This podcast is a warm embrace, soothing realness, and conscious girl talk. Black Girl In Om exists to hold and heal black women and women of color around the world on their unique wellness journeys, mending us from the inside out. Come into conversation with our founder, Lauren Ash and wellness and Spirit-centered guests across various industries to talk all things self-care and self-love, spiritual awakening, intergenerational healing, and more.
Black Women Are Worthy with Deun Ivory
Deun Ivory is back! In this mini-episode of the Black Girl In Om Podcast, Deun Ivory (she/her) joins Lauren Ash (she/they) in conversation around creative wellness and the Black Women Are Worthy movement. For those who are new to the show, Deun is the founder and creative director of The Body: A Home For Love, a 501C3 nonprofit and wellness membership space that shifts culture around how Black women heal from sexual trauma. They provide trauma-informed care, community, and creative wellness to black women seeking a safe space to heal and journey towards self-love. Deun is also the former art director for BGIO, so you’re sure to have interacted with her intentionally gorgeous work. In the episode, she affirms the power of channeling our creative energy toward healing our inner child and loving on ourselves.
Deun and her team recently launched the Black Women Are Worthy movement with the intention of providing resources and care to Black Women survivors of sexual abuse. Their goal is to raise 2 million dollars to serve and grow a community of over 10,000 black women and to become the standard for trauma-informed care and creative wellness. The short film that catalyzed the movement is a stunning love letter to our undeniable worthiness as Black Women. It’s a must-watch experience filled with loving intention! Press Play to listen in on a joyful conversation between friends about creativity, healing, and sustainable joy.
Connect with The Body: A Home For Love on their website thebodyahomeforlove.org
And find them on Instagram @thebodyahomeforlove
Watch the powerful short film and donate to the Black Women Are Worthy movement here: blackwomenareworthy.co
#74 Divine Partnership and Conscious Hustling with Tiffany Hardin
Award winning executive marketer, talent manager, and founder of boutique consultancy, Gild Creative Group, Tiffany Hardin (she/her) joins Lauren Ash (she/they) in conversation around conscious hustling and intentional partnerships. Tiffany is one of the phenomenal women co-creating the presence and impact of Black Girl In Om in the world. With great thanks to her wealth of knowledge, BGIO’s central intention of helping to facilitate intergenerational healing for Black women across the Diaspora begins with how we operate behind the scenes and ripples outward. She’s committed to supporting divine partnerships rooted in equality and equity that move our culture forward.
In this episode of the Black Girl In Om Podcast. Lauren and Tiffany talk about creating pathways to success that are aligned with our purpose and that do not rely on proximity to whiteness or patriarchy. They get into the paradigm setting choices that go into building and sustaining a platform like BGIO, and offer insight into how to maintain business partnerships that are nourishing rather than draining. Tiffany shares her fulfilling journey of moving from unconscious to conscious hustling, and the decisions she’s made to get there. While white supremacist ideas of success surround us in the world and can tempt us to prioritize winning over integrity or community, we need not compromise our beliefs to get ahead. Press Play to listen in on a gem-filled conversation between friends and partners who are making big ideas into realities.
If you’re curious to turn your big idea into a reality, head over to GildGreativeGroup.com to learn more and get the ball rolling
Find her on Instagram @Tiffany_Hardin
Check out BGIO’s Sleep EP mentioned in the episode here: https://bit.ly/BeautySleepBGIO
#73 Diving Deeper Into Our Ancestral Lineages and Practices with PariseNichelle
PariseNichelle (she/her) or Iya Shango Didi as she is also lovingly called, joins BGIO founder Lauren Ash (she/they) in conversation around connecting with our highest selves by diving deeper into our ancestral lineages and practices. Parise is an initiated priestess, medium, diviner, and healer. For over 15 years, she has used her gifts to help women of color heal trauma and align to their highest selves. As the founder of Do The Healing Work, she offers services designed to tap into all aspects of life. She combines western therapy practices with Traditional West African spiritual practices to heal generational traumas and aid in self healing and mastery. Utilizing her gift of clairaudience, Iya delivers guidance straight from the wisdom of the ancestors.
In this episode of the Black Girl In Om Podcast, Lauren and PariseNichelle get into how sometimes we can feel a profound understanding within ourselves before we have the language or community around us to affirm that inner knowing.They encourage us to move beyond obligation and fear in our spiritual practice by giving ourselves permission to go internal and explore what’s most resonant for us. Parise affirms that our highest self is always communicating with us, and that it’s on us to hear and follow their call. Press play to dive deep. Ashe!
Stick around after the conversation with Parise to hear a special Q&A with Cree Myles (she/her) from Penguin Random House all about the magic of reading and amplifying books written by Black authors. For recommendations of books that honor the rich breadth of Black experiences, head over to bit.ly/amplifyblackstories and follow Penguin Random House’s All Ways Black page on instagram @allwaysblack
If you’re interested in connecting with your ancestors and stepping into further alignment with your highest self, you can schedule an ancestral reading or a spiritual DNA reading with PariseNichelle and sign up for her Power Tools Course mentioned in the episode at DoTheHealingWork.com
Keep up with Parise on Instagram @dothehealingwork @iya_shangodidi
And on Facebook @dothehealingwork
If you’re interested in offering support to BGIO’s first physical space, home, or want to find out more, head over to blackgirlinom.com/home-by-bgio
A Jubilant Juneteenth Cocoon of Inspiration with Lyvonne "Pastor Bae" Briggs
Pastor Bae is back, y’all! Body and sex-positive preacher, writer, and transformational speaker Lyvonne Briggs aka “Pastor Bae” (she/her) joins Lauren Ash (she/they) for this special minisode all about the Queen Solomon Goddess Rising Summit coming up this Juneteenth. Lyvonne has curated this sacred space for those who are ready to embrace the power of the Divine Feminine. Four expert master teachers will come together to create a cocoon of safety and inclusion for inspiration and healing. Inside the cocoon, all of a caterpillar’s life force energy is channeled toward transformation. On the other side of that focused growth is an earned confidence in blossoming. Flying comes naturally once we’ve put in the work of nurturing our transformation. The Queen Solomon Goddess Rising Summit will offer a jubilant and nourishing space to evolve in the company of sacred community.
At the Summit, Lauren will guide an energy healing meditation and will talk about aligning and harmonizing Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine energy. Lyvonne will share about her gift of alchemy and offer insights into how to take energy that was meant for our harm and make it our medicine. Juju Bae, Hoodoo practitioner, Orisha devotee, and all around “bad bitch witch” will talk about ancient spiritual practices and how we can liberate our understanding of ancestral and indigenous wisdom. Hip-Hop Womanist scholar and manifestation maestro EbonyJanice Moore will share major keys to manifesting. Diviner and Spiritist Tatianna Tarot will lead a collective reading, so bring your questions and intentions!
If you’re curious to decolonize and liberate your spirituality, amplify your authentic voice, and tap into Divine Feminine energy, head over to QueenSolomon.eventbrite.com to get your ticket to the Queen Solomon Goddess Rising Summit! Use code Lauren16 for 16% off your purchase.
11% of all proceeds will be donated to Art and Abolition, an organization that exists to heal, empower, and protect young girls in Kenya who have survived violence as a result of poverty. You can donate directly to Art and Abolition at artandabolition.org
Lyvonne’s intention is for the Queen Solomon Goddess Rising Summit to be 100% doable for folks. If resources are tight but you’re still feeling that nudge and excitement to be at the Summit, you can DM Lyvonne on Instagram @LyvonneBriggs about how to make it happen.
Keep up with Pastor Bae on socials @LyvonneBriggs
The Process: Unconditional Love begins tomorrow, June 10!
Hi community! BGIO founder Lauren Ash (she/they) is popping in with this special episode to announce that The Process: Unconditional Love begins tomorrow June 10th. This 28-day journey, exclusive for an intimate collective of members, will deepen into unconditional love and support with weekly group coaching with Lauren, a heart-chakra focused experience with special guest teacher Millana Snow (Wellness Official Co.) and weekly community support. Rooted in the power of intention, spiritual rituals including meditation, Kundalini, and movement, storytelling, and journaling, those who fully commit to The Process will experience transformation. The Process: Unconditional Love is most rooted in an exploration of the root, sacral, and solar plexus chakra.
The journey kicks off on the New Moon in Gemini on Thursday, June 10th with our first group coaching call, and continues with 90 minute group coaching calls starting at 5:00 p.m. CST / 6:00 p.m. EST Thursday, June 17th, Thursday, June 24th, Thursday, July 1st. All calls will be live and recorded so that members unable to attend the call will be able to access the replays.
If you’re interested in claiming unconditional love as your center, we invite you to join us for this 28-day journey. Head over to https://bit.ly/3tZxGQ9 to claim your spot in the program. You can also find The Process: Unconditional Love by going to blackgirlinom.com and clicking on Offerings. Sign up soon before enrollment closes on June 17
If you’re curious to become a certified yoga teacher, or simply want to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle, you can sign up for Koya Webb’s Get Loved Up month-long yoga teacher training at koyawebb.com/get-loved-up/
The life-changing book that Lauren mentions in the episode is called The Five Levels Of Attachment by Don Miguel Ruiz. You can order it online here from a local bookstore:
#72 Creating Spaces For Ourselves Outside The White Gaze with Makkah Ali
Makkah Ali (she/her), Chicago-based podcaster, facilitator, and public speaker, joins BGIO founder Lauren Ash (she/they) in conversation around spiritual seeking and creating spaces for ourselves outside of the white gaze. Makkah is a multidimensional being who makes space for others to find peace and beauty in the many identities they claim. She executive produces and co-hosts the Identity Politics Podcast, which centers the voices of Black Muslim women and features new stories and perspectives about race, gender, and Muslim life in America.
In this episode of the Black Girl In Om Podcast, Lauren and Makkah talk about their individual journeys of defining their relationships with God for themselves outside of anyone else’s expectations. Makkah shares about the many ways that wellness and Islamic faith seamlessly overlap in her life. Lauren and Makkah also discuss the power of intentional connection in a white supremacist world that banks on us feeling and being isolated from one another. Makkah encourages us to create spaces for ourselves outside of the white gaze so that we can self actualize and define our values for ourselves. Press play to get inspired!
Follow Makkah on Instagram and Twitter @MsMakkah
Listen to the Identity Politics Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, and find out more about the show at IdentityPoliticsPod.com
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Note: This conversation was recorded in September 2019 while Makkah was the president of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. She now serves as a Director on the Managed Organizations Team at Arabella Advisors, where she works with philanthropic partners to develop, structure and maximize the impact of social sector projects. Makkah is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Crossroads Fund which supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area.
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