Hello Sweet Friends,
First, an excerpt from Rilke’s Letters On Love:
“You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
Resolve to be always beginning— to be a beginner!”
I reach out today from a place of love, compassion and fierce presence.
The past several months have been trying on us all.
For some of us, it likely feels like the bottom of the barrel…
And yet, it feels as if the soul of the earth is surveying us, murmuring to herself, ‘hmmm, what else needs to happen to get this human family to wake up?’
The horrifying events of the past weeks have brought racial injustice to the forefront of the national and global media. While these events themselves are NOTHING NEW in terms of perpetration and oppression of BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color), myself and many other white-bodied people are feeling the call to take a hard look at our privilege.
One year ago, I went through my first real “awakening” with my white privilege.
It’s a longer story I won’t unfold here and now, but suffice to say I got shaken from my slumber. I entered a journey of feeling, grieving, processing and educating.
Through multiple avenues, including community songleading, the issue of cultural appropriation also came very alive for me over the past several years. I’ve begun to question my singing/sharing music from lineages and cultures I don’t fully understand or relate to.
Life is telling me (in not so subtle ways) that it’s time to study my role and place in a culture literally built upon a structure of systemic racism.
These issues are deep, and beg for extensive conversation and discussion.
They ask for
an open heart,
a willingness to be vulnerable, to make mistakes (its inevitable), to be humbled.
For my BIPOC friends here, I honor and acknowledge you. I can do better, and I will do better.
For my white-bodied friends here, I invite you to join me in this discussion, and in creating ally-ship.
Let me be clear: this is a journey.
This is not a sprint.
This is a marathon.
And I’m looking at long-term goals in regards to my own actions and illumination around issues of racial justice, cultural appropriation and white supremacy.
So what are the action steps that will make a difference, NOW and in the FUTURE?
A first important step for me was reading/listening to “White Fragility” by Robin D’Angelo.
This is a guidebook to white privilege, written by a white woman who eloquently, gracefully and plainly lays out why it is so hard for white people to talk about racism. Extremely helpful and eye-opening. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
I know for a fact that some of you are activists in various ways, and I invite feedback, recommendations, suggestions or thoughts in regards to resources, books, podcasts, articles, etc that would support our collective learning about this very important topic.
Here are a some resources I can recommend for ongoing education:
Here are a some resources to support, fund + learn about current events:
– Help the family of George Floyd HERE
– Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE
– Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE.
– Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE.
– Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.
– Want to connect with leaders building grassroots campaigns? Click HERE.
*Note: these links sourced from #TheShowMustBePaused site HERE
And my friends, please remember amidst all this intensity (COVID, racial justice, political uprising…)
to R E S T your bodies, hearts and minds.
We can only be of service to one another and the world if our tank is full.
Eat nourishing foods, get lots of sleep, take time to quiet and meditate, read, journal, reflect, and connect with loved ones.
This is not a time to isolate!
This is a time to reach out, and to reach in.
And please reach out if you’d like to connect.
I’d love to hear from you 🙂
What are you feeling right now?
What actions are you taking?
What support do you need to move forward?
I’m listening. We are in this together.
With love, courage and tenderness,