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Mindful Minds is a podcast that centers on learning how to be mindful of important topics such as mental health, sex, social justice, trauma, deconstruction, and more! Hosted by Fina of Serafina Blog, join us as we learn how to be more mindful together.

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Mindful Minds is a podcast that centers on learning how to be mindful of important topics such as mental health, sex, social justice, trauma, deconstruction, and more! Hosted by Fina of Serafina Blog, join us as we learn how to be more mindful together.

    Why Latina Representation Matters + Equity & Privilege with @latinaswithmasters - Ep. 50

    Why Latina Representation Matters + Equity & Privilege with @latinaswithmasters - Ep. 50

    CW: we do chat briefly about micro aggressions, but this episode does not cover graphic depictions of racism. It approaches racism from a more educational lens 


    This week on Mindful Minds, for our 50th episode, *woo woo!!,* we have Christina Rodriguez (she/her/ella) of @latinaswithmasters . Christina is the founder of the online community and podcast, Latinas with Masters, whose mission is to Inspire, Empower and Educate nuestra comunidad and future generation leaders with equitable pathways, academic advancement and professional growth in a safe, positive and supportive environment. In this episode, we chat about equity and privilege from testing discrimination, Latina/o/x representation, the importance of seeing Latinas in academia, and why Christina knew this space was needed. 


    Christina V. Rodriguez is a first-generation Nicaraguan-American Latina with a multi-cultural and equity-minded mindset with a commitment in creating equitable opportunities for Women of Color in Business, Housing and Academia. Christina received her Bachelor's degree in Latino/a Studies from San Francisco State University and went on to receive her Master's degree (MBA) with an emphasis in Marketing at Notre Dame de Namur University. She is a currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and provides 15+ years of marketing experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


    If you want to learn more about Latinas with Masters and Christina, you can follow @latinaswithmasters on IG/FB/Twitter/Tik Tok and https://www.latinaswithmasters.com online! The Latinas with Masters website also features graduate services, swag, resources, and more! You can also listen to the Latinas with Masters podcast on all podcast streaming platforms. You can also visit her website to donate & support Christina’s work and future & current grad students! 


    Mindful Minds is a podcast centered on mindfulness and intentionality. From sex to religion to mental health, we are focusing on how to be mindful & intentional about important topics! Join as we learn and grow together!


    Please rate us 5 stars and leave us a review! You can find more about Mindful Minds at mindfulmindspod.com & Serafina Blog on serafinablog.com & on Instagram (@serafinablog). And you can follow our podcast account on Tik Tok @mindfulmindspodcast and my personal account where I do a lot of deconstruction content @fina__bina . 


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    Deconstruction Journey Part 2 + Tik Tok Q&A with @mannibobanni - Ep. 49

    Deconstruction Journey Part 2 + Tik Tok Q&A with @mannibobanni - Ep. 49

    TW:  deconstruction, religious shame/trauma, sexual assault, sexual misconduct done by pastors, homophobia/racism/ableism/misogyny inflicted by the church, eating disorders + fasting + fatphobia, brief talk about cults 


    This week we have my older sister, Manni (she/her), on the podcast to chat about our deconstruction and shared upbringing. We talk about everything from how Christianity can become toxic and discriminatory to what deconstruction actually means to how we’ve moved past bitterness. We also cover quite a few questions sent in from Tik Tok listeners about religion + deconstruction!


    This episode serves as a little bit of a follow up to my deconstruction journey in episode 5. I wanted to go more in depth about my personal journey and how I have grown and even changed some perspectives in the past year. Healing and growth involve a lot of change, and I want to be transparent about that.


    If you want to follow Manni or reach out to her, you can follow her on IG @mannibobanni. Manni is also selling some vintage items at a thrift event in the greater Seattle in November area and you can DM her for more info. The resources Manni mentions in the episode are:  “The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It” and “How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers―and Why That's Great News” by Peter Enns. She also talks about how work by Richard Rohr has been helpful to her during her deconstruction & reconstruction journeys. Manni also mentions, “It Didn’t Start With You” by Mark Wolynn as a trauma resource. 


    If you are looking for additional deconstruction episodes, we have a list of deconstruction episodes at our IG (@serafinablog). “Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment” by August McLaughlin and any of August’s other work. August was also on episode 21 of the podcast! “The Body Keeps The Score” is also an amazing resources for trauma work, and I have episodes (28-30) that breakdown the book. “The Purity Myth” by Jessica Valenti is also an amazing resource for purity culture survivors! Lastly, We Can Do Hard Things, the podcast, but specifically the episode “Chanel Promises: We Are Never Stuck” is an phenomenal resource for trauma recovery as well as Chanel’s memoir, “Know My Name.” 


    Mindful Minds is a podcast centered on mindfulness and intentionality. From sex to religion to mental health, we are focusing on how to be mindful & intentional about important topics! Join as we learn and grow together!


    Please rate us 5 stars and leave us a review! You can find more about Mindful Minds at mindfulmindspod.com & Serafina Blog on serafinablog.com & on Instagram (@serafinablog). And you can follow our podcast account on Tik Tok @mindfulmindspodcast and my personal account where I do a lot of deconstruction content, @fina__bina .


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    Poly Misconceptions + Decolonizing Polyamory with @marjanilane - Ep. 48

    Poly Misconceptions + Decolonizing Polyamory with @marjanilane - Ep. 48

    TW: Domestic violence & abuse (time stamp: 40:30- 44:00), ableism & fatphobia (briefly talked about), harmful racial/body type fetishization, decolonization/racism/violence against Black bodies/queerphobia against BIPOC/slavery/sexual assault & rape against Black people/stealing Indigenous & Black spiritual practices(after 44:20), suicide & gun violence (time stamp: 1:02:30) 


    This week we have an incredibly educational conversation with Marjani (she/they) of @marjanilane surrounding polyamory and it’s misconceptions, but then we dive deeper into how the patriarchy impacts our view of forever & commitment. We also spend the back half of the episode discussing the intersectionality and nuances of how to decolonize polyamory and how incredibly deeply engrained colonization is in everything around us.  


    Marjani is an amazing educator and has a wonderful platform that is so intersectional and also accommodating for different types of learning styles. You can find their Instagram @marjanilane and their sensory sensitive page @marjanilane_v2 . I would also highly encourage you to support Marjani’s work financially if you can! You can support them via Venmo @cocoay or through her Amazon affiliate page at amazon.com/shop/marjanilane . You can also follow them on Tik Tok @marjanilane and on Clubhouse under “Marjanilane.” 


    Mindful Minds is a podcast centered on mindfulness and intentionality. From sex to religion to mental health, we are focusing on how to be mindful & intentional about important topics! Join as we learn and grow together!


    Please rate us 5 stars and leave us a review! You can find more about Mindful Minds & Serafina Blog on serafinablog.com & on Instagram (@serafinablog). 


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    COLLAB EP - This Little Light of Mine: Religious Shame with @dearpolypodcast - Ep. 47

    COLLAB EP - This Little Light of Mine: Religious Shame with @dearpolypodcast - Ep. 47

    TW: Sexual assault & campus assault, religious shame, purity culture, vaginismus, sexual violence, shame
    If you’re here from Tik Tok, welcome! Thank you so much for all of the love! Our episodes normally release Fridays at 6AM PST on ALL streaming platforms. If you’re looking for more religion/deconstruction episodes, episodes 5, 9, 10, 11, 21, 24, 36 & 44 all center on religion & religious trauma/deconstruction! Feel free to follow our podcast Tik Tok too @mindfulmindspodcast !!


    This bonus collab episode is a special one! I had the honor of going onto the Dear Poly podcast (@dearpolypodcast) hosted by my dear friend, Phillip (they/them). I had the honor of having Phillip on my podcast a few weeks back for episode 43 to talk about polyamory. We ended up shifting and talking a TON about religion and deconstruction! So, we decided to partner up again and create this episode, which centers on religious shame for Dear Poly’s shame series! 


    I share my personal experience with shame and how it greatly impacted my healing process and trauma journey. We talk about everything from physical symptoms of trauma, vaginismus, inner child work, and purity culture long-term damage! 


    This episode is a bonus episode in addition to my normal schedule and is also available on Dear Poly’s streaming platforms! You can listen to Dear Poly on all streaming platforms with new episodes dropping Sunday at midnight! If you want to learn more from Phillip or have questions about polyamory, please check out their podcast or reach out anonymously via https://www.dearpolypodcast.com or via DMs! The Dear Poly podcast is intended to answer your questions and explore the curiosity surrounding ethical non-monogamy! 


    Lastly, Phillip and I also chat about two books that we’ve found helpful in our healing journeys. The first is “The Body Keeps Score,” by Bessel Van Der Kolk - which I did a 3 part series on in my podcast last November. The second is, “Know My Name,” by Channel Miller, which centers on sexual assault and specifically campus assault. 


    Mindful Minds is a podcast centered on mindfulness and intentionality. From sex to religion to mental health, we are focusing on how to be mindful & intentional about important topics! Join as we learn and grow together!


    Please rate us 5 stars and leave us a review! You can find more about Mindful Minds & Serafina Blog on serafinablog.com & on Instagram (@serafinablog) & on Tik Tok @mindfulmindspodcast. 


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    Unpacking Masculinity: How Socialization Plays into Human Trafficking - Ep. 46

    Unpacking Masculinity: How Socialization Plays into Human Trafficking - Ep. 46

    TW: human trafficking, familial trafficking, toxic masculinity, harm done by men, sexual assault/abuse, trauma, coercion


    *DISCLAIMER: This episode was recorded in July, and since then, The Lantern Project has announced that they are closing their doors and George has transitioned out of his role in the organization. The organization is passing it’s programs onto other organizations and this information and content is still so important to talk about! But regarding resources, I have added some resources provided by the Lantern Project to continue learning and to continue the movement to stop human trafficking!*


    This week we have George Treml (he/him), a former staff member at The Lantern Project in Seattle on to talk about human trafficking and how socialization plays into it. George is the former Men’s Education Program Coordinator at The Lantern Project, which centers on education and prevention to help end sexual exploitation and trafficking. 

     George and I talk about how the root problems of privilege, masculinity, lopsided power dynamics, and even a lack of consent/sexual education play into human trafficking and its continued harm. This conversation is a lot different from previous podcast episodes, considering it centers on the male perspective and addresses how toxic masculinity and the patriarchy has harmed men as well. This podcast has centered 90% of its episodes on women & non-binary individuals, but I think this perspective sheds light on a very real problem that needs to be talked about! 


    If you want to find more educational resources regarding human trafficking, you can check out, “Making of a girl” on YouTube at (https://youtu.be/ZvnRYte3PAk). You can also find more human trafficking resources at: Washington Trafficking Prevention, World Without Exploitation Youth Coalition, Af3irm Seattle, and Youth Against Sexual Violence. You can find the blog posts I wrote for the Lantern Project at my LP Archive on my website (https://www.serafinablog.com/archivelp). 


    Mindful Minds is a podcast centered on mindfulness and intentionality. From sex to religion to mental health, we are focusing on how to be mindful & intentional about important topics! Join as we learn and grow together!


    Please rate us 5 stars and leave us a review! You can find more about Mindful Minds & Serafina Blog on serafinablog.com & on Instagram (@serafinablog) & on Tik Tok @mindfulmindspodcast. 


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    Roe Has Fallen: What Do We Do Now with Moji of @abortionfront - Ep. 45

    Roe Has Fallen: What Do We Do Now with Moji of @abortionfront - Ep. 45

    TW: abortion, sexual assault/rape, suicide (time stamp: 50:56-52:20), abortion ban impacts on BIPOC folks, white saviorism (time stamp: 1:03-1:04)

    This week we have an essential and educational conversation with the phenomenal Moji of @abortionfront . On 06/24/22, The US Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, revoking the fundamental right to abortion. Firstly, I want to let you all know that I unequivocally stand against the SCOTUS ruling and will do whatever I can to stand for the right to choose and fight for people with uteruses to maintain their bodily autonomy. 


    Additionally, I would like to give a few disclaimers. First off, this episode is CLEAN. We have chose to remove all curse words/bleep them out so that this episode can be more widely distributed. 

     Second, this episode was recorded on 06/25/22.  There has been more updated information since we recorded this episode, but we were working with the information we had. 


    Third, we were lucky enough to have Moji and Marie on episode 33 of the podcast (link: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2n5pykMhAJoxNENoVYYOJn?si=be35207fca7c4206), so this is, in a way, a part 2 to that episode.  If you are looking for more explanation of what abortion is, check out that episode! This episode will center primarily on Roe and what to do now. 


    Moji and I wanted to sit down and have a conversation addressing this SCOTUS ruling and where we go from here. The first chunk of this conversation is Moji and I speaking about how we, as people with uteruses, have processed this decision. Please cope however you feel you need to. The second part of our conversation centers on what our reality is now that Roe has fallen. We aimed to have this conversation be productive, educational, and upfront. 


    We also mention quite a few resources throughout this episode for both people who need abortion care and for those who want to support and fund the reproductive rights movement. Moji works for Abortion Access Front (@abortionfront on ALL platforms), and they are hosting Operation Save Abortion on July 17th to help train people to join the reproductive rights movement in the capacity they are able to. Go to https://www.aafront.org/operation-save-abortion/ for more info and to sign up! Our missing friend Marie also works for Midwest Access Coalition (@midwest_access_coalition), which is a practical access fund that funds travel costs, food, childcare, etc. for people needing to travel to an abortion (https://midwestaccesscoalition.org ). Lastly, Marie, Moji, & Lizz Winstead host Feminist Buzzkills Live Pod, which is a podcast centering on abortion in an honest and practical way (releases every Friday night). 


    We also mentioned ineedana.com . This platform is used for people to locate clinics that can provide abortion care for you at your point in your pregnancy. We also plugged Plan C & Aid Access, which are both platforms that mail out abortion pills to your home. Lastly, we mentioned a few others, including emotional support from @underthedesknews. You can call 612-293-8550 to trauma dump and chat about your emotions about this decision. 


    LASTLY! I have made a huge master doc with ALL things abortion including resources for people seeking an abortion, looking to learn more, and looking to support/fund abortion care etc etc etc! Link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DvISKDWBgZlTVEEzUl-P0sSpc5MEtYaOFw6b4Fvv2HE/edit?usp=sharing
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19 Ratings

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Amazing interviewer!

Serafina is such a sensitive and inquisitive interviewer. I had the opportunity to be on this show and appreciated the level of care taken in the questions.

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A Must Listen

This podcast is beautifully thoughtful & shows so much care for its listeners. The topics are important and handled so well. Highly recommend.

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Thoughtful and full of heart

Such a thoughtful podcast! Fina truly puts her whole heart into the conversations and solo episodes she shares.

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