Growing our inner capacity to face racial ignorance and
suffering with a wise and caring heart.
“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.
In her newest publication, Mindful of Race, Ruth King invites us to: Tend first to our suffering and confusion, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change.
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 intense emotions mindfully and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care from a less tangled place to a place of greater clarity and compassion.
In this publication, King 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 and distress
- Identifying our “soft spots” of fear and vulnerability - how we defend them and how to heal them
- Embracing discomfort – 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 cultivate ease.
- Identifying our most sensitive “activation points” and tending to them with caring awareness
- The generational constellation of racial rage and ignorance, and how to work with them
- And many other compelling topics
Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
This powerful and penetrating book offers us healing medicine for the great suffering of racism. Ruth King, a deeply wise and caring mindfulness teacher and diversity consultant, not only helps us understand the complexity of our great racial divide, she offers a core of practices, reflections and actions that gives us hope for transformation. Our world needs this book. We need this book. Please read with a receptive heart, and share with all you know!
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
This wonderfully insightful book challenges us to face our racial history with greater courage, compassion, and creativity.
Patrisse Cullors, cofounder of Black Lives Matter, author of When They Call You a Terrorist
In Mindful of Race, King explores the impact of racial injustice on communities at the margins. She further illustrates practices Black people can embody to support our longevity and dignity. This book belongs in the hands of every activist, regardless of race! We need to develop a new language, a language that centers healing and restoration.
Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart
Important medicine, wise, heartfelt, both demanding and comforting, with many tools for the real work of racism we need in these polarized times.
Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage and Taming the Ox
King's approach is revolutionary in the deepest sense because it addresses our racial problems at their root, which is consciousness, or the mind itself. Mindful of Race is rich in anecdotes and examples that will, I believe, cause a reader to smile and perhaps even say, “Thank you.” Mindful of Race is a trustworthy guide for claiming our birthright – happiness and freedom. Read Dr. Johnson's book review of Mindful of Race.
Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People about Racism
Mindful of Race accomplishes a rare feat..[It is] a brilliant and unique addition to the struggle for racial justice. King has made engaging with this text a deeply affective as well as intellectual experience. She addresses the emotional and spiritual impacts of racism that are so rarely addressed in workshops and textbooks, but that are critical to our collective and personal healing.
Larry Yang, author of Awakening Together
King brilliantly breaks down one of the most complex experiences of human suffering. She provides a laser focus in re-building our collective humanity using universal potentials of awareness and kindness in all of our hearts and minds. Ruth's book is a must-read, must-practice, must-live experience.
Barbara E. Riley, author of Are You Ready for Outrageous Success
In a clear, strong and brilliantly useful way, King reminds us of our gifts of heart, mind and spirit by introducing the practice and tools of mindfulness, while showing and teaching us how to put them in service to our shared humanity. I wholeheartedly recommend you take this journey alone and together with others who truly want racism to end in our lifetime.
Thanissara, author of Time to Stand Up
This masterful and courageous book is a gift offered from the searing depths of America's ancestral racist wound...both profoundly insightful and challenging... Ruth King’s authentic writing invites us to meet her with vulnerability and honesty while at the same time, inspiring us to faithfully engage the urgent task of accountability and racial healing. This is a book for everyone. Pick it up, read it, live with it, and share it on.
Zenju Earthlyn Manual, author of The Way of Tenderness
Mindful of Race presents a remedy to the pain that has cut across us as human beings and has left a seemingly indelible scar upon our hearts. King boldly states, this mark can be dissolved! With great care she carries us to the place in which we can rest and heal the racial divide.
Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
Mindful of Race is a wonderfully pragmatic and inspiring guide on this journey of transformation. King explores the role of mindfulness in understanding the suffering of racism and the power of mindfulness for healing that corrosive conditioning. Highly recommended.
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love
Mindful of Race is a great contribution. King...show how mindfulness and empathy can help us understand the effects of racism and move toward its ending. A must read for everyone.
Noah Levine, author of The Heart of the Revolution
Ruth King’s work has had a positive impact on me personally and is highly influential in our community, Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. As we all strive to end suffering and confusion, Mindful of Race is more than just a great book, it’s a map to freedom.
Gil Fronsdal, author of The Issue At Hand
Mindfulness of Race is a breath of fresh air by which everyone can find a way to contribute to healing racial pain and divisiveness. By applying mindfulness practice to address racism, Ruth King provides one of the most exciting, hopeful, and useful applications of mindfulness for our times. The book shows how each of us can look within so that contributing to overcome racism is not a burden, it is an expression of our compassion, wisdom, and mutual respect.
Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist
In Mindful of Race, Ruth King boldly declares that “racism is a heart disease that’s curable.” She then proceeds to guide us on a three-part journey to healing. In doing so, King brings all of her compassionate insight, talent and grit to bear. This is a book for the ages, and it is exactly what the world needs now.
Mindful of Race - Not There Yet! Wristbands
These understated yet intriguing wristbands are reminders to be mindful of race and that we’re not there yet — we all have much to learn. By wearing the wristband, we are saying:
- I'm committed to being more mindful of race.
- I'm open to learning, and I'm a safe person to talk to about race.
- I'm dedicated to doing no racial harm and to racial justice.
- I'm committed to bridging separation and healing our communities.
- I want to create new bonds of understanding, right here, right now.
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