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-The Magician-

You have all the tools to be successful! You can accomplish anything you desire! What are you waiting for? Get up and do that thing that inspires you! What is it that you wish to manifest? Look within and look around you! Everything you need is already here, at your reach! Stand in your power and make shit happen! 

#doepicshit #trustyourdopeness #issasign #whatareyouwaitingfor #expectmiracles #intuitivelyfierce #intuitivereadingsbygoddessmenalove #themagician @the_wild_unknown 

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May Cause Miracles: Week 2 (Review)

Week 2 – Day 8

Several years ago, Spirit spoke to me and said, “this lifetime is all about lessons in LOVE, in particular self-LOVE.” The trauma I’ve experienced  in and out of relationships (intimate and/or platonic), made me responsible for my part of the self-LOVE path I was on. Running away from these lessons and choosing to not be responsible for what I see, had me repeating life lessons, over and over again. If you know me, you know I ain’t about repeating shit. However, in retrospective, because of where I was (mentally/emotionally) and not being fully open to trusting how greatly my path would unfold for me, repeating these life lessons were so very important in shifting my perception for learning from myself and making sure with maturity that I would consciously be responsible for what I see, therefore making wiser choices (sorry for that run-on sentence!). The woman that I am now, is convicted every time I’m saying or doing something not in alignment with my purpose. It takes strength and trust to be led and guided by your intuition to give you clarity on being responsible for what you see. So, when certain shit arises out of nowhere and I choose to deal with it by choosing to look at the surface, am I being responsible for what I see? Am I guided by ego, to react, thus putting myself in harms way or being emotionally triggered?  I am responsible for what I see, and it’s nobody else’s fault/issue, but mine, if I choose to see it with fear. In my experience, when I take responsibility to choose to see any situation with LOVE, the outcome is drastically different and the vibration of LOVE is in and around me and whomever I’m dealing with, which brings peace and overstanding!

Week 2 – Day 9

 

My self-doubt is not as alive as it used to be. Remember, this is my second time doing this 40 day transformation. There is a twinge of self-doubt when I’m led to do things I feel is beyond the scope of my purpose, and I’m quickly assured, by the obvious outcome, that I am awesome, I am amazing, and I am LOVE! We all go through moments of self-doubt. I am not a master of quieting my self-doubt thoughts, and I am a master at consciously examining all thoughts to make sure I stay focused in alignment with my purpose. I had a spiritual friend/sistar once tell me, ” the reason why you feel hesitant about something you’re led to do is because your spirit already knows what you need to do. Your spirit is guiding you into doing what’s in perfect alignment for you, and you get in your own way.” Getting in your own way is self-doubt! What are your doubting yourself for? Deeper than that, what is it that you feel you are lacking that’s keeping you from doing whatever it is you’re called to do? These are questions that I bring up while journaling when self-doubt shows up. These are also questions that I bring up before a meditation session, and the answers are always LOUD and confirmed over a couple hours to a couple of days. 

Week 2 – Day 10

 

This is one of my favorite affirmations. My most favorite affirmation is, “I am LOVE, I am LOVING, I am LOVED.” It keeps me balanced. It keeps me sane when I’m in disagreement with someone. It sets the tone of emitting that high frequency for the day, when meditating on it. (laughing to myself) Sometimes, I’ll walk in places and people can feel that calmness, that peace, on me. The day is just starting out and I’m already vibrating LOVE, because I’ve set the tone for my encounters for the day. I ain’t gonna lie, I’m human, and get into some low vibration conversations with folks, but let me remind you, I ‘m always convicted because I am conscious of my thoughts and the words I speak.

Let’s be honest, I am challenged by the this evening’s exercise, looking in the mirror and telling myself, “I LOVE you”. I know why it’s a challenge, it’s the body image issues that come up for me. It’s the years of self-abuse (by way of negative talk, self-doubt, and allowing others to project their fears about body image issues upon me.). I have no challenges when writing or saying “I LOVE you” to myself. Like I said, the issue is when I have to look in the mirror. This is something that I’m consciously aware of and working on. I do LOVE myself and LOVE my body as is, and I’m working on showing that LOVE through words, verbally in the mirror.

 

Week 2 – Day 11

 

Five things I’m grateful for:

I am grateful for self-awareness, self-knowledge, & self-LOVE.

I am grateful for my purpose and my journey! I LOVE to see how things unfold for me, and I’m grateful for living my BIGGEST life possible.

I am grateful for yoga. Through yoga, I’ve learned a lot about myself. Yoga is the best spiritual system I’ve come across that LOVINGLY guides me on a path of miracles, self-exploration, and self-growth. 

I am grateful for my familial tribe and my spiritual tribe.

I am grateful that we are now in cherry and watermelon season! These are my favorite seasonal fruits, and it’s on!!

 

Week 2 – Day 12

 

I’ve touched on choosing LOVE instead of fear, above and in earlier posts. For me, this affirmation really speaks to my past (negative self-talk), and the triggers that come along with it. The best part of this evening’s practice is the prayer. In it, author Gabrielle Bernstein says, ” I will listen to my intuition, show up for my spiritual assignments, and do all that is necessary to LOVE myself again. Show me what you got.”, directly and commanding a change of perception. I am a work in LOVE,  ascension and evolution.

Week 2 – Day 13

 

I am good enough. I am LOVE. I am good enough. I am LOVE. I am good enough. I am LOVE

Self-Forgiveness, definitely puts me in alignment to expecting miracles. You know why? Because when I choose to forgive, there’s this veil that’s lifted. The hurt is gone. Being broken is mended and released. And I feel whole. I feel limitless, now that I’m not held down by the energy of a self-punishing attack. That’s how I look at holding onto grudges and being unable to forgive. How am I able to do my spiritual work with LOVE, whole-heartedly, if I’m carrying a punishing, condemning, or blaming type of energy? How am I able to be fully open to receiving miracles, if some of my energy is low?  Feeling like a burden! The shit is heavy! Once released of that negative energy, I can immediately receive miracles entitled to me. Let go of what doesn’t serve you anymore, and be open to receiving everything you desire. It’s coming if you believe! I give up the feeling of not being good enough. I commit to miraculous shifts, which I see unfolding every moment.

 

Week 2 – Day 14

 

This week was mostly about reflecting on how I see myself, how I ebb & flow with life without self-judgement, how open I am to receiving miracles, how taking care of myself in all ways is self-LOVE, and being a vessel for the Divine. The energy that flows through me as I write, as I speak, as I breathe, is healing for me and others, and for that I am grateful. I am so ready for week 3, we are gonna be dealing with body image. Let the healing continue!

(((***How many times was LOVE mentioned in this week’s post?***)))

© Copyright 2015 – Goddess Mena Love. All Rights Reserved

The Buddha Spotlight: Giesel Arnold

Namaste y’all

The Buddha Spotlight introduces you to Yogini, Giesel Arnold!

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GieselArnoldYoga.wordpress.com

 

Goddess Mena Love:  When did you fall in LOVE with yoga?

Giesel Arnold:   I don’t know when I fell in LOVE with yoga. I do know that I don’t know where I would be without it in my life.   I found yoga in 2009 at a time when I was very weak mentally and physically. I was hiding an eating disorder from my friends and family, I’d recently moved from Belize and I had separation anxiety and depression from leaving my family, friends and routine back home, AND to top it off I was being treated for unbearable back pain induced by stress. Yoga became my escape from it all, it was more than a coping mechanism, and it brought so much light to my life and comfort within right when I needed it.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What style of yoga do you practice?

Giesel: I practice Vinyasa Krama yoga. I did my training at The Yoga Institute with Lex Gillian who teaches that method. I connected with that style of yoga and I am drawn to teachers with that same foundation; Shiva Rae, BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi. The word vinyasa means: vi = order + nyasa = placement; and the word krama means “the uninterrupted sequence of events from beginning to end”; so combined, the entire term means “the ordered placement of the sequence of events.” Usually shortened simply to “vinyasa,” it refers to a flowing sequence of asanas linked by breath and intention. I strongly believe that without the breath and intention, one does not practice yoga, they are merely contortionists.

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Goddess Mena Love:  Do you have days where you just don’t feel like practicing yoga? If so, what keeps you motivated to continue your practice?

 Giesel:  This question touches me at a very core, because as teachers, we are humans. Of course there are days I don’t feel like practicing. But practicing and teaching is not about me. It is about everyone who showed up for their practice. They are my responsibility. They are my motivation. I remember clearly, at the end of last year, December 2015, I had a migraine for about 3 days straight. I lost sleep and cried because I was in so much pain. I was scheduled to teach yoga that Monday and I considered canceling. I pulled myself together and taught the class. I went through the sequence and my students had no idea I was ill. At the end of the class when I gave my students the final salutations, my voice broke and I cried in Namaste because I gave it all I had through the pain. My students depend on me to guide them through their practice. That keeps me going.

 

 Goddess Mena Love:  What is the biggest life lesson you learned so far?

Giesel: The biggest lesson I have learned so far is self-LOVE. It’s like we are conditioned to seek love outside of ourselves; in other people, ideals, and of course our beLOVED things. Yoga has helped me realize that true LOVE starts with you, right where you are, wherever that may be.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Do you have any advice for people who are just starting out on this path of awakening?

Giesel: For the yoga curious I say, don’t judge an entire practice based on one experience. Its like finding the perfect shoe, there are different styles of yoga, so try them all until you find one that’s a perfect fit for you, your personality or your spiritual journey. I don’t think I’ve told anyone this, but my first experience with yoga was horrible. I walked in a class and it was hotter than Belize in the summertime. In what felt like a lifetime, I couldn’t catch my breath, I was on my knees, in child’s pose, I was on my back, in savasana and I finally raised my hand and told the instructor I CANNOT breathe I need to leave. I went to the front desk for some water and found out I was in the class for only 15 minutes and I unknowingly walked into a heated advanced yoga class. I did go back, but to a beginner class and I’ve practiced ever since.

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GieselArnoldYoga.wordpress.com

 

Goddess Mena Love:  When you fully extend is when you fully release.

 Giesel:  When you fully extend yourself, in the any yoga poses or in life, your body starts resisting. Resisting comes in the form of holding your breath. It comes in the form of saying, there’s no way I can do that. When you release any form of resistance in your body and your mind, you are able to sink deeper into the pose, you are able to melt within yourself, you are able to let go…and then you fully release.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Finish this statement. Yoga gives me access to….

Giesel:  Peace of mind. I used to be such a hot head, filled with anger just waiting for someone to push my button.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What’s your favorite song/movie/book?

 Giesel:  Favorite Song: Magic City by Buju Banton. The beat and the lyrics transcend me. This song was my first mantra. Every time I sing this song, I feel so elevated and everything becomes so small. How can any of your problems consume your life when the universe is within you. “I tell you once more, where the mystic is all around, you enjoy the sights and the sound, so high you don’t want to be down, this is where I can be found.”

Favorite Movie: Sweet November

Its about this woman with a terminal illness and gives her lover the gift of her verve of life for only one month. There are so many people out there and they all love differently. She never told them she had a terminal illness. Her last lover in November, loved her so deeply he was not willing to accept her terms and fought for her, and changed all her calendars to the month of November so they could be together forever. He fought for her LOVE and to spend the rest of their lives together, even though he knew it would be short lived.

 Favorite book: You can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

This book saved my life. In her book, Hay highlights physical ailments in your body as they are connected to emotions we are feeling and living. The first time I wasn’t ready to receive the message. I thought, no no no, don’t tell me what to do. These things I am going through are not my fault. As I went through the exercises and started practicing affirmations in my daily life, I began to heal my nose bleed, my anxiety, my eating disorder. I had a higher value of the things I felt and thought because they make up who I am and who I present to the world. To this day, I still practice affirmations. In traffic, at work, at home. They are everywhere. “All is well”

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What kind of music are you listening to right now?

 Giesel:  This very moment, I am listening to I am by Nirinjan Kaur.   Lately, I find peace listening to music, mantras, chants that come from Kundalini Yoga. I believe that your vibrations are raised by the music you listen to. Sometimes that might be as mainstream as Ed Sheran, Beyonce, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift- don’t judge me. I know you know the lyrics to shake it off in your sleep or as slow and conscious like some Bob Marley, Morgan Heritage, Lucky Dube, or cultural like the legends of Garifuna Music, Paul Nabor and Andy Palacio.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  How important is it to change your diet while living a more spiritual life?

Giesel: I strongly believe when you know better, you do better in all areas of your life, especially with your diet. I remember coming out of yoga class and going straight to McDonalds for French fries and ice cream. I can really be philosophical, but I will keep it really simple with this classic example. Lets use a topic a lot of people wonder about… eating meat. Some might ask, do I have to give up meat to be spiritual? You can advance along your spiritual path and still eat meat. But know that when you remove meat and other lower frequency food from your diet, entirely new spiritual realms will be available to you. There are levels to this shit. I believe that the more you refine your diet, the higher your spiritual attainment.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What’s your favorite healthy comfort food?

Giesel:  Hudutu luma falmou. Hudut with coconut gravy. This is my healthy comfort food. It is a traditional Belizean dish from the Garifuna culture and my mom would make this every Saturday. You use ripe and green plantain boiled and mashed together and the gravy is coconut milk with herbs and vegetables. It is traditionally served with fish, but you can omit that based on dietary preference.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What is LOVE to you?

Giesel:  LOVE to me is infinite and truly unconditional. I believe that once you truly allow LOVE to blossom in your life, there is only acceptance. There is no measurement for a reason. I’m sure if someone could come up with a scale to measure how much one person LOVES another, just to prove it, they would.   It is one of those wonders that you just have to let be and enjoy the miracles in your life it brings when you are open to it.

When I say LOVE is truly unconditional, I mean that it comes without judgment and without the lingering dot dot dots we are so used to. I believe that you should LOVE with your whole being, not just with what you are able to see. I found LOVE in the most unexpected place, in my beLOVED Cardessa Kerr. There were many thoughts going through my mind; one of which was, “what does this make me?” and thought of the only definition of LOVE I knew which was that between a “man and a woman.” Was I in for a treat! I found the most supportive, LOVING, friendship, partnership, relationship in her soul and it felt so fluid. I couldn’t deny that kind of life from myself in this lifetime.

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GieselArnoldYoga.wordpress.com

 

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from teaching yoga?

 Giesel:  As a teacher, I wanted to give people of color a yoga instructor who looked like them, for them to feel its ok to come in and try yoga. My biggest lesson so far from teaching yoga has been that yoga is color blind that people come to class inflexible, no matter their race. My original motivation to teach was rooted in separation, that we are different, but yoga literally means union. I’ve learned that we are the same.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  When you’re not at home, how do you create peace for yourself?

Giesel:  The flow of my breath is the anchor post of my practice. It’s how I know to remain peaceful even when I am not home because I remember how I breathe in my practice, I remember how I breathe at home and when I am not home, I may not be in my space, but I always have my breath.   I would drive and do breathing exercises. I would be at my desk and do breathing exercises and that brings me to a state of peace.

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GieselArnoldYoga.wordpress.com

 

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Share any experience that stands out significantly about the role of The Law of Attraction and how miracles have manifested in your life?

Giesel:  I will share a Bible Verse to help illustrate: As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7. Its so important to understand what you think in your heart is how you really feel. When i thought about becoming a yoga teacher, I mixed them with feelings of a thought I wanted to teach yoga and here I am a certified yoga instructor.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Who or what inspires you?

Giesel:  I am influenced by the strong women around me. I have nine aunts. And each one acts as a teacher in my life and influences who I have become today. What inspires me the most is the growth that occurs from the lessons learned from my family and apply them to make myself, and those around me- whether my friends, students, coworkers and so on.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What’s your favorite yoga pose? Why?

Giesel:  My favorite yoga pose is Ustrasana- Camel Pose.   This pose was the most challenging for me when I started my practice. I felt a lot of resistance, physically and mentally. I was a very reserved person and thought that if you open yourself up to people, to situations, you will get hurt. When I finally learned the art of Ustrasana, camel pose and I felt my rib cage open up and my heart expanding, it felt like a rose in full bloom. I felt a lot of emotions rushing to the surface and I was overwhelmed. Tears were streaming down my face as I came down to take child’s pose releasing every feeling of insecurity and fear I had towards life.

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GieselArnoldYoga.wordpress.com

 

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What’s next for you, in yoga and life?

Giesel:  That’s a loaded question. Currently, I am teaching yoga at a nationwide gym. In yoga, my next step is to continue create awareness and about my brand, yoga and to integrate of the practice so that is multicultural rather than one dimensional. I took a leap to host international yoga adventures in my home country of Belize, so I plan to make that an annual event. Also, I recently engaged, so I have a wedding to plan.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Finish this statement. My life is so cool…..

Giesel:  I get to do what I love every single day and make a difference to everyone I come in contact with through my practice and in everyday life. Also, I get to teach yoga and be a student of the world’s most renowned Yoga Masters.

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GieselArnold.wordpress.com

 

Giesel was born and raised in Dangriga Town in Belize, Central America and is now a Houston, Texas based yoga instructor with a passion for holistic health and nutrition, and self-acceptance.

On her journey to share her passions through yoga, Giesel incorporates her Garifuna and Creole culture, yoga philosophy, and awareness to attain self-love.

Giesel specializes in Vinyasa Krama Yoga, which is a flowing sequence of asanas linked by breath and intention.

She is a registered member of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers.

© Copyright 2015 – Goddess Mena Love. All Rights Reserved

#VirginTuesdays: Book Review – Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are?

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Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are has come at great time on my spiritual path. It’s beautiful and rewarding when you can recognize what you need to work on in life and actually apply these awesome universal laws/tools to your daily life. In my experience, when applying these spiritual tools, you get the results you are looking for, without allowing yourself to get in the way. That’s what this book has truly confirmed for me. I know that I’m on the right path, and hearing the truths spoken through Denika Penn-Carothers, gives me just the right amount of insight I need to continue on my spiritual path.
Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are, gives me access to removing all that layers my soul, a guide to really deeply see myself for who I am, and my inspired plan for this awesome journey, we call life. I believe that we have soul contracts and lessons we are given before coming to earth, and with all the distractions on this earthly plane, it’s easy for our egos to distract us (with invalid negative self-talk) from the real reasons why we are here.
Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are, gives solid answers and examples for beginning and sustaining your spiritual growth, while living with these distractions, eventually creating a positive habit of designing the life you desire. We are spiritual beings having a human experience and Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are, guides you into identifying your souls purpose and living fully expressed in it.
There’s sooooooo much I would LOVE to share, and I don’t want to give up all the details and spiritual gems of the book away. Just know that we are on our own journeys of self-discovery and self-growth. What you get out of Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are, is going to be specifically formatted for what YOU need on YOUR journey. You will definitely finish this book knowing who the hell you are, and fully equipped with living in it!

The Buddha Spotlight: Afriye Michelle

Namaste y’all!

The Buddha Spotlight introduces you to Astrologer, Poet, Vlogger, & Creator, Afriye Michelle!

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Goddess Mena Love:  Who is Afriye Michelle?

Afriye Michelle:  Afriye Michelle is a beautiful soul who incarnated into the body of a black woman. I am ever evolving, and seeking ways to learn as much as I can, live as much as I can, laugh as much as I can, LOVE as much as I can, and savor every beautiful moment while I am here on this physical plane of existence.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What was the turning point for you that got you started on your existing spiritual journey?

Afriye:  After my grandfather passed away, I started to question everything. It was such a traumatic experience for me because I watched him battle lung cancer in the hospital and then eventually at a hospice center where I arrived about 15 minutes after his transition. It was hard. Before then, I had studied metaphysics a little, but AFTER THEN I wanted MORE. I prayed and I asked God to show me who He/She/It was. I said “I don’t want to know who other people tell me you are, I want you to show me who you are personally.” And the rest was magic lol.

 

Goddess Mena Love: What is LOVE to you?

Afriye:  A friend of mine once said, “Love is an infinite mathematical equation that must be worked daily.” I think the operative word is work. Love is a commitment to caring about a person enough to take action towards maintaining their well being and growth, spiritually, physically and otherwise. Love is a force. Love is the gas in the vehicle of life. There are many adjectives and metaphors and similes I could use but something else about Love is that it still is very much a mystery, and THAT is what keeps people drawn to it, interested in it, and on a lifelong quest to keep experiencing it in its many forms.

 

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Goddess Mena Love:  What are ways you show LOVE to yourself?

Afriye:  I am constantly LOOKING for ways to love on myself more. I’ve recently started this mantra/way of thinking that is “Do not make fear based decisions.” So that’s a way. I do little things that make ME feel good like get my nails done lol. I fill my mind with positivity. Positive words, books, and music. I SET BOUNDARIES and say “No” when I need to. I demand respect from people. I only maintain relationships that honor me. I recognize my need to be more gentle with myself. I say kind words to myself. I forgive myself when I make mistakes.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What’s your meditation destination?

Afriye:  Still working on the quieting my thoughts part. I’ve read to just let your thoughts happen and then release them. But I still get stuck on them often. I want to be able to quiet my mind for 2 minutes, then 5, then 10, then eventually 30!

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Finish this statement. Meditation gives me access to…..

Afriye:  ANSWERS! I always find answers when I meditate…especially when I add in chanting. And peace. And the understanding that everything is happening for my good. *smile*

 

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Goddess Mena Love:  Explain your deep connection with Astrology? What stands out to you the most about learning  Astrology?

Afriye:  The most important GIFT that learning Astrology has given me is ACCEPTANCE. Especially self acceptance. Through acceptance I have learned how to love myself more deeply. I’ve also been learned to understand that for everything there is a time. There is a time for perceived loss and a time for gains. There is a time to learn lessons, a time make more money, to take a vacation. The Universe is so intelligent and so perfect. Nothing is by chance. Everything is divinely timed. Now when it comes to free will, all that means is when you operate from your higher self you are able to call things forth that serve you higher good. You are able to be more of a creator because you are in tune with the will of your higher self. You subconsciously are working with the energy you’ve been predisposed to have to produce your highest good.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Any advice for people just awakening on this beautiful path, we call LIFE?

Afriye:  Learn to honor yourself. Trust that even during challenging times you are still divine and everything is happening as it should be. Be gentle with yourself. If there comes a time where people don’t understand or accept your journey, that is the time you need to love and accept yourself more. Always affirm yourself and find that quiet place within yourself, your core, and always operate from that place.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What’s your favorite song/movie/book?

Afriye:  I love music so much that’s it impossible to choose one. But my favorite song at the moment is “Beautiful Skin” by Goodie Mob.

My favorite movie is Love Jones. Favorite book at the moment is The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What’s in your playlist?

 

Afriye:  My playlist that I’ve been listening to lately is called I titled ‘Wave’. It has artists like The Wknd, Iman Omari, Sza, James Blake. I’m not sure of the genre but I like the ethereal beats and electronic feel with a pinch of soul/r&b. It gives me so much LIFE! I also have been bumpin a playlist called ‘I’m the shit’ lol. And it has Brown Skin lady by Black Star, Beautiful Skin by Goodie Mob, Whatever you want by Tony Toni Tone, Soul Sista by Bilal. Just songs that affirm who I am as a woman, as a black woman, and as the divine creatress that I am hunny! Yaaaaaas! lol

 

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Goddess Mena Love:  What’s the biggest life lesson you’ve learned thus far?

Afriye:  TRUST MY INTUITION. Plain and simple and real.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  When you’re not at home, how do you create peace for yourself?

Afriye:  I tap into my core being and I focus on how I want my day to go. If I am in a situation that I am not the happiest in, I get quiet then create how I want to rest of the evening to go. In the past if I was invited to a party that I wasn’t enjoying I would focus all of my energy and say “There will be at least one person here who I will connect with.” And it ALWAYS would happen. I’m just imagine what peace would look like, feel like, sound like, and I create it. I create the best possible outcome.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Any advice for women beginning to discover their goddess power?

Afriye:  Your Queendom is going to be different from every other queen’s Queendom. Don’t compare yourself. Create what you want YOUR life to look like. Set boundaries for yourself. Start creating an air around you the commands respect and it will be given. Imagine how you want to be treated and it shall be so! If there be any negativity to seep through in your life, have courage enough to address it and handle it how YOU see fit. YOU are the creator! Create the life you want. You don’t need approval from anyone. Forget the rules, what everyone else says and create what YOU want.

 

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Goddess Mena Love:  Share any experience that stands out significantly about the role and impact The Law of Attraction has in your life?

Afriye:  Even before I knew what the Law of Attraction was I was using it. Every job or opportunity that I’ve had since discovering the Law of Attraction has been the result of what I mentally focused on and put out into the Universe. Think it, Speak it, Write it!

 

Goddess Mena Love:  What miracles have you manifested as a result of The Law of Attraction?

Afriye:  My Car!!! MONEY when I NEED it most. Both are miracles lol. I had to keep it real. Money is important and I always have it when I need it most.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Who or what inspires you? Why?

Afriye:  OPRAH!! I love that she is very spiritual and grounded and also has attained material success. I know that money is good, lack is wack and it’s wack to be spiritual and broke!

 

Goddess Mena Love:  In 2015, what would you like to create?

Afriye:  Love. I’m like any other woman. I want to be in love. I am creating the perfect relationship FOR ME. And I’m also creating a means to generate income on my own terms. Everyday I’m thinking of ways to have multiple streams of income via entrepreneurship.

 

Goddess Mena Love:  I LOVE your mind! Can you please share a poem with my readers?

Afriye:  Sure! Here is a sort poem I wrote in honor of the Sun and the Spring Equinox.

“Rays that warm, but do not burn…things once dark now glow. It is the food for life itself, helping all things grow. It melts the snow on barren land, a push to cycle on. Give thanks and salutations, old blues become undone.”

 

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Goddess Mena Love:  What’s your favorite quote?

Afriye:  ONE of my favorite quotes is by Queen Toni Morrison. “If you wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

 

Goddess Mena Love:  Finish this statement. My life is so cool….

Afriye:  Because I know exactly who I am and who I am not. My life is so cool because I have the knowledge and understanding to create my reality. My life is so cool and I’m looking forward to this beautiful journey. It’s going to get better from here! PEACE!

 

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The Buddha Spotlight : Yogini Khara Perkins

Namastè y’all!

New Year Blessings to all of you!

The Buddha Spotlight introduces you to Yogini Khara Perkins!

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“I am ever grateful to the technology, science and beauty of Yoga and to all that have shared their gifts directly and indirectly with me. From my introduction to yoga as a child, developing a consistent practice in young adulthood, during each pregnancy, and as a mother, it has and continues to assist in all aspects of my life experience. Having been exposed to a variety of approaches to Hatha yoga, most notably Iyengar and more recently Yin. I have come to acknowledge that there is great benefit in mixing our approach to the practice of yoga. There is no one way all the time for everyone. Cultivating our awareness of what we need can change as we experience ourselves from the gross to the subtle. It is from this perspective of healing and connection that I seek to be of service to others. In our sharing, growing, and “wholing” may we all recognize, acknowledge, and surrender to the innate wisdom within each of us.”

–Khara Perkins

 

Goddess Mena Love: When did you fall in LOVE with yoga?

Kara Perkins: I fell in LOVE with yoga for the first time while practicing with Bonnie Quiceno in Miami, FL. I was finishing up undergraduate studies and living in the dorms at the time I started the classes, which were held 2 minutes walking distance away. My practice became more consistent during this time. As I practiced at least 3 times a week, the benefits were very easy to recognize and felt so wonderful. Bonnie’s classes are challenging and a fusion, so to speak, of yoga and it’s limbs, dance, martial arts, bodywork, sound therapy, energy medicine, and sacred geometry. There is space to embody oneself and the importance of staying connected to this space for guidance and wisdom. And most importantly is her use of play as a fundamental ingredient to a “fresh” approach and perspective with all things, so that nothing becomes stale and that which is kept close resonates deeply and assists us with presence. These seedlings of experience are still growing and nurtured to this day. It also helped that the classes were so close in those days, a lot! I discovered that the days I felt like going the least were often deeper experiences. I fell in LOVE again when I practiced and ultimately did my teacher training with Subhadra Bowman of YogaAngels (CA and JA). I have received so much from Subhadra’s guidance. She introduced to me to Iyengar and his approach to yoga and it’s limbs, and the healing of yoga therapy. She is a medicine woman, firecracker, rule breaker, deeply passionate, super experienced, and committed to her best as a human, woman, teacher, entrepreneur and mother. I am so grateful that I have been in the presence of these amazing beings!

 

Goddess Mena Love: What style of yoga do you practice? Why?

Khara: I do not practice any one particular style, although most fall under the umbrella of Hatha yoga. I mostly draw from Iyengar, some Yin, and some Kundalini. I would like to practice and learn more Kemetic, aspects of Ashtanga, and Kundalini. I also LOVE dance and martial arts. Why? Because it’s in my nature to have a variety of things mixed together. In many ways it’s all the same at the core and the different approaches can be sources of inspiration.

 

Goddess Mena Love: What was the turning point for you, that got you started on your existing spiritual routine?

Khara: A general gnawing of unease that really started to take shape as a pre-teen and continued to various depths of depression into my twenties. Reacquainting my self with yoga in combination with the dissatisfaction I was experiencing with myself and life crystallized the importance of practicing the tools I was learning in class. Having children has been the hugest catalyst to dig deeper, to clarify, and to continually practice to embody what keeps me most connected to my highest alignment possible in any given moment. I can feel quite far from my highest alignment pretty regularly, but I am reminded time and again that I can utilize my energy for anything I want to. Why spend it on cultivating/maintaining disconnection and lack mentality? I have found deep patterns within myself that favor the cultivation of disconnection within and outside of myself so the focus has become putting in to place new patterns and the practices that support me in doing so. The practice of Self-Care is the practice of Self-Love and is so crucial to embodying acceptance and appreciation for Self. Which then translates in to everything we are connected to. My spiritual routine evolves as I do.

 

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Goddess Mena Love: Finish this statement. Yoga gives me access to….

Khara: Yoga gives me access to openness, oneness, acceptance, Self.

 

Goddess Mena Love: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from teaching yoga?

Khara: “If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” Yogi Bhajan

This quote helped me to build confidence towards teaching yoga. It still resonates every time. Far from feeling like a master, it is the type of exploration and “lab”, if you will, that arises out of playing with the role of teacher. In that light, teaching yoga has taught me that we are all students and teachers simultaneously all the time. It shows me the importance of practicing clear communication. It’s an honor to hold space as a “teacher”. Teaching feeds my life and practices and is a space and time to delve into what these can be. The classes I left feeling my worst have provided some of the greatest moments of growth and the classes I left feeling my best were when I was able to “get out of the way” while still being present. It has shown me that the class is a potential container for us all to experience our highest alignment and healing. It is what we bring or don’t bring to it and how we interpret and integrate the “lessons” that unfold before us. And if and how we listen to the answers we receive from our own inner guidance. We are our own greatest teachers because we determine what we learn and apply. Teaching has reaffirmed the belief that we all want to feel safe, accepted, and whole; essentially LOVED. Once we feel LOVED (foremost from our Self) we can heal and vibrate/hold higher and higher frequencies.

 

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Goddess Mena Love: How important is it to change your diet while living a more spiritual life? How greatly does your diet impact your spiritual life?

Khara: The importance/relevance of one’s diet is tied to our spiritual pursuits and perceptions and changes accordingly. Diet cannot be separated from our spirituality. And food is not the only thing we eat/consume. We are what we consume on all levels in all ways. So what we listen to inside and outside of ourselves, the feelings we have, the emotions we harbor, the food we eat, the movements we make, etc. these all feed us on various levels and fill us and comprise our personality, mentality, physicality, the sum of our identity. How these things impact us determines how nutritious they are to our whole being. The energy transference and release are fundamental to the resonance within us. How catalyzed we are as a result of what we take in or take on is also evidence of how much we are benefited. Our awareness, our attention to this energy within ourselves and everything else supports us and is further supported by each choice/non-choice we make in regards to the quality/quantity of food or anything else we “eat”. This includes the energy we are infused with and bring to any given moment. An example of this in the “positive” is the blessing of food with prayer, song, awareness, gratitude, etc. Our energy and attention while blessing potentially impacts what we are eating to the point of transforming “negative” characteristics of the food into “positive” ones within our body, our being.

Masuru Emoto, known for the impact of energy on water, and the pictures he took of different water crystals exposed to different vibrations/energy clearly demonstrates this affect. The energy we transmit has the magic to transform. This is inherently spiritual. As we get clearer, honor and embody our spiritual connections more and more consistently we become more present with what vibrations we allow into our invironment/environment (internal/external respectively). Becoming more sensitive to the impacts, and less attached to the emotion, the ideas, or triggers around consumption. Our awareness and connection to why we are choosing to consume and/or allow something into our bodies is key. More than perhaps what we are specifically eating or drinking. I do not believe that to be a yogi one must be vegan or eat only organic, although one may find that it is more suitable as one refines and becomes clearer. Changing our relationship to food specifically through fasting, cleansing, or detoxing puts us in direct connection with the impacts on our bodies and mind and the habits we perpetuate around food, often unconsciously. And again this can be applied to all areas of our lives. So that we become more attentive to how we participate in the cycles of life that support, provide for, and nourish us. Our relationship to the cosmos, the earth, the elements, all of our relations, our food, etc. shifts as our consciousness grows. Spirit is within Everything.

 

Goddess Mena Love: What’s your favorite healthy comfort food?

Khara: Homemade vegan ice cream! One of the awesome aspects of living in Jamaica is having access to tropical superfoods. Like coconut, many varieties of mango, banana and avocado, raw chocolate, and so much more! And it’s super easy to make.

 

Goddess Mena Love: Who or what inspires you?

Khara: (My) children and Spirit

 

Goddess Mena Love: What’s your favorite quote?

Khara: You can’t run away from your Self – Bob Marley

The way you do anything, is the way you do everything – Suzanne Evans

This too shall pass – every parent and most humans on this earth!

 

Goddess Mena Love: How was your Kemetic yoga training experience?

Khara: I have yet to do an official Kemetic yoga training. So my experience mostly comes from the classes I have taken with Yirser Ra Hotep, Aunkh Aakhu and a few of their respective students. I find Kemetic yoga to be highly empowering, particularly because of the attention to Kemetic cosmology and use of the Kemetic pantheon of Gods and Goddesses and their symbolism. I love that it directly ties us to Africa. The more we make connections, the more evident the overlap of influences that tie us all together as humans becomes. We must All be included in the human story because we are All a part of the human story. For any part of us that is left out makes us all incomplete.

 

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Goddess Mena Love: Do you have days where you just don’t feel like practicing yoga? If so, what keeps you motivated to continue your practice?

Khara: Hell yes, quite often I don’t feel like it! I am learning that this is absolutely fine and to look beyond what the surface of these moments are about. And again my children are HUGE motivators. When I still find myself resisting, it can feel like it takes my whole everything to put one foot in front of the other, to speak consciously, to take the deep breaths or sit outside or shape into a child’s pose: so I aim to implement whatever amount/extent of the tools and self-compassion I have to move through those most challenging moments. Choosing to be Alive, ultimately keeps me motivated to continue to practice. There is no way out, only through. I am tired of the mediocrity, fear, and miserableness that can pervade daily living. And the biggest control of that impact is making sure that I am nurturing my best, being playful, uncovering what supports my highest alignment and staying as open as possible. The time comes when we have had enough of the bullshit we uphold ourselves.

 

Goddess Mena Love: Why the move to Jamaica?

Khara: I left Los Angeles, CA where I was born and raised, to finish studies at FIU in Miami, FL. At FIU I met my future husband and baby daddy. He was born and primarily raised in Kingston, JA. When we were ready to make a move, we decided on Jamaica. I also enjoy living in new places, and Jamaica is full of beauty!

 

Goddess Mena Love: You participated and was one of the facilitators in the GITW 10 Day Inspirational Quest, in a video you posted you shed some light on “learning to look at the negative in a different light”, can you expound a bit more about that, and how your personal experiences brought you to think in this way?

Khara: If we agree that energy is energy no matter what label(s) we attach, that energy has intelligence and recycles itself and that where I place my attention energy then goes. It follows that wherever my attention is drawn to, there is information there. We have been operating on the premise of duality but it is also a continuum of the one same thing, i.e. yin and yang or two-sides to the same coin. These concepts express that on the other side of “whatever” is the perceived opposite. Just like the saying “on the other side of your fear is your truth” illustrates. Which is how a so-called negative thought can help us to unravel or get closer to the so-called positive and to our core. When we detach from labeling the thought (energy) bad or good and see it as a moment where our awareness/energy is focused then we can start to play with what is a part or at the root of these thoughts or emotions.

For instance, one day after comparing myself to some one else and starting to feel envious, I started to assess what I was envious of, really, and boiled it down more and more until it was clear that all the things I was envious of, were really projections of what I wanted for and from me. Really and truly the other person might not have had any of those things. Everything I think about others or that I tell myself someone else is thinking of me, are still my stories and what I want for or how I think of myself. I used the envy as a gateway to clarify what I wanted and to find the ways to bring these same qualities forth in a positive and supportive way in my life. Another layer to this is that because of our upbringing we are often more acquainted and/or comfortable with the negative. For me it has been so much that on another day I was looking at something from “The Desire Map” by Danielle LaPorte, and “asking” yet again what I wanted. I had absolutely no clue, speechless with my mouth open. I think I tried for a bit to conjure something and then probably put my journal down. So, I started pondering on where to start or how to start to know what I wanted. Over and over again, until I gave myself the permission to really hear that what I want can be found in what I don’t want when I reframe what I don’t want into a positive form. Instead of stifling the “I don’t want” and perpetuating cycles of habit, it can be utilized for clarity.

Another example, I want to figure out the characteristics of my ideal house to live in. If all I can think about is what I don’t want, then I start there until what I want starts to take shape and reveal itself (might not all come at the same time, be patient). I know that I don’t want to live in a dark house where I don’t feel or see sunlight. Which shows that I desire sunlight in the house that I live in. Then I can make this declaration of what I want, which was always there, but in a different form. Then I can become more definitive about the optimal feelings, amount of sunlight, and how to design this into the house I have currently and/or for the one I will emanate to the universe and manifest. It’s a useful habit to practice stating words in the positive/affirmative/present tense whenever we are communicating (especially to children). We can always restate them quietly or loudly when we find ourselves stating them in a negative way. Eventually we will have re-patterned the negative habits and live in a more positive framework.

 

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Goddess Mena Love: Why do you think we are so hard on ourselves while in the process of trying to better ourselves?

Khara: As a generalization, because of how we are socialized, educated, domesticated (The Four Agreements), raised to interact with the world around us and within us. This shapes our major identity/personality and the myriad identities we attach to and utilize to uphold the constructs we have built our perception upon. Most of us are much more comfortable with fighting ourselves since it is a root feature of how we are raised. Add to that the amount of fear that pervades most of our upbringing and then becomes the major root of the patterns and coping strategies we create to survive our experiences that then become the sources of future complexities and disease. Unwittingly, our grandparents, parents, family, teachers, and us, perpetuate every day subtle or overt events/traumas/circumstances that create a disassociation with our Self.

It is rampant in the general Western approach to life. Disconnection, separation, the focus on mind over heart, on the masculine, the physical, individuality, etc. translates into how we approach everything else. We are taught and continue to practice the negation of self for others without having a bigger fabric of community to find a meaningful place within. We are left to resist ourselves in a perceived isolation while we force ourselves into tiny funny shaped boxes that we don’t fit into in an effort to fit with something/someone, to feel connected and accepted. I think it is a part of our design to externalize, to look outward for our meaning and acceptance, the problem comes when the external does not give us this or there is fear and mistrust, so that in turn we do not have guidance to build the connection and meaning internally and are left without the needed support.

Our foundations are not “properly set” to start building upon. We learn to override or cloud what we truly want from such early ages in extremely subtle ways. We start to create the patterns and lay the grooves for habits of masochistic tendencies and they can start to take shape from in the womb. So now flash forward to us as bigger people, when things just don’t feel right and we want to make some changes or shifts. We have to learn to recognize the patterns of self- abuse that we have accepted and/or cultivated and that more than likely feel very normal. If we were All raised with unconditional LOVE, abundance, connection to spirit, and appreciation for Self, consider how different your perspective of yourself and your world would be. If we take a look, a lot of the techniques of the “self-help” world have a lot to do with reclaiming the things/aspects we were born with that were stripped from us. Like what we truly want, reconnecting with our in born talents, not conforming to a cookie cutter existence, embracing our hearts and bodies and integrating them with our minds, reconnecting with nature, playing, feeling, appreciating and cultivating our imaginations. We are born designed with all of this and more. We are now on a mission to reclaim our birthright so that we may truly build upon our unique positions as human beings. We are in a process now to reweave them into our own, others and children’s experience to foster environments and ways that strengthen our connectivity and highest potential.

 

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Goddess Mena Love: I am currently in a manifestation vortex of creating a baby with my partner. When I am blessed to carry our baby, I’ll be very interested in taking pre-natal yoga. Can you explain some of the benefits of pre-natal yoga?

Khara: The benefits of prenatal yoga are essentially the same as non-prenatal yoga. The major difference being the presence of another life that is being shaped by everything we do and don’t do and our energy around this. To me everything about yoga is beneficial to the pre and postnatal journey just as it is to our life journey. Our approach to our practice can highlight how we approach our life, our self, and others. What we practice during a (prenatal) yoga class can be applied at any time. Forming a deeper relationship with our breath, creating space to honor and care for self and others, honor and care for baby, moving and opening our bodies, meditating, relaxing, going beyond the perceived limits of our minds and bodies in the moment, and releasing fear and emotions, are some of the benefits that come from (prenatal) yoga. When applied our experience is more open and enriching during the birth process, as parents, as little and big people, and ultimately as the world.

 

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Goddess Mena Love: I also would LOVE to teach pre-natal yoga. How has teaching prenatal yoga empowered you?

Khara: It is such a wonderful blessing and honor to share and hold space for life. Pregnant women are so beauty-full and to know that there is another life forming and receiving the benefits of their mother’s practice is amazing. Pregnant women are an awesome reminder of the cycle of life, the beauty of life, and the brilliant design of nature and our bodies. To have the opportunity to co-create a space where women can connect with their power, innate wisdom and trust in their bodies and babies is immensely empowering. It feels like activism and the planting of seeds that will bear fruit in the generations to come.

 

Goddess Mena Love: What’s your favorite song/movie? What kind of music are you listening to right now?

Khara: I’m not so good with favorites, as I tend to have a lot of difficulty picking just one! There is so much amazing music and so many amazing movies, same with books. The first movie that comes to mind is “Harold and Maude”. Currently, D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Black Messiah” is on rewind! I was recently listening to Hozier and a recording of mantras (does that count?) by a Tibetan Lama I had the privilege of meeting a couple months ago. I can go a long time appreciating “the sound of silence”, so thankfully most of the people in my life are extremely passionate about music!

 

Goddess Mena Love: What is the biggest life lesson you’ve learned so far?

Khara: That we are more than all the identifications we could ever come up with and attach to. When we are able to release these attachments we become clearer. That no one or anything is to blame, not our self or any of our relations. We do not need to fix ourselves as much as shift our focus/perspective and embrace that we were and always will be divine perfection from our source. There is nothing we cannot heal, transform or create.

 

Goddess Mena Love: Do you have any advice for people who are just starting out on this path of awakening?

Khara: There is no such thing as “too late to start”. You have always been on this path/your path and you always will be; stopping and starting are illusory distractions to the experience of your personal journey. Embrace the space that cradles us all and give yourself the compassion you deserve to rediscover your Self; to hold/nurture the being that has carried so much unnecessary weight and burden. You are the only teacher you really have. Get to know your “lack mentality” so you can fill it up with universal abundance.

 

Goddess Mena Love: Finish this statement. My life is so cool because….

Khara: My life is so cool because I can finally say with all of my being that I am happy to be alive and ready to make the most of it! It’s especially cool because of all the divine beings that have walked before and shared wisdom and all the divine beings that walk with me now and share wisdom enabling me to see beyond my perceived limitations, without them who knows where I’d be! Change and growth are tremendously freeing gifts.

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