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The People's Inauguration

10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love

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January 22–31, 2021

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Breathe

Teaching and practice with Valarie Kaur

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Today’s teaching and guided inquiry are centered around the practice of breathing as a life-giving act, and on the importance of shifting from self-care to community care to sustain us in the labor of love.
Home Practice
1. Write the words “Breathe” and “Push.” Before every push in your day, ask yourself, “How am I breathing?” What is your breathing ritual?

2. In your wisdom journal or in your mind, think of today as an entire lifetime. What was the most joyful part of this lifetime? What was the hardest part? Am I ready to let go of this lifetime?

If you can’t breathe right now due to resources or institutions that make it impossible, who can you bring in to help you conspire to change the rules so that you can breathe?

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Interview and live Q&A

with adrienne maree brown and Seane Corn: “Breathe”

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Breathing creates space in our lives to think and see differently, enliven our imagination, awaken to pleasure, and let joy in. It sustains us—and each other—in our shared labor. As the midwife tells us, before we can push, we must breathe. But how do we practice this act of love for ourselves when the labor ahead makes us feel breathless? Join pleasure activist adrienne maree brown and internationally celebrated yoga teacher Seane Corn to discover why we don’t have to make ourselves suffer in order to serve.

Moderated by: Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD

Session Highlights:
  • Discovering our ancestors’ ancient rituals for breathing in community
  • Noticing beauty in the world
  • Taking time in your day to slow down and focus on your breath
  • How breathing nourishes our capacity to wonder, grieve, fight, rage, listen, and reimagine
Compass of Revolutionary Love
adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is the author of We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice; Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good; and Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds; and the coeditor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. She is the cohost of two podcasts: How to Survive the End of the World and Octavia’s Parables. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

Seane Corn

Seane Corn

Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. Featured in commercials, magazines, NPR, and Oprah.com, Seane now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues. In 2005, she was named National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her cofounded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti, and Africa working with communities in need—teaching yoga, providing support for child labor, and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also cofounder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised almost $4 million since 2007, getting the yoga community involved in fund- and awareness-raising efforts across the globe.

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD (Moderator)

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD, is the director of education at the Revolutionary Love Project and a full-time faculty member in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Canlas’s research and teaching focus on issues of educational equity and human rights. As a lifelong educator, Dr. Canlas believes that education should be directed toward learning to love and care for one another as we build systems where every person can live in wellness and dignity.

  • Hen says:

    Please could you post a link to the lyrics of “Maybe I’ll sing” by Maggie Wheeler? Valerie mentioned that they’d be posted in ‘chat’ but I can’t access that from the recording. Many thanks! 😊

  • Stephanie says:

    My wonderful midwife said, “Give yourself to the pain…relax in the middle of it.” It was life transforming to me. Love this. Thank you!

  • Danielle Satya Parla says:

    I love that Breath is at the beginning of ‘Ourselves’. As a psychologist and certified breathworker and group-leader, the breath is fundamental to our individual and collective healing and evolution. To breathe or inspire, is to breathe in Spirit and return home to ourselves. The way you breathe, tells you how you are living. Everything we have experienced is held in our bodies and shows up in our locked breath, shallow inhalations, pushed exhalations, puffed chests and starving breath roots at our base. With the wisdom and intelligence of their own breath, my devotion to breath is my life’s work as I support people to shift from a surviving breath to thriving breath. Remember – your breath is with you from the moment you came into this world until you exhale your last breath, when you depart it. It may seem unimportant and perhaps even rebellious in times when we feel we have to do more – slow down – and know the present moment is here NOW and it is a precious moment. Breath filled blessings and gratitude to you Valarie and all the Revolutionary Love speakers and fans.

  • Lucinda says:

    Warning/Reminder: Deep breathing will not necessarily be calming/soothing for everyone. Breathing practice can bring up all of the injuries/traumas your body has been storing. That’s not saying we shouldn’t practice breathing . . . just be ready for things to come up that you will need to deal with . . . and that your first response might be “Oh NO, not THAT again.” Just like with all these other practices, be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if your response isn’t calmness and relaxation. As Valerie has been reminding us: Listen to the Wisdom of your Body. And don’t be afraid to reach out, step back, journal, weep, or whatever you need do to honor your body.
    I would also add that in my experience, MOST people have no idea what it feels like to really relax the diaphragm and fully inflate the lungs. I’ve been practicing for a very long time and some days it can take me 20 minutes before I can really feel relaxed enough to take a single deep breath. I’m someone whose body is always “on guard”, so relaxing to breathe can make me feel very vulnerable and unsafe. (I also have lots of allergies and chemical sensitivities, so in some contexts, breathing really ISN’T “safe” for me.)
    I’m still loving this series of presentations. . . . they are really helping me to discern what areas I most need to work on and what my “next best steps” might be. Thanks so much.

  • Jostine says:

    I feel spaciousness and deep well. I feel this deep connection to Mother Gaia and the expansiveness of the Universe and of Life. I’m feeling excited for what’s possible and for the clues that I keep on discovering as we go through this 10-day journey together. Excited for what is unfolding and excited for the call of Life to serve. In my periphery, I hear Life’s invitation and I’m just breathing through this process and being patient as the stepping stones continue to show up. Thank you!

  • MARK S EKDAHL says:

    Thank you so much. I feel such calm now. It is nice to be told that I matter. Lately, I have been feeling so insignificant, unimportant. I’ve been realizing how vast the world is and its scary. It’s so important to stay focused and network with people like you and your guests and feel the sacred communion.

  • Tatiana says:

    I feel harmony.

  • Anabel says:

    Just wanted to say in contrast to the most lovely and passionate Sean Corne that despite incarnating in a white woman’s body i do not hold the same beliefs and do not resonate with sexism, homophobia, racism these are all conditioned mind- just fear based beliefs.
    To get rid of them is to first become aware of them.
    The fear of others that are different are not embedded in the body/skin color but in the mind .It does not matter what your skin color is, the fear of ” others” that are different, creates feelings of fear , fear of inferiority expressed by the ego as a thought of superiority. This is not due to a skin color ( white) as many people( brown, black) fear those that look different and are racist too.
    We need to become aware of all of our culturally conditioned beliefs so that we may question ” Is this really so” ? And is this a belief that is true that is based on our oneness and in Love?

    • Guest says:

      Agree Anabel people are not born racist they are taught it .
      Racism is not in the body it is in the mind.
      It is an expression of ego (of fear).
      And that is where and why awareness comes into it, it is the solution to all the ( wrong fear based )beliefs people have. I feel it is important in a love revolution not to start a blame shame white skin body bad guilt complex.
      All the problems we see come from our misidentifying with ego( body, skin color, race, culture)which is always living in fear that we may discover it and end the illusion of separateness( me and mine).

  • Lisa Bickham says:

    This has been a very rich program- thank you very much!
    I do not see the name of the young woman from the Dominican Republic who joined Valarie and the others tonight. I would appreciate knowing her first and last name if possible.
    Also, wondering if this program will be available in a format other than live access – I would like to show it to others if possible. I think it has so much potential as a “course” in a variety of settings..

  • VALARI J TAYLOR says:

    These practices cause me to think about my story, my life and the offences that I have experienced because of racism and explicit bias. Let me first say I am a dietitian, a desire I have held since 1975, right out of high school. I had heard about the food guide pryamid and instantly, I knew that was the work I wanted to do. In 1983 I graduated with a BS in Foods and Nutrition. I did not become a dietitian until 2008, twenty-five years later. When I was in undergraduate school pursuing my dream, explicit bias killed my dream and held me captive for many years. I was not lead to feel I was good enough and not capible of being a dietitian. My instructors and counselors did not help me or support me in my dream. I was told I did not have the grades. I was told I had to be a 4.0 -3.8 GPA, student, and since I was not, forget about it. So only applications and recomendations for dietetic internships, which was the next step for becoming a dietitian, were given to those hand picked students. Those word, that lack of encouragement held me captive and made me feel like it would and could never happen for me. But the desire never died and at 50 years of age I said, it’s now or never and I applied for a MS in Dietetics program.

  • magdelanye says:

    I was honoured to take the oath with VALERIE AND BARTUNDE and am following along in the book, and so inspired by the amazing guests presented here. The last two nights for some reason I am not able to access the chat and in fact I am feeling so frustrated that I cannot connect contribute to the conversation. At the very least I have to extend deep gratitude and trust that there will be opportunities to work together.

  • Sandy says:

    I would be grateful if you would share a bio of Daphne and include her with today’s speakers

  • Natalie Neal says:

    Possibilitiees!

  • Francie says:

    warmth

  • Veronica Rivera Savage says:

    Longevity

  • Ellie Walsh says:

    break the handcuffs of fear

  • Joie soske says:

    For me, I have found it necessary to spend several years of my life as the only white in non-white environments in order to truly internalize the limitations and distorations of my understanding of the world.

  • Carole Lavallee says:

    what is Daphne’s last name?

  • Katharine Tussing says:

    How do I watch and hear this?

  • Ellie Walsh says:

    All of this is very difficult, not because it is wrong for me but rather, because I have been saying “No,” out of fear for most of my life. I am so glad that Sounds True is airing this. Not sure where I will start but I will start and say my biggest, most important “Yes” to dignity, equality and worthiness for all through love.
    Thank you Valarie for your dedication and for all of those who have joined you in the evenings as your guests. I am 100% in agreement. Love to all

    • Kay says:

      Yes, this is so difficult to hear these stories and my sadness is so deep for those of ethnicity especially in America! People can be so rude and disrespectful! Thank you for your wise words Valerie!

  • Denise Leichter says:

    What is name of opening song and writers?

  • Kat says:

    Today – actually this morning- I resigned from a committee I have been working with for the past two years. The reasons I gave were true (shift in priorities due to the pandemic), however I have been reflecting on the more truthful reasons – I am tired. Tired of the patriarchy, tired of being put down, tired of having to explain and rationalize again and again, tired of not having honest conversations about ideas, tired of being insulted and patronized. I could have written these things in my letter of resignation, but I did not.
    I am tired and I then I realize I have been fighting this battle for decades. As I envision my life now, I chose (and it is a privilege to do so) not to engage this specific group further. I chose to honor myself, my breath, my being. Staying with it only depletes. Choosing to leave honors me. This battle exists on many fronts. This committee is a mere sliver. I will take time to breathe, take in the beauty life offers, and begin again in another capacity, another way.

  • Claudia says:

    What a beautiful storyteller you are Valarie! And yes, our children are our most amazing teachers! I do sometimes wonder … where are they from….

  • Kathleen Budreski says:

    Help! I saw and heard sessions 1,2,3 and 4 but can’t connect to 5&6. I am enjoying every minute and made a donation to sounds true in appreciation. Kathy

  • Sanovia Muhsmmad says:

    Transforming

  • Susan says:

    During the Imagining LAST NIGHT, I realized you have all these practitioners to call and talk to when discouraged. How do you suggest we develop a similar network?

  • Susan L Chast says:

    Is the music that you start the interviews with available? Where?

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