On Mental Health and Spirituality Featuring: Tai Goodwin

Here’s the direct link to the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fBjZ2nXddqw

Around :50 I share my history with Tai and how I came to know of her.

Around 1:52 Tai introduces who she is and who she works with as a life and business growth strategist.

Around 4:20 Tai talks about her history with traditional black Baptist churches and how she felt something wasn’t quite fitting right. She started questioning things about her faith and spirituality and stopped feeling ashamed about having those questions and began exploring spirituality outside of the black Christian experience.

Around 5:50 Tai talks about uprisings and outrage as symptoms and hunger for real spiritual connection. She addresses the difference between following rules and actually practicing your spirituality to deepen your relationship.

Around 7:20 Talk talks about the fall out with youth and church.

Around 8:14 Tai talks about how mental health hasn’t been adequately addressed or talked about in the church.

Around 11:20 Tai began talking about various relationships people can experience in churches when it comes to dealing with mental health and how there’s an opportunity for churches to educate their community. She talks about how leaders could step up in this area of educating.

Around 14:50 We reference the Black Panther movie and the concept of a council of Elders.

Around 17:23 I ask Tai if there is such a thing as “spiritual appropriation” and she shares her views on this controversial topic.

Around 19:00 Tai talks about how business people and churches capitalize religion.

Around 23:40 Tai talks about spiritually being a journey and an opportunity to address issues such as trauma. She ask talks about how spirituality connects all humanity.

Around 27:00 Tai addresses how to talk about mental health in spiritual communities.

Around 30:40 Tai shares how you can connect with other trailblazers in creating community, and transforming lives. She also shares her new “spin-off” site, Black Girl Mystic for black women who want to expand beyond the black Christian perspective.

About Tai:

As a life and business coach for entrepreneurs in the transformation biz, Tai specializes in helping her clients create profitable business models and revenue streams so they can avoid burning out and actually enjoy being their own boss.

Before stepping into the world of entrepreneurship, Tai racked up over 20 years of experience in learning and development including time at two Fortune500 companies. She has a B.S and M.S. in education, and she keeps a copy of the six-figure offer letter from Canon that she turned down because she wanted to start her own business. She started my business in 2007 while working full-time and officially stepped away from the paycheck in August of 2012. In January 2013 Tai was named to the Small Business Influencer’s Top 100 List. She hosted a podcast (6,000 monthly downloads) wrote a book, and has spoken on stages across the country.

In 2015, Tai decided to join Leadpages (an award wining local start-up). There she designed the training program for their technical support team in how to use their platform and the fundamentals of online marketing. In 2017, she decided to relaunch my business; helping women of all shades and from all neighborhoods build bankable businesses around their message. Learn more about Tai at http://taigoodwin.com

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On Mental Health and Spirituality Featuring: Mineela J. Chand, M. Div., LMFT

Here’s the direct link to the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/glWj_85pD-o

Around 6:40: Mineela shares why she decided to pursue studies in Divinity and Therapy

She shares a bit about Sigmund Freud’s views on spirituality being a delusion.  (If you want to read more about Freud on religion you could start with Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices (1907) )

Around 12:44: Mineela talks about the differences between faith, religion, and spirituality.

Around 16:13: We give a shout out to George Michael!

Around 20:19: We talk about the opposite viewpoints on religion either being a very positive and healing experiences with spiritual communities or a painful and traumatic experience.  I talk about Karl Marx and his views on organized religion being “the opium of the masses” (it is a paraphrase) and we talk about the hero’s journey to see that view differently. She mentions Donald Miller as a reference and talks about the idea of organized religious communities representing the needed guide on that hero’s journey. I later mention Joseph Campbell who did extensive work on the hero’s journey, I specifically reference his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Around 33:00 We start into a deep discussion about disconnection between faith communities and the current affairs, trauma, purpose, and identity reclamation. The article that mentions the scientific backing of spiritual practices such as drumming for mental health and its being recycled and sold back as if it were a new idea.

Around 41:57 Mineela ties trauma to religious text references, as she breaks down intergenerational trauma.  She references the research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (you can find TED Talks on this research) and we talk about epigenetics and how they make you more vulnerable to things like addictions.  And then we discuss how to end this legacy of trauma.

Around 46:53 we talk about the impact of spirituality on identity and identity on mental health. So we begin with thinking about how spirituality inform who we are. Mineela mentioned a study on mental health and religion . (I found an article that talked about that study https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/unique-everybody-else/201301/troubled-souls-spirituality-mental-health-hazard )

Around 57:00 we close out and Mineela shares how you can get in touch with her and learn more about her counseling and consulting practice. Her website is: http://mineelachandmft.com Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/MineelaChandLMFT/

About Mineela:
As a Marriage & Family Therapist, Mineela Chand embodies empathy as she utilizes sophisticated, goal-oriented techniques that produce relief and results.

Possessing a manner that is both compassionate and charismatic, Mineela forms deep and emotional connections with clients as they explore the struggles in their lives. Whether sitting on the floor coloring with children or crying at clients’ stories of pain, she accesses a unique, authentic quality of caring that allows her and her clients to comfortably and effectively resolve the hold-ups and traumas keeping them from their full potential.

With over sixteen years of experience as a Marriage & Family Therapist, including four years working with children, and several more years of schooling and training, Mineela has developed a comprehensive practice that effectively aids individuals, couples and families suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, and ADHD.

Mineela loves her work. She takes pleasure watching people progress, happily saying “goodbye” to clients as they achieve their goals.

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Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring Starr Sheppard-Decker

Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring Starr Sheppard-Decker

If the video didn’t show up here’s the direct link: http://youtu.be/w2gnXN9FDjs

StarrForFlyerAbout Starr

Starr Sheppard-Decker Starr Sheppard-Decker is a teacher, Law of Attraction coach, musician, activist, spiritual leader, and founder of Radical Revelations. Her gift and passion is helping Spiritual Non-Conformists break down the inner walls that keep them stuck, small, and searching in a system that may or may not support their needs. She loves watching what happens when we let go of old programming and reveal our unique inner light.

Originally from Southern California, Starr moved to Portland, Oregon in 1998. The environmental awareness and laid-back lifestyle fit her perfectly. An artist, a revolutionary, and authentically passionate in her expression, she never saw anything she wanted in the traditional 9-to-5 world (though it took a few years of forcing it to fully realize this truth!). Starr is a creative, authentic expression of Spirit hoping to inspire others by her example.

Over the years Starr has supported many organizations with her time, including Commonway Institute and the Portland Center for Spiritual Living. She also enjoys time with her family, three sons, community of friends and spiritual community. Always on the lookout for new ways to serve, grow, and enjoy life, Starr continues to be create the world she wants to live in, one leader at a time.

Learn more here: http://radicalrevelations.com

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2011 Oh What A Year!- Part 2

Last week, I talked about how I drew up a blue print to point out the direction I wanted my life to go for 2011, and although things didn’t work out exactly as planned, some pretty awesome things happened along the way.

As promised,  here the continuation of 2011 Oh What A Year!

Volunteer: My very 1st job out of college (actually I had the job while still in school) was a counselor position for a girls’ group home and yes, it was a nonprofit organization. Since that time, I’ve been involved with nonprofit work either as an employee or an unpaid advocate. After I lost my most recent job with a nonprofit organization, I really felt torn about the direction I wanted to go regarding my nonprofit career. But ultimately, the strong desire to help people took control over my heart and soul so I knew I had to get back in the field. Things were different this time around. I knew that after being a direct care worker the best way I could help the many causes I care for, I would need to learn how to become a nonprofit rockstar.  Change agents were thinking outside the box and creating very interesting ways to grow awareness of their organizations. I knew that fundraising was where I needed to be. I still have a ways to go when it comes to cause marketing, but I’m proud to say that I can put a check mark next to raise funds for a nonprofit on my life list! But I’ll leave it up there and probably write a date next to it because I most definitely plan on doing so much more in the years to come.

Crack down on the Debt and build up the Savings: Yeah, so it would’ve helped if I had more reliable income this year, but since I didn’t get the great nonprofit position I was hoping for (yet) I picked up a few personal finance books by people like Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman and got to reading and plotting. I’ll let you guys know of my progress in the upcoming year. Although, I didn’t get to pay off my credit card like I wanted to (I only have 1), I’m very happy I finally paid off my Perkins Loan from college (working for an urban nonprofit helped me along the way). Let’s go snowball effect!

Travel: I have been dreaming of traveling to cool places that I’m aware of, as well as ones people who know me well enough will suggest to me. If you check out my life list, you will see that I haven’t even been on an airplane! But here is the kicker, I have done some traveling mostly up and down the east coast. I have also been to the Bahamas and Bermuda (by ship). I’m thirsty for more, and this time by getting over my fear of flying. I made realistic goals this year: I wanted to do 1 weekend getaway, which I was surprised with a trip to Virginia. I also wanted to attend a business conference, which I volunteered my way into one since I couldn’t afford it! I also wanted to do something fun and completely hobby related so I went to a philly area Anime Convention earlier this year. (I did mention that I like cartoons and anime right?) I’m praying for an overseas trip in the very near future.

Spirituality: I’ve mentioned before that I was sociology major. I’ve studied many philosophers and took a few religion courses ranging from the teachings of Islam, to Buddhism, and of course Biblical teachings. Honestly, they were all very fascinating reads for me.  But spirituality, I’m learning, is so much deeper than religion, and I’ve been on a mission to redefine what God means to me, and how I can apply my understanding into practical and hopefully good standards of living. This year I was trying to “go hard”as a Christian. I realized my definition of “go hard” wasn’t the same as everyone else’s which was fine by me. For me, it simply meant me committing to a church for a sense of community, praying like I was supposed to, and reading more books about this great “I AM”.  I think I’ll be changing the wording in my about section to better match the rest of my online profiles as a “Woman of God”. Spirituality is an ongoing journey and I hope to gain new wisdom and insight with time.  

Overall, this year has truly been an exhausting roller coaster ride for me. At the same time, I can’t go back to the way things used to be and I don’t want to. So, I’m gonna get a good nights rest on New Years evening ready to ride again in 2012!

Hope to see you all in January, because I’m definitely going to have some great stories and resources to share with you!

Happy New Years!