When a cultural reckoning comes during a pandemic, it’s natural to feel some level of fatigue. And while the fight against systemic racism requires that we step out and show up, attention must also be paid to what's happening within—and for Tracee Ellis Ross, that translates as a call to soften.
“I feel like it’s tough—I mean there’s helicopters right now that I hear—I keep feeling so disrupted in my nervous system, so fried, so easily knocked off my center," said Ross in Tuesday IGTV post, which found her clad in matte cherry lipstick, gold hoops, and an air of learned serenity. Ross went on to offer a three-part grounding exercise designed to change energies from aggravated or anxious to something a bit more gentle.
First, an overall softening, from your jaw to the space around your heart. "Your voice? Can you let your voice soften?” asked Ross, acknowledging that the practice, though simple, may elicit feelings of fear or vulnerability. From that space, the actress asked viewers to feel the weight of the body—"not the weight of the world, just the substance of you are"—along with the support of the earth beneath them. And finally, a deep and welcome breath exhaled with a vocalized sigh. “Allow your softness to offer a frequency out into the world that can help support this movement—this uprising—towards a better world," finished Ross. "And a better country.”