Roots of South Los Angeles
Wellness Center
July 2020

Centering Black, Indigenous and People of Color
Wellness & Mental Health


Rest as Ancestral Wisdom and Healing;
How Rest is Needed for Our Collective Liberation 

2020 has definitely been a year of immense collective awakening. We have collectively experienced so much loss, uncertainty and a sense of urgency to fix, find solutions and heal centuries of ancestral wounds. 

In order to truly heal, we must also take time to acknowledge the trauma caused by White Supremacy and Capitalism and the need to be constantly "producing." As BIPOC folx, our ancestors did not have the ability to slow down or rest. Even now, many of us find it very difficult to be still, to stop the never-ending list of "to do's" in our heads.

Rest means taking time to slow down, sleep/nap when our bodies are asking us to. Rest can also mean engaging in the things that bring us joy and calmness. defines rest as "an instance of period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity," and defines rest as "peace of mind; free of anxieties."   

Below are some ways you can engage in rest and begin reclaiming your ancestral wisdom and medicine for collective liberation:
  • Engage with Nature
  • Learn about traditional foods/recipes
  • Garden/grow food
  • Learn to sew/knit/weave/embroidery
  • Engage in traditional Spiritual practices
  • Meditate (if it feels safe to do so)
  • Yoga
  • Journal/Dream Interpretation
  • Energy Healing/Reiki
  • Chakra Balancing (see link below)
  • Soundbath (see link below)
  • Humming (Vagus Nerve Activation; see link below)
  • Tea/Herbal Remedies
  • Aromatherapy
  • Water/Shower Ritual (see link below)
  • Deep Breathing/Breath Work
  • Crying (honoring your emotions)
  • Laughing/Singing
  • Being in Community with others that honor our spirit and rest
Remember...we are the manifestation of our Ancestor's prayers. We carry wisdom & medicine in our DNA.

In Community and Solidarity,
Roots of South Los Angeles Wellness Center
Upcoming Events


VIRTUAL Womxn of Color Healing Circle

Saturday, 7/25/2020
10am PST

Join us for a VIRTUAL Womxn of Color Healing Circle, Saturday, July 25th; 10am to 11:30am PST.⠀⠀

This monthly VIRTUAL gathering is intended to support Womxn Of Color during these trying times. Join us as we hold a heart space to share our thoughts, emotions & medicines as we move through this heaviness. This is our offering to all WOC who are in need of community & healing. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
Facilitated by: ⠀
Co-founders of Roots of South Los Angeles Wellness Center, Liliana V. Muñoz, LCSW and Adriana L. Medrano, PhD.⠀

Register here. Check our IG and FB pages for additional updates!


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