I’m the Only One Who Can Do It: Healing My Very Own Black Body through Contemplative Practice


  • Brandon Hutchinson Southern Connecticut State University


poetry, self-care, self-knowledge, self-healing, contemplation


Written in a combination of prose and poetry, this paper captures my journey to healing and healthy well-being. As a Black woman tenured professor who is also a mother of three Black girls, a wife to a Black man, I am full. And so, I have to make space to see my own self clearly. Each day as a Black woman, I have to set the intention to save my own life. In this selection, I bring to the page my experiences with contemplative body work and energy practices and capture my practice for survival, greater self-knowing and the desire for so much more joy.

Author Biography

Brandon Hutchinson, Southern Connecticut State University

In addition to teaching as an Associate Professor of English and as affiliate faculty for Women and Gender Studies and Southern Connecticut State University, Brandon LA Hutchinson is currently serving in the capacity of faculty liaison for the Multicultural Center and as a faculty fellow for Diversity and Inclusion through the Faculty Development office.

Brandon believes in the value of the pause. Whether working with students or colleagues, she roots her approach to teaching and facilitation in an intentionally slow process. She believes that learning about books, ourselves or our practices takes time and utilizes methods that incorporate a combination of community building and reflection to accomplish tasks.