rby Ayo Handy-Kendi, the Breath Sekou
In this time of early March, just going into another Spring, we take time to celebrate Sistahs around the world for International Women's Day, March 8 and then to continue to applaud the achievements of women, as the month continues as Women's History Month. Because, I know, that all women are amazing, and I.m totally appreciative of the Black Woman's resilience, as the Mother of Humanity, For all that women go through, we still hold up so much, create, manage, bear the burden, shoulder the loads, heal the hearts, and nurture the souls. We carry the children - a miracle in itself. And we nurture to ensure life and growth, while at the same time,-- must take care of ourselves.
Yes, women are amazing. My blog title is from an African proverb that I saw on a greeting card and it was such a truth. Our women keep our skies from fallin. It just seems like this is what the Creator put us here to do ---.hold things together.
My Mom, Doris A.M. Thomas 4 months before she "let go of life" and transitioned at age 92
I.m. grateful on this journey of my Soul that I experienced being the woman I am coming from the family I was born to, I am grateful to be the daughter of the profound Mother who nurtured me. And I.m grateful to Maria and Donna, the Sisters who I.ve been able to help nurture as my Mother nurtured me, who today, I still share, laugh, grow and bond with. I seem to have always had good relationships with women, because my Mother turned out to be my best friend and truly best example of Sistah, Woman, Queen Mother, Hold it Down. Strong yet a determined Diva. I.m. every woman type. My Mom, a true hard act to follow, was the very image of "holding up the skies to keep them from falling". Even when things looked their worse, some how, my Mom seemed to get it together for us all.
Often, my Mom took care of the family, her job, her church, her community, and the world, and early on, she may have neglected herself while doing so much for so many. She had several serious illnesses, a breast removed and re-occurrence of cancer in her hips. But, after she did self-healing, and began to breathe, stretch, do yoga, change your diet, and her thoughts, she focused lots of love and attention on herself, even while she keep the "sky from falling around" her family. She learned the lesson of self-love and self-care, the hard way, like many of us. But, she never forgot these lessons living well, until age 92, She attributed her good health to a natural life-style, good, spiritual thoughts, limited stress, laughter, caring relationships, and enjoying and living life fully, for all of it's up's and downs. She would try new things, and always wanted to learn more. She was always achieving something with new projects and dreams. These were the keys to a life worth lived, she would say, sharing her motto, "have that will to live".
I know my Mom would have a lot to say about the corona-virus and all of the fear and media promotion that's increasing. She would tell us to look to the Lord, be prayful, and take care of ourselves. She would also tell us that women always have to do more. We have to take care of others, while taking care of ourselves. So,Sistahs - women - hold it up, because here we are again, having to hold up the sky from falling. There is a lot we must shoulder quickly, and still take heed to know when to let it down, for ourselves, so we can take care of us.
How do we take care of us while making sure we are on top of taking care of "the others". Not gonna say that it's easy, but the main thing, is to take it easy and be calm, so you can think and be intuitive. I believe we must be " in peace Sistahs". How you respond will make a big difference as to how all around you will respond. Speak "peace" into existence and visualize it for yourself, as you speak "hope" to yourself and others.
BREATHE to de-stress, the best immune booster. Come to our BreathShops OnLine sessions to just "BE". Turn off the news and tune-in. Take a cleansing bath and soak up some Epson salt in very warm water. What you are doing -relaxing and de-stressing --is rejuvenating your cells immunity by managing stress hormones. Please practice the "Cleansing Breath" we are featuring on this website and in our last BSOL. It is a top preventive tool for viral infections.
Increase oxygen to build immunity, with tub bathing to open up skin pores.. Sip room temperature water during this bath. People with high blood pressure, make the water warm and not too hot.
Move more with some exercise or stretching for better circulation, , another immune booster.
Here's some more immune building, oxygen increasing tips.
This a good time to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, right as the Spring is coming in and get ready to grow your own food.. Drink the amount of water, based on your weight. (Call or email me if your need the formula, or look at BSOL this Wednesday, March 11. and I'll attempt to address this).
Drink 2 -3 glasses of water upon rising, and pace your water drinking throughout the day. Pacing water drinking is better for hydration, instead of over-taxing kidneys with a big gush of water.
Reduce processed food, meat, dairy white floor products and sugar, Lower your temperature when cooking any food and attempt to steam instead of fry and bake. Take Moringa as the best plant based food supplement with, 92 + nutrients and minerals, I know of,. Use Young Living Oils for Lung support, immunity building, oxygen up-take and viral protection.
Increase Vitamin C, D and the B complexes. Use, ginger, thyme, peppermint, tumeric, onion, garlic, black seed oil, elderberry, seamoss, ashwaganda, lemon, oregano. Do a liver cleanse, seasonal for Spring preparation after heavy eating of the winter.
Stop smoking, (We can help you with that too). Get proper rest. Take walks in nature, Pray. All stress-reducing concepts to decrease stress induced inflamation.
Dance, move and turn up music to tone-up your vibration.. sing, dance laugh-- all breathing techniques. Embrase the foundation of breathology -- "relearn how to breathe for best life, health, work and longevity, which gives you 20,000 times a day, oxygen nutrients, and detoxes the co2 we don't need. We want to clean the lymphatic glands too, with breath and movement.
My Mom, my favorite, international woman would say, for the times we are living in presently, "Live your life as if it were your last day" or like you are at your last breath. Practice principles of right thinking, living and being. All of these practices will keep your immune system high and resilient as the best virus protection, as well as practices that provide a foundation for life-long self-love, self-care while keeping the skies from falling on those we love..
Stay tuned for continued updates and support on this blog and through this newsletter, as we breathe through this time together, deeply, fully and consciously,
Ayo Handy-Kendi, the Breath Sekou, founder, Optimum Life Breathology (O.L.B) and Black Love Day,
Ayo Handy-Kendi is reknown as the Breath Sekou, which means in the Guinea language "a master teacher". She has worked with breath techniques for over 40 years and loves teaching "the power of the breath". She has created a system called Optimum Life Breathology (O.L.B.) which teaches 10 best practice breath techniques with 5 breath practices. As a Wholistic Practitioner she incorporates sound healing, laughter yoga, Aroma-therapy, Reiki, healing touch, movement, water hydrotherapy, nutrition, behavior modification and stress management into her trainings.She is creating a "breath movement" to wake people up to their joy and positivenergy with the belief that when you breathe better, you live better. She is also known as Mama Ayo, when sharing cultural presentations or performing as a storyteller, actor, author or speaker. She is the founder of Black Love Day, Feb. 13, the Ritual of Reconciliation, founder/director, African American Holiday Association (AAHA) and founder/CEO, PositivEnergyWorks.