The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

by Rhonda V. Magee
The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

by Rhonda V. Magee


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“Illuminates the very heart of social justice and how it might be approached and nurtured through mindfulness practices in community and through the discernment and new degrees of freedom these practices entrain.” —from the foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
In a society where unconscious bias, microaggressions, institutionalized racism, and systemic injustices are so deeply ingrained, healing is an ongoing process. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of those like us, and to blame others. This book profoundly shows that in order to have the difficult conversations required for working toward racial justice, inner work is essential. Through the practice of embodied mindfulness—paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way—we increase our emotional resilience, recognize our own biases, and become less reactive when triggered.
As Sharon Salzberg, New York Times-bestselling author of Real Happiness writes, “Rhonda Magee is a significant new voice I've wanted to hear for a long time—a voice both unabashedly powerful and deeply loving in looking at race and racism.” Magee shows that embodied mindfulness calms our fears and helps us to exercise self-compassion. These practices help us to slow down and reflect on microaggressions—to hold them with some objectivity and distance—rather than bury unpleasant experiences so they have a cumulative effect over time. Magee helps us develop the capacity to address the fears and anxieties that would otherwise lead us to re-create patterns of separation and division.
It is only by healing from injustices and dissolving our personal barriers to connection that we develop the ability to view others with compassion and to live in community with people of vastly different backgrounds and viewpoints. Incorporating mindfulness exercises, research, and Magee's hard-won insights, The Inner Work of Racial Justice offers a road map to a more peaceful world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143132820
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 374,137
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rhonda V. Magee is a professor of law at the University of San Francisco. Also trained in sociology and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), she is a highly practiced facilitator of trauma-sensitive, restorative MBSR interventions for lawyers and law students, and for minimizing the effects of social-identity-based bias. Magee has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jon Kabat-Zinn ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Grounding 9

Chapter 1 Pausing and Reckoning 11

Chapter 2 Sitting with Compassionate Racial Awareness 19

Chapter 3 Honoring and Remembering 30

Chapter 4 Mindfulness Practice as Colorlnsight Practice 49

Chapter 5 True Inheritance 55

Part 2 Seeing 63

Chapter 6 Looking at the Reality of Racism 65

Chapter 7 Deepening Insight Through Compassion 74

Chapter 8 Seeing Implicit Bias 94

Chapter 9 RAINing Racism: Recognizing, Accepting, and Investigating Racism with Non-Identification 103

Chapter 10 Developing Mindful Racial Literacy amid Complexity 116

Chapter 11 Making the Invisible Visible Through Mindfulness 127

Part 3 Being 139

Chapter 12 Mindful Social Connection 141

Chapter 13 Personal Justice 157

Chapter 14 Entering a Room Full of People (and Elephants), and Leaving a Community 163

Chapter 15 From Identity-Safety to Bravery 174

Chapter 16 Particularity as the Doorway to Empathy and Common Humanity 189

Part 4 Doing 201

Chapter 17 "Fuck! " and Other Mindful Communications 203

Chapter 18 Deconstructing Whiteness and Race 216

Chapter 19 Color-Blind Racism and Its Consequences 229

Chapter 20 The Wolf in the Water: Working with Strong Emotion in Real Time 250

Chapter 21 In Living Color: Walking the Walk of Mindful Racial Justice 265

Part 5 Liberating 285

Chapter 22 Walking Each Other Home 287

Chapter 23 That Everything May Heal Us 295

Chapter 24 Hearts Without Borders: Deep Interpersonal Mindfulness 305

Chapter 25 Stepping into Freedom 326

Acknowledgments 335

Notes 339

Index 347

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