A Libations Meditation for Honoring Black Lives Lost

Author:
Video Duration:
8:46

For Black people and people of the Diaspora, giving libations is a way of remembering and honoring the ancestors.

It’s a way of remembering the names of those no longer with us in the physical form, honoring the legacy that continues to live on within us.

When we give libations, we pour liquid to honor the cycle of life, bringing our remembrance of their spirit back to the earth so new life can flourish.

We say Ase—a word stemming from the West African Yoruba tradition to give thanks— giving thanks to the essence and the life force energy of our ancestors.

The sound of the water that plays throughout the meditation represents the sounds of the Atlantic ocean, honoring the Diasporic journey and the lives lost during the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The libations begin with honoring Nina Pop, a black trans woman who was murdered inside of her Missouri apartment in May. Too often we leave out Black trans women—the most vulnerable when it comes anti-black violence and terrorism. When we say black lives matter, we mean all black lives: black trans lives, black queer lives, black lives with different abilities—all of us.

This libations meditation is modeled after the work of Tiarra Asia Knox and Mizan Alkebulan-Abakah, as well as the elders throughout time who passed down this sacred tradition.

Learn more about Tiarra’s work by clicking here and following them on Instagram.

Learn more about Mizan’s work at Spearitwurx, an Oakland-based organization that inspires inter-generational wellness, prioritizing the healing of Black communities. Follow follow them on social media

Related Videos

YogaJournal Monica

Quiet a Hyperactive Mind Before Meditation

Live Be Yoga Ambassador Monica Cadena shares her tips for preparing for meditation when you suffer from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Meditative Run Final

Running Can Be Meditative

Live Be Yoga Ambassador Monica Cadena discusses why she runs and what she does to prepare for a training run.

A Short Meditation Practice with Jana Long

A Short Meditation Practice with Jana Long

Follow your Savasana with a short 8-minute meditation from Jana Long, increasing the duration over time.

guru jagat, meditation, easy seat pose, sukhasana

A Kundalini Meditation for Staying Grounded

Senior Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat shares a 3-breath meditation that promises to change how you feel in any situation.

Meditation for coming back home

A Meditation for Coming Back to Your True Home

This 5-minute meditation will help you find your center and come back into your body consciously.

Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 3.07.14 PM

This Guided Meditation Will Inspire You to Live From Your Heart

Get out of your head and into your heart.

meditation for financial stress

A 5-Minute Meditation To Relieve Financial Stress

If you're feeling tension in your body from the financial stresses in your life, this guided meditation will help.

guru jagat, easy seat, sukhasana, kriya

A Kundalini Meditation for More Confidence

Senior Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat shares a meditation using mahan gyan mudra to help you gain more confidence and maybe even feel "saintly."