A Case for Radical Rest

Jillian “Mama J” Love
3 min readSep 3, 2021

A movement for rest is picking up steam among Black women ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

Rest is the New Baseline 💯

Personally, I am so grateful for the growing movement and support of rest. We see it in the Nap Ministry’s sermons. We see it in Amanda Miller Littlejohn’s excellent Washington Post piece, Black professional women are exhausted. They’re finally claiming the time to rest.

We’re getting to that next layer.

We’ve talked about self-care forever, but that’s not enough.

As Global Majority* Women, we hold the emotional labor and burden not only for our own survival and wellness, but for our families, communities, and our workplaces. This has been compounded during the pandemic, as we navigate COVID-19 still in 2021; the impacts of global warming with fire season on the West Coast, as well as hurricanes and flooding from the South to the East; plus, state-sponsored violence and the latest ban on abortions to add to the complexity.

*Instead of using #BIPOC to reference us Black, Brown & Indigenous folx, I am honoring that by the next #uscensus our country will be representative of what’s true around the world, Black, Brown & Indigenous folx are the Global Majority.

Then add into the mix…



Jillian “Mama J” Love

CEO & Intentional Justice™ Strategist @mamajlove1 🌈 Bite-sized + deliberate action every damn day! #IntentionalJustice