“The work of radical self-love is about removing that past, removing the story of that past as the definitive treaty on who we are in the world, who we get to be in the world.” Sonya Renee Taylor



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How do we stitch a garment that fits all of humanity and nature?

“The work of radical self-love is about removing that past, removing the story of that past as the definitive treaty on who we are in the world, who we get to be in the world.”

In this episode Amisha talks with Sonya Renee Taylor, Founder and Radical Executive Officer of ‘The Body is Not An Apology’, a digital media and education company. Sonya’s creation as an award winning performance poet, activist and transformational leader unapologetically leans into radical self-love as a path of liberation.

Amisha and Sonya explore the current collective moment where oppressive systems are exposed for their illusions designed to keep us separated from self-love by burying us in individualism, shame and separation. They recognise this moment of interdependence as an invitation offering us ways to make choices from a place of possibility; an invitation that may open us to the reclamation of our worthiness.

Sonya believes that we have been systemically disconnected from our own sense of divineness, our sense of enoughness. She shares that we have to raise our consciousness as an act of reclamation to break free from the systems of hierarchy and enforced value categories that have relentlessly conditioned us to prove ourselves.

Together they reveal that in order to participate in self-love we have to allow ourselves to be expansive. We have to find the courage to revisit our original stories and see how they’ve shaped our place of value. They share that radical self-love journeys move us into creation of intentional reciprocal and resonant relationships connecting us with the full tapestry of community in order to help us magnify the spectrum of our experiences of self-love.

We learn that radical self-love is the fabric that will help us weather the storms of life. Radical self-love is the love that offers pathways to connect us with our soul truths so that we may participate in a vision for a collective future by contributing our true passions moving gracefully into the fullness of our humanity.

“Radical self-love gives us the foundation to create vision.” Sonya Renee Taylor

Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company with content reaching half a million people each month.

Sonya’s work as an award winning performance poet, activist and transformational leader continues to have global reach. She is a former national and international poetry slam champion, author, educator and activist who has mesmerized audiences across the US, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands as well as in prisons, mental health treatment facilities, homeless shelters, universities, festivals and public schools across the globe.

She was named one of Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers in 2015 as well as a Planned Parenthood Generation Action’s 2015 Outstanding Partner awardee. She was named one of
the 12 Women Who Paved the Way for Body Positivity by Bustle Magazine and, in September 2015, she was honored as a YBCA 100, an annual compilation of creative minds, makers, and pioneers who are asking the questions and making the provocations that will shape the future of American culture; an honor she shared alongside author Ta- Nehisi Coates, artist Kara Walker, filmmaker Ava Duvernay and many more.

Sonya and her work have been seen, heard and read on HBO, BET, MTV, TV One, NPR, PBS, CNN, Oxygen Network, The New York Times, New York Magazine, MSNBC.com, Today.com, Huffington Post, Vogue Australia, Shape.com, Ms. Magazine and many more.

To connect or work with Sonya Renee, visit sonyareneetaylor.com

To connect or work with Amisha, visit amisha.co.uk

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The Body Is Not An Apology . Education Company

The Body Is Not An Apology . book

Sonya Renee Taylor . Instagram 

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Marianne Williamson . Acorns & Oak tree lecture

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