Today's reading is one of the most honest and straight-forward treatments of racism and intolerance of diversity that I have ever seen. I would like to hear from readers of this blog:
Does what Diane Mariechild says about how we have been taught to fear, hate and compete resonate with you?
What are other ways that power can be expressed, aside from the dominant/subordinate model so prevalent in our world?
Gloria Dean Randle Scott uses a metaphor: a great chain of inferiority. What does this mean to you?
Finally, Mariechild gives us another practice. (By the way: how are you doing with these practices? So far, she has offered suggestions on January 5 - a prayer; January 7 - self-affirmation; January 11 - imagination.)
Her idea is to imagine a gift from another culture..
breathe in and receive the gift...
breathe out and realize how the gift has enhanced your life...
breathe in gratitude...
fill with gratitude...
breathe out thankfulness.
I work a lot with the breath both for pain management and in my spiritual life. If it is new to you and you would like to know more about how it works, here are a few links to blog posts of mine and to information on the web.
From my blog: Beyond Theory and Discussion; Inhabiting Our Bodies.
From the web: a video; a website.
I would love to hear from you. Use the Comment box below, or email me at email@example.com. Thank you.
Carol D. Marsh
- With a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree (Goucher College, August 2014), I am looking at a new phase in my life. From 1992 to 2009, I served as Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House, a residence for homeless women living with AIDS. I left this position when Chronic Migraine Disease overtook my ability to do my job. Now I hope that a writing career will both accommodate the migraines and give me a creative, productive outlet. And soon, September 4, I will launch my Inkshares author page in a bid to hit the 1,000 pre-order goal in 90 days. The book I want to publish is "Nowhere Else I Want to Be," a memoir of ten of my years at Miriam's House.