Wednesday Night Meditation with Resmaa Menakem, Guest Teacher – Groups: pre- and post-class links here - Tara Brach
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Wednesday Night Meditation with Resmaa Menakem, Guest Teacher – Groups: pre- and post-class links here

October 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm EDT

Resmaa Menakem

A Conversation with Resmaa Menakem and Tara Brach

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn’t just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.

Resmaa’s new book: My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, is available here.

My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched radicalized divide.

The Wednesday night meditation class is livestreamed to Tara’s Facebook, and Tara’s YouTube starting at 7:30pm ET (New York time). They are pre-recorded to maximize broadcast quality and are available later each week here on TaraBrach.com, Tara’s Facebook, and Tara’s YouTube.

The class includes 1/2 hour of guided meditation followed by a 50-minute teaching talk. This offering is supported by your generosity. If you’d like to make a donation, please visit www.tarabrach.com/donation. $10-15 is suggested to help us cover expenses. Any amount is gratefully received.


Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP,  Resmaa has served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; as a domestic violence counselor for Wilder Foundation; as a certified Military and Family Life Consultant for the U.S. Armed Forces; as a trauma consultant for the Minneapolis Public Schools; and as a Cultural Somatics consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department. As a Community Care Counselor, he managed the wellness and counseling services for civilians on fifty-three US military bases in Afghanistan. Resmaa studied and trained at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, as well as with Dr. David Schnarch (author of the bestselling Passionate Marriage). He currently teaches workshops on Cultural Somatics for audiences of African Americans, European Americans, and police officers. He is also a therapist in private practice.


Pre-Talk Mindful Movement

We have a mindful movement class before my talk for all who are interested.
When: Wednesday’s @ 6:30pm Eastern time (US and Canada)
You Must Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87137416184?


Mindful Dialogue Groups

The groups that have been meeting for years after my Wednesday night class have moved online. Over the past months, we’ve been joined by hundreds of people from all over the world. The goal of the discussion groups is to create a safe and intimate space for people to share what’s in their hearts without fear of judgment or contradiction.

To further promote safety, we also have a group for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color only. Both groups start right after my Wednesday night talk ends. If you’ve tried to join before but weren’t able to get in, please try again as we’ve increased capacity. The links for both groups are below:


Post-Talk Mindful Dialogue Group (Open to All)

When: Each Wednesday right after Tara’s talk (around 8:45pm ET)
Join Zoom Meeting (No registration required):
https://zoom.us/j/92414146331?pwd=ak1sUjN2dWYyMjVkVTdVcUZQZFlyZz09
Meeting ID: 924 1414 6331
Password: 388764


BIPOC – Post-Talk Mindful Dialogue Group for (For People of Color)

When: Each Wednesday right after Tara’s talk (around 8:45pm ET)
Join Zoom Meeting (No registration required):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87137416184?
PLEASE NOTE LINK HAS CHANGED
Meeting ID: 871 3741 6184
Passcode: 525025

NOTE: In the beginning of this Mindful Discussion Group for Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) we begin by sharing our name, location, and ethnic lineage(s), with our camera and mic on. If you are unable for any reason to turn your camera and mic on, we invite you to join the mixed Zoom discussion group (See Above Link – Open to All).

BIPOC Group Facilitators

NOTE: visiting teacher dates:
2020:
10/21 – Resmaa Menakem – New book: My Grandmothers Hands
10/28 – Kate Johnson
11/18 – The Stories that Empower Us: A Conversation between Tara Brach and Elizabeth Lesser, Author of Cassandra Speaks
12/16 – Special Solstice Class
NO CLASS: 12/23 and 30

More information at: imcw.org/Calendar/