Yesterday, I attended an event titled “Birthing Ourselves, Conceiving Our Dreams” hosted by the womyn of Sister Diaspora for Liberation, a diasporic intersectional feminist collective rooted in a love ethic and healing. We met in the beautifully curated space of the JCC Harlem.
The first portion of the event consisted of a wellness workshop, open to all folks who identify as women, which aimed to “help you realign your vibrations, strengthen your commitment to self and communal love, and strive towards personal and collective liberation.”
The room was full of all things good: soft lighting, warm skin tones, natural hair, community, solidarity, story telling, truth telling, and collective healing.
A bowl full of rose quartzes sat on the table. We chose the one we gravitated toward the most and set intentions with the crystal. Why rose quartz? They are heart-opening crystals, symbolic of unconditional love (not only the receiving, but also the giving of it).
We discussed affirmations, repeated them as a group.
Remember: Affirmations should always be framed in a positive manner (e.g.-contain no negations). For example, “I am clear.”
We spent time in collective reflection. Some of the guiding questions, which were asked:
“What is getting in my way?”
“What am I afraid of losing?”
“When you grew up, what feedback did you receive when you asserted yourself, took up space, embraced how you were different? …and how does that affect you now?”
“What is trying to emerge in my life?”
“What are my gifts to share?”
"Why am I here on this earth?"
I’ll certainly have to meditate a little more on these important questions, but I’m glad I have them in my toolbox of consciousness in the midst of some critical work of re-aligning my vision and purpose.
The event concluded with an official launch of SDL with a line up of extraordinary speakers who are doing important work around maternal and reproductive justice.
In essence, I highly recommend checking out the wonderful work of Sister Diaspora of Liberation (they offer a wide spectrum of services for reproductive care) as well as Kasa Healing Massage Therapy & Reiki by practitioner Yokasta Tineo.
I’ll be carrying this rose quartz with as a move through this week, which is full of new challenges and opportunities.
I just finished up a coaching call with an educator from Davis, California. I’ll be supporting them as they attempt to diversify (economically, linguistically, and racially) their public Montessori program. Tomorrow, I’ll be making a guest appearance on an education podcast (more on that soon). On Wednesday, I’m off to present at the Montessori for Social Justice conference. Whew.