The Nap Ministry

The Nap Ministry The Nap Ministry is a meditation on naps as resistance. An artistic and spiritual examination on the liberating power of rest. An installation and performance that examines the liberating power of naps.

It re-imagines rest as a form of resistance. Based in Atlanta and Chicago.

Operating as usual

09/27/2021

Literally my only goal in life. Y’all think it’s the writing books, guiding a global movement around rest, more bookings, collaborations and partnerships, more followers. Nope. It’s to just be. To have leisure. To connect. To rest. This is also rest.

Video by: @_iamcharvez

The scam of productivity in a capitalist system. Make rest and space to just be.
09/27/2021

The scam of productivity in a capitalist system. Make rest and space to just be.

The scam of productivity in a capitalist system. Make rest and space to just be.

2 years ago today. Before the pandemic became real I was dragging yoga mats, blankets and pillows all over the city and ...
09/24/2021

2 years ago today. Before the pandemic became real I was dragging yoga mats, blankets and pillows all over the city and country. Holding deep space for sacred rest. We have held space for thousands to rest together in public at our Collective Napping Experiences. This one 2 years ago today at Columbia Theological Seminary. I was there once a monthly doing it for the students. Loved being in a chapel.

I miss it so much. We Will not be hosting any indoor resting experiences until further notice due to the variant. We have been doing many virtual rest events and hopeful for outdoor installations, which are our favorite, very soon.

You don’t have to wait on us. The beauty of this work is you can rest right now wherever you are. Close your eyes. We Will Rest.

Rest is Resistance. Rest is our foundation for new world rooted in liberation. This is political work.
09/24/2021

Rest is Resistance. Rest is our foundation for new world rooted in liberation. This is political work.

Rest is Resistance. Rest is our foundation for new world rooted in liberation. This is political work.

I’ve always been a fan of Yes Magazine so I’m grateful for being asked to share my voice for these short meditations on ...
09/24/2021

I’ve always been a fan of Yes Magazine so I’m grateful for being asked to share my voice for these short meditations on enough.

Rest has been our deep focus since 2016. We Will Rest.
09/24/2021

Rest has been our deep focus since 2016. We Will Rest.

Rest has been our deep focus since 2016. We Will Rest.

09/23/2021

Me focused on liberation via rest no matter what the systems or anyone aligned with the systems say about it. Grateful toy Ancestors for being my guides and for hyper-focused on our divine right to rest.

Also, I pray my musician highschool son goes to a HBCU for college. The @su_humanjukebox is everything and more.

Womanism and womanist theology grounds this Ministry. May you take time to go off social media and meditate on its beaut...
09/22/2021

Womanism and womanist theology grounds this Ministry. May you take time to go off social media and meditate on its beautiful power. Reacting to these limited memes without any study and slow embodiment is not how we will get free.

Book: “The Womanist Reader” Edited by Layli Phillips

Womanism and womanist theology grounds this Ministry. May you take time to go off social media and meditate on its beautiful power. Reacting to these limited memes without any study and slow embodiment is not how we will get free.

Book: “The Womanist Reader” Edited by Layli Phillips

Womanism and womanist theology grounds this Ministry. May you take time to go off social media and meditate on its beaut...
09/22/2021

Womanism and womanist theology grounds this Ministry. May you take time to go off social media and meditate on its beautiful power. These limited memes without study and slow embodiment is not how we will get free.

Book: “The Womanist Reader” Edited by Layli Phillips

Womanism and womanist theology grounds this Ministry. May you take time to go off social media and meditate on its beautiful power. These limited memes without study and slow embodiment is not how we will get free.

Book: “The Womanist Reader” Edited by Layli Phillips

A reminder. Why I’m always taking Sabbath, block and deleting, have a no-arguing policy on these platforms, stay outta f...
09/20/2021

A reminder. Why I’m always taking Sabbath, block and deleting, have a no-arguing policy on these platforms, stay outta folks inboxes, mind my business and hyper focused on rest for real. Grateful for Toni Morrison and the legacy of her work.

A reminder. Why I’m always taking Sabbath, block and deleting, have a no-arguing policy on these platforms, stay outta folks inboxes, mind my business and hyper focused on rest for real. Grateful for Toni Morrison and the legacy of her work.

The Andromeda galaxy close by AngeneeehmMy starting point for daydreaming today. Daydreaming is a form of rest.
09/18/2021

The Andromeda galaxy close
by Angeneeehm

My starting point for daydreaming today. Daydreaming is a form of rest.

The Andromeda galaxy close
by Angeneeehm

My starting point for daydreaming today. Daydreaming is a form of rest.

If you are weary, rest!
09/18/2021

If you are weary, rest!

If you are weary, rest!

Not worried cuz if you ain’t blessed with the insight of living in a Black body then you can’t “steal” my work. You ain’...
09/16/2021

Not worried cuz if you ain’t blessed with the insight of living in a Black body then you can’t “steal” my work. You ain’t me. I give thanks.

Not worried cuz if you ain’t blessed with the insight of living in a Black body then you can’t “steal” my work. You ain’t me. I give thanks.

There is more. You are enough.
09/15/2021

There is more. You are enough.

There is more. You are enough.

Don’t be surprised or discouraged. Stay the course. Rest like your life depends on it, because it does.
09/12/2021

Don’t be surprised or discouraged. Stay the course. Rest like your life depends on it, because it does.

Don’t be surprised or discouraged. Stay the course. Rest like your life depends on it, because it does.

“Revolution is not a one time event.” -Audre Lorde
09/12/2021

“Revolution is not a one time event.” -Audre Lorde

“Revolution is not a one time event.” -Audre Lorde

Deprogram from the brainwashing of grind culture. A slow, meticulous love practice. Resist. Rest.
09/11/2021

Deprogram from the brainwashing of grind culture. A slow, meticulous love practice. Resist. Rest.

Deprogram from the brainwashing of grind culture. A slow, meticulous love practice. Resist. Rest.

09/09/2021

Very grateful for the energy of they Black Spiritual Experience. For the blues, for gospel, for work songs, for the creation of liberation, for art, faith and making a way outta nowhere.

Been in awe of @pastortlbarrettjr since I’m from Chicago and a Pastor’s kid. Enjoy this offering from @nprmusic

A rest mantra.
09/07/2021

A rest mantra.

A rest mantra.

Leisure is a form of rest. You can just be. Settle in. Untitled, Columbus, Ohio, 1950. Photo by the genius: @gordonparks...
09/04/2021

Leisure is a form of rest. You can just be. Settle in.
Untitled, Columbus, Ohio, 1950.
Photo by the genius: @gordonparksfoundation

Leisure is a form of rest. You can just be. Settle in.
Untitled, Columbus, Ohio, 1950.
Photo by the genius: @gordonparksfoundation

A DreamSpace Reimagined! Sound installation and outdoor Collective Daydreaming Intervention coming soon to Atlanta Conte...
09/03/2021

A DreamSpace Reimagined! Sound installation and outdoor Collective Daydreaming Intervention coming soon to Atlanta Contemporary. @atlantacontemporary Stay tuned for full details sound installation and outdoor intervention.
I’m most happy when I’m creating art and resting. Sound is one of my favorite mediums. Grateful for the space to create.

A DreamSpace Reimagined! Sound installation and outdoor Collective Daydreaming Intervention coming soon to Atlanta Contemporary. @atlantacontemporary Stay tuned for full details sound installation and outdoor intervention.
I’m most happy when I’m creating art and resting. Sound is one of my favorite mediums. Grateful for the space to create.

Plan your rest for the weekend. Even 10 minutes of silence and connection is enough in a system that wants us working an...
09/03/2021

Plan your rest for the weekend. Even 10 minutes of silence and connection is enough in a system that wants us working and laboring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Resist.

We will rest! We will create and build a liberated future. Our exhaustion will not save us. Rest and community care will.

Plan your rest for the weekend. Even 10 minutes of silence and connection is enough in a system that wants us working and laboring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Resist.

We will rest! We will create and build a liberated future. Our exhaustion will not save us. Rest and community care will.

I need us all to get this deeply. To see the depths of what this is. Rest is Resistance!
09/02/2021

I need us all to get this deeply. To see the depths of what this is. Rest is Resistance!

If all 400k of people on IG and the 30K here have begin the process of divesting and healing from your alignment with gr...
09/01/2021

If all 400k of people on IG and the 30K here have begin the process of divesting and healing from your alignment with grind culture and are actually resting, we are shifting things. You are shifting things. Thank you for experimenting, healing and opening to this rest movement. We are still outliers and in it for the lifelong dismantling. Rest is Resistance. We Will Rest!!

If all 400k of people on IG and the 30K here have begin the process of divesting and healing from your alignment with grind culture and are actually resting, we are shifting things. You are shifting things. Thank you for experimenting, healing and opening to this rest movement. We are still outliers and in it for the lifelong dismantling. Rest is Resistance. We Will Rest!!

Missing our in-person Collective Napping Experiences, our signature program and what has grounded the work since the beg...
09/01/2021

Missing our in-person Collective Napping Experiences, our signature program and what has grounded the work since the beginning. Before we were on social media, we were laying folks down with blankets and pillows and deep care at the altar of rest. This work is not a hashtag or 1,000 panels and gimmicks. It is embodied work. It is somatic healing. It is laying down with intention and reverence. We give thanks for rest and for resistance.

Photos by our dear: @wildtvlk
Location at our love’s space in Atlanta: @yellowmatwellness

You can rest.
08/31/2021

You can rest.

You can rest.

Sending prayers of ease and protection to all those in the path of Hurricane Ida. Sending rest energy to the collective ...
08/30/2021

Sending prayers of ease and protection to all those in the path of Hurricane Ida. Sending rest energy to the collective exhaustion we are all feeling right now. Slow down.

8 years ago today I was reading the poetry of Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks and my own original poems on a bullhorn i...
08/30/2021

8 years ago today I was reading the poetry of Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks and my own original poems on a bullhorn in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta. The programming was called “Unexpected Encounters” created for the @nbaf One of my fav historic Black neighborhoods that is now being ravaged by gentrification.

Before I was the Nap Bishop full time, I installed performance art spectacles as Lady Terror mostly on the South Side of Chicago to bring attention to the inequalities happening in my beautiful city. I am not a social media influencer who created a platform for likes. I’ve been in the streets collaborating with Black communities for close to 20 years. Resistance is not new. It’s ancient work and I’m blessed to be a part of the long lineage of freedom-making and art.

Photo: @aubreylongleycook

8 years ago today I was reading the poetry of Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks and my own original poems on a bullhorn in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta. The programming was called “Unexpected Encounters” created for the @nbaf One of my fav historic Black neighborhoods that is now being ravaged by gentrification.

Before I was the Nap Bishop full time, I installed performance art spectacles as Lady Terror mostly on the South Side of Chicago to bring attention to the inequalities happening in my beautiful city. I am not a social media influencer who created a platform for likes. I’ve been in the streets collaborating with Black communities for close to 20 years. Resistance is not new. It’s ancient work and I’m blessed to be a part of the long lineage of freedom-making and art.

Photo: @aubreylongleycook

What if rest could be the portal to open up your intuition? A portal for healing, invention, answers, connection.
08/29/2021

What if rest could be the portal to open up your intuition? A portal for healing, invention, answers, connection.

What if rest could be the portal to open up your intuition? A portal for healing, invention, answers, connection.

08/29/2021

You are invited to a sacred space.
Eyes On The Prize: #HallowedGround is available to watch free via hbom.ax/hallowedground.

Reminder: No human or system can tell me my own liberation and rest is not possible. I don’t belong to the systems.
08/29/2021

Reminder:

No human or system can tell me my own liberation and rest is not possible. I don’t belong to the systems.

Reminder:

No human or system can tell me my own liberation and rest is not possible. I don’t belong to the systems.

New hotline message. Quiet time. 1-833-LUV-NAPS1-833-588-6277Rest is Resistance! We Will Rest!
08/26/2021

New hotline message. Quiet time.
1-833-LUV-NAPS
1-833-588-6277

Rest is Resistance! We Will Rest!

New hotline message. Quiet time.
1-833-LUV-NAPS
1-833-588-6277

Rest is Resistance! We Will Rest!

Be expansive. Grind culture has stolen so much from you, including your imagination.
08/26/2021

Be expansive. Grind culture has stolen so much from you, including your imagination.

Be expansive. Grind culture has stolen so much from you, including your imagination.

Our Virtual Rest and Healing Sessions began to replace our signature in-person Collective Nap Experiences. Once the pand...
08/24/2021

Our Virtual Rest and Healing Sessions began to replace our signature in-person Collective Nap Experiences. Once the pandemic came last year we began engaging with people all over the country and the world. To date, I’ve facilitated over 70 Virtual events quietly with universities, organizations, corporations, museums and city government. Excited for this special one tonight with @blackwomenshealinghaven
Collaborating with technology to hold space for care and rest. We Will Rest.

Our Virtual Rest and Healing Sessions began to replace our signature in-person Collective Nap Experiences. Once the pandemic came last year we began engaging with people all over the country and the world. To date, I’ve facilitated over 70 Virtual events quietly with universities, organizations, corporations, museums and city government. Excited for this special one tonight with @blackwomenshealinghaven
Collaborating with technology to hold space for care and rest. We Will Rest.

Grateful for those who truly know. Grateful for “liberation being a process that never ends.” -Emile M. Townes (womanist...
08/21/2021

Grateful for those who truly know. Grateful for “liberation being a process that never ends.” -Emile M. Townes (womanist theologian)

Grateful for those who truly know. Grateful for “liberation being a process that never ends.” -Emile M. Townes (womanist theologian)

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The Nap Ministry is a community organization that examines the liberating power of naps. We use the power of performance art, poetry, installation, public performance interventions and community art making to illuminate the artistic, spiritual and creative power of rest. It reimagines why rest is a form of resistance and shines a light on the issue of sleep deprivation as a justice issue. It is a counter narrative to the belief that we all are not doing enough and should be doing more. We are community centered. We are focused on radical self-care. Naps are a dream space that offers us a place to invent, create and heal. When we don’t nap, we miss out on precious creative time to hope and imagine. Hope is what will sustain us. Sleep will restore us.

The Nap Ministry hosts Collective Napping Experiences that allow the community to experience a safe space that has been curated for rest.

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Keep up the amazing work! It is so needed.
“Rest isn’t something you need to earn,” she continues. “When I want to lay down and take a nap, that’s a calling. I should listen to my divine body and wash away the concept that I should have to feel guilt and shame around it. It’s toxic and not true.” It's inspiring. Thank you. Hersey.
Sadiyyah Sohan take a nap!🌸
I saw this and I thought of you and your life-giving work. Thank you!
Sista Queen just shared your post this morning about the words of your Grandmother!! Soo appreciate you. Thank you thank you. Now I'm gonna sit my a*z down😊🥰🥰🥰🥰
My friend is the King of Spas, i.e The Chairman of the Board for the International Spa Association. We had a conversation about art and health and a little bit about The Nap Ministry - Finding Restoration in Community.
Heard about you from Marchae Grier of Still Harbor Spiritual Direction and found your website, but the Contact form on the website didn't work (threw an error). Found you here and looking forward to learning more.
We're sharing all about you over here on the call at Good Vibe University!!! Following!
Just found you through Nadine Hottat xoxo
My Neice was the one who imformed me about your ministry. The is awesome.