Statement from the Spirit Rock Teachers Council

As Buddhist meditation leaders, teachers and practitioners, we are concerned with the welfare and safety of everyone in our society. These commitments are based upon an understanding of our shared vulnerability in this life. Separating migrant children from their families unambiguously harms children and their families – this harm is immediate and severe and endures …

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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. Sydney Reece, M.E.d., international educator and poet in social justice advocacy and mindfulness-based meditation teacher This is the textbook of unlearning American racial …

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How to Be Equanimous in a Racialized World – Lion’s Roar Magazine

“As we walk through the minefields of social injustice and hardship, we may want to call on the strength of these elemental inner resources for balance and equipoise. For example, there are times when we will need to stand our ground, strong like a mountain, and observe what emerges. And there are times when we …

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Racial Bias – Tricycle Excerpt

“We have racially conditioned perceptions that operate based on past experiences that are stored in the mind. These include memories, views, beliefs, and fears, all of which stimulate the mind to act or behave in ways that make sense to us. Once we perceive race, the mind immediately scans the memory bank of past experiences …

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Good Use of Privilege

My mother, Lodie Mae Cherry, passed away four years ago to this day – May 3, 2014. She was a month short of 90. I was teaching a Mindful of Race training in Charlottesville, VA, when I received the call, and it took all I had to complete the last day of training before catching …

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Tricycle Magazine Highlights Mindful of Race

In their 2018 Summer Issue, Tricycle Magazine highlights an excerpt from my recent publication, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out. I hope you enjoy it here:  

Publishers Weekly: Mindful of Race Book Review

Meditation instructor King draws on her long experience with meditation and diversity consulting for multinational companies (such as Levi Strauss and Intel) in this helpful overview of using meditation and mindfulness to work through pain and conflict rooted in structural racism. King offers clear and specific guidelines for meditation practices intended to help both people …

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FAQ About Rage

A Bit about Rage Rage sits at the crossroads of personal transformation. Those of us seeking spiritual enlightenment will inevitably stumble upon personal rage on the path. Rage is not to be understood as a useless emotion, empty of story or knowledge. Rather rage is fierce clarity and untapped fuel. Embraced with compassion, the energy …

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