"Rest as Reparations" article

June 19, 2020

"May we remember how far we have come and also the work that still must be done.”

-Morgan Harper Nichols, artist

On this Juneteenth we honor June 19, 1865 when over 250, 000 enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed them. We celebrate Black joy, freedom, and the long road of equity and justice.

This article in the New York Times entitled “Rest as Reparations” highlights Audre Lorde’s work that “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” Several different practices for rest including breathing exercises, naps, and yoga are highlighted as ways to support the nervous system in healing, nourishment and buffering against the impact of racial trauma.