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