While this article is 24 months old, I’m happy it found me. Moving into spaces where meditation and mindfulness are offerings for the Black community means acknowledging the current self care landscape is steeped in Whiteness. What does this mean for Black practitioners? How do we decolonize the tools, vocabulary and contexts used for training? How do we build the muscles needed to move mindfulness forward for the many in need of modalities that resonate with their identities? It isn’t an easy to return to our natural selves when our physical natural selves is what draws judgement and oppression. Being mindful in a black body is an entirely different reality. I’m mindful of how I’m seen, received, perceived and feared. Take some time to check out this brief interview it is worth a look.
A wonderful 5-7 minute read on the many nuances of Black women and our anger.
Why I read it: I’m ready to be honest about unpacking Black rage. It is something that I feel I don’t understand as a Black woman and want nothing more than to free myself from the shame of feeling angry, resentful, bitter because it is slowly eating away at my physical health.
Why I’m inviting you to read it: I found it useful to have new references and gobbled up the Audre Lourde keynote “The Uses of anger: Women Responding to Racism”