A Soulfulness Approach to Mind-Body Practice

This seminar will introduce soulfulness as an orientation to contemplative and embodied practices that is characterized by soul-level experiencing, deep connectivity, and inspired expression. Soulfulness is conceptualized as an interconnected experience of enlivened inner attunement that illuminates authentic lived experience and radiates into outer manifestation. Soulfulness is inspired by the culture, wisdom, and spirituality of the African diaspora. It is offered as a source of resistance to the soul assaults of oppression such that the trauma and harms of oppression do not extinguish our inner fire, tame our energy, or steal our joy. An overview of the SOUL-centered (Soulfulness-Oriented, Unitive, Liberatory) practice framework will be presented with special attention given to the relevance of soulfulness for BIPOC populations. The seminar is appropriate for wellness and healing professionals, as well as those seeking to expand their personal practices.

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Upcoming 4-Module Course with Dr. Shelly P. Harrell:

This course will introduce “soulfulness” as an orientation to mindbody practice that centers contact with our deep, interconnected, and embodied inner aliveness as a healing resource. The soulfulness approach is particularly inspired by the culture, wisdom, and spirituality of African and the African diaspora. Cultural dimensions of mindbody practice will be explored with special attention given to mindfulness. The principles and domains of the SOUL-centered (Soulfulness-Oriented, Unitive, Liberatory) practice framework will be presented and key practices will be demonstrated. Soulfulness has particular value for healing, resilience, and liberation in the context of racial and oppression-related trauma. Strategies for using the SOUL-centered approach for addressing the 5 D’s of oppression (disconnection, dehumanization, destruction, delusion, and disempowerment) will be offered. This approach may be particularly resonant with BIPOC populations, as well as others who experience intersectional oppression. While the soulfulness orientation was developed centering diasporic African cultural elements and the experience of oppression, healing principles relevant to our shared humanity and human suffering are embedded in the approach. This course is appropriate for health and wellness professionals, as well as those seeking to expand and enrich their personal practices.

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Dr. Shelly P. Harrell
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