As I’ve written before, I trend behind trends. Or miss them entirely, and fairly happily. This week, though, I’ve finally started catching up to the burgeoning “Shit … Say” videos on-line. If you don’t know what I mean, just visit YouTube and type “Shit … Say” into the search box….
What is it about these videos? What do they have to do with mindfulness? Some are quite funny, many are edgy. They’re about Identity. Power. Right Speech. They’re about what we say to others, and how we talk to ourselves. Frequently we’re mindLESS in communication, unconsciously expressing stereotypes based in structural racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. Right alongside, we often find humor and cultural inside-jokes, reclaiming our marginalized identities (as we used to say in the ’90s).
There’s something about the huge variety of Shit…Say that makes it clear, in the loving terms of Glee, that we ALL are capital-L for Losers; all in it together. (Yoga Mudra: Extend the index finger and thumb of your right hand in an “L” shape. Curl the other three fingers toward the palm. Bring the arch of the thumb to the third eye area. Lift the corners of the mouth upwards. Repeat, second side.)
These shit-not-to-say videos remind me of an assignment Judith H. Lasater gave in teacher training last year. She suggested that we write down five repetitive thoughts, things that we think over and over. Make conscious the loop that plays in our heads (and more often than not finds its way out of our mouths into speech). Try it. What do you notice are the deeply-held assumptions and ideas about yourself, other people, and life in general?