I don't have to say the name anymore. We have said it so much now, that it has lodged into my sub- conscious and everything I know, says, "do not keep speaking on what you know you don't want". But, how do we get away from it.....it's on the news, the internet, the radio, on messenger, social media, and on everyone's mind and discussion. It's on my heart so much that I sometimes feel my heart hurting.....
For me now, I.m. monitoring much less news coverage than before as it's become very depressing for me and this is my issue, that I struggle with. I don't detach easy, and I.m. empathic, so I feel pain, death, illness, conflict and confusion. I.ve become sensitive, hearing over and over the statistics and felt the need to numb again, going back to some old habits, that help me do that.
Yet while knowing better, I still hit that 6 o'clock news daily, as a wholistic practitioner, feeling that, this is my duty to know as much as I can on how to avoid it.
However, in the last several days, I.m. spending more time, learning how to help myself to stay calm, sane, and healthy. I realized, I.d better do more "self-care", take more mental health breaks for my own hopin' and copin'. If I take care of me, then I can help others.
After weeks of depression, I have pushed through, and the cloud has lifted again. Thank God for breathology, uplifting music, inspiring movies, my 'puppies", friends and family, my warm tub bath ritual, writing in my journal and being able to re-direct myself by finishing my latest book and staying on my "mission" to create a "breath movement".
This April newsletter for PositivEnergyWorks will focus on "Hopin' and Copin" or I will give it a sub-title, "Stay together spiritually, mentally and physically." We have provided lots of inspiration, resources for people of color, tips for coping and prevention. It helped me just compiling some of the resources.
So, today, I wake up with my renewed, "positivEnergy" pro-active, resolve. "We will make it through and we will be better than before". Today, I can say this "positive self-talk" and know this, as I too, am holding onto my faith that God (Allah) has my back and yours. Today, I promise myself to laugh more, get back to my exercise routine, get to bed earlier, breathe even more and create a better work/life balance, despite the uncertainity of life and these times. Today, I.m. claiming abundance, prosperity, great health, harmony, and my own ability to create my world, despite some virus.
Today, I can say with strength in my own being, that PositivEnergyWorks is here for you as always, cause I truly feel what you feel, and I.m extremely blessed that I can help you with the same tools that are helping me with my own "hopin and copin".
P.E.W.'s specialty is helping you BREATHE thru fear, anxiety, panic, depression, addictions, violence, stress, trauma & diversity issues, along with helping you use breathing techniques for Spirit, Mind, Body health, up-liftment and transformation. We have 50+ years of experience in helping communities help themselves because of my own 50+ years of managing my own "stuff".
I.m. encouraging you to EMAIL, CALL OR COME-ON-LINE, to inquire about P.E.W.'s event programming. breathshops, sessions, certifications or tele-health counseling, so together, WE can get on the other side of "THIS TIME" we are faced with.
Here are my contacts in case you need them:
Need to just talk for a few minutes - 202-667-2577.
See Up-coming events for a line-up of some powerful ON-LINE events.
Check our ON-LINE Services Menu if you are interested in doing some deeper, personal development at this reflective time.
I.m saying to you, what i.ve said to myself.....Breathe Positive to maintain "positivEnergy" that charged up attitude that says, "don't quit while focusing on what you want and not on what you don't want".
Yes, today focus on "we are stronger and more resilient than we know". It's time to keep our heads to the sky, hit the pause button, stay calm, and "just breathe". I affirm that my formula will work for you as it has for me and so many others. Let's help each other....Breathe.
.....Ayo Handy-Kendi, The Breath Sekou
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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 50 years and loves teaching "the power of the breath". She has created a system called Optimum Life Breathology (O.L.B.) which teaches 12 common breath techniques with 4 breath practices. As a Wholistic Practitioner she incorporates sound healing, laughter yoga, Reiki, healing touch, movement, behavior modification and stress management and oxygen concepts, such as water hydrotherapy, Aroma-therapy, nutrition, 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.
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