Mindful Musings Blog

Racial Justice Discussion – June 11, 2022

All people are invited to join our next meeting of hearts and minds!
Every thought, conversation and action makes a difference. This isn’t a book group–it’s a way to support each other in our commitment to increasing awareness and taking action for racial justice.
 
May Meeting Recap: Together we watched an 8-minute segment of Resmaa Menakim (in conversation with Mindfulness instructor Tara Brach, from 27:25 – 35:00) lead a visualization giving white bodies an experience of the trauma we have carried for generations as witness and perpetrator of racial violence. What followed was a painful, courageous, raw and meaningful discussion. What in us allows the suffering of others? What happens when the fleeing energy gets encapsulated inside white bodies? We recognized the complexity of the inquiry, acknowledging that oppression is born out of self-hatred. What when everyone else seems ok with it–there must be something wrong with me. We also touched on the notion that when black people forgive the violators it is an empowering act for themselves, their community and their own healing. 
 
June 11 & July 9, 2022, 12-1:15 PM PT

UPDATE: All are welcome to join community-led meeting during instructor’s healing pause.

 
Suggested Content (options):

Planning Ahead: 

  • July 9 — Participant Presentation – Liz (Possible prompts: What brings you to this work? What does it mean to you to live in a culture of systemic racism? Or, your own prompt.)
  • August — All that She Carried The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake (Tiya Miles)
REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link for each meeting. 
 
Recommendations from our group:
 
Liz:
  • The Davies UU Service is 44 minutes, recorded, that invites you into the sacred work of anti-racism and the dismantling of white supremacy.  Included in this experience of truth-telling is an exploration of key vocabulary, poetry and prose, and an interactive presentation. Excellent. Together, this congregation leans into the work of ending oppression and embracing diversity and inclusion. The live service also included music and song.

Josephine:

 

After George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis Police officer on May 25, 2020, our mindfulness community came together as a commitment to being a positive force for racial justice. We continue to evolve these monthly open meetings to affect real and lasting change in the fabric of the United States and the world.

Each session is inspiring as we listen, learn, share and stir up ideas and actions, supporting each other in a safe space.

Register here for this free event.

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