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黑人生存问题-全美瑜伽联盟邀请解决种族主义问题
来源: | 作者:yosun99cn | 发布时间: 2020-06-03 | 467 次浏览 | 分享到:
下文由悦上瑜伽翻译自全美瑜伽联盟主席兼CEO,Shannon Roche,发给我校的信件。

Black Lives Matter | A Community Invitation to Address Racism
发件人:President & CEO of Yoga Alliance, Shannon Roche

时   间:2020年6月2日(星期二) 下午2:26


尊敬的瑜伽联盟成员,


瑜伽联盟和瑜伽联盟基金会谨向乔治·弗洛伊德(George Floyd)的家庭和社区,以及布伦娜·泰勒(Breonna Taylor),艾莫德·阿伯里(Ahmaud Arbery)的家庭和社区,以及许多因警察暴力和种族恐怖而被缩短生命的人们致以最深切的慰问。我们与您站在一起。

呼吸。练习和教授瑜伽的我们以深刻而直接的方式理解呼吸。我们知道,呼吸在赋予生命,在改变着生命,并且对于这个地球上的每一个生命都是共享的,平等的。我们确切地知道乔治·弗洛伊德(George Floyd)的遗言,这回响了六年前埃里克·加纳(Eric Garner)的遗言-“我无法呼吸”-是什么意思,以及从他身上夺走了什么。

我们有意将瑜伽说成是一种“练习”,即使是相对于我们当中最资深,最博学的老师而言。在这样做时,我们承认两个重要的事实。其中第一个表明,对于我们所有人而言,生命的学习没有止境,并在这些学习的基础上发展壮大。第二,可能难以应付和看到的是,我们用来试图弄清我们自己是谁,以及我们与他人的关系的指标和标记,无非就是我们创建的架构。

这些架构服务于我们自己的,人性化的,需要我们自己理解和定义。在某种程度上,对这种理解的追求是使我们许多人开始瑜伽的原因。但是,像大多数概念和定义一样,当与某物或某物并置时,我们对自己的理解通常最容易领会。在寻找自我定义的过程中,我们打开了一扇门-事实上,我们有必要-了解那些生活与我们自己不同的人,而无论我们的意图如何。

乔治·弗洛伊德(George Floyd)的谋杀案以及布雷娜·泰勒(Breonna Taylor),艾莫德·阿伯里(Ahmaud Arbery)以及他们面前的其他许多人的谋杀,是数十年来最阴险的种族歧视的结果。在美国,这一历史始于土著人民的被暴力导致的流离失所,其次是对黑人,家庭和社区的剥削和虐待,在此基础上建立了美国。正是这种情况导致了这样一个时刻:一场大流行病可以在我们的有色人种中造成不成比例的破坏性影响。正是在这种情况下,一个外出慢跑的男人可能会被枪杀,或者是执法人员觉得有正当理由在自己家里射杀一个看电视的女人,或者跪在一个男人的脖子上,偷走他的呼吸。

种族主义和仇恨,正如这个社团应该认识到、知道和实践的那样,是瑜伽的对立面。这与我们所知道的瑜伽完全相反。结束这种仇恨,是瑜伽者的工作。

正如我个人一样,瑜伽联盟和瑜伽联盟基金会也致力于这项工作。随着我们加深研究,我们的计划会不断发展,然而它们是不完善的-我们没有一个整齐的打包计划可以在这里推广,并且我们可能会在此过程中犯错误。实际上,我已经做了一些发言,我们应该在很多天(即使不是很多年)之前发布此声明。我们犯了一个错误,即只专注于找到正确的单词,但是当社团需要的是团结与行动的单词而不是诗歌的单词时,优先考虑在此时此刻找到“正确的”单词所需的时间是一种特权。我意识到这一点,并致力于在未来的几天,几周和几年内开展工作,并带领我们的组织采取更明确的支持行动。

瑜伽联盟和瑜伽联盟基金会将继续不完美地出现,包括在这一刻。这对我们来说肯定是不舒服的,也许对您而言。但是正是在这种不适中,我们的瑜伽界,尤其是我们白人群体,才能成为解构压迫系统和种族主义污点的基本工作的一部分。这是我们的职责。这是我们的责任。这是我们的达摩法则。

我相信这个社团可以勇敢和富有勇气地应对这一挑战,欢迎通过不适感来增进理解和成长,因为每天回到我们垫子上的那些人对此都很熟悉。我们邀请你加入。

原文如下:
Dear Yoga Alliance members,

Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and community of George Floyd, as well as the families and communities of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so very many others whose lives have been cut short due to police violence and racial terror. We stand with you.

Breath. We who practice and teach yoga understand breath, in a deep and intimate way. We know that breath is life-giving, that it is life-changing, and that it is shared, equally, among every living being on this earth. We know exactly what George Floyd’s last words, which echoed those of Eric Garner nearly six years before—“I can’t breathe”—meant, and exactly what was taken from him.

We speak of yoga as a “practice” intentionally, even in reference to the most senior, most learned teachers among us. In doing so, we acknowledge two important truths. The first of these demonstrates that, for all of us, there is no end to our life’s work of learning, and growing and transforming based on those learnings. The second, which can be hard to grapple with and see, is that the indicators and markers that we use to try to make sense of who we are ourselves, and who we are in relation to others, are nothing more than constructs that we create.

These constructs serve our own, deeply human, need to understand and define ourselves. In one way or another, the search for this understanding is what brought many of us to yoga. However, like most concepts and definitions, our understanding of ourselves is often easiest to comprehend when juxtaposed against something or someone else. In our searches to define ourselves, we open the door to—in fact, we necessitate—understanding those whose lives appear in any way different from our own as “other,” regardless of our intention.

George Floyd’s murder, along with those of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others before them, is the result of decades and centuries of that most insidious form of othering—racism. In the U.S., this history began with the violent displacement of indigenous peoples, followed by the exploitation and abuse of Black people, families, and communities, from which the foundation of this country was established. It is what has led to a moment when a pandemic can create an impact shown to be so disproportionately devastating within our communities of color. It is what has led to a moment in which a man out for a jog can be shot to death, or a moment when a law enforcement officer can feel justified in shooting a woman watching television in her own home, or kneeling on a man’s neck and stealing his breath.

Racism and hate, as this community should recognize, know, and practice, is the opposite of yoga. It is the opposite of everything that we know yoga to teach us. Ending this kind of hatred, at its core, is yogic work.

Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation are committed to this work, as I am personally. Our plans are constantly evolving as we deepen our learning, and they are imperfect—we do not have a neatly packaged plan to roll out here, and we will likely make mistakes along the way. In fact, I have already made some—we should have issued this statement many days, if not years, ago. We made the mistake of focusing on finding the right words—but prioritizing taking the kind of time necessary to find the “right” words in this moment is a privilege, when what the community needs is words of solidarity and action instead of words of poetry. I recognize this, and I am committed to doing the work and leading our organization into more explicit supportive action in the days, weeks, and years ahead.

Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation will keep showing up, imperfectly, including in this moment. This will be uncomfortable—for us, certainly, and perhaps for you. But it is in this discomfort where our yoga community, especially those of us who are white, can be part of the essential work to deconstruct systems of oppression and the stains of racism. This is our duty. This is our responsibility. This is our dharma.

I believe this community can take on this challenge with bravery and courage—welcoming and working through discomfort to greater understanding and growth, as that is familiar to those of us who return to our mats every day. We invite you to join us.
   
   

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