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.