A Moment of Reconnection
In Sisters of the Yam, bell hooks examines how black women’s emotional health has been and continues to be impacted by sexism and racism. She explores the links between self-recovery and political resistance and acknowledges the impact of slavery in disconnecting black people from nature hooks reminds us that our ancestors had strong ties to the earth and expresses how important it is for Black people to reconnect with nature. She urges us to actively engage in moments of solitude. To make time to re-engage with ourselves.
To close your BODIES experience, and reflecting on each of our own unique relationships to the natural world, I invite you to enjoy ten minutes of silent solitude.
Preferably this would happen outside, but it could also be spent inside if you prefer.
- Find a place where you feel safe & comfortable - set a timer for 10 mins.
- Sit comfortably and start to connect to your breath.
- Notice the sensations in your body. If you are holding any tension, breathe into that space. Allow yourself to relax and wash away these tensions.
- Next focus your attention on what you can hear, see, touch & smell.
- Keep observing the world around you and connecting to your breath until the timer sounds. Afterwards, write down some notes on your experience. What showed up for you? How did you feel in your mind, body & soul? Did you learn anything?
Thank you for participating
Ray & the BODIES Team x
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