For those with and without a named tribe, we invite you all to join us as we explore what it means in the world of Equity. We've held circles to talk about "Self in Community", what it means to be an individual in relation to others, and "Helping Each Other Finish the Job". Now, we grow in defining who WE are: those who compassionately advocate for equity. It's time to find our tribe because we belong to something greater than ourselves. Join us as we find our place in history.
June 1, 2021 Reflections on Learning (by Julia)
This month, we find plenty of reason to pause and acknowledge those who bring us joy and peace. We ask first, "Tell us about the people you enjoy spending time with and what makes that time enjoyable?" We answer and bring these souls into our space. We remember walking into a room when, for the first time in too long, everyone looked like us. That need to explain ourselves disappears and we can start with the living right off the bat. We discovered that room, and then realized with deep pain that room isn't our normal. "It must be what it's like for white people all the time." Yet, we still seek.
If we don't have the room full of folks that look like us, speak our language, then we find our own. We coach our youth with the love of a family, we teach our young people with the honor of being accepted, we find those who share our experience of loss too soon and we grieve together. We celebrate by dancing with abandon; our way of speaking different languages of love through touch and attention. We dance around shifting sands, pointing out with grace our blind spots as we gently pass power from hand to hand.
Julia Ismael hosts monthly Listening Circles for the masses as a way to stay informed and to find new and meaningful ways to create connection. Julia is the founder and Head Architect of Aspirations of The Equity Consortium. Monthly Listening Circles are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, and what is learned from these circles is shared here. Please enjoy our stories.