Mindful of Race 101

Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

This self-study course offers an introduction to the Mindful of Race framework using the Rubik to illustrate six concepts in three intersecting pairs. These concepts support an investigation of our racial habits of mind that influence how we show up in the world.

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What you will learn:

Recognize your commonality as a racial being and your racial group conditioning


Understand power dynamics and its role in structural racism


Discover two structures that support an uprooting of racial habits of harm


Learn of a pathway to deepen your awareness and impact on racial harmony


This course includes approximately five video recordings (totaling 50 minutes), one audio instructions, and several readings, reflections, and exercises. You can expect to spend from 3-6 hours inclusive of instructions and reflections.

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Why Mindful of Race 101?

Racism remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time. The scars and history of racism impacts all of us, without exception. It impacts our capacity to genuinely love, and it blinds us to our humanity.

Racism 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 at the root of racial harm and racial healing. We each must ask ourselves:

Why are matters of race still matters of concern throughout the world?
And what does this have to do with me?

Racial Awareness Rubik: 6 Concepts, 3 Pairs:

The Rubik is a useful metaphor to illustrate and remember the Mindful of Race core concepts. The Rubik is a complex and dynamic puzzle that requires focused attention and wise effort. Once you understand the goal and intersecting concepts of the Rubik, you can interact with it more skillfully each time you engage. Likewise, the six concepts of Mindful of Race shows us the complexity and dynamics of our racial conditioning (aka colors) and its impact on collective well-being (Rubik cube as one system).

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Individual & Group Identity

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Dominant & Subordinated Group Dynamics

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Mindfulness Practice & Racial Affinity Group Development

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Companion Reference

Transforming racism begins on the inside! Becoming mindful of how dynamics of race and racism play inside of your heart, mind, bodies, communities, and organizations profoundly supports social wellbeing.

The aim of this introductory course is to enliven your understanding of the Mindful of Race book, to stimulate greater self-awareness, and to provide you with a path that deepens your understanding and social responsibility to racial harmony.

Endorsements:

Testimonial: Hanif Fazal

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Center for Equity & Inclusion
Susan Bauer-Wu

Susan Bauer-Wu

President, Mind & Life Institute

The Mindful of Race Training opened our eyes; it put a fire under us and allowed us to get real. To move the needle, it's critical to engage people who are knowledgeable and can guide us on this journey…The work is deep and the ripples continue!

 

Susan Bauer-Wu
JoAnna Hardy

Joanna Hardy

Author & Founder of Meditation Coalition

Ruth King's work has been so life changing to me and as many of the communities that i serve in. I served as a Guided Teacher for a community struggling with issues around race, misogyny, and hierarchy. Through doing Ruth's training we had to open up to tough conversations and realities and dig in.

 

JoAnna Hardy
Tanisha Pleasant

Tanisha Pleasant

Senior Director of Network Impact, StriveTogether

We were able to deepen our understanding of the role that social historical and cultural conditioning played not only in the work we are doing but how we do the work. Ruth did such a great job drawing the connection between mindfulness and race equity work, with mindfulness serving as a resource - the practice to stay present and remain grounded.

 

Tanisha Pleasant
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