Today is just like any other day. As I type this from my bedroom in Los Angeles, sunlight pours in through my window. The birds are outside, chirping their little hearts away. And I know that, should I turn on the news or go on social media, there will be some horrible reminder of Black life in America. Last month ended with a viral video of a Black man, George Floyd, being murdered, suffocated to death, by a police officer. This was the image that assaulted our eyes, day in and day out. But it isn’t the first time we’ve seen it. We have been seeing Black people suffocating to death - whether it be by a noose, or a knee on the neck, a chokehold, etc. - for hundreds of years. Forced to watch loved ones and strangers alike murdered because of the color of their skin.
This is America.
If you know anything about Black Women’s Day of Meditation, you know (or should know) that we started this group as a way to encourage meditation amongst Black/Indigenous people. We wanted to create a mental sanctuary in the minds of those who needed it the most. This has been our plan since inception. And every day that the inequality and suffering of Black people continues, we grow stronger in our purpose. In the midst of the protests (as I type this, there are major protests happening in big cities all over the country) we need a place of mental reprieve because white supremacy is not just a physical battle, it’s a mental one.
For the month of June, we at Black Women’s Day of Meditation would like to offer our services in the best way we know how. If you follow us on social media, or have been looking at the rest of the website, you know that #JuneBlackLives is our hashtag this month. We are setting our intentions to meditate and focus on Black Lives, putting our mental, spiritual and physical energies toward the support and protection there of. If you have Black ancestors, we encourage you to meditate on them. To call on them for strength and guidance during this time. We implore you to channel them within yourself. Unlike the quote on those trendy t-shirts, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY OUR ANCESTORS.... come back to demand what is ours.
For my white readers (not sure if we have any but, if so... “hi!”) this is the time to understand that you are living in a day of reckoning. If you didn’t know that Black people were THIS angry, it’s because you weren’t taught to know this. Understand that despite the bliss of white privilege, willful ignorance has been a huge disservice to you as well. I encourage you to learn what you can. Do what you can to support. And most importantly, stay out of the way. This is four hundred years of righteous anger. RIGHTEOUS anger. You will not make any valid points during this time. Just listen and support in any way you can that doesn’t involve policing Black people or attempting to excuse injustice.
These are some interesting times, that’s for certain, but I hope that we can keep this same productive energy even after the rage has died down. That said, while standing in the streets and shouting and holding up signs that say “I Can’t Breathe” let’s remember to do several things...
2. Tap into the infinite resource of your inner support group - your ancestors
3. and breathe!