First Envision-ings

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This summer I had the pleasure of accepting a consulting in job in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It was my first time ever going to Las Vegas and I had fully bought into the city’s last ad campaign, expecting to find gambling, drunken debauchery and a multitude of expensive circus performances.  Although, all of those of things could be found, what I didn’t expect to find was the beauty of the arid desert.  I especially fell in love with the picturesque views of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Standing in the vastness of the canyon, surrounded by the open sky and a gigantic rock sculpture garden only nature could create, I was at once struck by how small I was, how small all human beings are.  Simultaneously, I had a sense of the enormous power housed in each one of us.  I thought of the tremendous gifts of resilience and the un-nameable force of the human spirit that makes it possible for us to overcome the challenges that life presents us.

Despite this inspired force and the possibility for resilience in each one of us, sometimes our ability to harness this power is diminished.  We forget how to move forward, how to best heal from the scrapes and scratches of our scuffles with life.  Stuck between the proverbial “rock and a hard place”, sometimes we simply need a little bit of help.  Help can come in many forms—a hug from a friend, reading about what you are experiencing, or maybe even talking with a trained mental health professional.

No matter whom we are or what we are facing in life, understanding how to care for ourselves–mind, body, and soul– is key to becoming/being our best selves.  My hope is that this blog will add to the larger dialogue on the web and provide an additional forum for fostering awareness of the importance of caring for our mental and emotional health.  Join me in Envision-ing wholeness, health and well-being!

Aziza

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Aziza E. Jones is a licensed clinical social worker with 10 years of experience working in elite medical institutions, community based mental health and Military communities in the United States and abroad. Her work in Europe and Asia has had a profound impact on how she views herself and the role she plays in both her local and global community. She is passionate about improving the lives of individuals and communities as they journey towards wholeness and well-being while striving to secure social justice. Ms. Jones is a highly skilled mental health clinician, an innovative thought leader in understanding cultural competence as it relates to mental health, and an educator of new and established mental health service providers. She holds a MSW degree from the premier Smith College School for Social Work and has been recognized by the Smith College Executive Standing Committee for originality and exploring new perspectives in Clinical Social Work research with her Master's Thesis entitled, Humor as Resilience: African-American Stand-up Comedy and Collective Identity. Aziza is a native of Maryland and was reared in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

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