STAY WOKE: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us (Sounds True) by debut author and inspirational meditation teacher Justin Michael Williams is the first title of its kind by a queer, black, millennial author, including diverse and inclusive illustrations by Victoria Cassinova.
This is not a typical book on mindfulness. We are modern people living in a high-tech world. We have first world problems and long to-do lists. And if you grew up in struggle—facing homophobia, sexism, trauma, shame, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, racism, or social injustice—you need a different type of meditation...one that doesn’t pretend the struggle doesn’t exist.
As our society confronts the lethal racial injustices of Covid-19 and police violence in the months prior to a historic election, and in the era of #MeToo, The Resistance, Time’s Up, and #BlackLivesMatter, we have to ask, “How do we meditate and calm our minds in the midst of chaos? What does mindfulness have to offer those who encounter injustice daily?”
The answer comes from someone who knows well the pain of adversity and the power of healing to overcome. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window, to sharing the stage with Deepak Chopra, in STAY WOKE Justin shares wisdom gained on his personal journey and daily rituals that encourage readers of all genders, identities, colors, religions, ages, and economic backgrounds to stop wasting time, overcome self-doubt, get sh*t done, and wake up to the lives they were really born to live.
In STAY WOKE, readers will discover:
● How to actually find stillness when your mind is going crazy
● Why most guided meditations get boring after a while
● What nobody tells you about “setting intentions” and manifesting
● Proven techniques to overcome anxiety, stress, and trouble sleeping
● How to use mindfulness to take action toward social justice issues, the environment, and the causes you believe in
Whether you have tried meditation but it never sticks, or you have heard about it but never given it a shot, STAY WOKE cuts through the noise and offers a step-by-step guide with 45 extra audio meditations for creating a custom daily ritual that fits in with your busy (and sometimes messy!) modern life.
About the author:
Justin Michael Williams is an author, speaker, and top 20 recording artist who is using music and meditation to wake up the world. By working at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice, Justin 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. To learn more, visit StayWokeGiveBack.com and @wejustwill on social media.
What people are saying about STAY WOKE:
“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 of When They Call You a Terrorist
“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)
“This book was 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
“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
“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
● Discussion, guided meditation, and Q&A with author and meditation teacher Justin Michael Williams
● Moderated by NYC-based yoga teacher, educator, and actor Halima Henderson
● Ticket includes a copy of STAY WOKE sent via standard shipping
● Please note that delivery delays have increased due to Covid-19. Thank you for your flexibility and patience!