Why “Racial” Self-Care?

A captivating perspective from a fellow blogger:

By definition, radical means: of or pertaining to the root; proceeding directly from the root.

Hence: Of or pertaining to the root or origin; reaching to the center, to the foundation, to the ultimate sources, to the principles, or the like; original; fundamental; thorough-going.

This word is greatly misunderstood by most individuals.

Radical does not mean “extreme.”

When we talk about Radical self-care, we are not talking about taking bubble baths and painting toe nails so much as we are talking about the following:

(1) Evaluating the hegemony (power structures which influence our lives in pervasive manner, i.e., “capitalism”) of the world we live in; (2) Discovering how hegemonic truths have contributed to our of development of neuroses (including self-doubt, self-hatred, and possibly self-aggrandizement); (3) Questioning which truths we actually accept, versus truths that we do not accept, yet perhaps continue to have unspoken reverence for, in attempt to “fit in” or otherwise be part of the society we live in.

All in all, it is a process to develop a skill to view society as objectively and impartially as is possible, even as we participate in said society.

And then lastly, hopefully, and ideally after much patience, practice, meditation, and time…

(4) Ceasing to internalize the messages which push us to live in any ascribed fashion that does not serve us.



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One Response to Why “Radical” Self-Care?

  1. diahannreyes says:

    You are right! And I look forward to the day when the type of self-care you describe no longer has to be considered radical because it is now the norm. Thanks for your thoughts.

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