6/1/20 - SPECIAL ZOOM SESSION RE: AN OPEN DISCUSSION ABOUT RACISM TONIGHT AT 7:00 p.m.
As many of you know, I have posted episodes of my "Beads On A String" talks on the YouTube channel. These talks have mostly centered around recognizing abuse in its many forms and ways that yoga can help people to heal. The theme of these talks has always been we are all in this together and that is more true than ever.
Yoga can be a powerful force for good when practiced by individuals... a regular practice can help one to recognize truth in their lives and lead to identifying and overcoming negative influences. But it is by no means a easy or magical solution and it requires intense self reflection and hard work.
Many of you have been practicing with me and with each other for many years and have put in the hard work to better your lives.
Now it is time for us to explore a different way that yoga can help by coming together as a community outside of the studio.
We finally have the technology to do this and I'm choosing to use it.
Abuse in its many forms thrives when we do not communicate. It holds power over us when we are silent and it grows when we isolate and give in to not knowing, talking and supporting each other.
Tonight's Zoom session is meant to bring us together. All voices are welcome and necessary. It is essential that we hear the truth from each other - truth from those of you we have known and practiced with for so long as well as voices from people we have not yet been able to meet. Everyone.
It will not be easy. There is pain to be heard. But that is part of identifying the truth, and if we don't start with the truth we can never find a solution.
There are no wrong emotions to express tonight. There is nobody that can tell another person how to feel. Our joining together will reflect an acceptance of this, and our goal is to let each other know that we all support each other and ultimately want good things for all people.
Please join tonight to tell your story and to share your feelings, or just to connect and listen to others talk about the events now shaping our world. The more we know about each other, the better we can be as a community.
I ask that a few rules be followed:
1. This is not a political forum. We do not need to discuss parties, organizations or office holders. Tonight is dedicated to hearing voices in our community and learning about each other.
2. We do not seek to define "right" and "wrong". We are not gathering to judge. We need to hear from each other because things have gone terribly, terribly wrong and the only way we can help each other is to start by listening.
3. Please stay focused on your personal feelings and experiences. That is what makes this real for everyone.
4. We are not so bold as to think that some easy solution will be discovered tonight. Our only goal is to humbly accept each others experiences and to assure each other that we are not alone, that we all have a voice and that maybe somewhere in all of this we can at least support each other.
I hope you can join us. We can do this.
ZOOM is an app for your computer and phone and can be downloaded at no cost from your app store. I will post a link to our meeting on my facebook and instagram accounts before our meeting tonight and we will begin at 7:00 pm. There is no cost - everyone is welcome to join up to the 100 person limit. You are welcome to enable your camera or choose not to. You are welcome to tell your story or just listen, it is completely up to you.