This week +Jennifer Denning and +Christine Gautreaux started the course Seeking the Body Wisdom to Heal From Racism: Waking up White.
We are exploring and researching our ability to play and stretch through discomfort by using InterPlay forms to tell our stories. We are uncovering ways to dance with the challenges of racism and privilege. We entered into the practice AND looked at how we use InterPlay to deal with our own socialized systemic racism. This class is based on the book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Irving.
Eight of us gathered. We babbled, we moved, we sang and we connected.
It was a powerful start to this leg of the journey.
Here is a poem I wrote this past weekend (at Poems of Witness: Speaking the Truth Going to the Heart with John Fox, LPT) that feels relevant to this work:
There you are...
my old dear friend...
My frayed and washed out sweater
I continue to wrap around my shoulders
when you no longer fit.
You have kept me sheltered
in my privileged bubble
while others have gone cold and hungry
naked in this unjust world.
It is time to set you down
pass you on
Or better yet,
back to your truest form
and re-knit a new reality.
One that includes all races,
Each of us,
by Christine Gautreaux 2/11/17
In Peace & Play,
P.S. Our Secrets of InterPlay weekend and The Secrets of Leading InterPlay Weekend is coming up on March
24Th. Followed by The Life Practice Program! If you are interested in learning more about InterPlay and how to use
it in your daily life check out these offerings!