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Temika Edwards, Ph.D. is a native of Oakland, California. She currently serves as the Director of Policy, Strategic Planning and Risk for the Federal Government. She has over 16 years of collective private and public sector experience in risk management, policy, capacity development, change management, strategic planning, and wellness. She has also worked abroad, which has allowed her to be proficient in various environments. These experiences have fostered an exceptional blend of creativity and analytical skill with the ability to provide a focused approach toward relationship management which has supported her research interests in leadership and wellness. Cynthia R. Jackson, Ph.D., M.Div, M.Ed is a native of Houston, Texas. She is an Army Veteran and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Enterprise Governance for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has over 20 years of combined education administration, academic design and management experience, as well as over 15 years spent living and working outside the United States, which has allowed her to be adept in diverse, multinational environments and has cultivated her research interest in leadership and strategic design, as well as global qualitative and quantitative studies.

Make Healing a Priority – by Dr. Temika Edwards, Dr. Cynthia R. Jackson

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our physical, emotional, and mental stamina has been challenged to accommodate our ever-changing environment. To adapt to this change, we must incorporate inner and outer healing. Healing is a process that restores the whole person, mentally, physically, and emotionally, but also includes personal beliefs and values, sense of identity, and community of support. How we receive and respond to uncertainties can directly impact our inner and outer being.

Our inner being involves our spirit, emotions, and mind, while the outer being is our surrounding and social interactions. Both the inner and outer being are strongly connected, and we cannot have one exist without the other. For instance, the outcomes we create in the outer environment are motivated by what goes on inside ourselves. Although we all have our own temperaments concerning one side versus the other, we flourish best when the complexities maturing in each direction synchronize with each other. Everyone has an innate healing ability. With minor adjustments in our daily lives, we can improve the capability of our bodies to heal. We can also implement that same healing ability in the workplace, school, and community, which is why healing must be a priority in our lives to accomplish an optimal, balanced inner and outer being. Continue reading Make Healing a Priority – by Dr. Temika Edwards, Dr. Cynthia R. Jackson