These links emerged during the 2014-2015 year as I pursued a pedagogical research project asking whether learning a form of restorative yoga might impact my work on dismantling racism. I place them here as a record of that project, and perhaps as footprints to follow for other people interested in this journey.

Our strength is not in weapons, money or power. Our strength is in our peace, the peace within us. This peace makes us indestructible.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Under stress, an unexercised heart will explode in frustration or fury. If the situation is especially tense, that exploding heart may be hurled like a fragment grenade toward the source of its pain. But a heart that has been consistently exercised through conscious engagement with suffering is more likely to break open instead of apart. Such a heart has learned how to flex to hold tension in a way that expands its capacity for both suffering and joy.

Parker Palmer