What I’m Reading

The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness

I have been a bit off with my self study. My girl Karen had posted an excerpt from a new publication I had never even heard of. I can get really confused with making a decision on how to spend my time, what I read and what I do. There seems to be so much to learn and I never can settle on where to begin. Instead of me wasting time deciding if I am going to read this book I just began to read. My favorite so far in Part 1 Essentials is  “Refocus and Go Harder”, no truer words have ever been spoken. What I appreciate is the very clear point of we are all responsible for what our lives looks like and feel like. We keep saying things that we believe but have no discipline to put into practice. Gucci makes it easy to be real with yourself, so you can be true to yourself.

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I’ve enjoyed a break from professional readings and training material which brought me to this lovely collection of fantasy short stories. I never realized how exciting imagination can be, I’ve mostly imagined bullshit that has distracted me in real life. The first story was unexpectedly frightening and dangerously realistic. Find some time to enjoy a story or two. Can you tell the difference between fantasy and fact in your own life? Sometimes….they are so close I can’t tell myself. (1/15/2020)

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While this article is 24 months old, I’m happy it found me. Moving into spaces where meditation and mindfulness are offerings for the Black community means acknowledging the current self care landscape is steeped in Whiteness. What does this mean for Black practitioners? How do we decolonize the tools, vocabulary and contexts used for training? How do we build the muscles needed to move mindfulness forward for the many in need of modalities that resonate with their identities? It isn’t an easy to return to our natural selves when our physical natural selves is what draws judgement and oppression. Being mindful in a black body is an entirely different reality. I’m mindful of how I’m seen, received, perceived and feared. Take some time to check out this brief interview it is worth a look.

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A wonderful 5-7 minute read on the many nuances of Black women and our anger.

Why I read it: I’m ready to be honest about unpacking Black rage. It is something that I feel I don’t understand as a Black woman and want nothing more than to free myself from the shame of feeling angry, resentful, bitter because it is slowly eating away at my physical health.

Why I’m inviting you to read it: I found it useful to have new references and gobbled up the Audre Lourde  keynote “The Uses of anger: Women Responding to Racism”