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, Ruth King, founder of Mindful Members Meditation Community in Charlotte, North Carolina, talks about racism as a heart disease that can be cured.

“It requires a transplant, a surgical intervention of mindfulness and heartfulness. To heal the heart, we must understand the mind,” says King, who teaches at insight meditation centers across the country and also offers race training workshops. 

King offers six practices for racial awareness and wellbeing, which include doing no harm, establishing mindfulness of the breath and body, and forming racial affinity groups. 

Download a transcript of this talk. It has been edited for clarity.

Read Ruth’s article, “Soothing the Hot Coals of Rage,” from our Fall 2014 issue 

Watch other videos in the “Teachings for Uncertain Times” series

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