racial justice

On-ramps and Lanes on the Racial Justice Freeway

By |December 13th, 2017|

In my late twenties, I did not experience myself as a political being. I loved psychology, valued community building, and was attracted to healing modalities. I was also an educator. I understood that racism was wrong. And thanks to mentorship provided by amazing people of color, I understood that my socialization as a white woman […]

Spirit and Soul in Challenging Times

By |May 29th, 2017|

I have been inspired this last month by the growing number of people creating networks, workshops,  and curricula that combine healing practices with racial identity and justice work. Recent conversations brought to mind a particular conceptual framing that has been really meaningful to me. It’s what helps me hold the spiritual conception of transcendence in […]

Let’s Talk About Race!: A TEDx Talk by Shelly Tochluk

By |February 28th, 2017|

After three months of writing, practicing, and meditation designed to help me get over my phobia of video cameras, I finally delivered this talk. It highlights four strategies that help me stay grounded when navigating race. I hope it is useful for those who care about racial justice and are on the journey toward creating […]

Community Concerns and Interests Survey

By |December 27th, 2016|

Please read and share! We need some info from you and yours via a 3-minute survey.

For the last 13 years, I have been blessed to be part of AWARE-LA, an organization that approaches anti-racism and activism with an attitude that uplifts personal and collective healing. AWARE-LA recognizes that we need to be responsive (not reactive) […]

10 Strategies to Stay Engaged in Race Conversations

By |October 29th, 2016|

As we approach the holiday season, I thought it might be worthwhile to offer an excerpt from Living in the Tension (Chapter 2) that provides a set of 10 approaches that might be useful when trying to remain present and open during critical conversations about race that challenge one’s self-concept. My hope is that you’ll […]

Cross-race friendships are great, but they will not solve the problem.

By |June 25th, 2016|

What follows is an incomplete version of a speech I delivered at the Rochester YWCA – Person 2 Person Graduation Dinner on June 21, 2016. I am posting it because a number of people asked me for the full transcript following the event. Note: Much was added extemporaneously (probably the best parts). I have attempted […]

The Mandate of Living a Spiritual Life: Work to End Surplus Suffering

By |May 16th, 2016|

While at a family gathering nearly two decades ago, I challenged a conversation between my father and a family friend, both white men in their late 40’s. That evening, these men spoke of their common wish to retire to Mexico, where life would be considerably cheaper. I initially sat in stunned silence, having just recently […]

Grounding – The Philosophical Foundation for Living in the Tension

By |April 23rd, 2016|

When I began writing the first draft of Living in the Tension I figured I should explain to the reader about my own spiritual philosophy and how it influences my approach to racial justice. So I wrote all that down as a first chapter.  Later I realized that it stood out from the main text […]