Online: Liberation Teachings of Embodied Wisdom and Compassion Through Presence and Somatic Listening
A BIPOC Six Month Book Study of My Grandmother’s Hands
with Peace Twesigye and Nakawe Cuebas Berrios
Thursdays, September 3rd, 2020 – March 11th, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm ET
This is a meditation and practice group for those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
Join us for a weekly guided practice and inquiry group to delve deeply into the dynamic book, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem. The author is a Black trauma therapist, and offers embodied practices to explore the somatic experience while looking at racialized trauma in the United States. He speaks from the wisdom of his grandmother and his own expertise in somatic therapy, a field that emphasizes the mind-body connection.
“I’ve developed somatic-body approaches that negotiate the common historical and perpetual myths that Black bodies, Native bodies, and other bodies of Color are inherently deviant and that the white body is the standard of humanness.” – Resmaa Mekenam
As dedicated Dharma practitioners and facilitators, Nakawe Cuebas Berrios and Peace Twesigye will provide a safe space to explore with open curiosity and interest how this pathway interweaves with the Buddhadharma path of liberation. Through book discussions, embodied exercises, meditations, and celebrations of resilience, we aim to create a generative communal space while getting in touch with the felt sense of embodied suffering, stress, and unresolved trauma, to (re)learn ancient and new pathways of healing and energy release that is then available for continuing liberation.
Along with My Grandmother’s Hands, we will interweave the Buddha’s teachings with emphasis on the Satipatthana; the four foundations of mindfulness, focusing practice in the first foundation of the body for our base of groundedness and healing, cultivation of the Brahmavihara heart practices, and an exploration of the Three Refuges, with emphasis on building on the refuge of the sangha/community.
In this course we aim, as Resmaa Mekenam offers, “to be able to create a container by which you can reclaim the things that you can heal with and reclaim the things that your ancestors have healed with. Reclaim those things so you can provide a solace and healing for not only yourself and your family and this current generation, but for the next nine generations.”
This is not therapy, nor are we therapists. The intention is to know the experience of the body as we create a communal container to lean into as we move through content of anti-blackness and racialized trauma as it lives in the dominant culture of the United States.
This course will meet weekly from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursdays starting September 3rd, 2020 and end on March 11th, 2021, excluding only November 26th, December 24th and December 31st.
*New and experienced meditators welcome and a daily meditation practice is encouraged to deepen this journey together.
“All of this suggests that one of the best things each of us can do—not only for ourselves, but also for our children and grandchildren—is to metabolize our pain and heal our trauma. Your body—all of our bodies—are where changing the status quo must begin.” -Resmaa Makenam
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