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Mindful of race : transforming racism from the inside out

by King, Ruth (Diversity Consultant),

Format: Print Book 2018
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"Racism is a heart disease," writes Ruth King, "and it's curable." Exploring a crucial topic seldom addressed in meditation instruction, this revered teacher takes to her pen to shine a compassionate, provocative, and practical light into a deeply neglected and world-changing domain profoundly relevant to all of us. With Mindful of Race, Ruth King offers: Tend first to our suffering, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change. Here, she invites us to explore: Ourselves as racial beings, the dynamics of oppression, and our role in racism* The power of paying homage to our most turbulent emotions, and perceiving the wisdom they hold* Key mindfulness tools to understand and engage with racial tension* Identifying our "soft spots" of fear and vulnerability--how we defend them and how to heal them* Embracing discomfort, which is a core competency for transformation* How our thoughts and emotions "rigidify" our sense of self--and how to return to the natural flow of who we are* Body, breath, and relaxation practices to befriend and direct our inner resources* Identifying our most sensitive "activation points" and tending to them with caring awareness* "It's not just your pain"--the generational constellations of racial rage and ignorance and how to work with them* And many other compelling topics Drawing on her expertise as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, King helps readers of all backgrounds examine with fresh eyes the complexity of racial identity and the dynamics of oppression. She offers guided instructions on how to work with our own role in the story of race and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care to come to a place of greater clarity and compassion.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Meditation instructor King draws on her long experience with meditation and diversity consulting for multinational companies (such as Levi Strauss and Intel) in this helpful overview of using meditation and mindfulness to work through pain and conflict rooted in structural racism. King offers clear and specific guidelines for meditation practices intended to help both people of color and white people work through racial trauma and contribute to dismantling racism. For example, King outlines a framework for dealing with difficult emotions through four steps: recognizing, allowing, investigating, and not identifying. Her voice is expert yet soothing as she shares personal stories as well as facts about racial disparities in society to fully establish the problems stemming from racism and why they should be resolved. "Racism is a heart disease," she writes. "How we think and respond is at the heart of racial suffering and racial healing. If we cannot think clearly and respond wisely, we will continue to damage the world heart." Although the book is directed toward an audience already interested in antiracist work and meditation, King's keen advice will be impactful for anyone looking to deepen a meditation practice or invest further in racial awareness and justice. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Racism -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Spiritual life -- Buddhism.
Attention -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Awareness -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Publisher Boulder, Colorado :2018
Language English
Description viii, 265 pages
ISBN 9781683640813
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