Friday, November 19 • 8:30 am to 9:30 am

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Mindful Practice
A compassion-based approach to confront racial injustice and work towards healing

The work of racial justice begins with ourselves. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of our own tribe, and to blame others. The practice of embodied mindfulness — paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, non-judgmental way — increases our emotional resilience, helps us to recognize our unconscious bias, and gives us the space to become less reactive and to choose how we respond to injustice. Magee will show us how to slow down and reflect on micro-aggressions — how to hold them with objectivity and distance, rather than burying unpleasant experiences so they have a cumulative effect over time. 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.

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