Month: January 2019

Breathe, Push and MARCH...

“The parts of the [civil rights] movement we recognize so well now were not born from a single decision, but a complicated and messy evolution of ideas and spirits, coming together after a long, hard struggle to triumph in moments when the odds seemed the longest.”

– Andrew Aydin, co-author with Congressman John Lewis of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series MARCH

Dear Friends,

The first Women’s March in 2017 was led by four co-chairs. This month, the Women’s March convened a Steering Committee of 32 diverse women leaders to help guide policy goals and moral vision. Our founder Valarie Kaur has accepted the invitation to serve as a voice for revolutionary love within this fierce movement of women.

In joining with the steering committee of the Women’s March, the Revolutionary Love Project commits to advocate for all vulnerable communities. We commit to march against antisemitism and all forms of racism, bigotry and hatred. We choose to march because we believe in the power of a movement of women, and know if we do the hard, messy work of coming together, our #WomensWave will rise high enough to break down any wall in our way.

Scroll down to read an excerpt from Valarie’s essay in Together We Rise, a compilation of essays by activists who participated in the 2017 Women’s March, the largest single-day global protest in history. Then learn how to join a march near you on Saturday, January 19th, and find out about a community care mediation tool we’ve developed in partnership with the tech team at Binaural Dream — BREATHE & PUSH.

We believe that love can center our movement and anchor our activism. Thank you for standing — and for MARCHING — together with us! You can click here for Revolutionary Love signs to take with you to march!

See you in the streets,
The Revolutionary Love Team


THE FOLLOWING IS EXCERPTED FROM VALARIE KAUR’S ESSAY IN THE NYT BESTSELLER TOGETHER WE RISE: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE PROTEST HEARD AROUND THE WORLD:

On Election Night, the future never felt darker. Each hate crime, incitement to violence, and deadly proposal during the election season had hurt me from the inside. As a new mother to a little brown boy, I had to confront the painful truth: our generation of activism had not made the nation safer for my son.

The last time I remember being in so much pain was on the birthing table. The gripping despair I felt on election night brought back the pain of my labor so sharply I could not ignore the parallel. I began to ask a question that became the only shape my mouth could make: What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb? 

I got my answer on the day of the Women’s March, carrying my son in my arms into the streets of downtown Los Angeles. In an instant, we became part of one roaring river of music and longing, grief and outrage, defiance and joy. Women across the U.S. and around the world marched that day, holding up signs that answered my question: This is the darkness of the womb. We were birthing something new. Millions were choosing life over death in one collective breath.

Then it began: the onslaught of executive orders, Muslim bans, border walls, pipelines, budget cuts, and hate crimes harming the most vulnerable among us, including my Sikh community. We have barely had a chance to breathe between the crises. But my own family´s century-long history here reminds me that white supremacy, nationalism, and racism are as old as the U.S. Policy wins alone will not solve the conditions that gave rise to this presidency. We need a new public ethic to birth a new future, a public ethic of Revolutionary Love.

As a lawyer, I have cringed at the word love. American culture too often mistakes ¨love¨ for the experience of falling in love — that delirious rush of oxytocin that happens to us if we are lucky. If this is our only definition, then of course love is too fickle, sentimental, and ephemeral to be a political force. But after I became a mother, I saw love with new eyes, redefined.

Love as mothering is a form of sweet labor that transforms and births anew. Love is not any one emotion but employs many emotions in that labor: Joy is the gift of love. Grief is the price of love. Anger is the force that protects it.

Historically, the labor of love has been confined to the domestic sphere. Yet mothering is not biologically determined but a capacity within each of us. Spiritual geniuses from Buddha to Jesus, Mohammed to Guru Nanak, called us to practice love beyond family and tribe. Social justice leaders from Gandhi to King to Day grounded their movements in love to free the oppressed without hating the oppressor. Such love disrupts the status quo, confronts injustice, and shifts collective consciousness.

The Women´s March was a declaration of love. This Revolutionary Love—love for others, opponents, and ourselves—is the call of our times.

 

On January 19, 2019, we’re going to flood the streets of Washington, D.C., and cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming, and we’re sweeping the world forward with us. Click here to download and print Revolutionary Love signs to take with you to the march.

Find and Join a March Near You
 

We believe that the only way we can sustain our labors for justice through the challenges of 2019 is by caring for our bodies and minds. So we’ve worked with the tech innovators at Binaural Dream to bring you a new tool for the new year, “BREATHE & PUSH” — a meditation pack designed to support deep breathing as we work for justice. The pack consists of 4 musical compositions: Breathe, Push, Transition, and Labor with Love. It works as a powerful daily meditation practice.

We invite you to start meditating with us! Listen to “Breathe & Push” for free between now and MLK Day, Monday, January 21st. Just download the app and click on “Breathe and Push” at the top to get started. Or click to listen to a 30-second sound bath on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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* The Binaural Dream app is currently only available for iOS. Android coming soon!


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Invitation: A New Mediation Tool for the Movement

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
– Audre Lorde

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! We believe that the only way we can sustain our labors for justice through the challenges of 2019 is by caring for our bodies and minds. And we want to move beyond self-care to community care. So we partnered with tech innovators at Binaural Dream to bring you a new tool for the new year…

We are so excited to announce “BREATHE & PUSH” — a meditation pack designed to support deep breathing as we work for justice in our lives and in the world. The pack consists of 4 musical compositions: Breathe, Push, Transition, and Labor with Love. It works as a powerful daily meditation practice.

We invite you to download the app for free, click on “Breathe & Push,” and start meditating with us! We are making a commitment to meditate once a day in the lead up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21st. Are you in?

This is our first collaboration on an app. Click to listen to a 30-second sound bath and tell us what you think on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you like it, there’s more to come!

Excited,
Valarie, Amy, Elizabeth, Julianna, Melissa and the Revolutionary Love Fellows

LISTEN TO “BREATHE & PUSH” FOR FREE BETWEEN NOW AND MLK DAY, MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST. JUST DOWNLOAD THE APP AND CLICK ON “BREATHE AND PUSH” AT THE TOP.

Download the App Here to Listen
 

WHAT IT IS
Four meditation tracks available on the app called Binaural Dream — a first-of-its kind unguided sound meditation app designed for iOS phones. (Android coming soon). The tracks consist of 10 to 30 minutes of music. No words. Just sound.

HOW TO USE IT
Listen to the track called Breathe when you need rest, Push when you need energy, Transition when you need moral courage, and Labor With Love when you need all of the above.

WHY IT WORKS
Music and sound are ancient tools to regulate the nervous system. Binaural beats are a kind of music meditation that uses different tones in each ear to cultivate different brainwave states. The “Breathe & Push” pack uses a progression of delta, theta, and gamma binaural beats to promote relaxation and healing. It is composed in the key of A minor, a scale associated with grace, maternity, and the sacred.

OUR STORY
The meditation series is designed by tech innovator and musician Sanj Brar. Last year, Sanj saw a need for better wellness tools and left his job at a Fortune 250 company to create DreamThink. (Read the story here: “This NYC Start-Up Launches to Create the Perfect Unguided Meditation App”.) Sanj’s sister Valarie began to listen to their app Binaural Dream during a difficult pregnancy and draining period of activism. Music meditation soon became a daily practice. She shared it with her team at the Revolutionary Love Project. “Why aren’t there more meditation tools designed to support movements for social justice?” we wondered. The partnership between the Revolutionary Love Project and DreamThink was born. This collaboration is our first experiment.

IF YOU LIKE IT…
The app is available for free, and the “Breathe & Push” pack is available for free until MLK Day. If you want more, subscribe to access the full library of meditation packs and listen all year. Proceeds will be donated to the Revolutionary Love Project! Just follow the instructions on the app.

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Find out more about the app, and send us feedback about your experience. We would love to know if tools like this are useful to you in the work of Revolutionary Love. 

 

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