4 July Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out July 4, 2018By Ruth King social-justice 0 “Racism is a heart disease,” writes IMCW teacher Ruth King, “and it’s curable.” Exploring a crucial topic seldom addressed in meditation instruction, this revered teacher takes to her pen—to shine a compassionate, provocative, and practical light into a deeply neglected and world-changing domain profoundly relevant to all of us. In her newest publication, Mindful of Race, Ruth King invites us to: Tend first to our suffering and confusion, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change. Drawing on her expertise as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, King helps readers of all backgrounds examine with fresh eyes the complexity of racial identity and the dynamics of oppression. She offers guided instructions on how to work with intense emotions mindfully and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care from a less tangled place to a place of greater clarity and compassion. Read an Excerpt. Ruth will be guest teaching at IMCW's Arlington class on September 17, and our Bethesda class on September 19. Racism remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time. Why is this so? And what does this have to do with me? In her talk, Ruth will explore an understanding of our individual and collective racial conditioning and its social proliferation, and how mindfulness provides a foundation for inner confidence, stability, and courage that fosters wise care and reconciliation. From the website of Ruth King, www.ruthking.net.