I was so thrilled to see 20 people in the room June 22nd at 6pm for the first ever Ritual of Rest in Oakland, CA. We were located at the beautiful and inclusive certified green yoga studio Anasa in East Oakland. My co-host for the event was Sima Kavary. Together we led an evening of restorative yoga, crystal grid meditation, breath work, and sound healing.
In our inaugural Ritual of Rest, we dived into the expansive empowering energy of the Summer Solstice to practice deep listening to our bodies and inspire our visions of our presence in the future.
My favorite moment of the evening was the 10 minutes or so we spent in silence, each walking near and in circles around the crystal grid. I can only imagine the depth of appreciation, contemplation and illumination that each person felt gazing at the beautiful spread of Citrine, Carnelian, Tiger Eye, Rose Quartz, Selenite, Amethyst, Amazonite, Honey Calite, Sunstone, Moonstone, Labradorite Daisies, Chamomile, Rosemary, Rose, California Buckwheat, Dandelions and Lavender.
The “Ritual of Rest” emerged from my experiences this past winter. During this time I was sidelined by painful injuries and seemingly impossible roadblocks involving my family and my professional direction. It was crucial to renew my habits of self-care that related to rest, listening, and inner vision (innervation/ in our vision). Intentionally practicing rest became the light in my lantern as I walked the path through physical and emotional pain, depression, doubt, and uncertainty.
Bringing the first Ritual of Rest to reality was my first experience in communicating and co-creating some closely held ideas with a collaborator. Having collaborators has become more and more important to me as I learn to share my intention, vocabulary, and influences more widely. Conveying to Sima my ideas regarding rest and its importance was, for me, the most critical and enriching part of co-creating the ritual.
I look around, and I become more sure about the importance of rest for all peoples but especially, in these United States, for People of Color, the African and Caribbean diaspora, and activists to name a few key groups. Stay tuned for more of my writing on listening, dreaming, resting, re-organizing, visioning, and aligned action!