“Racism is a heart disease, and it’s curable,” promises author Ruth King in her book “Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out.”
That cure is mindfulness, and she writes in detail how to gain insight into the reader’s own racial views and how to totally dismantle racism.
The book will be the subject of a series of three monthly Book Club meetings organized by the Hamilton Area Anti-Racism Coalition and held at the Hamilton Public Library starting Tuesday, Jan. 15. King, a revered meditation teacher, offers a compassionate yet practical view into a social domain that even in modern times remains profoundly relevant
“Understanding how we have been conditioned to think and react is at the root of both racial distress and racial healing,” King writes.
She builds from her own training as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, to share the complexity of racial identity as well as the dynamics of oppression. King provides her own guided instructions to work with intense emotions and how to cultivate a culture of caring and compassion.
The Tuesday Book Club dates are open to the public at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 19 in the Hamilton Library Community Room at 13 Broad St. in Hamilton. For more information, or to borrow a copy of the book from the Hamilton Area Anti-Racism Coalition, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.