‘while there is despair, i am not hopeless’ _ colorlines

In the days after the election, when I was wracked with fear and anxiety and avoiding social media that would add to that panic, I asked myself, Who do I need to hear from in this moment? The first name that came to mind was adrienne maree brown, the queer, multi-racial writer, doula and healer who co-edited “Octavia’s Brood,” an anthology of science and speculative fiction by social justice activists. Music for yoga and other joys The Detroiter’s work has long been a source of both wokeness and inspiration to me, particularly through her writing. Yoga poses for third eye chakra I interviewed brown via phone to find out how she’s navigating this challenging political time.

Yoga tips for belly fat Here’s our discussion, edited for length and clarity.

I have definitely been sort of swinging on the pendulum between my bravado and what I think of as a healthy dose of hopefulness and despair. Chair yoga poses for elderly It’s scary because I love a lot of people who are considered collateral damage by this President-Elect and by the people who voted for this President-Elect.

[I’m] trying not to stuff it down or deny it, but also not to be debilitated by it. Yoga tips and tricks So I’ve been more prolific in my writing, both what I’ve shared, but also I’ve been writing poetry and journals and love notes and really honest messages to my family about how I want to engage [them] more explicitly during this time. Basic breathing beginner yoga with tara stiles This is not a time for silence, this is a time for connecting with people.

I’ve been really on top of my chores. Bikram yoga ballsbridge The small things have been super helpful: Doing my meditation, taking out my compost and recycling. Absolute yoga groupon While I don’t think we should normalize the political moment, I think it’s really important that we normalize self-care, pleasure and joy. Happy face yoga youtube I want my body to have a daily expectation of feeling really good and being taken care of so I can tell if that’s being challenged and taken away from me.

The day after the election, you wrote, “while there is despair, i am not hopeless.” Can you say more about holding both despair and hope at the same time?

To speak about that I have to use the word “contradictions.” I do feel hopeful because I am embedded in movements of people who are actively working in a million ways to address the root causes of this current condition. Ashtanga yoga primary series poster download And I feel despair because we’ve been working so long and I can sense our collective exhaustion.

On a personal level it almost feels like intergenerational exhaustion. Yoga ottawa south As far back as I can look in my own lineage we’ve been trying to say this simple thing: “We are human.” For me, that “we” is as a Black person and a queer person and a person with different disabilities that come and go, and as a multi-racial person and a person with deep Southern roots. Facial yoga exercises youtube There is exhaustion and a despair that comes from that. I’m smart about who I surround myself with and what I allow into my world.

I try to keep close to me people who are honest about despair but are looking for solutions, for what action we can take, and who have a sense of agency. Yoga perth scotland The framework is not, “Right or wrong.” The framework is, “I survived, I’ve learned a lot, and now I have agency.”

It’s not just fighting the status quo that liberates us, but actually experiencing joy and happiness. Hot yoga at home youtube Building family and love are radical acts of resistance.

My pleasure activism gets very visceral—I think everyone needs to be having an orgasm every day. Yoga daily routine beginners I’m taking more baths and showers to allow the water to help cleanse me and shift me. Yoga exercises for back pain pictures I’m having more phone calls with people. Yoga rope wall poses I’m cooking more. Yoga adelaide hills I’m also reading more. Baptiste yoga nyc It’s been really helpful to do a re-reading of the “Parable of the Sower” and “Parable of the Talents” by Octavia Butler.

So much of what Octavia teaches us [is relevant now]. Kundalini yoga poses for root chakra We have to be in deeper relationship with each other, we have to build relationships with those who are really different than us, and we need to learn to be in relationship with the natural world rather than just living on top of it. Prenatal yoga 2nd trimester This is an invitation to do things differently.

Also, there is something about [the fact that] Octavia Butler was able to see this coming. Yoga source santa fe What did she do to center herself to project into the future? How can we similarly orient ourselves so that we can see into the future, so that we can see where we need to land?

The one big piece that I’ll tell you is that in this series, which is set in a near future California, the president ran with the slogan “Make America Great Again” and is a right wing fundamentalist Christian.

I don’t think of him as a big reader. City yoga indy I hope he hasn’t read them because I want us to use these books as a playbook. Yoga room When I went back and checked, Reagan ran on a similar slogan but not exactly. In the books, Butler creates a belief system called Earth Seed. Prenatal yoga chicago It’s about getting in right relationship with change, how we can either deny it or be destroyed by it. Bikram yoga wimbledon raj Change doesn’t happen to us, it’s something we can shape. Santa cruz yoga santa cruz ca I love that. Yoga today magazine For a lot of people who are re-reading the books, [they] are saying this is the devastation we have to be prepared for it but this is what we can do within it.

We take on so much–never sleeping, always working, never feeling satisfied, taking no sick days, taking no vacation days, not actually using the things that our ancestors have secured for us to ensure that we could work. What is yoga aroma There is this deep guilt and shame underneath all of it, this sense of having to do the impossible in our lifetime. Divya yoga Part of the pleasure activism is trying to posit something that is radically different from that. Purple yoga tustin It’s not just fighting the status quo that liberates us, but actually experiencing joy and happiness. Yoga brighton qld Building family and love are radical acts of resistance. Yoga sri lanka tripadvisor These are the very things that this system wants to stamp out of us.

When I stopped crying the first time [after the election], I kind of checked in with it. Yoga poses pictures and names I asked myself, “Why am I crying so much?” Because I am an empath. I can feel what is swirling underneath the surface. In moments like this it can be really overwhelming [but] I don’t want to turn off. Bikram yoga chicago andersonville The radical part of it is that I’m not just an empath, but my work makes me want to take something all the way to the emotional root system. Fertility yoga nyc I think the feeling is really important and I don’t want to numb that down.

I can choose to see the world in a million different ways. Bikram yoga richmond tx Sometimes I can choose to see it all working together or all falling apart. Yoga for diabetes ramdev We just don’t know; sometimes I find comfort in that. Prana yoga center We just know that we have our values and we have to keep working with them and changing with this world.