how do we recenter?

as a yoga teacher-in-training, i would have to tell you meditation. to take time with yourself and become one with the Universe. meditation refers to the practice of stillness of the body and the mind. this can be sitting quietly and focusing on the flame of a candle (and releasing stress) or just breathing.

as a teacher, i would tell you to plan. get a planner. i recently got a passion planner and it has a bunch of resources on how to plan, they even have free calendars on their site available for download!

once you have figured out how you want to tribute to the greater good of our society, you have to have a plan. ask the Universe for guidance. allow yourself to be guided so that you can complete your task.

how do we repost?

well this one is pretty self explainatory- you screenshot, you retweet, you create content for reposting.

what should i be reposting? anything that helps the movement- information on current events, mistakes in information, resources and history.

try your best to ensure that information is accurate so that you are passing along good information. view material from a critical perspective- who is writing this, who is their audience, what’s the goal of this piece and what is it telling me? by using the 5 W’s and H (who, what, when, where, why and how), you can critically analyze any piece.

this amazing book is a great resource that discusses mindset shifts and how to create a life you want to live. her positive affirmations and mindset can be used to shift your mind to focus on what you can contribute to help the issue.

how do we invest?

investing can manifest in many different ways. we look at our local community and figure out what it needs.

what need do you want to fill?

for me, i saw that education was a need. that we needed more strong black educators to teach our youth the real history. to love them. to invest in them.

so i keep going and am getting my masters to teach.

now i’m not saying go and be a teacher. but i’m saying use your passions to invest in the community. what is your career doing to better the lives of others?

if you can’t answer that, think of other things you could do. volunteering is important. running non-profits is important. find a way to serve and invest in it.

invest in the community. it’s ours to take care of.

how do we plan?

first, you figure out what you need.

how much sleep do you need? food? water? alone time? social time?

figure out what you need to keep going. one of the biggest thing for me, like i said in the last post is yoga. it relieves stress and grounds me. i know that i need sleep too.

most of all, i know i need like minded people to talk to. i need to think things out.

i need to find research and documentaries that valid/reflect my feelings. i find it inspirational

so think about what you need?

therapy? will help you locate a therapist in your area that is black. it can often be helpful to turn inward to our community during this time.

sleep? try lavendar oil on your pillow. take a sea salt soak. or an epsom salt bath. this activities help relieve stress and will help you sleep

research? this gets a little more complicated. as an educator, i have turned to data bases such as ERIC, but i am unfamiliar with many other historical databases. but google could help with that.

so where do we go from here?

studying racism, actively working to dismantle it, and listen to authentic experiences, are some of the few things i’ve seen as “tips” to solve issues.

i like to believe that right now our world is trying to heal, but in order to heal, you have to know what’s wrong.

what’s wrong with america, as well as pretty much the world, is that there is this idea that black people don’t matter.

that our presence is unnecessary and that our lives are disposable.

so as we protest and gather and try to come up with solutions, where do we go?

how do we heal?

  1. we make a plan- we research, we investigate and we figure out ways to support ourselves. your cup needs to be full to be able to support others. find ways to support yourself. yoga and therapy have helped me a lot.
  2. we invest- we find avenues to support others. what activist work is being done in your area? how can you get involved locally? how can invest in your community?
  3. we repost- we use social media and other forms of communication to get the word out. we share what we have learned with others.
  4. we recenter- our priority needs to be on the health of ourselves and our community. what is your profession doing to support this issue? service to the community is a commitment. how can you commit? is it volunteering? is it teaching so our youth are educated properly?

there is no time to waste. the time is now.