Oppression causes deep wounds, both individually and collectively. It results in deeply held grief and sadness, much of which emerges when we discuss issues of oppression in social justice classrooms. Part of healing as individuals and as communities is to acknowledge those wounds and begin to heal that grief. Doing so will take time and many different paths, but pretending that it isn't present in our classrooms only makes it stronger.
There are many ways to acknowledge the pain that students and teachers feel when learning about oppression and sharing our own experiences with it. One way is to cultivate the ability to sit with the grief and bring compassion to our sadness. Below is a guided meditations to help us do just that.