This week, our hearts are heavy as we reflect on the deeply-rooted racism problem in America.
We’re cognizant of this problem, and we stand in solidarity with the fight against systemic racism, white supremacy, and the historic oppression of the Black community in America.
In the wise words of former U.S. President, Barack Obama:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
We believe that equality and freedom should be a human right, regardless of who you are, where you come from or what you look like. Through the deep powers of empathy and compassion, we can allow ourselves to begin taking our first step towards understanding the issue and learning how to best support and lead change, beginning with ourselves. We invite you to join us in taking this first step, for we are stronger together as one. 🙏
The first step we can take is allowing ourselves to seek out information by asking questions, so naturally we’ll begin by focusing on the act of inquiring. By thinking through the right questions, we can expand our awareness and understand the scope of this long-standing issue. To help us think through this, we invite you to use the following questions as a guide. (Don’t be afraid to put a pen to paper as you inquire!)
Inquiries within ourselves include:
- What steps can I take to be a good ally?
- How am I demonstrating my commitment to doing the necessary work?
- How can the practice of mindfulness fully equip me to do the work?
Inquiries within our communities include:
- What can we do to collectively uplift the Black community?
- How can we recognize and use our privilege for power?
- How can we unite forces to create positive change in our institutions?
Allow mindfulness and your meditation practice to guide our thoughts and focus….sometimes the hard part is not knowing where to begin.
What are some questions you’re asking yourself or others this week?
Beliefs > Thoughts > Words > Actions > Habits > Values
Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
📖 Black Lives Matter Community Resource List: In this document, we have compiled a list of resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement. We invite you in joining us in taking action and use these resources as a tool in doing so.
Aduri offers free and donation-based virtual meditation, mindset and education sessions Monday through Thursday. Check them out here!