In my classes this week: Wednesday and Saturday
Theme for this week: Resilience
I’ve been meditating on resilience this week for a few reasons.
First, perhaps obviously, I have been spiritually flattened by the wave of violent attacks that the world has suffered this week – not just in Paris, but also in Beirut, Baghdad, and–as ever–Gaza. My heart hurts and my head does not understand. While some on social media seem to share my confusion, pain, and sadness, overall engaging with the digital world has been an overwhelming prospect. I have appreciated the calls that many have made to actually take a step back from the barrage of information and go a different route, including this one. I took that advice and reached out to an old friend last night. It was indeed like balm for my spirit, and interrupted the seemingly endless cycle of hopelessness, anger, and despair that I had been cycling through.
I am also thinking about resilience because this is Transgender Awareness Week (or month, for some) and Friday is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual time to honor the known/documented cases of trans folks who lost their lives due to homophobic and misogynist violence in the past year. This year has been devastatingly brutal for trans people, especially trans women of color and trans young people, of whom we have lost so many to transphobic violence and suicide. While there has definitely been an increase in awareness and visibility for some, that has not translated to greater safety or liberation for all. So we must renew our efforts to work for collective liberation while our trans kin are still alive. To that end, check out this amazing national art collaborative featuring powerful and life-giving images of trans folks that should lift us all up!
B. Parker for BreakOUT! of New Orleans, LA
For all those whose names and stories are known, we know that so many more go unreported. We hold them all in our hearts. This week and, hopefully, always.
This week’s classes will be devoted to holding space for mourning and resistance, for sadness and maybe even some hope, as we reflect on our own resilient nature – our own capacities to keep showing up, to keep living and loving with open hearts when open hearts can so easily be broken by the pain of the world.
Additionally, I am holding a special TEACHER APPRECIATION fundraiser class to honor the important work of the Organize 2020 caucus of the NC teacher’s union, who have been working tirelessly to support and defend public education in the face of increasing hostility and underfunding. If you can, please come out this Sunday 11/22 from 1:30-3 and show your love for their hard work – knowing that people have your back contributes greatly to a sense of resilience when you’re in the midst of a tremendous struggle. Let’s show up for all the teachers and show them our love. More info here and here.
On a final note, we’re looking at resilience because we’ll need some of that during the next few weeks as I take TWO WEEKS off of teaching my Wednesday class. Next week is Thanksgiving week, so no class the night before. And the following week I’ll be at my yoga and social justice training. We’ll resume regular Wednesday classes on December 9th and 16th, then wrap up the Yoga for Queers season on Sunday, December 20th with our seasonal celebration SOLSTICE FOR QUEERS. Save the date! That will be it until Wednesday, January 6th.
I will be teaching my Saturday classes during most of those weeks, so you can join me there – all upcoming Saturdays except December 5th.