So, I’ve decided I want to do a meditation experiment for yoga month. A bit of meditation, everyday. YogaDork has a really cute post up about one-minute meditations, which is adorable. You should check it out.
A minute is a good thing.
But you know what I’ve also been thinking about this week? Unpleasant things: racism, violence, brutality. I was doing some heavy reading on racism for a project. Not to get all political–I save that for The Polycultural content–but it made me wonder, how can yoga address the brutality of the world in practical terms?
We all talk about living our yoga, valuing ahimsa, and promoting peacefulness. Usually those ideas are projected on a global scale. However, I’ve been thinking local this week. Mostly, musing on how the ugly -isms creep into our society. Racism. Sexism. Ableism. Sizeism. What can I do? They’re challenging to pinpoint because they are de facto rather than de jure.
Resist Racism has a great practical exercise:
“One of the exercises I have done in the past involves asking people to think about something that hurt them deeply. They are not required to share it. They are just asked to keep it firmly in mind and then to imagine that they have told somebody about it in great detail.
Here is the response, “Why are you being so oversensitive?”
“I don’t see what the big deal is.”
“I don’t find that offensive at all.”
In addition, the original hurt is replicated by other people. Over and over again. And they don’t seem to understand why it bothers you. Nobody understands how you feel. They tell you to get a thicker skin. To stop walking around with a chip on your shoulder. To let it roll off your back.”
My goal for this month: using this exercise as a meditation tool and a guide in my interactions with other people.