Anointed with oil. 

Morning meditation: Lord, may your peace guard my heart and my mind. 

I had a wonderful weekend filled with love, fellowship, new perspectives and deep levels of understanding. 

I was able to be there for someone I truly love and care about in their time of need. 

To be strong for someone physically, emotionally and spiritually can take a toll on your mind and body. I wanted to be present and mindful but not lose myself in aspects of their pain, love  or care.

In my meditation I prayed for them but asked God to guard my heart and mind. I need to continue to put God first, and my well being at the forefront, in order to be a form of support for those I love. 

During my morning meditation I light candles and meditation incense while I execute my morning devotion. During prayer I rubbed my third eye (brow chakra) with oil. I meditated on having an open heart, mind and to gain clarity. I want to live with intent and gain insight so that I don’t immediately become consumed with things or those I love around me. 

I often lose myself in those that I love. They’re influence over me can be strong. Sometimes for the good and at times for the bad. 

I meditated with the intention of clarity, intuition and care for my heart and mind as I dealt with the people around me and loved ones. 

I used an oil called Resolute by Tameko Rowe for Cocoa Butter Mothers. 
It smells and feels divine. It was just what I needed during meditation and as a daily moisturizer. I add a few drops to my shea butter each morning. I feel beyond ready to execute my intentions for the day. 
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Natural hair….and all the care.

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GHETTO APOTHECARY

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CAN’T TAKE MY ZEN!

Zen with an explanation mark…such an oxymoron but oh so funny.

So my friend was telling us how a coworker of hers told her, “DON’T LOSE YOUR ZEN!” She told her this because she had a slew of new assignments to take on from her job.

How can we obtain zen and still be able to take on all of the responsibilities of the day?

She and I began to list all of the methods in which we used to create and maintain our zen:

Lavender oil

Tea

Melatonin

Meditation

Incense

Candles

Prayer/Devotion

Prayer Beads

Yoga

Everything a girl needs to try to center themselves live in their zen. lol

What is zen anyways?

  • Zen is more of an attitude than a belief.
  • Zen is the peace that comes from being one with an entity other than yourself.
  • Zen means being aware of your oneness with the world and everything in it.
  • Zen means living in the present and experiencing reality fully.
  • Zen means being free of the distractions and illusory conflicts of the material world.
  • Zen means being in the flow of the universe.
  • Zen means experiencing fully the present, and delighting in the basic miracle of life itself.

(Derek Lin)

This simple list focuses on the idea of meditation and intuition.  Even as I look at this list I wonder..What is my attitude today?  What is my relationship with God today? Tomorrow? This week? This month? Am I aware of how I feel? Am I aware of those around me? The world around me? Do I experience the world around me to the fullest? Do I stay in the present? Is my mind free of anxiety, worry and distractions? Can I let go and let God? Can I allow God to take on my problems? Can I flow with the daily day to day? Do I always have to be in control? Am I grateful for what I have been blessed with? Am I grateful with the beautiful world around me?

So many questions to consider.  Yet I use these ideas, these sentences as an anchor for my intuition and meditation daily.  Each day is different. Each day has its own challenges and problems. How do I handle it? I challenge myself with this each day but I acknowledge my feelings and shortcomings.  This only makes me stronger in my self…my zen.

 

STAY IN THE MOMENT

Morning Meditation: Lord show me the path moment by moment.

 

I am working hard to be conscious of the importance of living in the moment. Honoring the present and understanding the importance of every ounce of time and space.

Today was all about first world problems. So first world that it isn’t even worth mentioning outside the realm of friends, family and God.

I was talking to my coworker Jen in passing and out of nowhere she mentioned the importance of taking each day moment by moment. Staying in the moment.

This was sooo crazy to me because of the meditation that I just had that morning honoring the importance of allowing God to guide me moment by moment.

We had such a rich conversation about how much you can take and how much you should let go regardless of what your job or your life may try to give you.

It was more of God’s voice speaking through the  wonderful people that I am surrounded by.

I decided to be present a little more to what my friends were saying or what my job needed me to focus on and it created such a world of difference.

I am not perfect. My mind wonders. I get off task and think about some of my worries, yet for the most part I stayed present.

Beautiful blessings came my way and allowed me to assist in blessing others.

A simple daily formula for the day. The formula of intention.  The intention of staying present.

 

 

App Love: Asana Rebel

I cannot make it to the yoga studio every day. I cannot.

Yet I am blessed to have a practice engrained on my heart….or at least on my phone.

Asana Rebel is a nice yoga app available for iphone.  (I partake in the freebie section of the app.) It allows me to do as much or as little as I want.
(Pay no attention to my battery life in the photos below…)

Love, Loss and Forgiveness in a New Year

For many 2016 was a very very hard year.  I had hard moments.  The loss of my grandmother, financial instability and unrequited love.  However, I have been blessed beyond what I could imagine this year.  A new job, new friends and connections, creating and selling my artwork and books again.

With much success, there was much heartache.  With much heartache there were many blessings to follow.

I rang in the new year at home with my cousins.  I was very thankful for that.

This year has been a testimony on friendship and family.  Those that stay, those that leave.  The beautiful moments and the rocky ones.   I have been hurt and I have hurt others.  Many mistakes have been made. Assumptions have grown.  Emotions crossed many lines over time.

I have made beautiful connections yet those that I hoped would be a lifetime, have now fizzled as the seasons have changed.  I hold no animosity. I hold no jealousy nor anger. I send these acquaintances with much love and light to prosper in every relationship and endeavor that they may partake.

I am grateful for everyone person who has come into my life leaving a lasting impact.  I know that we cannot carry everyone with us on this yearly evolution of ourselves.  I pray that they leave me with things to consider and lessons to learn from.

The loss of my grandmother was a major event in our family.  Some have grown closer together and some have split further apart.  Our rock was rolled away and an empty space remains, that none of us are ready to fill just yet.

I hope that we can.  I hope that we can forgive one another and love one another as family and true friends should.

Jan. 2nd is the anniversary of my father’s passing.  It is a harsh reality of the finite life in which we live.  Even if lived with great love and abundance.  It leaves me no longer with grief or anger, but with the mission to learn how to grow and evolve from the lessons in which he has taught me.

I can’t guarantee a positive future for my family or friends. Things may grow or deplete.. who knows? I just hope that God blesses me with the tools to accept whatever love or negativity may come my way so that I can only answer with the language and actions of love in return.

 

Mindful Meditation: I have appreciation for myself, and all around me. 

 

Negativity Cleanse

I needed a good cleanse.  Yes I may be already cleansing my body using Trader Joe’s Complete Body Cleanse and Nature’s Way AKN Skincare but I needed  more…I needed a spiritual cleansing.

Sage smudging cleanses your aura and the air.  Smudging helps clear the mind, body and spirit from negativity. This is a ritual that I utilize during change in seasons, going into a new year, moving into a new home or simply when faced with many challenges and much negativity.

I had experienced petty arguments, built up resentment and anger as well as stress and anxiety in the last few months.

It was time to finally let go.

I lit my candles, my sage and I sat in half lotus.

I followed this beautiful Smudging Prayer from Ayurvedic Therapist, Bess O’Conner:

May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.

May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.

May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.

May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.

May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.

May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.

And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens.

When I am in a hurry I utilize this short incantation:

“Air, fire, water, earth. Cleanse, dismiss, dispel.”

Of course I always end any meditation with prayer.  I thank God for his wisdom, grace and mercy every step that I take.  During this time I held my meditation incense and prayed for a while.

I feel cleansed and thankful.  Grateful for the ability to forgive others. Grateful to be able to forgive myself. Assuming the things that I have done and acknowledging the things that have been done to me.

My sorority sister bought all of us a book called,  Jesus Calling. A little one year devotional book. I have begun to read it daily.

These two messages have stuck with me this week:

Refresh yourself in the peace of my presence.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Excited for this new found peace and transformation.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Yoga

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Today was the first time that I have been back on the mat at a yoga studio for over 3 years.  I really needed a detox. From the night before….the week….the year. I am glad that I made the decision.

I was aware of my body’s weaknesses and pains. I embraced them and took moments to drink water, sit in child’s pose or not move as fast as my class or instructor. This was my time on the mat and I honored it as such.

I went to Yogasport located on Lemmon Ave. in Dallas. This is located down the street from my house so of course…why not?!

I enjoyed it thoroughly. I enjoyed completing sequences by candlelight. I enjoyed not being pushed, rushed or forced. I enjoyed being helped when needed. Good environment. At the end of our class we we’re asked to meditate, make a wish and blow out the candle put before us. I selfishly made two wishes that I shall not reveal. Let’s see what God has for me in the new year.

We were all provided with nice cold lavender towels. Always a nice touch for any class.

Angela, our instructor was so sweet and so amped for us all. I would love to take her class again. Her energy was priceless.

I did have a little moment when a lady next to me, that I was wishing well as she worked angrily through poses, threw my towel to the side because it was in her way. Then she flinched angrily when her hand touched mine. I just had to send her love and light. Her “absolut” headband revealed to me that perhaps the night before was a fun rage of sorts that was taking a toll on her in class that day. I’ve been there and I sent her with possitive energy to take with her through the day.

Visit yogasport. They have a great deal of $30 for 30 days. My first day was scheduled on Mind and Body for only $18.

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Life is Good: New Years Eve

Life is a wild ride. This year has been a wild ride. My heart has been broken. I have been deceived. I have had to comfort those around me who have had to deal with some crazy situations. I have lost a lot. I have gained debt. I have been hurt by friends. Monkeys continue to pile up on my back. I almost had to go to court. I have suffered heavy anger problems. I have had my water turned off. I almost got evicted. I lost a brother to jail. I have struggled with low self confidence and I remember a mantra that my mother lives by: Life is good.

In the same breath I have traveled the world. I have won wonderful awards at work. I have read books. I have gotten sleep. I have strengthened my yoga practice and I have learned how to better take care of myself. I have been shown so much love and I have gotten to show true love back.

I am grateful. I am thankful. I have become closer to God.

Now it’s time to think less about “I”and more of what God has in store.

As the new year approaches it is time to accept the things that have not gone well, the things we cannot change and the people (good or bad) that we have left behind.

A new season is upon us. A new time to reflect and move ahead and leave old afflictions behind.

Let Go and Let God.

My Promises:

Positivity

Love

Gratitude

Freedom

Forgiveness

Acceptance

Health

My New Years Eve Morning Yoga:

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