These are uncertain times (to say the least). Though we are all experiencing current events through our own unique lens, I think it safe to say that we are all walking into an unknown future. And whatever your perspective, that can feel scary. In searching for possible insight or reflection to offer, the only things that come to mind are those I shared in last month’s blog post (which you can read here). With all the recent unrest, I am returning to my grounding practices even more than before.
As a non-black person of color, I am also searching for concrete actions I can take to show solidarity with and support the rights of BIPOC (black and indigenous people of color) during this time. The first and most important step to me is to continue my unlearning process, to examine the history of white supremacy and systemic race-based oppression, and to call into the question the assumptions and prejudices I hold as a result. If you care to join in this process, I highly recommend joining Rachel Cargle’s The Great Unlearn.
My second action is to elevate the voices, perspectives, and work of people of color. If you do not already, I highly suggest you get to know the work of (in no particular order): Sonya Renee Taylor, The Nap Ministry, The Conscious Kid, Rachel Cargle, Skill in Action, 18 Million Rising, Kenny Ethan Jones, Healing While Black, Seeding Sovereignty, and Allen Salway (“Lil Native Boy”).
Third, I believe that one of the best ways to fight racial injustice is by bringing strategies of compassion and healing directly to my community in a way that aligns with my anti-racism work. Therefore, I will be holding my Summer Solstice Meditation as a virtual event and fundraiser for the Equal Justice Initiative on Saturday, June 20.
Summer Solstice Meditation & Fundraiser
Saturday, June 20 • 10-10:45am
Join in recognition of the transition to a new season. As we embrace the longest day of the year, we let the energy of the solstice amplify our light, reclaiming and reigniting our passions. With mindful intention, we connect with the power of the sun and the pure light within ourselves and all of humanity so that it may guide our way forward.
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Class will be held virtually via Zoom (access info will be emailed to registered participants 24 hours in advance). Cost is $5/person with all proceeds donated to the Equal Justice Initiative.
Can’t attend but want to donate? Click the “Schedule Now” button above and contribute using the “tip jar” button at the top of the page.
Finally, I know some of you may be asking what racism has to do with yoga. To answer that question, I leave you with this quote from Yoga Alliance:
“Racism and hate, as this community should recognize, know, and practice, is the opposite of yoga. It is the opposite of everything that we know yoga to teach us. Ending this kind of hatred, at its core, is yogic work.”
Until next time, I wish you safety and joy.
~ Namaste ~