Growing up in a small southern town, the child of a working class white mother and an Iranian immigrant, I’ve always had an expansive curiosity that reaches beyond the false borders of place and time. While my experiences have been colored by my identity as a woman in the Deep South, my curiosity has led me to a greater awareness of our innate connections. With a life long interest in health and healing, I began working as a registered nurse in 2012, caring for critically ill trauma patients in the intensive care unit and volunteering at a free clinic in an underserved community. In 2016 I earned a doctoral degree in nursing practice from MUSC. Today I work as a family nurse practitioner in a small rural community where, each day, I am humbled by the struggles and the strength of the patients I am honored to meet. In the past nine years, I have found joy in leading weekly yoga and meditation practices as a certified yoga instructor, and I use these techniques as part of my approach to health and healing. Through the practice of meditation and yoga, I have seen how the power of self inquiry can shed light on our true nature. As part of the Collective, I look forward to exploring how self inquiry can transform critical dialogue.