MindHeart is a consulting firm that designs cutting-edge scientific research projects, workshops, seminars, and one-on-one healing experiences using the revolutionary framework of “The Science of Social Justice” developed by Dr. Sará King.
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.
The Science of Social Justice is the study of the intersectional biopsychosocial impact of the psychological (mental), embodied (physiological), and relational (relationship-based) trauma that has resulted from centuries of systemic and institutionalized oppression for marginalized populations here in the U.S. and abroad.
In other words, it is the scientific study of how systemic oppression has an physiological, emotional and psychological impact that requires the creative development and use of contemplative and embodied practices that support a return to holistic health for individuals and communities.
The Science of Social Justice is an integral part of how all of our research projects, creative development services, seminars, and workshops 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 medical and cultural anthropology, political science, ethnic studies, feminist and queer studies, interpersonal neurobiology, cognitive and affective neuroscience, psychology, socio-linguistics, and public health.
In all of our research projects, seminars, or one-on-one sessions, we first ask – “What is the intersectional dynamic of the particular issue of social justice that is impacting a marginalized person, group, or community?”
We know that there is a combined social, psychological, and biological answer to this!
We then seek to investigate “How can the Science of Well-Being be put to the service of Social Justice?” in a way that honors, celebrates, and centers the unique cultural frameworks and communities where our work is engaged.
From this vantage point, MindHeart can co-create a healing experience, narrative, or research project that is both evidence-based, as well as holistic and empowering for all stakeholders in its approach.
Contemplative practices are deeply integral to how we at MindHeart design and offer our seminars and workshops. For instance, we weave together what we know from the latest scientific studies of contemplative practices like yoga and mindfulness, as well as the science of compassion and loving-kindness meditation, healing visual arts and sounds (music) to create safe and beautiful environments in which to guide clients through a healing exploration of self and community.
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 marginalized populations who are either working in the field of social justice (environmental justice; food justice; racial justice, LGBTQIA rights, etc.) and who therefore are navigating the embodied impact of being in service to those who are experiencing marginalization – or for those who consider themselves to be allies of the marginalized.
In other words, MindHeart practices are a learning-based exploration of the embodied and relational practices that are relevant to authentic liberation and healing-justice on individual, interpersonal, and community-levels.
Here at MindHeart, we believe that the only way for healing justice to occur is for us to serve – with the Science of Social Justice – 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 believe in creating 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.
If you self-identify as a member of a marginalized community or are a self-identified ally of these communities who is interested in co-creating a healing experience, creative seminar, or evidence-based research project that is grounded in the Science of Social Justice, please reach out to MindHeart today!