Being Seen for Who You Really Are

Connect with your heart, be fearless, and trust that the people you choose to surround yourself with can hold space for you.

Today we’re going to talk about heart. I’ve shared the story of going to India and learning about meditation, developing a practice for myself then coming back to teach my students about meditation. All it took was slowing down and taking a moment for breathing. Taking time for self-reflection and deeply connecting to who we are and what we bring to the world. What I want to focus on today is connecting to the heart. There’s a quote that we use in our work that says the longest distance that most people travel is the 18 inches between their head and their heart. Most people get stuck in their heads, so today is an invitation to connect to your heart. 

Admitting When You’re Not OK

I want you to visualize an image that was created for a campaign called the 100K Masks Challenge, which goes along with the activity of what’s on the front of the mask and what’s on the back of the mask? This image was done by one of my former students. It’s a picture of a face and if you look on either side of the lips it says, “I’m” on the left side and, “OK”…


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Ashanti Branch

Ashanti Branch is the founder and executive director of The Ever Forward Club. In 2004, during Ashanti’s first year teaching high school math, he started The Ever Forward Club to provide support for African American and Latino males in school. He works to change how students, especially young men of color, interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Since then, Ever Forward has helped all of it’s more than 150 members graduate from high school.