In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color, here on our blog, Trike Daily, throughout February. The videos are free to watch.
In the following video, Mona Chopra, a meditation teacher and acupuncturist, offers a lovingkindness meditation inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It can be so easy to polarize, to begin to blame, and to increase our sense of distance from other human beings. We so easily say that we would never do that, so easily close off our hearts to a whole group of people whether they are a race of people or a group of people such as police officers,” Chopra says. “This practice is offered as a way of looking within to see what seeds we can address. Those same seeds that lead to violence, aggression, and the kinds of behaviors we’ve been seeing that have ultimately led to killings, particularly of black men, in this country.”
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