Since the beginning, the core concept of Live The Process has been about “the workout within” or the work we do and evolution we experience when we look deep inside ourselves and welcome truth. Never has that seemed more essential than right now.
In this tumultuous time, when the ground is shifting beneath our feet, there are huge opportunities for change. We can only change, though, if we take an honest appraisal of ourselves—our complicity, our capacity for empathy, our reticence, but also our fighting spirit and what we can contribute. We all have a lot to learn.
At Live The Process, we are fortunate to have a platform on which to stand against violence, oppression and racism. For June, we’ll be donating 15% of sales to The Loveland Foundation in support of the Black community, who is enduring so much in the wake of this brutality and COVID’s toll. This non-profit, helmed by writer and activist Rachel Cargle, is also about emotional support and inner investigation, giving Black women and girls access to healing, therapy and opportunities.
Right now, it makes sense to use our forum to talk about and encourage something we’ve thought a lot about: self-education and inner examination. During this changing time, we need to take our own discomfort out of the equation. This month’s theme was originally supposed to be about self-nourishment, but already our definitions of that have changed. Now, it’s about nourishing our minds to awaken new ideals and absorb new information, so we can support the Black community.
For me, to nourish is to supply what is necessary for life, health and growth. It’s about being consistent, showing up and staying true to higher ideals. This month, we’re focusing on different perspectives on what it means to nourish yourself. I personally have already learned so much in the last week, listening to so many insightful voices. This is an ongoing process to which we’re strongly committed.
Every journey starts with a first step: I’ve begun this month by reading Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy and Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility.
In the words of Ijeoma Oluo of Black Lives Matter, “When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else’s oppression, we’ll find our opportunities to make real change.”
Stay safe and healthy in this expansive time.
xo - Robyn
Digital art via Andrés Reisinger and Reisinger Studio