Mindful Musings Blog

Racial Justice Discussion – Winter 2022/23

All people are invited to join our next meeting of hearts and minds!
This work is lifelong; every thought, conversation and action makes a difference. Join us as we support each other in our commitment to increasing awareness and taking action for racial justice.
 
We began January’s discussion by listening to our bodies/minds/hearts as we listened to this poem: 
 
Breathe (Lynn Ungar)

Breathe, said the wind

How can I breathe at a time like this,
when the air is full of the smoke
of burning tires, burning lives?

Just breathe, the wind insisted. (entire poem here)

 
Feb 11, 2023, 12-1:15 PM PT (NOTE: Watch this space for schedule changes)
 
REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom Link (same for each meeting). 
 
Suggestions for Discussion
  • Carol Sanford’s Indirect Work — Read chapters 3-4 and do the intermezzo journaling assignments for discussion.

  • How do we open our hearts to people whose values are different?
  • Class Privilege and White Privilege (Let’s join Nancy and Judy in attending Jan 18 Race Class Fusion event)
 
Recent Recommendations from our Group:

 
Nancy:
 
Paul:

Liz: Greg Sarris’ speech. Information and story about the indigenous people Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok who lived in Sonoma County, along with a brief history of changes brought by the Spanish, Mexican and then U.S. governments.  One of the questions:  “[Pre-contact,] how did so many people, living so close together for so long a period, get along?  Speaking so many different languages, so many different cultures.”   I found his answers to this question to be in concert with the ideas in Indirect Work.

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.

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