Thursday, February 16, 2017

Seeking the Body Wisdom to Heal from Racism

Written by Christine Gautreaux, LMSW, Certified InterPlay Leader

Dear Friends,

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:

To Complacency 

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

and warm

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,

Unravel you 

back to your truest form

and re-knit a new reality.

One that includes all races,

all genders,

all faiths.

Each of us,


Stitching together



& safety.

by Christine Gautreaux 2/11/17

In Peace & Play,


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