Are we human?

Mural at 728 Hill Street,  Downtown Los Angeles, 2018

Mural at 728 Hill Street,  Downtown Los Angeles, 2018

I was walking around downtown Los Angeles the other afternoon, enjoying some fresh air. June Gloom arrived  a little early this year and the weather was super mild. I had my headphones in and I was in my bubble, listening to an episode of the Moving Well Podcast. Unfortunately, I can’t remember who the guest was.  

Sometimes, when I listen to podcasts, it’s just for background. Although, occasionally something sticks. This time, what stuck really didn’t have much to do with the topic and more to do with my surrounding. I may be wrong, but I think this is what I heard:

It’s important to approach our clients as human beings.


I can’t even remember what the context was but it struck me as so powerful. In my practice, I like to put  all the technical jargon aside, and talk like a person. Not a teacher, not a “movement professional,” just one person talking to another person about how to move their body. In a natural way.

Here's what struck me that day.  We need to do this not just with our clients, but with everyone we encounter. We need to put the humanity back into being human.

I’m not sure if you are aware of the humanitarian crisis happening in Los Angeles currently. Homelessness isn't just a problem here, it's an epidemic, especially downtown, where I live and work.

Having spent most of my adult life in cities, I'm used to a certain level of wildness. As a petite woman, I had to make a choice early on. Walk around worried about being in danger, or hold my head up high and own the sidewalk. I chose the latter. Part of that includes (within reason) making eye contact and acknowledging the other people who are out and about.

This eye contact, this acknowledgement, this recognition of another person is often the only positive contact some people have in a given day. It’s the little part that I can do on a daily basis.

If you would like to help, there are places who need donations, volunteers and attention. My top two are :

The Downtown Women’s Center

The Weingart Center