Jenée Johnson

Addressing Injustice: Mindfulness, Trauma, and Racial Healing

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What You'll Learn

  • Explore how to approach mindfulness through a trauma-informed lens, and understand the importance of your personal practice in order to heal

  • Hear how mindfulness and compassion practices can support your service-oriented activity

  • Learn what you can do to grow your ability to be open, honest, and resilient during difficult conversations about racial healing

About Jenée Johnson

Jenée Johnson, Program Innovation Leader: Mindfulness, Trauma and Racial Healing, leads the unique effort to bring mindfulness into public health practices and programs though the Trauma Informed Systems of Care Initiative in San Francisco. Her work is featured as the cover story in the October, 2019 issue of Mindful Magazine, and she was recently recognized by her peers as a Powerful Woman in the Mindfulness Movement. Jenée is the founder of The Right Within Experience, an experiential mindfulness program that reclaims humanity, joy and wellbeing for Black people through mindfulness practices.

Jenée Johnson is a certified professional co-active coach and certified by Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence. She is a trauma trainer, Emotional Emancipation Circles Facilitator (Association of Black Psychologists) and certified to teach Femme!, a meditative movement and wellness modality for women. She is a coach and consultant with Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services in the Oakland.

About Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander is the Content Director for Mindful. She is a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader driven by a passion for empowering people to realize their full potential. Two-time New York Times best-selling author and SVP/Editorial Director at National Geographic, Anne has been creating consumer-centric content fueled by an awareness and aliveness gained through meditation and mindfulness. An active yoga instructor, Anne lives in Pennsylvania with her three teenage children, two cats and a dog.

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  1. James March 26, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    amazing, thank you

  2. Suzette Misrachi March 26, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Jenée Johnson, I can listen to you all day. I wish you were my next door neighbour!

    Suzette Misrachi, Melbourne, Australia
    Author of: “Lives unseen: Unacknowledged trauma of non-disordered, competent Adult Children Of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness” and various brief articles on grief and trauma aimed at mental health practitioners which I then offer for free to the general public (see

  3. Trudy March 24, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    I felt the sunshine coming from your soul in your words. With Thanks.

  4. symone carroll March 24, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Wow Jenée Johnson I was brought to tears with the love shining through every word. How can I follow/support your work and loving reminders?

    With gratitude,

  5. AEA March 24, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Jenée, I love your energy, passion and what you are sharing.
    Thank you 🙏🏽

  6. Aurelia March 24, 2020 at 8:11 am

    This practice left me full of love… To this extent, that I didn’t want to open my eyes. Thank you Jenee <3 Love you!

  7. Ndis March 23, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    Beautifully addressed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and how we can be able to work through trauma, social injustices, and racism through mindfulness for the better of all humanity. Keep talking and we will keep shining the light on these matters to create awareness, make the world a beautiful place to leave in and better ourselves.

    Sending your Love and Light!

  8. François Butty March 23, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Thank’s so much for your energy , your “no doute” présence and your smile. My black girl friend is pregnent. The baby will be the answer of the racism attitude. When I was in India 40 years before, I thought that human being was born there, came from there. Indian people are black anyway. Like you say, there is only one race, human being. Thank you to be what you are, who you are. You are beautiful.

  9. Alexandra March 23, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you, this was so helpful!!

  10. Laena Wilder March 23, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    You’re amazing. Your message moved through my body and spirit today. I have been impacted. Thank you. I pray who you, your being, your voice, your message – all of it – will one day reach the masses. 🙏🏽❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Jos March 23, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you.
      The simple instructions at the end were so helpful and grounding.
      My day went off the rails.
      I knew I could come to this site and find grounding.
      Jenee – so appreciated the insight.

  11. Michael Cox March 23, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Very enlightening. Thank you.

    • Jo March 23, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you.
      The simple instructions at the end were so helpful and grounding.
      My day went off the rails.
      I knew I could come to this site and find grounding.
      Jenee – so appreciated the insight.

  12. FunkCat Brown March 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for this. I am keenly aware of racism and as a white man I have had to open myself up to listen to my black friends and learn about their perspective and history and become more aware of things like institutionalized racism, etc. I have learned so much thanks to having a lot of friends of color. I would like to gently remind white people that it is up to us to do these things and it is up to us to change and grow and learn about our own racial biases. Even if we don’t consider ourselves racist, many of us need to take a deep look at ourselves on this subject. I found that even though I wasn’t ever racist that I had some biases. And thankfully have been able to become aware of them and put myself in check. But it’s up to us white folks to fight racism and racial biases and change and grown and speak up when we see racism happening, What a great talk Jenée Johnson. I wish you had a website I could see more of your talks and stuff. Anyway. Just a friendly reminder to open up and learn and grow on this matter of racism. I am grateful to my many black friends teaching me their perspective on things and what they deal with regularly, and their history, Thanks again. I wish that someday the world can change and there will be no racism And that we can change our world to not have institutionalized racism. it permeates every aspect of American life to some degree or another. But waking up to all of this has been a beautiful part of my journey. And I am so grateful that I am so much more aware now. If more white people did this, even the ones who say they aren’t racists, the world would be a better place.

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