Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy (Hardcover)
Thought leader, racial justice educator, and sought-after spiritual activist Rachel Ricketts offers mindful and practical steps for all humans to dismantle white supremacy on a personal and collective level.
Heart-centered and spirit-based practices are the missing but vital piece to achieving racial justice.
Do Better is a revolutionary offering that addresses anti-racism from a comprehensive, intersectional, and spiritually-aligned perspective. This actionable guidebook illustrates how to engage in the heart-centered and mindfulness-based practices that racial justice educator and healer Rachel Ricketts has developed to fight white supremacy from the inside out, in our personal lives and communities alike. It is a loving and assertive call to do the deep—and often uncomfortable—inner work that precipitates much-needed external and global change.
Radical racial justice includes daily, intentional, and informed action. It demands addressing the emotional violence we have perpetuated on ourselves and others (most notably toward Black and Indigenous women and femmes), both as individuals and as a society. Do Better provides the missing pieces to manifest practicable, sustainable solutions such as identifying where we most get stuck, mitigating the harm we inflict on others, and mending our hearts from our most painful race and gender-based experiences, plus much more.
This inspirational and eye-opening handbook is filled with carefully curated soulcare activities for getting into our bodies and better withstanding the grief, rage, and conflicting emotions that naturally arise when we fight against injustice. Culturally informed, secular spiritual exercises, such as guided meditations, transformative breathwork, and journaling prompt unpack our privilege, and take up the ongoing fight against oppression, while transforming our own lives along the way.
About the Author
Rachel Ricketts is a queer, multi-racial Black woman. As a global thought leader, racial justice educator, healer, speaker, and writer, she hosts intersectional racial justice workshops worldwide, including her renowned Spiritual Activism series. Rachel cultivates change by fusing her experiences as an attorney, trained anti-racism educator, and grief coach with her spiritual certifications in breathwork, yoga, mindfulness, and Reiki. She has helped numerous global brands with anti-racism efforts, including Google, WeWork, and Lululemon. Rachel was named one of well+good’s 2020 Changemakers and has been featured in international media such as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Goop, and The Atlantic. She loves donuts, dancing, disruption and all things metaphysical (ideally all at once). Learn more about Rachel at RachelRicketts.com and @IAmRachelRicketts.
“Holy Healing! What Rachel Ricketts offers the world in Do Better is a healing balm for a society that has long needed a new perspective and approach to an ancient problem that has been ignored, denied, un-addressed, and unhealed. Do Better answers prayers that many have prayed. Do Better offers a bold possibility for change and healing. Do Better offers a deeply sacred choice that we must all make at such a time as this.”
— Iyanla Vanzant, New York Times bestselling author and host of Iyanla, Fix My Life
“Do Better is a clear, powerful, direct, wise, and extremely helpful treatise on how to combat and heal from the ubiquitous violence of white supremacy. Using a voice that is both passionate and compassionate, Rachel Ricketts instructs where necessary and soothes when needed—but never flinches from the urgency of the mission at hand. These pages are meant not merely to be read, but to be studied, workshopped, and put into daily practice. I would recommend Do Better to anybody who wishes to live a life of higher consciousness and humanity. But to white readers in particular, I say: Pull up a chair, grab a pen, lay down your defenses, and listen very respectfully to Rachel Ricketts. She has offered up an exceedingly valuable resource to a tired, troubled (and all too often delusional) world. This is a book we all need.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love
“I have learned more from Rachel Ricketts than I can even put into words. Her voice is critical and her work is pivotal in helping us all heal from the wounds of white supremacy, a virus that was created and must be stopped by white people. Rachel is not here to make you comfortable, she’s here to challenge you, and trust me—you’ll be a better person for it.”
— Liz Plank, journalist and author of For the Love of Men
“Do Better, like Rachel Ricketts, is a true gift to this earth. Rachel’s devotion, wisdom, and guidance towards collective liberation is truly powerful and unmatched. To know her work is to know integrity, growth and elevated consciousness. Do Better offers not just that, but a path forward where we can personally and collectively dismantle systems of oppression, and do so in a way that is rooted in divine love. Because of this book and Rachel's mentorship I truly can say that I push myself to do better.”
— Maryam Ajayi, CEO and founder of Dive in Well
“Rachel’s book is a powerful and beautiful example of sharing herself from a deeply heart-centered place, and sharing her knowledge with eloquence, heart, and spirituality. Right now more than ever is a time for everyone to really dive in and do the work, and as a white woman I feel it’s more important than ever to educate ourselves and truly create change in the deepest parts of our lives that we may have been unconscious of. If you, like me, are ready to stop talking and start listening and really take the time to understand, this is the book you MUST read. Thank you Rachel for taking the time to write this incredible book. It was life changing to read.”
— Rumer Willis, actress and singer
“Do Better should be required reading for all white women . . . It was emotional and challenging but in all the ways this work should be.”
— Mandy Moore, award-winning actress, singer, and songwriter
“This is the book we’ve been waiting for. Wow! Rachel provides us with a real, raw and relevant examination into the deep, spiritual and transformative work that we all need right now to heal from the dehumanizing structure of white supremacy. We know that white supremacy harms all of us and that the wounds go deep. Thus, we know that the work to heal from this must reach us far beyond the surface level. And that’s what Rachel is offering us here in this book—the deep, beyond the surface excavating, exploration and examination of the multiple places in which white supremacy harms us while offering us tools to fight against that harm and to heal. This is the book that will change lives, if you allow it. A must read and do!”
— Monique Melton, anti-racism educator
“Through love, rage, and humor, Rachel Ricketts both challenges and inspires us all (but especially us white cis women) to turn anti-racist work into a daily practice; to sit in the discomfort of the violence we have perpetrated, and turn that discomfort into action. This book is absolutely essential reading.”
— Zoe Lister-Jones, actress, producer, and director
“Do Better is a much-needed addition to any spiritual person’s anti-racism toolkit. This book does not only open the door to anti-racism work, but gives you the tools to walk through it. Rachel has created an engaging, inspiring, and practical resource that you will return to time and again.”
— Jessica Lanyadoo, host of Ghost of a Podcast and author of Astrology for Real Relationships
“Rachel Ricketts finally helped me confront things I’ve long been afraid to see and given me the tools to create a daily practice that has the potential for global ripples.”
— Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Anxiety the Missing Stage of Grief
“Meticulously researched, compassionate, and bold, this book should be read immediately and frequently returned to as a textual companion for the ongoing, reiterative work of antiracism.”
— Library Journal (starred)