Welcome! Here are some useful tips and guides to support you in starting your journey with us.
Building your Authentic Allyship practice
Here is how you can start laying down the foundation for your Authentic Allyship practice
1. Catch up on previous webinars
While this group is body-centered, it is good to get some stuff in the good ol’ brain so we can all be on the same page. I highly recommend starting with watching “Introduction to Authentic Allyship” and “Whiteness as an Embodiment” even if you skip the Q&A parts. These two webinars lay down foundational principles for this group.
2. Start cultivating Hara
Hara is a Japanese word for the energy center in the lower abdomen and pelvis. Cultivating Hara is central to how this program approaches basically everything from healing whiteness to building healthier relationships.
Here is a tutorial video that will help you start cultivating Hara. I HIGHLY encourage you to adapt this exercise and develop a daily practice.
If you are new to the concept of Hara, this webinar lays out how cultivating Hara is directly connected to healing whiteness.
You can also peruse the Virtual Library and start reading some of the pieces that are under the subject heading: “Hara & Energetics”.
3. Learn how to do body scans
Body scans are an effective way to scan your body and check-in if you have any childhood and/or ancestral wounds that are wanting care. It is an essential tool that we use in this group.
4. Read “A guide: Talking to other white people about racism”
This is a resource developed for white folks who feel called to talk to other white folks about racism but want to do it in a way that is healthier for themselves and others, including non-white people.
This guide pulls in various practices and concepts that are being worked on in the group. It will give you a good picture of the group’s culture and how your self-work will tie back into racism cessation work.
Currently, it is in a rough draft stage and being iterated with support from the group.
NOTE: If you haven’t already added yourself to the Facebook group, you can add me as a friend on Facebook and send me a short message with the password ‘authentic’
Facebook is a great platform because it’s free, a lot of us already know how to use it, and it’s a great way to keep in touch with each other. But it can also be very dysregulating.
If that sounds like you, I HIGHLY recommend any combination of the below:
1. Kill your news feed!
I use a Chrome app for this and my newsfeed is blissfully empty. I absolutely need this to manage my time here. You can google “kills facebook news feed” to find an app that works for your browser.
2 . Clean up your group notifications
If you are bothered by a lot of notifications, you can turn off notifications or leave groups that aren’t a high priority or of interest to you. This might take a bit of time but it really helps. Here is a guide provided by Facebook.
3. Create a profile that is ONLY for groups like this one
This the ultimate: create a new Facebook profile that you use exclusively for groups like this one which has no friends attached to it. I have heard this works really well for many folks.
Finding an accountability buddy
I understand that many folks come to this group in search of refuge from the (understandably) tense environments that movement spaces can sometimes be.
Because of this, I HIGHLY encourage folks to seek an accountability buddy or two in joining this group. I feel like it can really help with your practice and participation to get to know a few folks one-on-one.
Zoom is a great free platform for folks to hang out together.
To set out on your journey of finding an accountability buddy, I recommend simply making a public post to the Dojo wall, rather than directly asking someone you don’t know yet, as it allows folks to consensually opt-in to exploring a relationship.
Of course, if you know someone already you might feel called to PM them and ask directly.
And finally, please remember that we are always practicing our relationship skills, which includes being forthright and vulnerable if a certain relationship feels right for you or not.
[LOOKING FOR A BUDDY!]
– General info like your name/pronouns
– Your interests e.g. somatic therapy, ancestral healing, writing, facilitating etc.
– Location / Time Zone
– Desired meet up frequency
Please PM me if you are interested!