Love Warrior +
Dibia + Queer Naija + Performance Artist + Educator + Social Change Co-conspirator + Work In progress + Receptor of life blessings

committed to honoring bliss as a constant practice in gratitude...sprinkled throughout are remedies, rituals, recipes, and resources to healing ourselves whole AND the many things I am grateful for.....

Soular Bliss

https://www.facebook.com/events/440047986128870/

Family come join us for the 1st Inaugural event of BeatBox Botanicals, Harriet’s Apothecary, a village of Black Women, Queer and trans healers coming together to nurture and cultivate your body’s intuitive wisdom. Come receive sliding scale, body affirming, love-drenched potions, prescriptions, and customized services to restore and expand your body’s abilities to heal and to love.

The intention of Harriet’s Apothecary is to continue the rich healing legacy of Harriet Tubman. We intend to expand access to health and healing resources that support POC Women, Queer and Trans folks in their healing journeys and connect individuals and communities to accessible self and community based resources that are rooted in the wisdom of our bodies, our ancestors and our plant families.

This is an intentional space for self-identified POC/Indigenous/Mixed race Women, Queer and Trans folk and the allies that love them.
 
WHAT ELSE IS GOING DOWN BESIDES SLIDING SCALE HEALING SERVICES ON APRIL 6
  • DIY Healing LAB stations-where you can learn how to make your own medicine
  • Self care/community care lending library
  • A “Speak your Truth” healing tent
  • A community apothecary where folks can purchase sliding scale love medicine handmade by healers
  • Sound healing performances
 
*FREE ENTRY
*SLIDING  SCALE HEALNG OFERINGS
 
Sunday, April 6
12pm-7pm
Black Women’s Blueprint, 279 Empire Boulevard

TO RSVP email beatboxbotanicals@gmail.com and REGISTER BELOW
 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14PFqX2U7GcN4cZMl78ooY4TjK-dGtMLbHU2RP0Oy3TE/

HEALERS INCLUDE::
Adaku Utah
Beatrice Anderson
Jasmine Burems
Naima Penniman
Taja Lindley
Sherley Accime
Dimitrea Tokumbo
Che Rene Long
Sokhna Mabin
Tonya Abernathy
Khane Khutzwell
& MORE

HEALING OFFERINGS INCLUDE::
Herbalism
Thai Yoga Massage
Reiki
Nutritional Counseling
Somatics Healing
Sacred Divination Face Painting
Healing Haircutz
Mindfulness meditation
Acupuncture
& MORE

fuckyeahselfcare:

burndowntheinternet:

source for this? credit? i really wanna know.

This is fucking incredible!!!

fuckyeahselfcare:

burndowntheinternet:

source for this? credit? i really wanna know.

This is fucking incredible!!!

(Source: dreemmachine)

Fragrance Free Femme of Colour Realness by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

billierain:

“More and more people are coming out about having chemical sensitivities, or what some folks refer to as chemical injury. There are many of your friends who have asthma, have MCS, have been through chemo, etc, who don’t mention it cause they don’t feel entitled or want to get in a fight, but if you cut down on scents, they will be really happy. A lot of people are chemically injured through doing industrial labor- cleaning houses, using or being exposed to pesticides as farmworkers, and growing up in neighborhoods with a lot of industrial pollution. Chemical sensitivity is a POC issue.”

MCS awareness month is coming to an end, along with more bad news of who has died and who has decided that using scents is more important than letting people like me attend their conferences/events/classes/parties. hey, whatever. i’m not asking folks to “think about” those of us you hurt and exclude by using your scented toxic crap. i’m letting you know that you are contributing to our isolation, sickness and ultimately death: from complications of our bodies not being able to tolerate ‘normal” toxic exposures and by suicide when we cannot tolerate the loneliness and rejection anymore.

if you don’t want to deal with it, don’t. we are too sick to fight you.

(via fuckyeahselfcare)

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: SouLar Bliss' List of Radical Self-Care and Community-Care Zine Resources

poczineproject:

Here’s are just a few zines listed in this amazing roundup of resources:

  • Mindful Occupation: Rising Up Without Burning Out
    This booklet focuses on radical mental health, the #occupy movement, and mental and emotional support for people in action/protest/occupation situations.
  • Supporting a Survivor of Sexual Assault
    An incredible zine for folks who are supporting survivors! created by UBUNTU. UBUNTU is a Durham-based movement, led by women of color and survivors of sexual assault, dedicated to creating a world without sexual violence. We are transforming the pain and rage of lived and relived victimization in our community into healing, connection, and leadership by embodying and demanding democratic community accountability, and creative social change. A sustaining, transformative love is the center of our work and the model of our movement.
  • An Activists Guide To First Aid by Black Cross First AID Health Collective
    “We believe that health care is political. The kind of care we do or don’t receive, where and how we receive, that care, who provides that care, who has access to training to provide care, and what kinds of trainings are smiled or frowned upon, all involve inherently political issues. We believe the system needs to be changed…the health care system right along with others. We’ve put this zine together mostly to go along with a first aid training. While doing the trainings we realized there was way more to say about first aid than we would have time to say it in. So we thought a little reading would maybe be helpful to y’all”
  • Path to Intimacy 1: Finding & Sharing Yourself in the Context of Your Relationships & Path to Intimacy 2: Conflict Resolution in the Context of Your Relations
    This zine explores how to connect with ourselves and our partners intentionally and authentically and how to deal with conflicts within relationships.

To get the full list, visit soularbliss.com. Each of the zines are downloadable and free <3

About SouLar Bliss creator, Adaku Utah:

Adaku Utah is an activist, healer, teacher and performance artist committed to nurturing authentic expression within people and transformative and healing community spaces.

She is a proud social justice co-consirator, committed love warrior and ever-evolving mover and shaker.

She is the founder of SouLar Bliss (www.soularbliss.com), a collective space to share, create, discuss recipes, remedies, rituals and resources to healing ourselves and communities whole.

Adaku has worked as the Social Change Initiatives Coordinator at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), where she led ICAH in planning and implementing youth-adult partnership practices and coordinated state-wide sex education school board organizing initiatives.

She has also worked with Depaul University at the Center for Interreligious Engagement to organize events that promote mutual understanding between individuals and communities of different religions and with the Women and Gender Studies department to co-chair planning of Creating Solidarity, a conference designed to explore coalition building and consciousness across race, class, gender, and sexuality.

She currently works with Project SAFE as a project facilitator, training and supporting youth and adults in educating and organizing around sexual health and reproductive justice issues.

She is a recent recipient of the 2012 Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship with the Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre in Lagos, Nigeria and is also a recent recipient of the Center for Whole Communities 2012 Whole Thinking Fellowship Award and a Featured Nominee for Girl Tank and MTV Voices 2012 10,000 Names in 100 Days.

She has been awarded the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Jessica Eve Patt Award, spending a year working with the foundation to organize capacity building programs for grantees and coordinate executive director roundtables.

Adaku has facilitated and co-chaired planning and implementation of numerous workshops, curriculums and conferences, including BE Change, Action Out Loud, The Revolution Starts With Me, Sustaining Ourselves; Sustaining Our Communities and Transformative Justice teach-in.

She has also performed and presented at numerous conferences including, Let’s Talk About Sex, Education for Liberation, and From Abortion Rights to Social Justice.

Adaku has served as Board Member of the Women and Girls Collective Action Network, the Founding Steering committee member and board member of the Chicago Freedom School, founding member of Females United for Action, Advocates for Youth‘s Young Women of Color Leadership council member, New Leaders Networking Initiative member and Sistersong NYC member Her social justice work is coupled with her inspiring performance art.

Her artistry is inspired by love, constructive rage, storytellers, acts of resistance, healing, nature, Nigeria and bridge building. She has performed at numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Oprah Show, The American Dance Festival, Dance Theatre Workshop, Harlem Stage, FuseBox Festival, APAP conference, Arsht Center, Taste of Chicago and shared the stage with the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Oprah, Ne-yo, Meshell Ndegeocello.

She currently dances and teaches with award winning, critically acclaimed DecaDance Theatre…and collaborates with Faye Driscoll’s Modern Dance Group, Organic Magnetics, Motion Sickness, and Karma Mayet’s Indigo Blue’s Opera. In 2010 she premiered her first solo piece, Bringing Back Home, an exploration of love within her relationship with her mother as an out queer Nigerian woman.

She is currently expanding this work and plans to debut it 2012 in her hometown, Nigeria coupled with dialogues with mothers and daughters around sexuality, sexual health, motherhood and love. Adaku is committed to holding intentional space for people to authentically express and heal themselves.

She is currently training to be a wholistic herbalist and is a certified Re-evaluation counselor, Rape Victim Crisis Counselor, and HIV/AIDS testing counselor.

She has created and facilitated workshops around vision mapping, life mapping, dance as prayer, hip hop yoga, effective youth adult partnership, sex positive practices, reproductive justice, self care/love practices, intentional self and community care, meditative movement.

Her biggest goal in life is to live love in its fullest expression. She is a constant work in progress, striving for the highest good in herself and in others.

For workshop and performance inquiries, contact soularbliss@gmail.com.

So basically, she’s a bawse and we’re so happy that she is in the world, making change <3

——

Point of awareness: The BrownGrrlz Project

(via shawtygotskillz)

mokarnage:

cureformadness:

I could live like this

Maybe, one day, I can get a school bus?

mokarnage:

cureformadness:

I could live like this

Maybe, one day, I can get a school bus?

(Source: kitschyliving)

ialwaysascend:

I need to follow this advice

ialwaysascend:

I need to follow this advice

(Source: kushandwizdom)

Some women wait for themselves
Around the next corner
And call the empty spot peace
But the opposite of living
Is only not living
And the stars do not care.

Some women wait for something
To change and nothing
Does change
So they change

Themselves.

Audre Lorde (via jadalyric)

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fuckyeahbodypositivity:

Happy Trans* Awareness week everyone!
I am wishing my trans*, genderqueer, and non-binary followers safe spaces which foster self-care, loved ones to lean on, access to any medical intervention you need to feel safe in your body, the ability to cope with dysphoria, and time in your week to seek after emotional well-being.

fuckyeahbodypositivity:

Happy Trans* Awareness week everyone!

I am wishing my trans*, genderqueer, and non-binary followers safe spaces which foster self-care, loved ones to lean on, access to any medical intervention you need to feel safe in your body, the ability to cope with dysphoria, and time in your week to seek after emotional well-being.

(Source: ourvoltage, via buddhabrot)

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF recipes, remedies, rituals and resources
The deepest, sustainable and most transformative recipe, remedy or ritual for Hurricane Sandy will not stem from viewing Hurricane Sandy as an isolated unnatural disaster or blaming the Earth for responding to our environmental injustices. Birthing an effective recipe, remedy or ritual must encompass a deeper awareness and articulation of the root causes of unnatural disasters that occur all over the world at frighteningly higher rates. The terrifying truth is that we will continue to experience frequent and more destructive unnatural disasters in our lifetime if we do not individually and systemically shift our relationship to the Earth. It is essential we accept responsibility for the many capitalistic and colonialist social practices we engage in that threaten Earth’s livelihood and in turn breed unnatural catastrophes. We must carve new paradigms of planetary wellness that welcome intentional dialogue and sustainable practices around climate change and shift our relationship with the Earth to embrace mutual consent, deep respect, sustained healing and reciprocal nourishment and transformation. May we make room for these shifts to manifest!!!

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF recipes, remedies, rituals and resources

The deepest, sustainable and most transformative recipe, remedy or ritual for Hurricane Sandy will not stem from viewing Hurricane Sandy as an isolated unnatural disaster or blaming the Earth for responding to our environmental injustices. Birthing an effective recipe, remedy or ritual must encompass a deeper awareness and articulation of the root causes of unnatural disasters that occur all over the world at frighteningly higher rates. The terrifying truth is that we will continue to experience frequent and more destructive unnatural disasters in our lifetime if we do not individually and systemically shift our relationship to the Earth. It is essential we accept responsibility for the many capitalistic and colonialist social practices we engage in that threaten Earth’s livelihood and in turn breed unnatural catastrophes. We must carve new paradigms of planetary wellness that welcome intentional dialogue and sustainable practices around climate change and shift our relationship with the Earth to embrace mutual consent, deep respect, sustained healing and reciprocal nourishment and transformation. May we make room for these shifts to manifest!!!

religiousragings:

So Did Global Warming Cause Hurricane Sandy Or What?

Yes. Yes, it did. But this whole entire-global-ecosystem stuff is complicated, and so many in the media would rather talk about the politics than the science. Who better to explain what’s actually going on here than actual scientists … in cartoon form. 

A good, simple video with a good, simple analogy.

(via skepticalavenger)

organically-gorgeous:

Arundhati Roy is one of the world’s most underrated writers. She is so eloquent and sincere. You need to read her works.

organically-gorgeous:

Arundhati Roy is one of the world’s most underrated writers. She is so eloquent and sincere. You need to read her works.

(Source: likeafieldmouse, via slicedfruit)

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gnostic-forest:

Pretty much

gnostic-forest:

Pretty much

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driftwood: Things I want to tell people, that I wish people had told me:

mumblingsage:

sehnsuchttraum:

  • You don’t have to achieve great things by the time you’re 25
  • You have intrinsic value above and beyond your perceived utility to other people and society at large.
  • You don’t have to have sex, or have sex in any way that you find uncomfortable or…

lips-richmond:

o-beast:

@Safiya: Am I a white person dressed as Angela Davis?

hah

lips-richmond:

o-beast:

@Safiya: Am I a white person dressed as Angela Davis?

hah

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