This Body Scan Meditation will help us become aware of the sensations we hold in our bodies. Like most meditations, the idea is to witness without judgment. In a Body Scan Meditation, we also learn to work with our breath, which yoga philosophy calls prana. By directing our breath to particular places throughout our body, we can become more aware of what we are experiencing and learn to soften certain sensations.
If you haven’t heard: it has been a challenging year to inhabit a Black body as social media and cyber-activism have allowed us to witness the ongoing assaults against Black bodies on American streets, in parks, in the aisles of big-box stores, during traffic stops and in an array of public and private spaces.
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.