Racism is a heart disease, and it's curable!
Racism remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time. It is fed through unawareness, oppressive systems, and the misuse of power. Deepening our understanding of how we have been conditioned to think and react is curative to this heart disease and fundamental to collective wellbeing.
The Mindful of Race Institute was established to support individuals, organizations, and communities seeking to engage in the inner work of racial healing and social wellbeing. Founded by Ruth King, the Institute offers a range of training programs and interventions that emphasize racial understanding, connection, and accountability. Our consulting begins with an educational training of the Mindful of Race framework.
“Ruth’s work offers us healing medicine for the great suffering of racism. She 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.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Compassion, Radical Acceptance, and True Refuge
Fundamental to the Institute’s offerings is that participants are asked to examine two questions: Why are matters of race still matters of concern ? And, What does this have to do with me? These questions are meant to initiate us into a journey of self inquiry and a call to care for the web of our humanity. Distinctive to the Institute's program offerings is the opportunity to examine and transform our racial conditioning as individuals and as racial groups within the systemic power structures that we inhabit.
Mindfulness principles and meditation practices are core to this investigation as they support us in examining our racial habits, history, and heritage as lived in our bodies and minds, and reflected in the world. Mindfulness supports an embodied integration of racial awareness and social response. It ripens curiosity and presence, and reveals to us both the raw truth of racial distress and our experiences of freedom.
The Mindful of Race Institute offers experiences that deepen our understanding of how we individually and collectively contribute to racial harm and harmony. In our introspective and transformative journey, we realize our interdependence and our impact on others, and we discover the power of compassion through acts of non-harming, respect, and social responsibility. Our services also support teams and organizations to exemplify diversity, equity, and inclusion aspirations.
If you would like to support the Mindful of Race Institute’s teachings, you are welcome to make a contribution toward our general operations. While your contribution is not tax deductible, your financial support helps make it possible for us to offer our teachings as widely as possible, including supporting those who don’t otherwise have the financial means to access our programs. Thank you for your generous contribution!