Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

by Ruth King


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"Racism is a heart disease," writes Ruth King, "and it's curable." Exploring a crucial topic seldom addressed in meditation instruction, this revered teacher takes to her pen to shine a compassionate, provocative, and practical light into a deeply neglected and world-changing domain profoundly relevant to all of us.

With Mindful of Race, Ruth King offers:

Tend first to our suffering, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change.

Here, she invites us to explore:

Ourselves as racial beings, the dynamics of oppression, and our role in racism
• The power of paying homage to our most turbulent emotions, and perceiving the wisdom they hold
• Key mindfulness tools to understand and engage with racial tension
• Identifying our "soft spots" of fear and vulnerability—how we defend them and how to heal them
• Embracing discomfort, which is a core competency for transformation
• How our thoughts and emotions "rigidify" our sense of self—and how to return to the natural flow of who we are
• Body, breath, and relaxation practices to befriend and direct our inner resources
• Identifying our most sensitive "activation points" and tending to them with caring awareness
• "It’s not just your pain"—the generational constellations of racial rage and ignorance and how to work with them
• And many other compelling topics
Drawing on her expertise as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, King helps readers of all backgrounds examine with fresh eyes the complexity of racial identity and the dynamics of oppression. She offers guided instructions on how to work with our own role in the story of race and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care to come to a place of greater clarity and compassion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683640813
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 120,670
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Ruth King is an international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, serving on the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. King formally managed training and organizational development at Levi Strauss and Intel corporations, consulting to leaders on cultural change initiatives. Currently, King teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program nationwide to teams and organizations by combining mindfulness principles with an exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential. King has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and is the author of several publications, including Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible and her most recent book, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. Learn more at www.ruthking.net.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Racism Is a Heart Disease, and It's Curable! 1

Part 1 Understanding Habits of Harm-Diagnosis

Chapter 1 Two Realities, One Truth 17

Chapter 2 Individual and Group Racial Identity 23

Chapter 3 Racial Group Dominance and Subordination 35

Chapter 4 Six Hindrances to Racial Harmony 45

Part 1 Summary 69

Part 2 Mindfulness-Heart Surgery

Chapter 5 Life Is Not Personal, Permanent, or Perfect 73

Chapter 6 Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice 79

Chapter 7 Cultivating Calm: Sitting and Walking Practice 83

Chapter 8 Kindness Practice 93

Chapter 9 Understanding the Cycle of Misperception 105

Chapter 10 Working with Racial Distress: RAIN Practice 109

Part 2 Summary 127

Part 3 Cultivating a Culture of Care-Recovery

Chapter 11 Cultivating Moral Character 131

Chapter 12 Compassion Practice 145

Chapter 13 The Wake-Up Call: Racial Affinity Groups 165

Chapter 14 Talking about What Disturbs You 177

Chapter 15 What White People Can Do with Privilege 189

Chapter 16 What People of Color Must Do Together 213

Chapter 17 Artistry: Cultural Medicine 237

Chapter 18 Equanimity Practice 243

Messy at Best! 253

Acknowledgments 261

About the Author 265

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