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Mindful of Race – Spring 2018

Mindful of Race: Understanding & Transforming Habits of Harm

How to grow our inner capacity to face racial ignorance and suffering with a wise and caring heart

TRADE CATALOG COPY – Publisher: Sounds True

In a moment of racial tension, have you ever tried to simply “shrug off” your outrage? Or put on a pleasant face so that others wouldn’t feel uncomfortable? Or dared to take a stand—only to find that it inflamed the situation? With Mindful of Race, Ruth King offers another option: To tend first to our suffering, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change. Drawing on her expertise in both mindfulness instruction and trauma resolution, King supports readers of all backgrounds with an abundance of insights and guided practices to help us identify our misperceptions, honor and engage with our most challenging emotions, temper them with compassionate forgiveness, and find the optimal course of “right action.” Ruth King offers her seasoned background in psychology and her expertise as a meditation teacher and organizational consultant to the awareness of racial wounding and its healing. She is a core teacher at Tara Brach’s Insight Meditation Community and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and the founder of the Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community. At Levi Strauss, Intel, and other organizations, she coached executives and staff in transformative leadership, workplace trauma, and diversity awareness. She is the author of Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible (Gotham, 2007), and other publications.