seas of love and melanin

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Please see Lissa’s companion piece “care as a form of loving rebellion against anti-blackness.”

Collective Care Resources ~ COVID-19

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As I practice, I feel a sense of love amidst all of the other feelings that arise and pass. Love for you. Love for community.

Knowing all the varying experiences, the challenges, the collective is going through, so much love and care arises for you through my practice.

As we care for ourselves however that looks or feels like (as some have greater access to resources than others), know that we are taking care of each other. Know that you are not alone. 💛🙏🏾✨

Please see my regularly updated list of resources for coping with COVID-19 here.

with love,

Lissa

IMG_7312photo: wisdom by @minaa_b

Pleasure as a Form of Care and Justice (from embodiedheartmind.com)

This is an excerpt from a piece by Lissa which you can read in full here.
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photo by @jeremybishop


What happens when we as a collective center pleasure as a form of care, justice and liberation?
I have been exploring this concept in my life and also in my offerings particularly InterPlay, deeply guided by the work of  adrienne maree brown and her book  Pleasure Activism.

I have found Pleasure Activism to be an incredibly powerful approach to healing that not only affects the individuals engaging in the practice but all of those who in turn come in contact with them. Pleasure, compassion, and care intersect with each other and promote a more just society where we have the agency and capacity to care for ourselves and each other.

It gives me great hope that I can center pleasure as not only a practice that allows for well-being but as a loving form of rebellion against oppression, a form of individual and collective perseverance and strength for me and so many others in my communities and my ancestral lineage…

Read the rest here. I plan to post on embodiedheartmind.com every Friday sharing new content as well as updated versions of old posts from this site.

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–lissa


imagine freedom #3

an updated version of an old dear poem of mine, which was inspired by this painting by  rick mobbs as well as the poetry of Maya Angelou.

inhale golden burgundy peace. exhale grey lavender grief. kiss me until joy travels through every orifice of your body, cooling the fires in the growing oceans surrounding us.

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imagine us together forever. tuck yourself under the shade of the chocolate tree in our imagination. carve our initials s and e into the trunk with strawberry juice. lay with me against the soil until dawn.

i stroke you until the whip lashes tattooed into your brown skin shimmer like stars. you become so alive that you relearn how to feel and tears of happiness stream down your face as my laugh — slow crescendo of love tickles your cheeks. i see the anatomy of a rainbow in your eyes.

just before nightfall, you point into the distance. tremors overcome our bodies as we see us in a future dreamland — happy and free with our children by our side. we wake during the night surrounded by the remnants of the harmony of their beings; they soothe us back to sleep.

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when morning comes and master finds us, we repeat maya’s words we rise, from a past rooted in pain, we rise, black ocean, leaping and wide, welling and swelling, bearing in the tide…we rise, bringing the ancestors’ gifts, the dreams and hopes of slaves, we rise, we rise, we rise.”  we are not afraid because we know that i am the sun and you are the earth. our story is without end.

–lissa

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