Carry Only What You Need For The Journey

“The knowledge we need to face most of life’s experiences is imprinted on our genes. It was passed on to us by our grandmothers, reinforced through and by our mothers” Iyanla Vanzant This is a powerful concept and one that I have been grasping at the root for about a year now. This also tiesContinue reading “Carry Only What You Need For The Journey”

Shame, Shoes and Stones: The Skeletons in My Closet

“Shame dies when stories are told in safe places” Yesterday morning while I was cleaning the juicer I started screaming and hollering. The screams and hollers bellowed from my belly. My heart felt so heavy and I had to get it out. There were three huge, long hollers. My stomach hurt . The same hurtContinue reading “Shame, Shoes and Stones: The Skeletons in My Closet”

A Sojourn Back Home: My Book of Poems

“When the dust settles and all that is left is the bones of who you have always been. Will you be brave enough to sing them to life” Jessi Mendez Many of you may not know, but I wrote a book of poems and self-published the book this summer. I’d like to share the introductionContinue reading “A Sojourn Back Home: My Book of Poems”

The Trees Teach Us The Beauty of Death

“In the end only three things matter: How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you” Buddha My daughter and I took a walk at the park and we marveled at the radiance and gloriousness of the changing colors of the leaves. She exclaimed,Continue reading “The Trees Teach Us The Beauty of Death”

In Honor of the Slave Mother

“A mother holds a knife by the blade” Tswana Proverb I’ve been here many times before. I keep coming back because there is a lot of unfinished business. There is much karma to transcend and wrongs that must be made right. Some of them are mine, but most have nothing to do with me. Still,Continue reading “In Honor of the Slave Mother”

I Started Doing This One Thing and It Changed My Life

“If we are going to heal, let it be glorious” Beyonce As a Holistic Health Practitioner, my health and the health of my community is my number one priority. I am always looking for ways to improve my health and optimize the functioning of my body, particularly the systems that are designed to remove toxinsContinue reading “I Started Doing This One Thing and It Changed My Life”

The Liver: The Seat of Life

The heart has become the focus when it comes to our overall health. And while the heart is vitally important, there is one organ that is often forgotten and ignored: the liver. It is believed that the word liver is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “to live”. And rightfully so because there is no lifeContinue reading “The Liver: The Seat of Life”

Slave Quarter Conjure: A Message from Beyond the Veil

There is so much to learn from our enslaved ancestors. If we would shift our focus from the present and simply take a moment to look back, we would find solutions to problems that cause us anxiety, worry and fear. We have become so preoccupied with further integrating with white society and pleading with aContinue reading “Slave Quarter Conjure: A Message from Beyond the Veil”

The Grace of Gratitude

“And one of life’s gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and downtrodden, finds reason for thankfulness” Unknown My brother and I now joke about the infamous “Ungrateful” speech we would hear growing up from our mother. She would get on us whenever we demonstrated an attitude of ungratefulness. She would remindContinue reading “The Grace of Gratitude”