HR!Day532 - Burnout – An Evolutionary Definition and the Secret to Ending it Forever

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Historically, burnout has been associated with workplace stress or the secondary effects of serving traumatized populations. It has also been conflated with chronic fatigue and depression that results from feeling exhausted by what you do. In this framework, it has been defined by disconnection, chronic and sometimes mysterious illness and fatigue, and a lack of motivation.

In this time of COVID, climate crisis, and relentless tragedy, however, burnout takes on a different tenor. It is now classified by the World Health Organization as an illness. The weight of living in a world that seems suicidally bent on its own destruction takes a toll that cannot be measured. Burnout may prove to be the weightiest consequence of the climate crisis, the pandemic, and the daunting conditions of the Anthropocene. The evolving definition of burnout frames it as an understandable and global response to a world in crisis, teetering on the edge of extinction.

In this summit, we see the burnout epidemic as a portal for transformation and the evolution of consciousness and health. We move, experientially and somatically, from the idea of burnout to the experience of buoyancy.

Dr. Stephanie Mines, summit facilitator, names buoyancy as our birthright. This is based on her research as a neuroscientist and embryologist.  Dr. Nalini Yadav will speak to her direct experience of burnout and the resources that have turned it around for her. She will be speaking as an immigrant, a woman of color, and a healthcare professional.

Most importantly, this summit is defined by daily practices of the self-care that Dr. Mines has cultivated under the rubric of the TARA Approach. These practices fuse Western neuroscience with traditional Eastern wisdom, transmitted directly to Dr. Mines by Mary Iino Burmeister, the master of Jin Shin who is now an ancestor. Every day will begin with these somatic experiences that speak directly to the expansion of the human nervous system.


  • Dr. Stephanie Mines, Facilitator Dr. Stephanie Mines is the author of five books that reflect over three decades of research as a neuroscientist. She has investigated shock and trauma as a survivor, a professional, a clinical researcher, and healthcare provider. Her nonprofit The TARA Approach is instrumental in the systemic change she promotes as a Regenerative Health paradigm. Dr. Mines also developed Climate Change & Consciousness to facilitate inner transformation for grounded climate action. Climate Change & Consciousness serves an international and intergenerational community of visionary activists. In addition, Dr. Mines is an award-winning poet. Her poetry has been published in anthologies and in chapbooks. Dr. Mines’ latest book, Memoir of An Embryologist: How I Discovered the Secret of Resilience, will be released in 2023 from Inner Traditions/Sacred Planet Books
  • Nalini V. S. Yadav, PhD Nalinii is Doctor of Pharmaceutical Science and an Advanced TARA Approach Practitioner. She has firsthand, deeply personal experience with meeting the challenges of burnout. She was introduced to the TARA Approach while working on her doctorate, which was a high stress period of enormous challenge. Now she is once again thrust into the burnout realm as she navigates the COVID pandemic while working in an intense environment of high-powered biotech and big pharma. Dr. Yadav will speak to how burnout is a holistic, multi-faceted experience. She will also address the transformative component of deconstructing burnout personally and professionally. Dr. Yadav will also comment on the impact of immigration for herself and her family and its epigenetic contribution to the burnout phenomenon. Her lived experience immigrating from both India and Canada to ultimately settle in the US and the ways in which these migrations shaped her adrenal system are of inestimable value. The cultural disconnect while developing a career as a woman of color will also play a role in Dr. Yadav’s contribution about burnout and how to offset it. Finally, Dr. Yadav will help demonstrate how the TARA Approach self-care strengthens her nervous system as she evolves in a climate changing, racist, patriarchal and pandemic ridden world. She will share how learning and practicing this self-care can end burnout forever
  • 'Allison Davis, MS, LPCC, PhD,'Allison is a counselor, educator, and researcher of perinatal mental health. Her work focuses on the development of mothers' psychoecological growth in matrescence, the transition into motherhood, reframing eco-related distress as resilience and offering a path through the mental health dangers of idealized green motherhood towards lifestyles that are psychologically healthy and ecologically sustainable. Through articulation and application of an ecofeminist-informed developmental approach, she fosters ecological thinking and contact with nature for psychotherapeutic healing and growth. She maintains a clinical practice at Mother Nature Therapy, LLC, teaches at Alliant International University in the Professional Clinical Counseling Program, and conducts postdoctoral research in the Maternal Psychology Lab at Columbia University.

For more information and reading:

Books by Dr. Stephanie Mines:

  • New Frontiers in Sensory Integration (New Forums Press);
  • Sexual Abuse/Sacred Wound: Transforming Deep Trauma (Station Hill Press);
  • We Are All in Shock: Energy Healing for Traumatic Times (Red Wheel Weiser);
  • The Dreaming Child: How Children Can Help Themselves Recover from Illness and Injury (DOM Project);
  • and the forthcoming Memoir of An Embryologist (Inner Traditions) and The Great Physician (Kindred).


  • Jim Garrison, President, Ubiquity University


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