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Stay Woke

Justin Michael Williams

Stay Woke

by Justin Michael Williams

Stay Woke

Justin Michael Williams

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Stay Woke guides those who have dealt with oppression or struggle to create a meditation practice that works for them.

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Stay Woke

by Justin Michael Williams

Stay Woke

Justin Michael Williams

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Meditation often seems reserved for those who have a lot of time, peace, and quiet. But does meditation have anything to offer those of us who have been faced with oppression and struggle?

As a young boy, Justin Michael Williams dreamt of being a singer, but a childhood filled with bullying, violence, and abuse led him to give up hope. After Williams' grandmother died, he turned his life around and is now a successful writer, speaker, and musician who works at the intersection of music, meditation, and justice.

In Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us, Williams acknowledges that many who want to try meditation are blocked. They can't relate to traditional meditation styles and mantras because of their marginalized identities: their race, class, gender, ability, or sexuality. Stay Woke provides an alternative view, acknowledging the role that oppression and trauma play in our lives and how this affects our journeys to peace and healing.

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"If you grew up ... overcoming systemic oppression, homophobia, sexism, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, community disempowerment, racism, and trauma - you need a different kind of meditation. One that doesn't pretend that the struggle doesn't exist."

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