I was recently mentoring someone who freezes and panics when she hears or sees overt racism.
I could hear the shame as she apologized for letting me down.
Here’s what I told her:
Start with getting your feet on the ground and conscious breathing.
The first step in having a strong voice is merely staying present.
You may have all kinds of good reasons why your body adrenalizes or shuts down in the face of racism.
Instead of shaming and blaming yourself, I suggest you make a commitment to stay present.
When you have the ground underneath you and your breath, you may find the perfect words for the moment.
It could be as simple as "I don't see it that way."
I've recently developed a series of baby steps that folks can take to cultivate a strong voice.
It all starts with holding space for transformation.
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