What’s on your mind these days? Perhaps your mind flits between the COVID Pandemic and the state of the country, with stark reminders each day of injustices and racism exposed.Perhaps your days are being spent nurturing your spirit as your nurture gardens, watching spring flowers bloom and pulling out weeds as they grow faster and stronger.
Do we just enjoy the flitting back and forth like the hummingbird that just visited my window? Or do we take some time to do the deep work – of examining our own unconscious bias. Like the first emerging perennials, it can sometimes be hard to tell what is going to be a flower and what is going to be a weed.
We have to look closely and that can be a uncomfortable process. I am in the process of educating myself, continuing to reed books, listen to talks and have conversation with people that do and do not like me. Out of that a deep friendship has developed with Dr Carol Phnn and together we have created a workshop entitled The Mindful Genogram
We presented in in the fall of 2019 at the Overcoming Racism Conference in St Paul MN. Every talk was impactful for me.
The Mindful Genogram invites us to look at our family tree and where and when we received our messages about race. Carol and I have varied backgrounds and that has provided a rich tapestry for learning. She is an African American women and a dancer and choreographer (still is) before going to medical school and an only child. My great grandparents came from Germany many years ago, and I am one of 8 children growing up on a farm. If the idea of looking at your history with compassionate, mindful eyes appeals to you, consider attending our free workshop, next being held on June nineteenth. (If you don’t know the significance of June 19th, look, I had to last year).
I think you will find it thought provoking and informative. Contact me with question.
Dr Kathy Farah