Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work.
I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get to chat with people who inspire me like whoa.
Today we get to meet Dr. Vickie!
Dr. Vickie, take it away…
How are you changing the world?
(What is your change-making, healing, and/or creative work? This might be paid, unpaid or a combination.)
I’m changing the paradigm of what health and healing looks like. Often, in Western Medicine health focuses mainly on the physical component. Years of working with patients have taught me that all areas of our life have to be addressed in order to heal ourselves and live our most authentic lives. I feel spiritual health is the most important component of the healing process. How we feel about ourselves greatly impact how well our bodies can heal and how functional we are.
What challenges your heart in that journey?
It hurts my heart seeing women struggle to find respectful and compassionate ways to heal our pain and hurts. Often, the stories that we tell ourselves prevent us from moving forward in the healing process. These stories can keep us stuck and cause even more pain.
What inspires you to keep going?
I love seeing the confidence and strength that develops when women are healthy and functioning from a place of love and respect for themselves. I also believe that we can’t provide our best to the world if we are functioning from a spiritual and physical deficit. So, seeing the results that occur when woman heal and the fact the there will always be more women to support keeps me inspired.
How do you support yourself or tend to yourself and your heart in that process?
What nourishes and replenishes you?
Meditation. Mediation is my lifeline. Deep stimulating conversations, yoga and preparing nourishing food for myself and my family are other ways I tend to heart. I also love moisturizing my body with essential oil infused oils.
How do you experience care within community?
How do others support you in your journey and practice?
My tribe supports me with quick check-in phone calls, surprise goodies in the mail and kick-butt conversations when I’m making excuses.
What’s your best piece of advice you have for people who want to make a difference?
Start with yourself. Start with your self-care and compassion toward your self. The work of making a difference in the world is a long, often slow, journey. We have to rituals and practices that will sustain us along that journey.
Paint us a picture of the more compassionate world and future you imagine.
All women would have a meditative, self-reflection practice that keeps them connected to their deeper, true self. And they would teach the children in their lives these practices which creates self-compassion and compassion to all living creatures.
About Dr. Vickie:
Dr. Vickie is a integrative medicine physician and modern-day medicine woman who teaches women that listening to their souls is the only way to truly heal. She is a southern-girl with an urban heart who loves spending time with her husband and lil’ people.
How to connect:
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