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Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care

ISBN: 9781634893633
Binding: Paperback
Author: Joi Lewis
Pages: 128
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Published: 10/2/2020

More than ever, the world needs a message of healing.

Healing offers radical self-care as a salve to help you hold heartbreak and hope. When you're an emotional laborer, healer, activist, community leader, or voice for change, the burden of oppression, trauma, and sorrow can seem never-ending. When you're facing nonstop heartache day-to-day, it's easy to wish for total numbness. But when you can't feel pain, you can't feel joy.

Radical self-care and liberation coach Dr. Joi Lewis has one simple word for you: Healing.

In Healing, Dr. Joi Lewis offers a powerful framework for all who want to uncover their heartbreak and reach for connection. The remedies in Healing will help you confront every aspect of your life that demands radical self-care. Dr. Joi's life-changing Orange Method (OM) inspires you to interrupt historic cycles of oppression and fully reclaim your humanity using practices for both self-care and community care. Healing is a path to transformation when your back is against the wall and you're buckling under the weight of everyday life.

Joy is possible and unlimited. It's also worth reaching for. Healing is the beginning of your restorative journey back to you, your community, and your greater yet to be.


Dr. Joi Lewis is the CEO and Founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching & Consulting and the Orange Method. As a "bodyworker" for the collective body (systems) and individual bodies (self), Dr. Joi (as many fondly call her) is a community and cultural healer who holds space for the discovery of critical pressure points for liberation and healing from trauma through radical self-care. Dr. Joi is a highly sought after consultant, coach, and facilitator of liberation locally, nationally, and globally. After a 20+ year career in higher education, she now describes herself as the "artist-activist formerly known as Dean Lewis." She is an unapologetic joy instigator, a certified Kemetic and hot vinyasa yoga teacher, and a leader of meditation and mindfulness. Dr. Joi believes in interrupting oppressor patterns (including her own) with loving kindness so we can reach for our own humanity and each others'. You can find Dr. Joi online at joiunlimited.


"Right now we are in a state of such collective and continuous trauma that many of us can hardly imagine what being healed might look like at an individual level, much less as a people, as a society. This book is full of crucial survival tools that guide us in caring for ourselves and each other in ways that generate a world in which trauma is not our norm or our reason for coming together. Let this book heal you and grow your capacity to be a part of a healed future." - Adrienne Maree Brown, author of Emergent Strategy and Pleasure Activism, Co-Host of “How to Survive the End of the World”

"At this stage of the assault we see on black life, this book is a beacon, a light and a call, to take care and, more urgently, take self-care. We need you to show up, but most importantly we need you to show up well rested. Dr. Joi D. Lewis reminds us of this call with such elegance and fierceness you can't help but be shook." - Keno Evol, executive director of Black Table Arts, The Because Black Life Conference

"Dr. Joi's work has profoundly transformed my life. 'Little by slow,' as I continually put into practice the methods she's developed over the years, I've experienced a deep healing in my life that I wish I would've known has always been accessible to me. This is the much-needed work on our journey to collective liberation." - Joe Davis, poet, educator, cultural architect,

"If you need examples on how healing is a justice issue, you've picked up the right book." - Kabir Mohamed, founder of the daily desi vlog

"I have often said 'Freedom is not a secret. It's a practice.' The same could be said for JOY! In this book Dr. Joi offers tangible practices to show up for our own joy through the variable and often difficult circumstances we all face. This book is good medicine that doesn't expire." - Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, founder, Brilliance Remastered

"This book provides practical methods for healing, which are helping me to become a more authentic leader." - Leslie Redmond, NAACP president, Minneapolis chapter

"What a fantastic, straightforward, and honest book. Dr. Joi challenges us in the most gentle and necessary way. Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care is game-changing." - Suzanne Koepplinger, director of the Catalyst Initiative, the Minneapolis Foundation

"Dr. Joi draws from her deep inner well of wisdom, with the grace of struggle, to share insights for healing ourselves and our communities together. OM offers a path forward for wondering hearts seeking to connect our inner lives with our collective lives to build hope and possibility for all of us." - Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano, president, Gallaudet University

"Dr. Joi's words are needed more than ever. She shows not only how oppression hurts even the oppressor but also how healing is necessary to do the work our world requires." - Sean Kershaw, St. Paul Public Works director

"To practice self-care is a political act rooted in deep love for oneself and the community. The Orange Method has taught me to show up for myself so I can show up for the movement, because we deserve liberation in the here and now." - Estefania Navarro, Community Organizer, Unidos MN