Tonight at Yoga for Queers, 5:30 and 7pm in Durham
No Yoga for Queers and Misfits next week! Back on December 3rd.
This week holds many potent invitations to engage in–and reflect upon–struggle. First, the recent passing of transgender leader and warrior Leslie Feinberg has rocked many corners of the radical community. Leslie is known for so many many things that s/he brought to the world, including the incredible and groundbreaking revolutionary and intersectional work s/he engaged in. Leslie identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, and hir last words were “remember me as a revolutionary communist.” Leslie will be dearly missed. Words cannot do justice to the significance of this loss, nor to the legacy of strength in struggle that Leslie invited all around hir into.
Also, this week in many places is focused on Transgender Awareness. Yesterday was a national day of action named Trans Lives Matter, in which actions took place across the country to draw national focus to the realities that trans* folks face. This movement seeks to keep the focus on the issues of trans* folks while they are still with us…before we lose them to transphobic violence. Powerful cross-sections of trans* community came together; especially potent were the demonstrations organized by Trans* folks of color including Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.
So many trans* folks are targeted each year because of their identities that we hold space for them each year through Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), happening tomorrow, which is a time to remember trans* people killed because of their identity. There are two ways you can hold space in Durham: SONG and the LGBTQ Center of Durham are holding silent vigil space, and the LGBTQ Center is also partnering with Raleigh’s center for a vigil tomorrow night. Please go y’all. I have a mandatory monthly class for grad school and cannot be there in person. Please, please: go, for me. No, go for our fallen trans* comrades. And go for those who are still with us so they know they are not alone, not invisible in life.
Struggle is essential to uphold our dignity and our humanity. It is the only acceptable response to the daily attacks on human dignity that are all-too-common in this world of alienation and isolation. Be it personal or political, struggle is the place where the most growth, revelation, and transformation happens. In the tradition that I practice and teach, we view struggle and conflict as opportunities to deepen awareness and relationship.
The idea is: you know that a life worth living (well, really life in general) will be full of the unexpected, the unknown, the unforeseen. There is no way you can stop this or control it. It is part of the nature of the Universe. What you can control, where you have agency and choice, is how you engage with the Unknown. You get to choose the extent to which you will welcome the unexpected gifts and unforeseen miracles that Grace offers you. Struggle is an opportunity to challenge your preconceived ideas, your prejudice and your desire to control or predict the future. All of life is just a dance with the Divine. And the Divine is not bound by the limitations that you are—the Divine can move in realms and ways that you cannot possibly predict.
In the midst of struggle is the possibility for unparalleled growth. But it can’t come easily, and it won’t come without some strife and sacrifice. You will have to learn not to fear the dark. You will have to learn to stay steady in the center of the storm. And the practice can help.
Next week is a holiday week so – No Yoga for Queers and Misfits! So come out tonight and get your fix for the next two weeks.