The Other Side Of Potential
Episode 176: Conscious Anti-Racism with Jill Wener
February 02, 2022
Medicine, meditation and anti-racism work are not an obvious combination of career paths, but today you’ll hear how Dr. Jill Wener has integrated all three to enact change in the world. You’ll hear the story of how she discovered meditation after a period of burnout, before writing a blogpost offering hope after the results of the 2016 election, only to receive strong feedback that has sparked a journey of understanding her own privilege.
Dr. Wener believes that the need to avoid discomfort, which we learn from early childhood, is a part of the problem, and that we are empowered to do better when we learn to distinguish between discomfort and fear. Dr. Wener shares why her work is unique, and the knowledge that she and her business partner, Maiysha Clairborne bring to the table.
We touch on the mechanisms used in DEI work, and Dr. Wener gives us an overview of how the tapping technique can be used to manage stress in a formulaic way. She believes racism is a systemic problem that needs to be solved by all of us and we discuss the history of segregation that has led us to where we are today. You’ll also hear why Dr. Wener chooses to use the term ‘anti-racist’ rather than ‘non-racist’. We hope you join us to hear her insights today!
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- Dr. Jill Wener’s work in medicine and anti-racism along with her business partner, Maiysha Clairborne.
- Her antiracism CME accredited online course which includes live virtual training.
- The story of how she discovered meditation after a period of burnout.
- The blogpost she wrote offering hope after the 2016 election, and the backlash that followed.
- How this sparked her journey of self-discovery and exploring her own privilege.
- Why the need to avoid discomfort is part of the problem.
- Where her work with Maiysha is unique: they are experts in the unconscious mind.
- What meditation does to improve your quality of life and how it improves Dr. Wener’s.
- Why Dr. Wener uses the term anti-racist rather than not being racist.
- How whiteness is the thing that is causing black harm.
- The importance of recognizing the difference between discomfort and fear.
- How DEI work involves applying systems to enact change.
- A history of racism and segregation that has led us to where we are today.
- Why racism is a systemic problem that needs to be solved by all of us.
- How the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, tapping works.
- What the tapping points are and how they serve as a formulaic way to manage stress.
- Where to find Dr. Jill Wener’s work on tapping and anti-racism.