At Wellspring 2018, one of the vital talked-about panels we introduced was entitled “Wellness Beyond Whiteness”. Co-curated with (and moderated by) CTZNWell founder, Kerri Kelly, we assembled Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Anasa Troutman, Michelle Johnson and Seane Corn. You’ll be able to hear the unique dialog proper here, as a part of the CTZN podcast.
Extra just lately, in Could of 2020, Kerri and Anasa joined forces with Nicole Cardoza to provide The Wellness of We, a web-based apply to advance collective wellbeing. The timing coincided with the nation’s response to the homicide of George Floyd (and the various others), upsetting the necessity for us to take a look at ourselves as people, and as a nation, to confront our racial tendencies and techniques.
The 2020 reprise of the Wellness Beyond Whiteness dialog came about on Fri Could 29, and we broadcasted the dialog on our Fb web page. You’ll be able to tune in to this extremely vital dialog under.
As a response to this nationwide second of reckoning, we at Wanderlust wish to begin by listening, after which heeding the knowledge of our BIPOC leaders to get organized and decide to eradicating a system of white supremacy.
We wish to spotlight the unbelievable work of the BIPOC leaders in our neighborhood by sharing a few of their knowledge, insights, and sources right here.
Sources from Rev. angel Kyodo williams:
• On June 1, be part of her Black Sit, an area for people socially-located inside Black expertise to take time for easy practices of stillness and breath.
• On June 2, she’s going to host a sit for BIPOC and all peoples.
• On June 12, be part of Rev. angel’s Half/Day Sit.
• Learn “Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation“, co-authored by Lama Rod Owens and Jasmine Syedullah.
“love letter to all beloved black our bodies:
the one that you love black physique needn’t show itself.
you don’t must have credentials or levels or fewer automobile tickets and even have labored at all times and have a job now to be afforded dignity.
your accomplishments are laudable. your humanity is past comparability.
the perfection of you as you’re is unassailable.
the one flaw is on this poisonous system that has the momentum of historical past inducing white-bodied folks, particularly these in policing forces, into turning into sociopaths.
to be clear, typically folks of all colours, persuasions and courses are induced into such sickness that they forged hurt on the folks that the majority remind them of their very own lack of relative security.
that is past perception. this mass sociopathy is a Nice Sickness that insidiously consumes folks with out them ever realizing that they’ve been contaminated, that theirs is just not a pure state in any respect.
it’s the most unnatural of states, constructed and massively deployed by means of each social area.
like Dying of human decency disseminated by means of the air in microparticles.
beloved black physique:
you’re magnificence itself.
this atmosphere is a poisonous, sociopathological one.
we — particularly we which can be topic to wanton psychological, emotional and bodily violence because the day by day course of our existence — can and should transmute the sickness within the air we breathe by placing our masks on and defending our personal hearts and minds first.
grieve and go simple.
handle your self.
defend your Self.
take radical care of the one that you love black physique.
as a result of it’s yours, and additionally it is mine.
—Rev. angel Kyodo williams.”
Sources from Lama Rod Owens:
• Pre-order Lama Rod’s upcoming e book, “Love and Rage”
• Buy and examine “Radical Dharma“, co-written with Rev. angel Kyodo williams (above)
• Learn his piece, “Protest is my Spiritual Practice” in Lion’s Roar
• Hearken to his interview, “Making Good White People Understand their Whiteness”
“It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the invention and assertion of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha—that each human being, regardless of caste, race, creed, or delivery has inside them the potential for waking as much as the final word nature of actuality—is likely one of the most radically life-altering propositions for human life on and in relationship to the planet. One which we’d like proper now.
But, right now when the Dharma is required extra acutely than ever—a time when our very existence is threatened on account of our socially embedded greed, hatred, and ignorance—its expansive potential to liberate us from struggling is in peril of being rendered impotent as a result of it’s held in subjugation to the very techniques that it should completely study…A lot of what’s being taught is the acceptance of a “kinder, gentler struggling” that doesn’t query the unwholesome roots of systemic struggling and the buildings that maintain it in place. What’s required is a brand new Dharma, a radical Dharma that deconstructs fairly than amplifies the techniques of struggling, that starves fairly than fertilizes the soil of the situations that the deep roots of societal struggling develop in. A brand new Dharma is one which insists we examine not solely the unsatisfactoriness of our personal minds but in addition prepares us for the discomfort of confronting the obscurations of the society we’re particular person expressions of. It acknowledges that the delusions of systemic oppression usually are not solely the area of the person. By design, they’re seated inside and strengthened by society. We should get up and minimize by means of not solely particular person but in addition social ego. This isn’t solely our potential, however we now every have it as our collective duty… there is no such thing as a impartial.”