Pick it up

If you don’t pick something up, you don’t know how heavy it is.

I keep thinking about this. The weight of shame and those people who choose not to pick it up. We are all victims and victimisers in a racist system. Some feel it everyday in every part of their body and some are completely blind and untouched.

We are all hurting. Yes in very different ways and by no means do I pretend to know the pain of being a person of colour, but racism hurts us all. If you don’t take this time to think, listen, talk, read, learn, explore, challenge, you will miss out and you will also remain part of the problem. None of us cannot afford you to stay silent. Yes it is awkward and if you are white you might be worried about saying the wrong thing, but that is a small price to pay, part of the long overdue relearning and it is also your privilege.

Resmaa Menakem‘s language and approach to racism and trauma really speaks to me.

“Creating community and a somatically attuned life helped me achieve positivity while challenging my own limitations around race and trauma.  I want to inspire my community and humanity to acknowledge their “white-body supremacy trauma” and find pathways to heal. I want to help you metabolize the decontextualized internalized “white body supremacy” energy to create fuel for freedom.”

We must all be antiracist. Investigate what this looks like for yourself- this work is for you, for me, for everyone. Things cannot go back to the way they were and change is an action. It takes effort and movement and if you are sitting still and looking the other way, you are dragging us all behind. If you don’t know where to start, read our newsletter and check out some of the leaders like Ibram X Kendi, Resmaa Menakem, Robin Diangelo and many more.

This is close to my heavy heart.

Action generates courage, not the other way around

by Dani Trudeau

Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. I really believe this and as a former dancer, I also believe that still bodies tend to stay in one place. No doubt there are times when motion is best and when stillness is best but when it comes to innovation, motion is the way.

Fear, like joy, can tell us that we are where we are supposed to be and that change is coming. Facing the fear is the change point. So often we tell ourselves that we need more of something before we are ‘ready’.  We put off any action and any risks and chalk it up to bad timing. I don’t remember anyone ever coming up with an idea, testing it out and then seeing what to do next, ever regretting that process.

Any new adventure, any new pursuit that is meaningful to you will most likely create some tension. Because if it didn’t mean anything, then it wouldn’t really matter so much. Confidence starts with an act of courage and over time, as you learn to become braver and put things in action, it grows into confidence. In other words, instead of waiting to feel confident to act, find what action you can take, big or small.

Confidence+Action= Courage

Confidence grows through courage and practice until you become competent – and that requires you to take action. 

I cannot close without a shout out to my friends Juliette and Hannah. Both send me a text every now again to see if I want to go to dance class with them. I keep waiting for my courage to go back to dancing. I should put my own advice into motion. Noted.