Learning to forgive is a difficult journey of the ego. In spaces where we are task with look at the complexity of race, class, gender, religion, etc., it is sometimes hard to examine why people act the way they do. When building internal resources to combat everyday aggressions, it is helpful to remember the humanity of each person you encounter. This video serves as a reminder of the things we all need to work on and examine in our quest for forgiveness and a world that works for everyone.
Honesty and Healing
Over the last week, I have had a number of conversations with friends and clients about a myriad of subjects. Yet, they all ladder back to honesty and how to be authentic. I have dissected the intent of Baldwin with a Bernie supporter, talked about the intersection of class and race with a C-suite mentor, … Continue reading Honesty and Healing
What would Gwendolyn Brooks Do?
On Tuesday night "The Wrong Way to Save Your Life," was released by Equity Collective's collaborator Megan Stielstra. It was awesome and fun and literary and groundbreaking. There were old fashions and tears and reunions of people that have been working together for decades. People that now fan across the country and globe. Megan was … Continue reading What would Gwendolyn Brooks Do?
Call to Action
The point of my work, why I do the things I do, is to make the world a safer place for my son. He was my point of radicalization. He is what gets me up in the morning and keeps me moving when I am tired of talking to white people about how to do … Continue reading Call to Action
Cultivating agreements that support equitable spaces model the lessons that you would like for folks to learn. It also models the way you expect to be treated and how you expect others will support one another. Many call these agreements norms. As in, what are we normalizing in this space, what can we agree on … Continue reading Holding Space
15 ways to be a better ally
Look, we are all working hard to make this world better. We want to do the right things, while being "good" and "nice." As we have found our way on the road to understanding systems and inequity, there have been more than a few times that we have had to look at our own reflections. We've have … Continue reading 15 ways to be a better ally
A yoga teacher and a police officer walk into a bar…
Beth Zygielbaum is a Yoga teacher and Owner of Leela Yoga in Alameda, CA. She is committed to her community, the studio teachers volunteer at the Alameda County Food Bank once a month, the yoga teacher training connects the Sanskrit concept of seva, work performed without any thought of reward or repayment, to community involvement … Continue reading A yoga teacher and a police officer walk into a bar…
Service with a Smile
There is that point in every protest march where someone throws a bottle at window, or there is an angry outburst. There are those points of unchecked righteousness, the egos that turn causes into identities, the internal time bombs and make activists move away from movements. As an activist, teacher, artist and yogi, I am always … Continue reading Service with a Smile