Being devoted to Spirit means being devoted to social justice.
-Layla Saad, spiritual teacher and author
HealedLovedFed is about changing both physiology and the inner and outer dialogue to support healthy, joyful, and abundant living. The physiologies of our bodies and of our communities are interwoven and can't be treated separately.
To think that spirituality, personal growth, and politics can be practiced separately is a mistake of the intellect. Politics are in dire need of humanity as our economic force, and this can only come from a heart-centered paradigm.
We don't have to agree on everything (that's not even realistic), but we can learn to talk to, and learn from, each other with kindness (not to be mistaken with politeness and agreeability) and compassion (not to be mistaken with lack of healthy boundaries or discernment). We all come from different backgrounds, experiences, education, and privilege. We all have the capacity to open up and expand out of our own bias and start a different conversation. We just have to want to. We're all being challenged to see silence as being complicit, and to get that there is no such thing as being not racist.
HealedLovedFed begins in the middle of two pandemics affecting everyone's health and well-being: covid and civil injustice. So we decided to start with Black Lives Matter as our first conversation... our first invitation to look inward at ourselves and see how we are both complicit and responsive to the hurt and healing that needs to happen in our world.
We've started compiling some places to start. Let's not be afraid to talk. It begins there. As with anything else difficult, we need to unfreeze ourselves first.
Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence with Resmaa Menakem on OnBeing; host Krista Tippett.
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness with Austin Channing Brown on Unlocking Us; host Brene Brown.
How to Be an Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi on Unlocking Us; host Brene Brown.
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad. Here's a 5 minute video on this book.
I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (Part 1) by Layla Saad. August 15, 2017.
I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (Part 2) by Layla Saad. October 16, 2017.
Here's What Martin Luther King Jr. Really Thought About Urban Riots by Allie Gross, MotherJones.com, April 29, 2015.
Everything you need to know about Black Lives Matter: education links (scroll down to Educate Yourselves), who to call, where to donate, what to do, protester's rights, etc.