also choose to name aloud what you’re experiencing and share what you need before moving forward: In this moment I want to name that I notice I am tired and would like ________ (ie,  to get some water, have a hug, take a walk, etc) before we continue. "What we are really talking about is love. And what are the barriers to really loving each other…. And if some of those barriers come from what we’ve breathed in and what’s been imprinted—the thumbs of culture—then each of us can make a courageous commitment to chip away at those in the name of love, connection, and ultimately what comes to mind, both individual and collective liberation."~Alison Cohen, MST and Certified Mindfulness Teacher/School Coach Connect with Alison:Email: alisonc@soundstrue.comWeb: www.mindfulchangefromtheinsideout.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonecohTwitter: @1984AliCoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cohenalison/ Connect with Beth:Email: elizabeth@yoginos.comWeb: www.yoginos.comFacebook: personal: www.facebook.com/elizreeseFacebook: Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®: www.facebook.com/yoginos/Instagram: yoginosyogaforyouth: www.instagram.com/yoginosyogaforyouthTwitter: @yoginos: twitter.com/YoginosLinkedIn: Beth Reese, PhD


22 Nov 2019

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Alison Cohen on Mindful and Courageous Communication

The OHMazing® Way with Beth Reese, PhD

“Courageous communication is one of the ways we can build towards the world we want to see.” ~ Alison CohenJoin The OHMazing® Way podcast creator, producer and host, Beth Reese, PhD, E-RYT, RCYT, YACEP, and mindfulness coach and mentor Alison Cohen in a conversation around mindful communication. Alison shares examples of mindful communication in the contexts of family and in schools. This podcast is the first of 2 conversations Beth and Alison had with the next one being on explicit and implicit bias.“Each of us wants to be able to live in ways that are aligned with our conscious values and yet part of being human is that sometimes we miss the mark!” ~ Alison CohenIn this conversation Alison references and wishes to share the following resources:The engaged feedback checklist from Brene Brown's book Dare to Lead: Go to https://brenebrown.com/downloads/, then scroll down and click on "Engaged Feedback Checklist"Mindful Communication one-page handout of mine that many students of mine have found helpful: attached (if it's possible to attach a document)Ruth King's racial justice and social justice resource list: https://ruthking.net/racial-awareness-resources/Books: Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication by Oren Jay Sofer, Mindful of Race by Ruth King, Blindspot by Dr. Mahzarin Banaji Alison Cohen, MST Certified Mindfulness Teacher / School Coachwww.mindfulchangefromtheinsideout.com3 Essential Elements of Mindful Communication + Mindful Communication Tips(adapted from Dr. Lynn Rossy’s Mindful Communication work) 1. Cultivating Presence“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. They listen with the intent to reply.”~ Stephen CoveyTo become a more mindful, effective communicator, consider tuning into:• Your awareness level: What feelings, thoughts, sounds, etc. are you aware of before the conversation begins and as the conversation begins?• Your mind: Where is your attention in this moment?• Your body: What message(s) do you want your body language to send during the interaction?• Your intention: What is your intention for how you will show up during this interaction? 2. Listening With All the Channels“People begin to heal the moment they feel heard.” ~ Cheryl Richardson• Be present and listen “with all the channels,” especially during the first few minutes of any conversation.• In communication, especially difficult communication, connect with the sensations of your body (feel your feet on the floor and sense the movement of your breath) as a way of staying open to what the other person says. Difficult communication often brings up fear in us, and staying with the breath and the body can be grounding.3. Speaking Wisely“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” ~ Plato• If it’s appropriate, consider paraphrasing what you heard the other person say so that you’re sure you understood that person. We often only hear our version of what the person said.• [WE WILL NOT BE DOING THIS] Before giving someone your advice, ask if it is wanted. We love to help but sometimes people just want to be heard. Simply having a sounding board can often help someone tap into their own internal wisdom.“There are days when things are really rough. And, it’s different if you’re having a bad day and you’re sitting in front of a computer typing away, and when you’re working with a group of students who have dealt with oppressions of all kinds and have a fragile sense of being able to accomplish what you’re asking.” ~ Alison CohenAlison Cohen cherishes any and all opportunities to integrate community-building, contemplative practice, social justice, and joy. She incorporates trauma-informed mindfulness into her instructional coaching and leadership work with educators, school leaders, and young adults. Alison also offers mindfulness-based courses and workshops throughout the US and mentors participants in Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield’s two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. She is a Mindful Schools Certified Mindfulness Instructor, an MBSR teacher, and an avid retreat goer. Connect with Alison:Email: alisonc@soundstrue.comWeb: www.mindfulchangefromtheinsideout.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonecohTwitter: @1984AliCoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cohenalison/ Connect with Beth:Email: elizabeth@yoginos.comWeb: www.yoginos.comCell: +1 361 563 7448Facebook: personal: www.facebook.com/elizreeseFacebook: Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®: www.facebook.com/yoginos/Instagram: yoginosyogaforyouth: www.instagram.com/yoginosyogaforyouthTwitter: @yoginos: twitter.com/YoginosLinkedIn: Beth Reese, PhD


15 Oct 2019

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Emerge 007: "The Smog Of Racism" Alison Cohen

Emerge: Making Sense of What's Next

On this Episode of Emerge I speak with Alison Cohen. Alison works as an instructional coach for public high school teachers and as a mindfulness educator for schools and social service organizations. Alison focuses on the interconnections between mindfulness and bias awareness and reduction.In this episode we speak about how mindfulness can disrupt the school to prison pipeline, the subtleties of implicit bias and cultural conditioning, and the nature of embodied racism. Enjoy the show!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/emerge/support


15 Mar 2018

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Episode 38: Alison Cohen, Joanne Lacina, Sean Tobias, & Brett Tolley

Food Talk with Mike Colameco

Food Talk with Mike Colameco is brought to you by the following generous underwriters: This week on Food Talk with Michael Colameco, host Mike Colameco kicks off the show welcoming Alison Cohen, Senior Director of Programs of WhyHunger. WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Alison talks to Mike about facilitating the development and stewardship of WhyHunger’s organizational vision, strategy and programmatic implementation through its Grassroots Action Network, National Hunger Hotline, Food Security Learning Center and Global Movements programs. Next up, Mike brings in author and olive oil expert Joanne Lacina to the show. Telling Mike that she found herself interested in olive oil after a trip to Greece nearly eight years ago. Discussing olive oil fraud and what consumers should know about this huge global industry, Joanne shares that if it’s too good or cheap to be true, it probably is. After the break, Joanne talks about her business, Olive Oil Lovers, where she aims to do-away with the confusion by not only offering a comprehensive selection of some of the best oils in the world, but to also provide customers with the critical information necessary to help find the right oil. Lastly, Mike welcomes Sean Tobias, Co-Founder of Dock to Dish. Dock to Dish is a community and restaurant supported fishery that distributes sustainably harvested seafood to members within 24 hours from the dock. Brett Tolley also joins in the discussion of sustainable fishing and is the community organizer for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. He comes from a four-generation commercial fishing family out of Cape Cod, MA and has worked in the fishing industry hanging nets, working on boats of various gear-types, and commercially shellfishing. These guys talk managing the fish population and what they hope to see in commercial fishing in the future. “Our response to hunger in this country has not really moved us closer to ending it… and we could.” [5:15] —Alison Cohen on Food Talk “There’s nobody policing the market here, in Europe you’re breaking the law.” [27:55] —Joanne Lacina on Food Talk “Currently the United States is a beacon of light around the globe for well managed, sustainable fisheries.” [50:25] —Sean Tobias on Food Talk

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