Racism is insidious, and its impact can be deadly for people of color, emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Contributing to this demise is the stress that comes from the daily mental maneuvers of dealing with racism and the plethora of health related disparities in the black and brown communities. The strain of racism can kill the soul, but healing is possible.
Join Rev. Dr. TLC as she talks with Business Coach, Bea Baylor, who shares how the stress of racism contributed to her experience with Broken Heart Syndrome, a heart condition brought on by stress. In this episode, Bea will share her journey of awakening and healing which began with gripping pain and a trip to the ER and, eventually, to living a nomadic life.
Bea says it is possible for people of color to heal from racism, and it begins with healing the soul. Don’t miss this powerful episode. Let’s heal the wounds of racism!
Rev. Dr. Terryln starts the show off with a breathing exercise. Invites the audience to breathe in healing and breathe out stress. She goes on to introduce her guest for the morning, Bea Bayor. Bea Bayor is a dynamic power house of a woman that loves connecting other powerful women and entrepreneurs. She coaches women who are interested in standing in their power. Bea is a serial entrepreneur and author of Rise Up: Take Charge. Overcome. Succeed. Before the break, Bea mentioned the stress of 2020 on people of color should be followed by soul healing. Bea shares the trauma she experienced this past year that led to BHS. She defines Broken Heart Syndrome as people who suffer stress or worry hold on to grief and emotions which impacts the heart. Bea was so overwhelmed and preoccupied helping others that she ignored the signs and didn’t reach out for help.
After the break, Terryn and Bea continue the conversation about racial trauma that led to Bea’s broken heart. A lot of the media last year focused on the racial tension and violence towards black men. Bea mentions that she may have had COVID in december 2019. The symptoms were there; shortness of breath, sweats, chest pains. Bea had to turn CNN off in order to get through the day. Her life was spiralling out of control. She was overwhelmed with other people’s problems and taking on more and more. The emotional impact of all of those disparities took a toll on Bea. She talks about being in the middle of a major heart attack and ignoring the signs. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn interjects and explains why it is important to pay attention to our bodies. Before the break, Bea talks about her fear of treatment in the hospital. She talked about being concerned about the possibility of mistreatment or misinformation because she was a woman of color. Terrlyn talks about data that confirms that black Americans are poorly treated in the medical industry which adds on to the daily stress that is followed.
Back from the break, Terryln and Bea talk about Bea’s treatment in the hospital. Bea was transferred to a heart hospital after several tests. Things turned around because Bea had a family member who was a doctor who was affiliated with the facility. Mentioning that she only got the top notch treatment she received because she knew someone on the inside. Prior to his interventions Bea did not feel she was treated with the same care or attention. As a nurse she knew the system and routines and noticed some procedures were being missed. Terryln says another way we can dismantle racism is if people become aware of the disparities that people of color deal with concerning their health. Often their symptoms go undiagnosed, leading to a belief that their systems are hardier, and that they can withstand the pain.
Returning from the break, Bea goes into the importance of mental health and professional therapy, citing it as one of the most important aspects of living a healthy balanced life. She shares how her performing of daily soul healing affirmations helps her to ground herself in the present and remind her how much she truly loves herself. Bea shares her journey to reaching and coming back in touch with her own heart and emotions. She decided to buy an RV and live a nomadic life, reconnecting with herself and giving her the time for soulful self reflection. This change in her life was brought on after a startling heart attack, this gave Bea the motivation to get in touch with herself and seek out healing for her soul. She advises that despite whatever relationships listeners feel they may have with their personal higher power, that the nurturing and attention payed to this relationship is what will best facilitate an individual’s growth and personal fulfilment, something Bea feels is unfortunately lacking within the black community.
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