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The Inner Work of Racial Justice is the book I was seeking last month, in the aftermath of a couple years of mindfulness reading and the past two months of finishing close to 10 books on racism and racial justice. Ms. Mage’s work is a profound confluence of my learning streams, and is helping me clarify my next steps but have a robust, nuanced roadmap for the mindful racial justice work I’ve begun and am coming to view as the most important thing I do during whatever time I have left.

Magee, a law professor at ?? and a veteran mindfulness teacher, shares powerful biographical anecdotes across a five part text, each part layering seamlessly on its predecessor. threaded together by core mindfullness practices (such as sitting breath meditation, body scan, mindful walking, yoga, and reflective journaling) and the cultivation of qualities such as lovingkind And compassion in the service of relieving racial suffering.

Part 1 – Grounding

Colorinsight p24: An approach and set of skills that combines mindfulness and compassion practices with engagement with individuals from diverse groups

7 foundations for racial justice: discernment, loving kindness, compassion, patience, don’t know mind, steadfastness, courage to seek and act for justic

Core practices that ground us in awareness, insight, and resilience: The Pause, sitting breath meditation, body scan, mindful walking, yoga, and reflective journaling

Parry 2 – Seeing – awareness of racism in us, relationships and communities, and it’s personal, interpersonal, and systemic dimensions

Race a social construction but has real consequences for people

Awareness of roots of suffering described in Buddhist teaching: clinging, aversion, and ignorance

Understanding of white privilege

Seeing implicit bias

Adding the aRAIN meditation framework to the mindfulness toolbox

Part 3 – Being

Staying present with what arises

Softening sense of separate self

Healing ourselves is the first step of awakening

Creating capacity for healing Identifying and sharing our race stories

Paying attention to how identity based differences create vulnerabilities for people

Part 4 – Doing

Asking yourself, What kind of a society do I want to live in?

Deepening racial justice work

Seeking transformative chanfe

Bearing witness to others suffering

Skill building resilient relationships

Mindful listening

Developing trust

Social deconstruction of race

Mindfulness leads to emotional intelligence which leads to social intelligence

Becoming a space in which the truth can be spoken

STOP mindfulness practice

Grounding in the Flow of the Elements Meditation

Part 5 – Liberating

The fruits of mindfulness

Humanity Consciousnesses p 333: An approach to law and policy that emerges from mindfulness and compassion practice:

* We see interconnectedness

* We feel the suffering of others.

* We discern what action might help alleviate the suffering and harm.

* We take action and reflect on its impact.

If we see one another clearly, Magee writes, we’re able to see each other’s value, take on another’s pain as our own, and together be able to disrupt the patters that led to that pain

Healing in the context of community

Healing of trauma

Interbeing of all injustices

Relieve suffering

Live ethically

Lifelong work of racial justice

Policy change!

Expect resistance

Remember your mindfulness resources

Remain true to your values and intentions