As we get closer and closer to one of the most pivotal election in our lifetime, we know that many of us are feeling anxiety about the result of the election as well as what may happen afterwards. Many of us are planning to take action, especially if there is an attempt at an undemocratic power grab from the current administration.
Rather than sitting in anxiety waiting for something to happen, we are initiating action: gathering in community and deepening our relationships so that we can be ready to respond to whatever may happen.
Deepening Together is a series of gatherings for 10 consecutive days leading into election day, with each day having a different theme.
DAY NINE: DAY OF STILLNESS & GROUNDING
Monday, November 2nd @ 4PM-6PM
Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza - 14th St. & Broadway, Oakland
The day before the election, we want to gather and ground ourselves in stillness. We want to be mindful of not adding more panic to an already panicked world, and to be able to respond to the results of the election with a fierce yet grounded and focused energy. We want to be responsive, not reactive.
Led by meditators from diverse heritages and spiritual lineages, we will experience various ways of finding stillness and inner silence. We will also explore ways to find stillness in the heat of the moment, finding the inner pause before reacting. There will be chanting, a Metta/Lovingkindness practice and songs from the Thrive Street Choir. Join us to decompress, center and prepare on the inner for the days ahead!
For those who are able to sit, please bring a chair, pillow or cushion for your comfort.
COVID Safety: We ask all participants to wear a mask at all times, and to practice safe physical distancing during the event. If you have any COVID symptoms, tested positive or have been in recent contact with someone who has, we ask that you stay home in order to protect the safety of everyone else. Masks and sanitizer will be handed out to any who needs it.
Starting on Sunday, October 25th, we will gather each day from 4PM - 6PM (unless otherwise noted) at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall.
*Times/Themes subject to change. Please check our website for updates before attending events. Also, please feel free to bring an item to add to our collective altar, which we will be building throughout the 10-days.
Day One: Day of Ancestry & Remembrance - 10/25 @ 4-6PM
Day Two: Day of Relationship - 10/26 @ 4-6PM
Day Three: Day of Grief - 10/27 @ 4:30-6:30PM (Note different time)
Day Four: Day of Joy & Celebration - 10/28 @ 4-6PM
Day Five: Day of Visioning - 10/29 @ 3-6PM (Note different time)
Day Six: Day of Compassion & Oneness - 10/30 @ 4-6PM
Day Seven: Day of Accountability & Atonement - 10/31 @ 4-6PM
Day Eight: Day of Mortality - 11/1 @ 1-3PM VIRTUAL EVENT (Note different time)
Day Nine: Day of Stillness & Grounding - 11/2 @ 4-6PM
Day Ten: Day of Deepening - 11/3 (election day) @ 4-6PM
Day Eleven and Beyond: Days of Action
11/4 @ 12PM - We are partnering with our friends at Bay Resistance and Protect the Results and supporting the national call for a day of action on November 4th regardless of the result. CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up for the event.
If you are planning on taking action after election day, we highly encourage you to get into small teams or affinity groups as a way to stay safe, feel empowered and be able to support each other. Here is a handout on some activities you can do with your team to prepare yourself. Once you are in a team, please fill out this form and let us know so that we can coordinate!
14th Street & Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
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