Take Root Therapy February Newsletter

We consider the importance of tears, celebrate Black History Month, and discuss the challenges of modern feminism.
A Letter From Our Founder


Hi all,

I hope this email finds you well and warm.

This month, I have cried more than usual (and given that I’m a crier, that means a lot). Some of my tears were prompted by the news around the world. I couldn’t turn on the TV or go to my social media feed without witnessing disturbing images of others suffering, and I am definitely not immune to such imagery. It hits me right in the heart.

I’ve also been managing some grief, and once I’ve fully processed it, I’ll plan on writing a blog article about it too. Until then, I’ve been allowing myself to feel the full range of my emotions and to cry (and laugh) freely.

Crying wasn’t always comfortable for me, and I know that’s true for so many of the wonderful humans I’ve had the opportunity to work with. Our blog article this month is all about crying. It is full of research and fun facts, and I hope it helps you recalibrate your relationship with crying if it’s something you haven’t welcomed into your life.

As always, we’re here if you need any additional support. Our email address is info@takeroottherapy, and you can reach us by phone or text at (323) 388-5578. We hope you reach out.

Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)

PS While working on the blog article, I was reminded of one of my favorite songs about crying (Flight of the Conchords- I’m Not Crying). Please check it out if you need a good laugh after a good cry!

On The Blog

What’s the Point of Crying?: The Benefits of Tears for Mental and Physical Well Being

I have always been sensitive. Growing up, that meant a lot of tears and, unfortunately, a lot of frustration on my parents’ part. “Why are you crying?” and “that’s nothing to cry about” were frequent refrains in my home. When most frustrated with me and my feelings, my mother would say, “I hope you don’t cry like that at my funeral.” So I spent many, many years trying to stop myself from crying…

How to Help

Friends of the LA River Habitat Restoration Day

Want to help the LA River while enjoying time outside?
With the help of the California Native Plant Society, volunteers will remove invasive mustard and learn about its impact on the ecosystem and why its removal is vital to restoring California’s native habitat. Afterward, join San Fernando Valley Audubon Society as they lead nature-filled walks around the Nature Reserve, binoculars provided!

Saturday, March 25th
8:00am – 11:00am

Please use the link to find the exact location 🙂

Community Events

Los Angeles Parks and Rec Black History Month Celebration

Even though it has been postponed until April, the LA Parks and Rec department invites you to join their epic celebration in honor of Black History Month. This year’s celebration will include hip hop and R&B performances, African dance routines, spoken word offerings and so much more!


Saturday, April 8th
12:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Celebration and Solidarity Black History Month Festival

Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Santa Monica on Saturday, March 11th with music, food, and more!


Saturday, March 11th
4:00pm — 10:00pm


Third Street Promenade
1240 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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