Anti-Racist Books and Thought Leaders

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Book Recommendations: So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Dr. Bryan Stevenson The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander Me …

Empathy and the ability to feel your feelings

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  We were built to feel our feelings, even when feelings don’t feel very good. Anger, sadness, feeling left out – not enjoyable. But we all know these feelings intimately, they come and go throughout our lives. They are wonderful teachers, offering an appreciation for the happier moments and calmer times. They also create a sense of compassion and empathy …

The choice and power of words

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In a moment it can feel really good to yell at someone, to release the anger through words. It’s like unloading heaviness onto someone else for awhile, like a momentary relief. But later we are left feeling guilty and ashamed, with the realization that we were irresponsible. We forgot to pay attention. We lost sight of what was real and most important.

Practicing Contentment

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Searching outside of ourselves for contentment will disappoint. It’s not a thing we can “have”. Instead, it’s a practice of paying attention, appreciating, refocusing. No one promised us contentment. It’s nobody’s job to give us contentment. Instead it’s an individual responsibility, a lifetime commitment. Sometimes it’s easy. Things flow, birds sing, life has rhythm. Sometimes it’s elusive. We feel worry, …