Not your usual Bespoke Body content… but I can’t stay silent! This is not a political issue… this is a human issue… My blog, my brand and everything I stand for is about balance, peace, happiness, health and thriving. I cannot stand by in my white privilege and not make use of whatever platforms I have to comment on this issue. Being non racist is not enough – we need to be actively and loudly ANTI-RACIST! 

Injustice against minorities is nothing new, especially here in South Africa. I was lucky enough to be too young to really experience Apartheid South Africa. In 1994 when we had our first democratic elections in the “New South Africa”, I was only 10 years old. It has been nearly three decades since then, and yet there is still such a racial divide, especially here in Cape Town. This separation makes me so sad. And I don’t know what the solution is here in South Africa… We have so many other own problems… corruption, unemployment, poverty, extreme violence and also police brutality… I often just stick my head in the sand or try to spiritually bypass all these issues, because where do I even begin? And at the moment I’m just trying to keep my own head above water as my husband deals with being unemployed and we drown in debt while trying to make ends meet as a new entrepreneur. It’s a lot…. but this is not about me.  

All these thoughts of unfairness, inequality and injustice have been in my consciousness for so long (sometimes very far back and quiet and sometimes loud and in my face) , but it has taken these recent events in America and here in SA to really shake me to the core. 

It’s time for us all to wake up!

We have to change. We have to take a stand. We have to use our voices. Everywhere in the world. We have to hold our leaders accountable. The system is broken. We cannot continue on this path. 

I keep on writing and then deleting things… I don’t want to add to the negativity and darkness in the world – turning on the news is draining enough! It’s been a long, hard few months… I have witnessed and experienced so much stress, frustration and loss… and I still feel very privileged and blessed.

I don’t even know what to say. My heart is sore. My soul is tired… but I can’t give up!

My purpose with the work I do and my passion is to be a light worker. I am here to help. I am here to inspire. I am here to uplift. 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King 

One of my horoscopes for this week said this…

“It might feel difficult this week to hold onto your impulse to create when there’s so much destruction all around you. When the thing you want most is to build something good, something real, something that will last, it can feel hard and hopeless to witness all our structures crumbling. So this week, remind yourself of everything that hasn’t been lost. Buildings might burn, but your community is still here. Institutions might fall, but that can’t stop you from doing the real work, from working towards the world you want to live in. – Claire Comstock-Gay via The Cut

So I stay on course. I keep my mission alive. I keep showing up – for myself and for you.

I am listening. Unlearning. Learning. Growing. 

I might not always get it right, but I am trying. 

So what do we do? 

We write to our leaders. We sign petitions and donate to causes we care about. We don’t bury our heads in the sand and say “This is not my fight.” or “I’ve got my own problems.” 

It only takes a few minutes to sign a petition or forward an email. 

We can call people out when they’re being racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminating in any way. 

Our silence is consent. Don’t be afraid to rock the boat. Speak up!

Educate yourself and those around you. There are amazing movies and documentaries to watch. Wonderful books to read and podcasts to listen to. I would also add watching “See You Yesterday” and “Dear White People” (both on Netflix) to the list below.

Can you help, support or promote a more diverse group of people in your business and life in general? There are so many beautiful, talented, wise unsung gifted people of colour. Seek them out!

Lastly I think we need to really amp up the self-care and self-love. When people truly love themselves, they don’t hate or spread negativity. We also need to amp up these practices, because the current world climate is super hectic and quite draining.

If you would like to use movement and music as medicine, I created a special BLM Body Love class. It is a mix of cardio, strength and mindfulness, which is very cathartic!

To access the playlist, you will need Spotify Premium. Click here. I recommend you play the music off your phone or tablet connected to a speaker so that you can really feel it and then watch the recording off your laptop or connect it to your TV.

To access the recording of the class on Zoom – click here And enter this password: 6n.k@&Vj

I will keep this recording up until the end of June.

I hope this class allows you to feel, shift and heal some things.

There is much work to be done. The road ahead is long. Be gentle with yourself. Take rest when you need it. Don’t give up though. Keep going. Keep spreading the love and the light.

I am here for you always. Please reach out of you have suggestions, resources or you just want to chat!

I see you. I feel you. I love you.

In gratitude and love

Oona