Two Dog Stands with Black Lives Matter
and Racial Justice

It took a sequence of recorded, highly publicized and shocking events to call our global attention to the BLM movement. These events included an 8 minute video of one individual, whose job in our society is to protect us, dehumanizing and then murdering a black man.  Now we are being called to lean into our discomfort, our shame or guilt, and our own personal denial of racism evident in our complicity or inaction in the cause of anti racism.  We are being called to listen to and read the stories that make us uncomfortable and learn about the history we were not taught in school.  We are being called to slow down and sit in the awkwardness of not knowing what to do. Let’s lean in more.  Each on our own, and together.  This is a yoga practice at it's best.  

Here are a few of the MANY resources sent in by Two Dog Community members some of whom have been advocates, allies, protestors, marchers for years in the cause for racial equity. A more comprehensive list will be on a page on the Two Dog Yoga website soon.

Please continue to send in resources. Each person listed below has written books and has multiple podcasts or YouTubes videos beyond the ones below. I chose these writers for this short list as they are well known and at the forefront of this work.
-- Annie

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INTERVIEWS with AUTHORS and PODCASTS

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WHERE YOU CAN ACT

  • Center for Common Ground: Reclaim Our Vote Campaign
    Works to fight voter suppression and encourage people to get out to VOTE; volunteer opportunities

MUSIC

Foo Fighters  - Times Like These Quarantine mix, great song collaboration, turn it up loud

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POETRY

Coleman Barks translation of Rumi

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings.

 

Beannacht ("Blessing")
~ John O'Donohue ~

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

 

Still I Rise written & ready by Maya Angelow translation of Rumi

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BOOKS

TITLE AUTHOR
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X Kendi
Stamped from the Beginning Ibram X Kendi
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
Mindful of Race Ruth King
Radical Dharma Rev. Angel Kyodo William, Lama Rod Owens &
Jasmine Syedullah, PhD
So You Want to Talk about Race Ijeoma Oluo
Waking Up White and
Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Debby Irving
Becoming Michelle Obama
White Fagility Robin DiAngelo
Beloved Toni Morrison

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VIDEOS and MOVIES

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updated as of 05-October-2020

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