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Growing in Awareness and Accountability, Putting Our Love into Action
Sounds True stands with and for the Black community and the social change activists working to put an end to racism in every corner of our society.

A Message from Our Founder

Dear Sounds True friends and community,

While holding a mirror to our own organizational accountability, Sounds True unequivocally stands in solidarity with the Black community. We stand with and for our Black employees, our Black authors and colleagues, our Black customers, and all of the protestors and social change activists—past, present, and future—who are working to put an end to racism in every corner of our society. And we are committed to not just stand in solidarity but to step up.

Since George Floyd’s murder, we have been having many in-depth discussions among the 125-person staff at Sounds True about the most meaningful actions we can take as a transformational learning company to help educate ourselves and our community and contribute to the dismantling of racism. We have been asking ourselves questions such as: How can we best use our platform to better amplify the voices of wisdom teachers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)? What unconscious biases do we need to bring into the light of awareness? How can we evolve as individuals and as an organization and be a force of genuine service in the world?

Working to dismantle and heal racism—in ourselves, in our organization, and in our world—is not a flash-in-the-pan effort at Sounds True. This is a long-haul commitment to the creation of a different world that is just, kind, and equitable.

The answers to these questions are not simple, quick, or easy. We have felt as a team the need to listen carefully and look deeply within in order to lay out an action plan moving forward that will contribute to meaningful and substantive change. Anything less falls short of what I believe this moment is asking of us.

Working to dismantle and heal racism—in ourselves, in our organization, and in our world—is not a flash-in-the-pan effort at Sounds True. This is a long-haul commitment to the creation of a different world that is just, kind, and equitable. We don’t want to simply talk about spiritual awakening. We want to embody it … as individuals, as a company, and as a force in the world. Humbly and boldly, we are going to give everything we have and invite you to do the same. This is the time for us to step up, together.

With love on the journey,

Tami Simon

Tami Simon
Founder and Publisher, Sounds True

Steps We’re Taking at Sounds True
At Sounds True, we are learning and growing together as a community, and it has been important for us to create a moving-forward action plan that invites engagement from our entire audience. This new web page is part of that effort. We invite you to witness, support, and step up with us in the following ways:
TMI Consulting

Over the next two years, Sounds True has committed to calibrating a long-term Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy with TMI Consulting, led by Dr. Tiffany Jana, that will include in-depth training and ongoing structural and organizational culture support. We will review all Sounds True policies, practices, and procedures to uncover any implicit biases that may be embedded within all of our systems.

We recently concluded a three-part webinar on Healing Racism with Dr. Jana. This 3-hour series looks at how to embrace diversity in our personal lives, in our communities and workplaces, and in the world. The series is free to watch below, and we are inviting our customers, authors, and business associates to join the Sounds True staff for this online event and to walk this part of our journey together.
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It is clear to us that we need to publish and otherwise amplify the voices of more authors and presenters who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If you have ideas about new BIPOC authors you would like to see us publish, please contact us at: acquisitions@soundstrue.com.
The Sounds True Foundation, formed in 2018, is actively raising scholarship funds for BIPOC students to attend our upcoming Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program to become trained as mindfulness teachers who will bring this practice to diverse communities worldwide. We recently hosted our first Virtual Fundraiser, Love in Action, which you can watch for free.
Please visit this web page often, as it will be updated regularly with new interviews, suggested reading or listening, and other free resources.
Learn with Us
Explore our ever-growing collection of free video resources for healing racism
More Videos Coming Soon!
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Freedom Meditation

Justin teaches a meditation that grounds us in what is unshakable so we can express our authentic voice.
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Healing Racism - Part 1

Dr. Tiffany Jana and Sounds True founder Tami Simon discuss healing racism on a personal level.
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Healing Racism - Part 2

Explore how we can influence the people and groups closest to us to effect healing connections.
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Healing Racism - Part 3

Dr. Jana discusses healing racism on a global level, across our interconnected communities and nations.
More Videos Coming Soon!

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Justin Michael Williams

Join The Liberation Experience with Justin Michael Williams

Justin is offering an exciting opportunity for people from every type of racial background to join together to engage in meaningful dialogue and inner work about how we can end racism in our lifetime.

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Recommended Reading

Practical books to support self-growth, empowerment, and healing

Please consider the following recommended titles by BIPOC authors published by Sounds True and others. We will periodically update this portion of our “Walking Together” page with additional resources.

Ruth King

An international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition. King has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and is the author of several publications, including Healing Rage and Mindful of Race.

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

Ruth King

“Racism is a heart disease,” reflects Ruth King, “and it’s curable.” Exploring a crucial topic seldom addressed in meditation instruction, this insightful and revered teacher takes to her pen to shine a compassionate, provocative, and practical light into a deeply neglected and world-changing domain profoundly relevant to all of us.

Justin Michael Williams

An author, transformational speaker, and top 20 recording artist who has been featured by Grammy.com, Yoga Journal, Billboard.com, and more. He has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness.

Stay Woke

Justin Michael Williams

Stay Woke is FOR THE PEOPLE. All people, of all backgrounds deserve to have access to the information they need to change their lives. And if you grew up in struggle—overcoming homophobia, anxiety, sexism, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, racism, or trauma—you need a different type of meditation … one that doesn’t pretend the struggle doesn’t exist.

Dr. Tiffany Jana

Leading DEI educator and a non-binary Awareness Artist. Dr. Jana [they/them] is the coauthor of the books Overcoming Bias, Erasing Institutional Bias, and Subtle Acts of Exclusion, and the founder of TMI Consulting, Inc.

Overcoming Bias

Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences

Tiffany Jana, Matthew Freeman

Everybody’s biased. The truth is, we all harbor unconscious assumptions that can get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from building authentic relationships with people different from ourselves. Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman use vivid stories and fun (yes, fun!) exercises and activities to help us reflect on our personal experiences and uncover how our hidden biases are formed.

Erasing Institutional Bias

Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion

Tiffany Jana, Ashley Diaz Mejias

Building upon the revelatory power of Overcoming Bias, which addressed managing individual and interpersonal bias, Erasing Institutional Bias scales up the framework to impact systemic change in organizations. Jana and coauthor Ashley Diaz Mejias bring together in-depth research on how biases become embedded into workplace cultures with practical and engaging tools that will mobilize readers toward action.

Subtle Acts of Exclusion

Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions

Tiffany Jana, Michael Baran

This practical, accessible, nonjudgmental handbook is the first to help individuals and organizations recognize and prevent microaggressions so that all employees can feel a sense of belonging in their workplace.

Additional Guidance for Challenging Times
We’re happy to share even more resources to cultivate resilience, compassion, and connection in our changing world. Please explore these additional free teachings for staying present and persevering through our challenges as a global community.
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A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus

Helpful teachings for navigating the uncertainty, fears, and losses that come in times of crisis.
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Awareness Meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn leads you in a unique meditation that combines awareness practice with contemplative listening.
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Committing to Our Spiritual Growth

Michael A. Singer discusses our responsibility to find inner clarity and grow through our challenges.
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The First Step of Conscious Manifestation

Eckhart discusses the practice of “conscious manifestation” in a time of disruption and accelerated change.
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Inviting the Co-Creative Power of the Divine

Caroline Myss explores the deeper effects and hidden opportunities of the coronavirus.
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Compassionate Abiding

Pema Chödrön shares a practice for welcoming into your experience that which feels difficult or unwanted.
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Deeper Connection

Adya explores our power of choice during external crises and how to turn emotional overwhelm into opportunity.
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Come Back Home to Your Heart

An invitation to tap into your resilience and “get back to truth, back to love, back to calm, and back to trust."
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Awakening Presence and Love During This Time

Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach share counsel for navigating the pandemic with a wise and loving heart.
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Practices to Relieve Stress and Self-Soothe

Learn simple somatic (body-based) practices for relaxation and stress relief.
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Expanding the Capacities of the Heart

A. H. Almaas explores how our suffering and heartache awaken the deepest capacities of the heart.
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An Inspiring Resilience Story

Geneen Roth shares her inspiring story of resilience and unconditional self-compassion.
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Working with Fear, Anxiety, or Isolation

Mark Nepo shares helpful perspectives and insights for working with fear, anxiety, or a sense of isolation.
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Parenting in the Pandemic

Family therapist Susan Stiffelman discusses the unique challenges of parenting during the pandemic.
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A Guided Meditation to Liberate Fear

Loch Kelly shares a meditation to manage feelings of fear that so many are confronting at the current time.
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