When we, who understand ourselves to be white, open ourselves to the realities of racism, it can feel overwhelming. Our privilege has often protected us from the pain of the entrenched and lasting systems of harm in which we live.
The good news is that there are ways to surface, sit with, and process the hard realities of racism and the feelings they provoke in us so that we can become responsive rather than reactive.
In this workshop, we’ll explore some reasons for the common hurtful reactions named above, review some techniques for listening with genuine curiosity, and experience some simple grounding exercises and practices we can use to increase our resources and resilience when triggered.
Together, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and work to keep ourselves awake, grounded, and responsive.