Today’s BEST. THING. EVER!!! gives me all kinds of feels. And I’m going to be 100% real in this post. When I think of meditation, when I think of yoga, when I think of holistic living I don’t immediately think of inner-city kids. I don’t think of black people in general. And that’s REALLY sad and ironic because I’m a black man myself. STRAIGHT outta the ‘hood. And I’m ALL ABOUT holistic living and meditation. (Haven’t quite gotten into yoga yet, but God’s still working on me. LOLOLOLOL) Instead, when I think of all of the above I think of skinny, well-off white women who have nothing better to do with their days than shop, work-out, do yoga and drink a green leaf smoothie afterwards with their girlfriends. I know, it’s VERY cliche’ for me to think that way. But it’s just the way it is.
So to actually see three men (yes, MEN! – two of them men of color) actually go back to the neighborhood they were brought up in Baltimore and do this kind of work with the most at risk elementary kids in school is absolutely inspiring to me. And for the record it’s not just the neighborhood, it’s the HOOD. One of the men says, “The reason they call it the ‘hood is because all the neighbors moved out.” One of the men says the kids they work with are living in a real life war zone, so it’s no wonder the kids they encounter are living with some sort of PTSD.
The other thing that strikes me about this video is it’s people of color that are trying to bring in a holistic way of living into the lives of the children they work with. Again, going back to the vision in my head of wealthy skinny white women doing yoga, that’s what I think of when I think of holistic living. Even though I’m as black as black can be and I’m working on being as holistically healthy as I possibly can be. So to see other people of color doing something to make their old neighborhood a better place to live in a holistic kind of a way is like a breath of fresh air to me. Yes, there are people of color who think outside of the box. Yes, there are people of color who want to live a balanced life. Yes, there are people of color who want to be as holistically healthy as possible. And they don’t have to live in Beverly Hills, drive Teslas and aspire to be a Kardashian. They’re everywhere. They’re your next door neighbors. They’re your co-workers. They’re your friends. They may even be members of your own family. You don’t have to look towards the rich and powerful to see people living a lifestyle that’s balanced and holistic. All you have to do is look out your front door.
And that’s why it’s today’s BEST. THING. EVER!!! Check it out: