Radical Resilience: How to Live Well in a Sick World
Wellness to White Supremacy

Wellness to White Supremacy

May 13, 2021

Overview:

In this episode of Radical Resilience, Susanna Barkataki and Dr. Neelam Pathikonda, challenge the conspiracies rooted in white supremacy that are circling within the wellness community while offering solutions that bring intellectual data-driven thought, and wellness together.

Openness is a common theme among the wellness community. The idea of being open to thoughts, ideas, and others can bring out the best in people. However, Susanna notes that too much openness can also be paired with thoughts and ideas that make us anti-critical thinking and anti-science. It allows space for group thinking, which elevates prejudice and racial disparities within our communities.  We have come to a collective place where we acknowledge that our choices and beliefs affect the lives of others for a long time to come. It is possible to make decisions that decrease suffering not only for ourselves, but those around us.

Tune in for a 10-step breakdown of wellness to conspiritual white supremacy. By the end of the episode, your hosts Susanna and Dr. Neelam will have you searching for the middle path.

Quotes:

“How we know what we know often comes from what our friends say, or an article on a blog, one we haven’t researched.” (06:47-06:58)

“According to the Global Wellness Institute, the wellness industry is a 4.2 trillion global industry. And most of its growth has been in the last couple years. It’s 3x the growth of the global pharmaceutical industry.  (07:07-07:23)  

“This idea that we are in control is really harmful because it sets all of us up for failure when we live in such an unpredictable world and where we are dealing with unpredictable natural phenomena. (10:56-11:16)

“This loss of purpose and meaning makes that desire for control so high.” (13:07- 13:14)

“At the heart of anti-science is an anti-intellectualism” NEELAM (17:24- 17:29)

Journal Prompts for this Episode: 

How have you fallen prey to white supremacist colonialist thinking in they ways you have conceived of self care?

What does community care look like for your community? How can you participate more fully in the health of your community?

Medical Disclaimer: 

We want to remind you that any yoga wellness or health advice presented is not meant to

replace the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare professional always seek competent medical care.

Links: 

I’m immensely grateful for the work of Sanity Sanctuary, Anusha Wijeyakumar, Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Conspirituality Pod, Jules Evans and others for their research and work on these topics - and all places to look for further information on this important issue. 

https://www.statnews.com/2020/06/26/public-health-officials-bullying-by-antivaxxers-endangers-us/

Resources on Anti-Vaccination Conspiracies: 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/qanon-anti-vax-covid-vaccine-conspiracy-theory-1125197/amp/

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Should I Get the COVID Vaccine?

Should I Get the COVID Vaccine?

April 30, 2021

Overview: 

Confused or worried about whether the COVID vaccine is for you? Look no further! Welcome to episode 2 of Radical Resilience. Hosts Susanna Barkataki and Dr. Neelam Pathikonda discuss all things COVID vaccine. In a 30-minute roleplay episode, Dr. Neelam Pathikonda will answer all her patient’s (Susanna Barkataki) questions and concerns facing the newly released vaccine. She will then explain the importance of the vaccine for our communities, and together, the hosts will discuss racism and health disparities in western medicine.

Listeners can find answers to these commonly asked questions:

  • Is the vaccine rushed?
  • But I am healthy so why do I need the vaccine?
  • Are there harmful substances in the vaccine?
  •   Is the government trying to control us?
  • Will it impact my fertility?
  •  How effective is it?

Please tune into episode 2 of Radical Resilience: Should I get the COVID Vaccine? For an educational and safe conversation regarding one of today’s most controversial topics. It is important now more than ever that we spread education throughout our communities because we are all in this together. 

Medical Disclaimer:

We want to remind you that any yoga wellness or health advice presented is not meant to replace the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare professional always seek competent medical care.

Quotes: 

“We don’t need chips in the vaccine when we all have our phones” (9:55-10:00).

“There is a risk of doing nothing” (10:44-10:46)  

“Human history has been a history of infectious disease” (16:46-16:49)

“White folks are being vaccinated at a rate that is 3x higher than communities of color” (21:53-21:58)

Click here for Stress Reducing Meditation and Tips for Radical Resilience in #COVIDLIFE. Please review and subscribe. To your radical resilience!

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

April 28, 2021

Overview: 

“Uncertainty only has one certainty, and that is this too shall change”, says Susanna Barkataki to co-host Neelam Pathikonda regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. In their debut episode of Radical Resilience, the duo dives deep into an all too familiar topic: uncertainty during a global pandemic. 

While the episode was originally recorded at the start of the pandemic and much has changed, one thing remains certain: uncertainty. With the distribution of vaccines and a rise of new variants, we are still so uncertain of how life will move forward. Fear and anxiety have been the emotions driving thoughts and decisions regarding everyday life. They are universal emotions that everyone has been feeling, including the hosts.

Susanna and Neelam use their expertise in health and wellness to offer encouraging tips and tricks on how to emotionally thrive, even in the most uncertain of times. Throughout all the panic, doubt, and anxiety, the hosts graciously suggest using this time to embrace the natural world and find freedom in the present moments. Taking time doing things that make us feel grounded, censoring what media we engage with, and allowing ourselves to feel through our emotions are essential to maintaining emotional balance. They remind those of us with privilege, to leverage it and band together to support our communities. After all, “what we are consuming is a worldwide panic, it is not just ours, it is everybody’s.”

Tune in to episode one of Radical Resilience to learn how to find acceptance in uncertainty and replace those feelings of anxiety, doubt and isolation with “joy, peace, and connection.”

Quotes: 

  • “When we can just surrender to the situation as it is, we no longer have to suffer” (06:45-06:50)
  • “Our minds run to the past and they run to the future, but the freedom is only available in the present moment” (8:10-8:17)
  • “What we are consuming is a worldwide panic, it is not just ours, it is everybody’s” (33:22-33:28) 
  • “Uncertainty only has one certainty, and that is this too shall change” (12:49-12:55) 

Medical Disclaimer:

We want to remind you that any yoga wellness or health advice presented is not meant to replace the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare professional.  Please always seek competent medical care.

Default Links:

Click here for  Stress Reducing Meditation and Tips for Radical Resilience in #COVIDLIFE

Journal prompts: How do you react to feeling uncertainty? How do you know it is there? What practices support you in dealing with uncertainty? What does it look like for our society which has been quite coddled, to shift to dealing with this level of uncertainty? Coping mechanisms?

Welcome to Radical Resilience: How to Live Well in a Sick World

Welcome to Radical Resilience: How to Live Well in a Sick World

March 25, 2021

It’s hard to know how to find personal wellbeing in the fast paced world we live in - especially during a global pandemic. Join Susanna Barkataki, bestselling author and yoga therapist, and Neelam Pathikonda, DO, Lifestyle Medicine Doctor as they interview guests and share East & West tools for better living - so you can thrive in an uncertain world. 

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