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Justin Michael Williams
Transformational speaker, musician, author
Meditation isn’t about relaxing—it’s about becoming more alive. And if you grew up in the struggle—overcoming homophobia, sexism, trauma, shame, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, racism, or social injustice—you need a different type of meditation, one that doesn’t pretend the struggle doesn’t exist. Join Justin Michael Williams to learn how meditation can help you move from awareness to inspired action in this engaging session.
Justin Michael Williams is an author, transformational speaker, and top 20 recording artist who has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window to sharing the stage with Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, Williams knows well the pain of adversity and the power of healing to overcome. He has since been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Grammy.com, Billboard.com, the Advocate, Yoga Journal, and SXSW®. With his groundbreaking book, Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Williams’s message of hope and empowerment has spread to more than 40 countries around the globe, particularly through his US “Stay Woke, Give Back” tour, bringing mindfulness to youth in underserved communities. Williams is dedicated to using his voice to serve, to being a beacon of hope for those who are lost, and to making sure all people, of all backgrounds, have access to the information they need to change their lives. Learn more at justinmichaelwilliams.com.
Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD
Creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®
Mindfulness alone has the potential to be more triggering than helpful for those with post-traumatic symptoms, but mindfulness used in a trauma-sensitive manner can be incredibly healing. A former US intelligence officer and an ordained Buddhist nun, Dr. Elizabeth Stanley is no stranger to the unique intersection of trauma and meditation. In this presentation, she’ll explore how we can work with mindfulness and trauma in a beneficial way.
Dr. Elizabeth Stanley is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University. She is the award-winning author of Paths to Peace and Widen the Window. She is the creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®, which is taught to thousands in civilian and military high-stress environments. MMFT® research has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC Evening News, and NPR, as well as in Time magazine and many other media outlets. A US Army veteran with service in Asia and Europe, she holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and MIT. She is also a certified practitioner of somatic experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy.
Judith Blackstone, PhD
Founder of the Realization Process
The Realization Process is an embodied approach to psychological and relational healing and nondual spiritual realization. This unique approach uses subtle mind/body attunements for uncovering a fundamental dimension of consciousness—one that perceives our body and environment as a unity. These practices cultivate an experience of internal wholeness, authenticity, resilience, and refined perception. We become able to integrate cognition, emotion, and physical sensation, and we can experience deep connection with others without losing inward contact with ourselves. In this session, Dr. Judith Blackstone will explore the myriad benefits of the Realization Process, discussing how and why we constrict ourselves in reaction to trauma and how we can recognize and release these constrictions to find healing.
Dr. Judith Blackstone developed the Realization Process, a method of embodied psychological and relational healing and nondual spiritual awakening. She is the author of Trauma and the Unbound Body: The Healing Power of Fundamental Consciousness, Belonging Here: A Guide for the Spiritually Sensitive Person, The Enlightenment Process: A Guide to Embodied Spiritual Awakening, The Intimate Life: Awakening to the Spiritual Essence in Yourself and Others, and The Empathic Ground: Intersubjectivity and Nonduality in the Psychotherapeutic Process. An audio series of the Realization Process practices is available from Sounds True. Dr. Blackstone teaches the Realization Process worldwide and online, in workshops, and in teacher certification trainings. She was a psychotherapist in private practice for 40 years. With her husband, neuroscientist Dr. Zoran Josipovic, she founded Nonduality Institute for the scientific study of nondual awakening. For information on Dr. Blackstone’s teaching schedule, visit realizationprocess.org.
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