The acronym T-MAPs stands for Transformative Mutual Aid Practices.
We understand that we’re always in a process of transformation and growth; we’re not just in a process of “recovery” or going back to some state of health (that we may have never known). As our lives change, it’s helpful to leave tracks for ourselves about where we’ve been and where we want to be going; T-MAPs helps facilitate this process.
We also understand that just working on our own “self-care” isn’t enough; we also need mutual aid. Most simply, mutual aid is when people help each other. Historically, mutual aid has been a way that people have self organized to create interdependent networks of support. People might help each other with things as basic as growing food and building barns or as abstract as education and mental health support.
When we think about how personal and community change happens, it’s pretty clear to us that the only way to grow and evolve is to intentionally practice what we want to see happen in our lives. Practice might be as simple as not getting on our smart phone as soon as we wake up in the morning or as intentional and deliberate as a daily sitting meditation practice. Practice that happens with groups of people has the potential to change the world.