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 :).