What “Unlearning” Really Means and Why It’s Important

Hi, dear souls.

I hope you are staying well in this wild, wild world of ours. While justified and very necessary, the turmoil and upheaval of the #blacklivesmatter movement likely has many of your empathic hearts feeling a little out of whack. Know that this is normal and you’re not alone.

In the midst of this mass awakening of consciousness, take good care of yourself. Feed your body a nourishing meal made of whole foods today. Avoid overdoing it on foods that tend to be inflammatory like dairy, gluten, and sugar. Meditate for 10-20 minutes in the morning or evening. Move some stagnant energy out of your body by having a mini dance party with yourself or going for a walk. Allow your feelings to come up and be honored along the way. Share them with a trusted friend.

Self-care is vitally important in times of imbalance. However, it’s important not to use exhaustion or overwhelm as an excuse to shy away from the deep anti-racism work we all have waiting for us. I am currently working through Layla F. Saad’s workbook Me and White Supremacy. Saad makes clear that the 28-day challenge that makes up the book does not involve a “rest day” or time off. This is because, as she knows so painfully from personal experience, racism and the white supremacist foundations of our institutions in this nation do not take days off.

In order for true and lasting change to amount from this massive and warranted outpouring of pain from the Black community, we need to make a commitment to daily work. I’m not saying we have to be studying history for hours on end each day and donating our life savings. This daily work can be doable. It can be one small step at a time.