Heartfully Present

An online meditation course for People of Color exploring liberation in the face of structural racism beginning July 2nd.

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Over the next two months, we'll learn how to liberate ourselves with the Four Brahma Viharas in the face of toxic culture and structural racism. The Four Brahma Viharas are meditation practices of the heart - unconditional love, compassion, vicarious joy, and equanimity. This online meditation course is focused for People of Color!

The course begins Monday, July 2nd.

Your Instructor

Joshua Bee
Joshua Bee

Joshua Bee Alafia’s meditation practice began in 1989 when his mother gave him a mantra to work with. This sparked a rich journey into different styles from the Hawaiian Shamanic, Hindu, Sufi, Dzogchen, Taoist, and Vipassana traditions. Wanting to bring Vipassana practice to the youth, he began teaching mindfulness practice to incarcerated, court involved and system vulnerable youth through New York’s Lineage Project in 2010. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He currently teaches mindfulness meditation with South Side Insight Meditation Circle at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative and Taoist Meditation with TaoYoga Chicago at the Haji Healing Salon, both located on the South Side of Chicago. Liberation Meditation draws from Taoist, Yoruba and Buddhist traditions.

What's included in the course

Four Dharma Talks

There will be pre-recorded high quality video dharma talks exploring each of the bramaviharas unconditional love, compassion, vicarious joy, and equanimity.

Live Video Calls

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month @ 9pm EST we'll meet over a live video call using Zoom for 75 minutes. You'll be joined by the rest of the people you are taking the course with. You'll have an opportunity to ask questions, share your experience, and hear from others. If you miss the live video call, no worries! We record them and post them within 24 hours

Guided Meditations & Assignments

With each dharma talk, there is a guided meditation and a `real-world` assignment so that you can practice integrating each of the Brahma Viharas into your meditation practice as well as into your daily life.

Discussion Forum

This is a private forum where you can share your experience with others and ask Joshua questions between live calls. This is a private forum only accessible to those taking the course.

"I always love sitting with and learning from Joshua- his stories give me a visual image of the dharma truly at work off the cushion! I felt like I had tools to work with throughout the course- helpful for a Virgo like myself! Loved it!"

- Kiki Williams, Brooklyn, NY

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course only for People of Color? What if I'm an ally?
At the moment, this course is only for People of Color. We're learning how to grow a fruitful community which takes time and focus. If you join our newsletter, you'll be able to stay up to date when we feel the time is right to open the course up to allies. Thank you for your interest!
How long is the course?
The recommended commitment is two months as we spend 2 weeks on each brahma vihara. This allows you to work with each one in depth. After the two months, we will provide live video calls every second and fourth Wednesday for our community. We'll have a new course by a teacher of color every three months, so there will be something fresh and new with your subscription!
How long do I have access to the course?
You have access to the course as long as you are paying for a subscription - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.