The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities Through Mindfulness
An essential mindfulness- and compassion-based approach to confront racial injustice and work toward healing.
Law professor and mindfulness practitioner Rhonda Magee reveals that the work of racial justice begins with ourselves. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of our own tribe, and to blame others. The practice of embodied mindfulness--paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgemental way--increases our emotional resilience, helps us to recognize our unconscious bias, and gives us the space to become less reactive and to choose how we respond to injustice.
For victims of injustice, embodied mindfulness calms our fears and helps us to exercise self-compassion. Magee shows us how to slow down and reflect on microaggressions--to hold them with some objectivity and distance, rather than bury unpleasant experiences so they have a cumulative effect over time. It is only by healing from injustices and dissolving our personal barriers to connection that we develop the ability to view others with compassion and to live in community with people of vastly different backgrounds and viewpoitns. Incorporating mindfulness exercises and Magee's hard-won insights, The Inner Work of Racial Justice offers a road map to a more peaceful world.