Being With: Reflecting on the Spiritual Activism

What do Black and Xicana feminists teach us about spiritual activism? About being with intersecting identities, our bodies, the planet, and each other? About practicing spiritual activism in this moment? To reflect on these questions, this talk and guided practice devotes particular attention to writings by Gloria Anzaldúa and Audre Lorde. As a Black lesbian and feminist writer, Lorde’s attention to the body, spirit, and self-care continues to inspire movements: her work is central to how Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) continue to reimagine what activism looks like and feels like. As a Xicana, lesbian, scholar and poet, Anzaldúa has inspired generations of activists, artists, and more who bridge spirituality and activism. Both of these foremothers have passed on. Read together, their works provide wisdom for embodying spiritual activism in everyday life. Along with highlighting passages from Anzaldúa and Lorde, the talk incorporates guided meditation and journaling. Expect plenty of pause. Expect to reflect on yourself and spiritual activism (including one’s own social and soulful identities, accountabilities, and possibilities). Feel free to have a journal nearby for writing or drawing. Take away a further reading list, plus reflective questions for yourself and your communities.

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Naya Jones
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