All posts by Dr. Temika Edwards and Dr. Cynthia Jackson

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.

Making Healing a Priority – by Drs. Temika Edwards and Cynthia R. Jackson


An outlier incident has crushed the economy, hurled masses into unemployment, closed schools, and forced isolation. The global pandemic has generated a health crisis tsunami of suffering, anxiety, depression, and addiction, which is why our inner and outer healing must be a priority for overall health and well-being. Authors Edwards and Jackson view inner and outer health as the wholeness required to adapt to an ever-changing environment. They explain the differences and connections between inner and outer health, as well as the importance of altering one’s environment to secure the essence of inner peace and be an extension of one’s own perceptual systems when their own are compromised. Spoken from lived experience and research, Drs. Edwards and Jackson describe the impact to a person’s well-being when inner and outer health are not in harmony and discuss the fortitude that it takes to focus on one’s own healing – not the healing solutions chosen by someone else. Focusing and committing to inner and outer healing positively can affect one’s personal and professional lives and the communities around them if prioritized.

Continue reading Making Healing a Priority – by Drs. Temika Edwards and Cynthia R. Jackson

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