Mindful Book Club: Self-Awareness

around Racial Injustice 

If  you have found yourself impacted by the calls for racial justice, there's a simple way to start.  Many speakers on this topic are calling out for each of us (mainly white people) to educate ourselves. 

There are many resources and one of the suggested lists is here

While I could attempt to go through a list like this alone, I prefer to do it in community.  I believe that we have the most opportunity to grow when we do things, especially hard things, together.  And if you're like me, you're more likely to do something when you have asked yourself to show up on a regular basis. 

I have created two events below to kick off this book club series. 

To do this inner work, a safe space will be held to reflect, learn and grow. 
In addition to reading & responding to a book, reflective tools of guided meditation & journaling will also be offered during our time together. 
There is no fee, but donations will be accepted if you would like to contribute to a racial justice cause (which we will decide on together). 
If you are interested but these times won't work for you, please reach out to me.  

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First up!

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo  

The order link will take you to a list of Bookstores in PA (& beyond) that are black-owned if you would like to purchase from one of these sources.

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In Person

RSVP

Sunday evening, July 12th

7:15-8:30 PM

We will meet in my back yard just outside of Hershey, PA (please bring a chair) weather-permitting or in my basement studio

We will practice (some level of)  physical distancing.

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by Zoom

RSVP

Thursday evening, July 8th

7:15-8:30 PM EST

We will meet via Zoom format and use breakout rooms as needed for more intimate sharing times.

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The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

July 25th,

SUNDAY evening

on Zoom

7:15-8:30 PM EST

(Zoom)

Mindful Book Club: 

Fiction

SUNDAY evenings

on Zoom

7:15-8:30 PM EST

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Balram, living in contemporary India, is a man with aspirations and dreams he fears will never be realized considering his current position as a chauffeur and servant of the wealthy in a society with an absurdly large gap between rich and poor. As he takes it upon himself to rise above the muck in a series of unethical and criminal actions, The White Tiger will challenge your concepts of right and wrong and make you feel guilty for laughing along the way.

August 15th,

SUNDAY evening

on Zoom

7:15-8:30 PM EST

??  Why Join the Mindful Book Club ?? 

 

How certain are you that you understand race & its implications?

Do you feel you have a solid response to addressing racial differences? 

Is "color-blindness" helpful or harmful?  

How much do you assume that everyone's racial experience is similar to yours?

Is remaining "neutral" on issues of race possible as a just, fair person?

What happens when we don't talk about race?

If you have been feeling the need to increase your Racial Awareness IQ maybe you've found it a bit overwhelming to know where to start.  Many speakers on this topic are calling out for each of us (mainly white people) to educate ourselves. 

There are many resources and one of the suggested lists is here

While I could attempt to go through a list like this alone, I prefer to do it in community.  I believe that we have the most opportunity to grow when we do things, especially hard things, together.  And if you're like me, you're more likely to do something when you have asked yourself to show up on a regular basis. 

The focus will be on moving to a fuller understanding of this complicated issue.

To do this inner work, a safe space will be held to reflect, learn and grow. 
In addition to reading & responding to a book, reflective tools of guided meditation & journaling will also be offered during our time together. 
There is no fee, but charitable donations will be accepted if you would like to contribute.