Week One: Beginning
The purpose of this journey is to provoke thought and exploration, and to have a deeper conversation about racial equity. In Woman Within we believe that each person has their own answers - we are not here to give you a prescribed view on these issues. Our intention is to offer ideas and encourage you to stretch beyond what you already know and explore new territory, finding what you believe along the way. Please follow the journey in order. It has been created with intention.
Each day we will offer materials to watch/read and questions that provide ways of reflecting on the materials. If you notice discomfort in your body, sit with it. It might be that you simply do not agree with an idea; it might be that it is pushing you into a new way of thinking about something; and it might be that it is touching a piece of racial pain/trauma that you might not have known existed.
This journey is a descent, and will take us deeper and deeper into understanding on a physical, mental and emotional levels. It will be important to notice the sensations within your body and the emotions that arise. We’ve included an 8-minute guided meditation to help you sink into your body any time that you feel disconnection.
On our first day we take time to create the circle for this journey and set our individual intentions. During the week we explore some core concepts in the work of dismantling racism, and look at what it means to be an ally: someone who stands against inequality and interrupts discrimination and oppression. The work of racial healing can be hard, and with this in mind we’ve put together a short Guide to Self-Care. Please refer to this anytime you feel the need for support or nurturing.
Week Two: Listening to the "other"
This week we listen to stories. Deep listening is an act of love and respect in which we set down our own judgments and feelings, and step into the world of another. Imagine this week as a road trip: we’re all hopping into a big metaphorical bus together, traveling from our homes into the bodies, hearts, and minds of others. As you listen this week, try to also hear what is not said. Listen for the emotions beneath the words. Listen for the pain, fear, anger, shame, and joy. Notice when you want to respond with an explanation or a story of your own. Notice when you want to defend yourself or challenge the other’s experience. Notice what happens in your body as you listen to the stories.
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” (Jimi Hendrix)