Day 5: Heartfulness for All Beings within Racism

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes to ourselves, a specific person, or a group of people with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”) and a focus on the heart space in the body. This week, we’re practicing heartfulness in the context of the wounds of racism. Check out our introduction to this topic here.

Our last practice of the week is about all of us - sending love to our collective wounds within racism. We hope this week has been healing - and yet we’re all still suffering, so let’s practice together: May all beings be free from racism.

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed”). Especially given the content of this week, please do what you need to take care of yourself, and reach out if you want to talk.

Day 4: Heartfulness for White People within Racism

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes to ourselves, a specific person, or a group of people with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”) and a focus on the heart space in the body. This week, we’re practicing heartfulness in the context of the wounds of racism. Check out our introduction to this topic here.

Racism disproportionately harms people of color. It also fundamentally causes suffering for all people, including those racialized as “White.” The cultural, economic, social, and political preference for whiteness gives a multitude of privileges to white people - but at the same time, assimilation into the perceived race-less category of “White” cuts them off from their ancestry and a deeper sense of identity and heritage. In this process, people of color have culture and traditions, whereas white identity rests largely in an elevated and prioritized racial position, causing a profound sense of separateness and isolation. The power imbalance inherent to racism means the wounding of white people is hard to see and even harder to acknowledge, but it’s there. Today’s practice is going to involve sending love to these wounds - and remember it’s just a practice, we’re noticing how it lands on us. You can always switch to a different practice that feels more appropriate at any point.

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed”). Especially given the content of this week, please do what you need to take care of yourself, and reach out if you want to talk.

Day 3: Heartfulness for Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes to ourselves, a specific person, or a group of people with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”) and a focus on the heart space in the body. This week, we’re practicing heartfulness in the context of the wounds of racism. Check out our introduction to this topic here.

From institutional and systemic racism to various sorts of violence and hate crimes to everyday bias and microaggressions, the most obvious harm of racism in the US is borne by people of color. Within this group, we wanted to highlight the experience of Black and Indigenous folks, who have suffered deep historical and ongoing injustice in being brought to this country as slaves and having their land and way of life stolen from them, respectively. Today, we’ll be sending love to the wounds of racism borne by Black, Indigenous, and all people of color - with these groups of people in our hearts, let’s begin this practice.

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed”). Especially given the content of this week, please do what you need to take care of yourself, and reach out if you want to talk.

Day 2: Heartfulness for Ourselves Within Racism

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes to ourselves, a specific person, or a group of people with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”) and a focus on the heart space in the body. This week, we’re practicing heartfulness in the context of the wounds of racism. Check out our introduction to this topic here.

While it operates differently for different groups of people, racism fundamentally oppresses all of us by putting us into boxes based on the color of our skin, cutting us off from our whole humanity. Healing from this means starting with ourselves. Today’s practice is about sending love to the parts of ourselves wounded by racism. Take a moment and bring some of these wounds to mind and then hit play.

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed”). Especially given the content of this week, please do what you need to take care of yourself, and reach out if you want to talk.

Day 1: Heartfulness for Ancestors Wounded by Racism

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes to ourselves, a specific person, or a group of people with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”) and a focus on the heart space in the body. This week, we’re practicing heartfulness in the context of the wounds of racism. Check out our introduction to this topic here.

In the U.S., racism has affected people of all skin colors: from enslaved Africans to Indigineous peoples to immigrants from all places, including Caucasian Europeans. Today’s practice is about sending love to all of the people who came before us and were harmed by racism. Taking care of yourself throughout the process, bring to mind some of these groups of people, and we’ll practice with them in mind (and heart).

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed” if you don’t want to so we know you did it, just so we can keep track :).

Week 2 - Heartfulness in the Midst of Racism

Racism - both interpersonal and systemic - is something we’re very much still struggling with these days. Our view at Awaken is that racism is a system that both disproportionately harms certain bodies but also oppresses all of us in profound ways. We wish for a world in which all people are liberated from the numerous manifestations of racism - political, social, economic, spiritual, and so on.

The culture of our times is opening up space to look more deeply at these issues, and we’re learning more and more about how racism operates everyday. As an Indian male, I’ve both experienced racism against me (from outright hate to microaggressions) and discovered the ways in which I hold racist views - the ways in which my actions and thoughts reflect unconscious racist belief systems internalized through culture and experiences. And while the impacts of racism on specific groups of people are vastly different, this basic experience of both being racialized and holding racist views is true for all of us in one way or another.

This week we’re going to practice extending our heart to all beings who have been harmed by racism - which is all of us, and everyone who has come before us. This week explicitly *not about guilt*. Though it might be challenging, I hope it’s rewarding and healing. If you need to talk about anything at all that comes up this week, just reply to any of the messages and I would love to hop on the phone and chat.

You can find the first day’s practice here.

Day 5: Heartfulness for All Beings

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”), a focus on the heart space in the body, and, if you want, visualizations of the person or group you’re practicing with.

We end the week with the most classic of heartfulness practices - extending our hearts to all beings. This practice allows us to experience our fundamental interconnectedness in a personal and direct way. Your loved ones, people you dislike, strangers - and YOU - are all human, and are all worthy of love. Let’s practice sending love to all beings - take a breath and hit play!

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed” if you don’t want to so we know you did it, just so we can keep track :).

Day 4: Heartfulness for a Someone You Don't Like

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”), a focus on the heart space in the body, and, if you want, visualizations.

Today, we’re going to send love to someone we don’t like. This can be a challenging practice. Select the person who feels right to you at this moment to try sending good wishes to - and we recommend someone you have just a mild dislike for, instead of someone you totally hate. However you react to this practice, just notice it, and come back to the phrases and the breath - it’ll be over soon enough. :) Pick your person and hit play!

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed” if you don’t want to so we know you did it, just so we can keep track :).

Day 3: Heartfulness for a Neutral Person

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”), a focus on the heart space in the body, and, if you want, visualizations.

Today, we’re going to send love to a neutral person - someone we don’t really know. Sending loving-kindness to a stranger is a classic heart opening practice. For today’s meditation, pick someone you don’t really know and don’t have good or bad feelings towards - this could be someone you saw on the street or in the grocery store, an acquaintance, or just anyone who is basically a neutral person in your life. Once you’ve picked your person, hit play!

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed” if you don’t want to so we know you did it, just so we can keep track :).

Day 2: Heartfulness for Ourselves

Welcome to the Awaken Heart Project! If you didn’t receive the intro email, you can read it here. Basically, read the below, do the meditation, and respond to the prompt via the comments (and if you don’t want to respond, just write “Completed”).

Heartfulness practice is about sending love and good vibes with a meditation practice that involves repeated phrases (“May I/you/we be safe, happy, healthy, and live with ease”), a focus on the heart space in the body, and, if you want, visualizations.

Today, we’re going to send love to ourselves. This is perhaps the simplest and most powerful meditation practice there is. In a world that has countless ways to make us feel inferior, we can so frequently seem unworthy of our own love. This practice cuts through that, allowing us to experience what it feels like to receive love from ourselves.

Thanks for practicing with us! In the comments, leave 1-3 words that describe or reflect upon your experience of this practice (or just write “Completed” if you don’t want to so we know you did it, just so we can keep track :).