Building your relationship to joy is highlighted in this podcast, on Living From Happiness (KSFR 101.1fm). It features Kelsey Blackwell talking about her new book Decolonizing the Body: Healing, Body-Centered Practices for Women of Color to Reclaim Confidence, Dignity, and Self-Worth.
It’s a powerful guide for women of color, as well as white women, seeking to trust and follow the guidance of their bodies.
As a cultural somatics practitioner, coach, and speaker, Blackwell has brought embodied practices to diverse groups, from riders on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains to students at Stanford University to the offices of LinkedIn. Her new book, Decolonizing the Body, is a groundbreaking work that explores the relationship between mindfulness, self-confidence, and personal and collective liberation.
Blackwell wrote Decolonizing the Body for women of color who are seeking to reclaim their confidence, dignity, and self-worth. The book is a powerful guide for women who are seeking to trust and follow the guidance of their bodies, and to find joy in the process.
In the book, Blackwell draws on her own experiences growing up as a biracial daughter of a Black father and a white mother in a predominately white Mormon community, where she was often called an “Oreo” by her white peers. These experiences taught her the importance of somatic practices for racial justice and the need to decolonize the body in order to achieve personal and collective liberation.
Blackwell’s work is particularly relevant for women of color, who often experience a “colonized body” as a result of systemic oppression. Signs of a colonized body include difficulty resting, difficulty saying “no,” feeling guilty for taking up space, putting others first and oneself last, suspecting that one can’t rely on anyone, finding it difficult to ask for and receive support, believing that one is meant to always be of service, useful, and working, and prioritizing getting ahead over self-connection. However, it’s important to note that some white people may also experience these signs, and may benefit from the practices outlined in Blackwell’s book.
One of the key concepts in Decolonizing the Body is the idea of embodied wisdom and embodied ritual practice. Blackwell emphasizes the importance of connecting with your heritage and ancestry, even when it has been erased or complicated by colonization.
She acknowledges that creating meaningful rituals can be overwhelming, particularly for those with a multiplicity of ethnicities, but emphasizes that ritual in its essence is designed to turn us toward connecting with and trusting what guides us beyond the visible world. By embracing embodied wisdom and embodied ritual practice, we can begin to chart a path to liberation.
Blackwell also emphasizes the importance of self-confidence, which is shaped by how society treats the body we are born in. She notes that authentic confidence is a practice, and that in order to reclaim our bodies, we must also support collective transformation. By following feeling, we can reclaim what we have been instructed not to trust or to hide.
Building Your Relationship to Joy in Santa Fe, NM
Finally, Blackwell emphasizes the importance of joy and healing, and notes that taking risks can lead to freedom. She acknowledges that we are interdependent, and that bridging the divide between people of color and white is essential to achieving personal and collective liberation. She notes that boundaries are a form of love, and that by trusting ourselves to create meaningful rituals, we can fully honor our complexity.
Decolonizing the Body: Healing, Body-Centered Practices for Women of Color to Reclaim Confidence, Dignity, and Self-Worth is a powerful guide for women seeking to trust and follow the guidance of their bodies. Blackwell’s work is particularly relevant for women of color who are seeking to decolonize their bodies in order to achieve personal and collective liberation. Her emphasis on embodied wisdom, embodied ritual practice, and self-confidence is essential to achieving this goal, and her message of joy, healing, and interdependence is one that
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When you reach out for professional help, you’re making an investment in yourself that can change in your life in the best of ways.
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