Join us on Instagram Live (@hubcitywriters) on Friday, April 24th at 3 p.m. for an informal chat, meditation, and music performance by Justin Michael Williams, author of STAY WOKE: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us.
“I wish I would have had this book as a young person navigating racism, sexism, and homophobia. STAY WOKE is a beacon of light in a time of deep despair.” —Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of BLACK LIVES MATTER, New York Times bestselling author
STAY WOKE is not a typical book on mindfulness. Written by a queer, black, millennial author and inspirational meditation teacher, Justin Michael Williams,“STAY WOKE provides the personally tested and scientifically grounded tools and tips to build a solid way of living during these difficult times” (Daniel J. Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling author). The book also includes beautiful, diverse and inclusive illustrations by Victoria Cassinova.
“This book could be a godsend, a portal into embodied clarity, wakefulness, meaning, and action.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Falling Awake and Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
In the months prior to a historic election and in the era of #MeToo, The Resistance, Time’s Up, and #BlackLivesMatter, one has to ask, “How do we meditate and calm our minds in the midst of chaos?” and “What does mindfulness have to offer those who encounter injustice daily?
From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window, to sharing the stage with Deepak Chopra, Justin encourage readers of all genders, identities, colors, religions, ages, and economic backgrounds to stop wasting time, overcome self-doubt, and wake up to the lives they were really born to live.
Justin Michael Williams has become a pioneering millennial voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. He has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Billboard.com, and Yoga Journal, shared the stage with Deepak Chopra, and presented at events such as Wanderlust and SXSW®. Justin is committed to using his voice for change, and his greatest wish is to empower people from all walks of life to wake up to their life’s purpose and accomplish the dreams they once thought were impossible.
“Clear, empowering, practical, and joyful.” ―Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“Masterfully written to help guide us through the world that we’re actually in. It acknowledges the real challenges we’re facing and helps guide us through them. It’s the best book of its kind I’ve ever read.” ―Shaun King, activist and founder of The North Star
“Williams has created something special...out of the many voices in the world, this is one we should listen to.” ―Yung Pueblo [Diego Perez], author of Inward
“As a longtime meditator, I’ve seen the power of meditation first hand. STAY WOKE is a beautiful, action- packed guide to making this vital practice accessible for everyone. Do yourself, your family, and the world a favor and get started now.” ―Marie Forleo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything is Figureoutable, founder of B-School
“If we don’t invent our own approach to meditation then we’ll be oppressed by somebody else’s system. STAY WOKE will teach you how to create a practice that works for you and with you, regardless of what you’re dealing with in your life.” ―Lorin Roche, author of The Radiance Sutras
“STAY WOKE changes the way we look at meditation and taking action, reminding us that the power isn’t somewhere out there―it’s in each of us.” ―Elena Brower, author of Practice You
“Justin Michael Williams made meditation accessible for me. He demystified it and showed me it didn’t have to be such hard work, that I could make it work for me.” ―Dyllón Burnside, actor
“STAY WOKE debunks the mystery of meditation and gives us the permission that is so needed to create our own personalized practice. He reminds us that by creating space for truth and self-care, we are better, more conscious, and more creative allies and leaders.” ―Gina Belafonte, actress and activist
“Justin is an empathetic guide who expertly meets his readers wherever they are on the meditation mountain. Far more than a meditation book, STAY WOKE is a masterful handbook for life.” ―Chip Conley, hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author
“STAY WOKE is a guide like none other. Reading it clears out the clutter, wakes up the mind, and calls us home to our deep soul beauty. This book shows us how to wield a new kind of magic and calls to action the power to rise up together.” ―Sianna Sherman, founder of Rasa Yoga, RITUAL, and Mythic Yoga Flow
“STAY WOKE is for all of us, and especially for those whose life is not always safe and surrounded by privilege. It is for those of us who may worry about paying the rent, or being stopped by the police, or not having a public space that says we belong. Justin has given us a needed gift that is for all, not just the rich or middle class.” ―John A. Powell, Professor of Law, African-American & Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley; author of Racing to Justice
“Stay Woke is an essential guide to conquering the inner landscape of doubt, unraveling it finally so that you may experience freedom and delicious revelation. Justin’s instructions are as rhythmic as his music, sure to get you both meditating and dancing to the beat not only of your own drummer, but the drumbeat of your ultimate purpose.” ―Zhena Muzyka, author of Life by the Cup and founder of Club Magic Hour
“This book is for everyone, especially those who have placed their bodies on the front lines to fight for justice, because that work is only sustainable when we practice self-care.” —Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow and bestselling author of Own Your Glow