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In Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto, Tricia Hersey makes a powerful case against clamorous culture

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Watch most TV commercials and subway commercials and you’d think humans are designed to do nothing but work (and occasionally order seamless). Much has been written about the rise of hustle and bustle culture, but in her new book

Rest is Relax: A Manifesto , author and Napping Ministry creator Tricia Hersey framed things a little differently.

Hersey points out that the go-to-go way of working can easily become detrimental – choosing to stick to rest as critical for all Important, potentially liberating and politically energizing activities. In a culture that often seems obsessed with export, Hersey is more concerned with the peace of mind and self-knowledge that comes with proper rest—by which she means “nap, sleep, sleep under capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, Slowing Down and the World of Leisure” — and investigating who has traditionally been deprived of rest and its myriad benefits. Recently, Vogue spoke with Hersey about celebrating the virtues of rest through the lens of Blackness, writing Parenting during Tao and COVID, and the importance of slowing down. Read the full interview below.

Fashion: How does it feel to be less than a week away from your book date?

Tracy Ya Hersey: I’m ready to put it on the shelves so people can get involved and it can have a life of its own. I want it to be studied, given as a gift, or just for people to sit next to it so they can experience the idea of ​​rest and resistance and have a companion and collaborator on their rest journey.

Have you ever thought in your life that a good rest can make a big difference?

When I started experimenting with the whole idea of ​​the rest and nap ministry, really. I am hereStarting seminary and it was so fast and so much happening that I started to lie down; I was stressed out , I was exhausted, I was overwhelmed by the workload and other things in life. Rest became an experiment for me, trying to save my life from these feelings of exhaustion and separation. 79 is when I decided I was no longer in step with society, I was just going to slow down my life and let the chips fall possible places.


How has the coronavirus affected your relationship with rest?

Our Instagram page may grow 50, people at the beginning of the pandemic, people go online more and slow down speed. We’ve been working on this – I’m at 633 – so COVID didn’t really affect my theories, thoughts or conversations about breaks, but people decided to join in , as they were coming home exhausted, our message was a breath of fresh air. My work started in Atlanta and was very grassroots and community driven – you know, working with locals at break events – the main change was that we couldn’t see each other anymore.

Do you think What are the benefits of taking a break for marginalized groups that may not always be encouraged to take time for themselves?

Well, I think the rest is right Everyone matters, not just marginalized groups; this is a global message to an entire culture that is brainwashed, abused and exploited by constant labor. People are really disconnected from their own bodies and spirits, so this social justice-based work is based on community care. I’m a black woman, and the work I research is mostly black scholarship; my research comes from looking at my ancestry, looking at African-American history, looking at the history of slavery in that culture. Rest is part of the movement for liberation and justice There is a larger idea that is spreading to anyone who needs it.

Do you think your work or nap Is there anything misunderstood about the ministry movement?

I think People thought it was only for black people, or just for naps. It’s more than that, which is why I’m so glad people will have this book so they can start turning the pages and getting into ideas. It’s a paradigm shift; it’s an ethos that looks at slowing down and opposing a system that says what we say is about how much we do. The ministry’s first tenant is that the break is a form of resistance as it fights back and undermines capitalism and white supremacy. I only speak in terms of black liberation because I believe black people are the balm of all humanity and I believe no one will be free until we are all free. Black people, Aboriginal people, people who have been abused and commodified by capitalist culture to accumulate wealth; it comes from that very human lens.



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