“Our country is like a really old house. I love old houses. I’ve always lived in old houses. But old houses need a lot of work. And the work is never done…Whatever you’re ignoring will be there to be reckoned with until you reckon with it. And I think that that’s what we’re called upon to do where we are right now.”
– Isabel Wilkerson
This is all happening as I hold space for others to move through their own transformative work. So many profound moments, so many humbling moments, so many teachable moments.
As I reflected on what to share this month and allowed myself to track my inner experience – a poem arrived:
‘The back of my legs are burning
My right shoulder is heavy and strained, my range is limited
I am getting more comfortable with the discomfort
Stretching my body to wake up
Digging into trauma of color
I am not immune to the trance
Awkward motion, my skin raw from grief that is not mine
found in the river and the brown earth’
I encourage you to listen to your body, get quiet and allow words and/or poetry to help order your thoughts, your feelings, your confusion, your conflicts, your inner critic, your pain, your truth. And as you do this – let this awareness and this raw expression keep moving you into action and into service.
We need to work together right now, more than ever.
Working with Racialized Trauma
I recently was introduced to the work of Resmaa Menakem, and his depthful work with ‘white body supremacy’ and ‘bodies of culture’ as he terms them. I am taking his e-course learning about the practices he incorporates. I highly recommend his work and strongly suggest those of you working with others in a healing capacity to join me.
“I help people, communities, and organizations find strength in healing that is holistic and resilient. Together let’s set a course for healing historical and racialized trauma carried in the body and the soul.”
– Resmaa Menakem
Self-Published June 2020