I've been deeply saddened and low again, during the recent mass murders. Daily, I.m. saddened gaining the news over the internet and broadcasts. I felt the pain of all who lost a loved one in violence. I know this pain, unfortunately too well. I.m a mother of a 17 year who was murdered in 1993. In Rashid's memory, I have continued to promote the concept of "increase the peace, stop the violence return to love" for 26 years as the founder of Black Love Day, Feb. 13th; as a Breathologist, wholistic practitioner and presentor/storyteller
I'm also a survivor of child sexual abuse and adult domestic violence, so I.m. particularly sensitive to the awareness that all violence is connected. The recent mass murders bought up my triggers about violence, just like the news of the recent arrests of child molestors and suspected perpetrators of rape and abuse of woman. Investigations into the back stories of the mass murders are showing the over-lap of their hatred of "the others" and violent behavior toward women.
P.E.W. continues it's Breath Movement and "Heal a Woman, Heal a Nation" Initiative, this Fall 2019, by offering a new masterclass that will offer support to woman in trauma due to abuse and violence. Join in as we connect the dots of woman's empowerment; how women of color experience the inter-sectionality of violence and racism; and how women themselves must use self-care to heal the emotional wounds of abuse to stop the generational trauma/violence passed on within families.
Women experience depression at greater rates in men, and women of color experience depression in greater numbers, disproportionate to others. Women, then, the first teachers, can pass on the behavior of depression to their children, along with impact their children due to their illness.
There is a proverb that states, "Women Keep Our Skies from Falling". It is time that our prayers to stop the violence and increase the peace, be matched by our actions to heal, grow and confront an epidemic of structural violence in our society that affects us all, but especially, our women, whose healthy foundation elevates generations. It starts with truth that all violence is inter-connected, which must be confronted and not repressed. We must clear the cellular, ancestral and collective energies, so that we can feel, again the deep hurts, to heal the surface wounds. It is an inside job for us all.
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.