Sitting with Discomfort and Acting With Intention
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin
In yoga, we have to learn to sit with discomfort, not to turn away from it, to be ok with quieting down so that we can see, hear and feel clearly. That is how we become open to what is real, without judgement or bias, and to move forward with clear intention. What can I say, when we watch as yet another black person is murdered by police for the world to see and our communities light like a flame in response? My words will surely fall short right now. Instead I will share some thoughts and resources from others that I will be sitting with and maybe you'd like to as well:
A Reminder of the People on the Other Side of the Screen (and their families in mourning)
And More People Still Fresh in our Memories
A Quick History Lesson on Racial Violence in the US:
More In-Depth and Critical Reading for Better Understanding
An Antiracist Reading List (for Governor Ralph Northam, but good for anyone else, too)
Another Antiracist Reading List because We Need to Do Better
Conversations We Wish Children Didn't Have to Have But Do
A Tribute to Those Who Never Made it Home
Actions to Take (While We Continue to Sit, Listen and Educate Ourselves)
The world is not always a comfortable place to exist in and we should all be uncomfortable right now. And while we can learn from that discomfort, we must not become complacent to it. We have to do better. I believe we can. What will you do now? Share your thoughts in the comments so we may all share inspiration for moving forward, together.
100% of this week's yoga proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.