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Conversations with Jasmine Dominique

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Dominique.

Hi Jasmine, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story began when I was in my mother’s womb. My parents were free spirits that loved laughter, friends and family. They were risk takers and they did not like to hear the word “no”. They had big spirits that were oftentimes confined by perceived barriers and limitations. During my freshman year of college in 2003, at the age of 37 my mother died. Later we discovered that her demise was caused by an aneurysm in her brain that was the size of a small berry. During my first year of graduate school my father died. His heart was frail and it collapsed during his last encounter with drugs.

Both of my parents utilized drugs and alcohol to cope with life’s stressors for many years. They were amazing people that needed to know that it was ok “to not be ok”.

Their lives and their stories inspired me to pursue a life of health and wellness. Also, I was inspired to encourage others along the way. I received a Master of Counseling Psychology and later, I concluded that mental health is synonymous with physical and spiritual health.

Shortly after completing my graduate studies, I traveled to Brazil where I studied and utilized plant medicines. Phenomenal people that inherited indigenous and medicinal wisdom supported me as I identified trauma and began to heal. When I returned to the United States, I knew that I had work to do. I knew that my purpose consisted of inspiring, supporting and providing healing tools to others.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My life has been full of challenges and full of beauty too. Being the only child, I had to figure life out at a young age. I learned how to survive and I learned how to persevere. I have been determined for most of my life to succeed. Over time, my definition of success has changed, but beating the odds is very important to me.

Along my life’s journey, I have encountered some challenging moments. Coping with my parent’s deaths, coping with the sudden death of my fiancé, grieving a miscarriage, healing from sexual trauma and alleviating generational poverty were all blessings in disguise. I learned how to survive, but now I know how to live. For quite some time, I did not have an identity. My identity was intertwined with the trauma that I experienced. Now, the trauma propels me to exist authentically and fully as I encourage others to do the same. We can liberate ourselves. We can unleash the power of the mind.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an Artist, Author and Holistic Health Specialist. In 2012, I self-published an inspirational autobiography entitled “Trust the Journey’.

I teach Afro-Brazilian dance, Afro-Fusion Dance and Adult Sensual Dance. My teaching style is rooted in what I call Conscious Movement, which consists of being fully present with the breath, the body, the mind and the spirit while dancing!

I am a Mental Health Clinician and I do provide mental health support. I am a Holistic Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator. I am a Motivational Speaker and I facilitate Health & Wellness Workshops. I host empowerment retreats in Brazil twice per year. Lastly, I was introduced to Reiki when I lived in Brazil. Upon returning to Nashville, my interest expanded and I received certification to teach and to provide Reiki as a service. Shortly after, I noticed that it was difficult to find people of color and equal representation when searching for Reiki Specialists in Nashville. I sought to create a change and since I have attuned over 50 people of color in Tennessee and beyond.

What matters most to you?
Love matters to me. Love. I know what it is like to not love myself and now I know what it is like to love myself deeply. As a result, I am able to share love with others and I can receive love too! Oftentimes, we think that materialistic things and status will give us fulfillment, but love is the only energy that is everlasting. All else will pass like the wind.

Love is the foundation of my existence and the work that I do. I have witnessed the power of love as it has transformed and revived many people.

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