Transforming Self

Spring carries symbols of birth and renewal.

As we anticipate the transition of seasons, we open new possibilities to transform ourselves and the world around us. We often feel moved to "clean house", clearing out what no longer serves us to create space for fresh perspectives, practices, and presentations.    

What is your racial identity? How does it influence your sense of self? How might it challenge the molds created by political and cultural context? In this article, Downes invites us to explore these questions by sharing his experience of celebrating mixed roots and embracing "hapa" or "half" as a shared identity rather than parts of the whole. He notes that the collective energy of the festival serves as a reminder "that you are not bound to a static identity someone else chooses for you."

They all shared some version of the same story: of boundary lives that unavoidably tested rigid racial assumptions and expectations.
— Lawrence Downes

While acknowledging the positive presence of self-care in our culture, this article also challenges us to reconsider the concept from a social justice framework. Leonowicz reminds us of the plethora of social and economic barriers to the normalized self-care activities by presenting questions such as: "How do you treat yourself if you're living pay check to pay check?" With this perspective in mind, we invite you to explore new depths to your practice of self-care this week.  

Self-care is often about addressing invidiaul problems, without much mention to the structural and institutional influences that prevent our wellness in the first place.
— Rex Leonowicz