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The Science of Social Justice

Here at MindHeart, well-being and social justice are one and the same – one cannot exist without the other! We cannot effectively work towards social justice in our communities without taking care of our hearts, minds, and bodies, and vice versa.

We are inspired by the idea that the mind and the heart are one and the same – so we lean into the power of contemplative practices that have been cultivated with the intention of strengthening the heartmind connection whenever we create workshops or experiences that are meant to be supportive of social justice in our communities.

In other words, Social Justice is both a biopsychosocial and spiritual phenomenon – so all of our efforts here at MindHeart to support the social justice movement attend holistically to the how the body, mind, and community are impacted by intersectional forms of harm and inequality, and lean into embodied and contemplative wisdom to help guide clients through their unique process of creating greater healing, safety, loving-kindness and compassionate presence in their communities.

The Science of Social Justice, as developed by Dr. Sará King, is the study of the intersectional impact of the psychological (mental), embodied (physiological), and relational (relationship-based) trauma that has resulted from centuries of systemic and institutionalized oppression here in the local US context as well as that which has been perpetuated through colonialism and imperialism on a global and international level.

The Science of Social Justice is an integral part of how all of our research projects, workshops, seminars, and curriculums are framed.

The Science of Social Justice is a way of both studying (researching) and teaching (facilitating) that is informed by an interdisciplinary framework that merges political science, ethnic studies, feminist and queer studies, interpersonal neurobiology, cognitive and affective neuroscience, psychology, socio-linguistics, and public health.

In all of MindHeart’s research projects, seminars, or one-on-one sessions, there are two central questions that guide the experience we co create- “What is the issue of social justice that is  impacting a person, group, or community?” We know that there is a social, psychological, and biological answer to this! We then want to investigate “How can the Science of Well-Being be put to the service of Social Justice?” and blend this seamlessling into how we frame the project or workshop that we co-create together.

It is important to note that when the Science of Social Justice and the Science of Well-Being are put in conversation with one another, they describe how identity (race, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) and the trauma of discrimination and marginalization interact in an intersectional fashion with one another – and how these impact well-being.

These traumas, as they are experienced and processed through the body, are embodied as well as they are relational. This means that the pain of discrimination and marginalization lives both within the emotional, psychological and physical bodies of individuals, but it also is experienced within the realm of interpersonal relationships and communities.

All of our embodied healing practices are informed by our constantly evolving understanding about the particular needs of POC, indigenous communties and their allies, and how their lives are impacted by mental, emotional, and physical health disparities.

The contemplative and healing practices that are offered in the context of MindHeart curriculums and workshops are explicitly meant to address issues that are at the heart of trauma and social justice. They are framed and designed to assist people with healing who are either working in the field of social justice (environmental justice; food justice; racial justice; justice for the LGBTQI community, etc) and who therefore are navigating the embodied impact of helping those who are experiencing marginalization – or for those who are currently experiencing marginalization themselves.

Here at MindHeart, we believe that the only way for healing justice to occur is for us to serve those who have put their lives at the service of social justice, as well as those who are navigating the lived experience of inequality.

We support the creation of safe spaces of empowerment where people can cultivate and experience loving-kindness and self-compassion – and by extension, we hope that these energetic qualities will positively shift the way they work and live, for the benefit of their entire community!

Community Partner: Aura of Healing Vybes

Dear ones,
As you may know, part of the mission of MindHeart Collective is to share the stories of empowered WOC who are advancing the field of wellness + social justice in their own gifted and magical ways. When WOC healers and practitioners offer their skills and services to communities of color, that IS the essence of what I mean when I say that well-being and social justice are one and the same!

Today, I am so grateful to be sharing a quote as well as a personal story about my experience with the ‘Yoni Egg Journey” led by my sistar-in-healing Aura of Healing Vybes (seen in the photo above) from right here in sunny southern California! Please follow her at @infinite_aura_ on IG to watch and be inspired by this amazing woman’s journey as a healer and change-maker in her community!!

“Peace and abundance!  I’m Aura, a holistic wellness empowerment coach based in Los Angeles, California.

Creatress of The Yoni Egg Journey, an experience for women to engage with self love, sensuality, spirituality and sexuality in sisterhood.  I am a certified yoga instructor, crystal healer, She Stands Tall circle facilitator, and women’s empowerment guide. I love all things women based, especially when it includes healing, crystals and connections.

I have 5 years experience working with and healing parts of my being with yoni eggs. This practice has helped me heal sexual, emotional and energetic trauma that I was carrying within my body. It allowed me to understand and access my body in new ways, find my voice + speak my truth, and hold space for my energetic alignment while being in an intimate partnership.

Yoni eggs also guided me in harnessing my sexual and creative power. I believe as we heal, our planet heals, along with the future generations we will birth from our wombs

I enjoy studying a wide range of topics including astrology, subtle body energies, women’s spirituality, womb healing, crystals, tantra and yin-yang balance. In my free time, you can find me naked in the sun, traveling to exotic lands, or hiding out in my goddess cave. I am a lifetime student, meditator, yogini, teacher, and overall, infinite being!”

 

Isn’t she a sparkling rainbow of love and light, ya’ll? I absolutely love the open-hearted energy and vibrance that she brings with her into everything that she does!!

I must say, my experience getting to know Aura in her capacity as a healer was truly transformative. I joined in the most “Yoni Egg Journey” during the months of February and March, that Aura skillfully led for a variety of deeply personal and spiritual reasons – but I would say that first and foremost, I had come to a realization that this point in my life, I have never experienced a community space that is dedicated to women coming together to explore the health of their womb and all of the many ways in which it is connected to our relationships and how we navigate in the world as healthy, whole, empowered beings living out our truth.

The curriculum that she established was an educative blend of readings about womb health, sacred sexuality, and embodied healing modalities from a variety of different WOC/indigenous traditions (along with a healthy dose of readings from what is one of my favorite books of ALL time “Women Who Run With Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.)

Alongside the readings, Aura combined stunning artwork, inspirational quotes, and videos of herself guiding us through a variety of breathwork and mudra practices, along with her advice on how to amplifying our self-knowledge through self-study of how our emotional, psychological, and physical states tend to arise in a cyclical nature alongside the situations and relationships that we are navigating both personally and professionally in life.

However, the part of the Yoni Egg Journey that I found to be the most supportive (alongside the instructions about, of course, how to establish a spiritual connection and relationship to our yoni-eggs as supports for our healing journey), was the community of WOC that embraced one another along the journey. Though I had not met any of these lovely women in person, one a week we would get together and share with great honesty and vulnerability the parts of our lives that we were currently growing and navigating through – sometimes with great emotional challenge, and at other times rising triumphantly to new points of achievement and satisfaction.

We began to uncover how the present day stories of our lives were deeply connected to intergenerational and ancestral traumas that we held deep within our tissues and our unconscious ways of being. We were able to take in one another’s stories mindfully and with curiosity. We were able to talk with candor about the places we felt stuck and alone or out to drift without a clear plan in heart or mind. We were able to help one another decipher were old places of pain had fooled us into believing we were without the power to make change, and to encourage each other to open up to the discomfort of life as the necessary fire that forges us into empowered beings.

Let me be frank…In today’s modern society, there is so much temptation to be a casual bystander as women are encouraged to tear each other down for economic gain. Misogyny and thousands of years of patriarchy have taught some of us to behave like competitors with one another – exercising an ideology of power-over, rather than power-with, thus betraying our natural instinct to lean into our phenomenal collective healing power. There are countless messages being propogated by the media and our governing institutions that prize violence, terror, and endless divisiveness along the lines of class, race, religion and sexual orientation – especially amongst and between women, driving home the lie that resources like love and community wealth are scarce and thus can only be reserved for a special few.

So it was incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating to me to be a part of the Yoni Egg Journey – a community of women seeking to uplift one another in raw, honest, messy, unpredictable, but altogether joyous and profound healing. These are the kinds of circles and gathering that we need as a society to mend the egoic rifts that are tearing us all apart!! Thank you, Aura, for demonstrating what it means to be a loving-leader and showing the way for what is sure to be countless other young African-American women who will be inspired to walk the path of the healer like yourself!!