• I don't know about you but I can really relate to this illustration! Evolving and waking up requires patience with your many selves as they crash again and again. Google "epigenetics" if you are feeling frustrated with any aspect of self. Your patterns were created before you were even in the womb. And then take a moment to think about what your mom may have been going through while pregnant with you. Any stresses or traumas she was going through were rushing into your little baby body too. Now let's take a look at the first 5 years of your life. That's when the brain was being wired. Even if your childhood was relatively good, you didn't get through the first five without some sort of crappy messaging or trauma. And now here you are. Grown up. Making that same mistake again and again. Then judging yourself for falling into old behavior. Feeling like you should know better by now. What if you offered yourself radical and unconditional love in those moments instead? That is how to rewire a brain and heal a body. This is our work, today and everyday. We can change the patterns. We can heal our ancestral line. We can create a new reality for the generations to come. It all starts with love for your selves in this moment. In this moment when maybe you've acted in a thoughtless way. In this moment when your heart is breaking unable to hold all the pain of your family anymore. In this moment when you are thinking "I've done this work already!!" No matter who arises inside you - that's the one to love. Let's love our selves. Let's be the change. Let your resiliency shine. I see you and I love you. •
The children of the shanty towns embody resiliency. Although child mortality rates are shockingly high, if a child can survive the first 3 years of life in the pueblos jóvenes, they often grow up with a strong immune system and survival instincts. 💪👧🏽👦🏽🌈
|| A Love Letters to My Ancestors || ⠀
Within four generations of my direct bloodline, there are 26 mothers and fathers, including my own parents. In my lifetime I have had the pleasure of knowing 8 of them. 3 of them were full blood Native American Apache, Tarahumara, and Yaqui. And some as European as my blue-eyed great-great grandmother who rode side saddle and refused to ride in this thing called a car. There is a Mexican “cientifico” (my great-great grandfather served in Porfirio Diaz’s regime) and a Villista (my great-grandfather rode with Pancho Villa in the Mexican revolution). They conceived children in the US who were born in Mexico, and some birthed children in the US who were raised in Mexico. And some of my indigenous ancestors did not recognize this thing called a border. My mothers and fathers held businesses, worked in coal mines, migrated, worked in fields, were repatriated by the united states, and came from indigenous families who were murdered by Mexican soldiers. My grandmothers, bless them, birthed and lost small children, ran their households, relied on husbands, lost husbands, faced infidelity and faced being alone. Despite this, their spirits found Joy in friends, children, siblings, our families. They sacrificed, made leaps of faith, held proud, told their stories, and above all, loved us. Loved my great-grandparents, my grandparents, my parents, me. ⠀
I would like to express my sincere unconditional love and gratitude for you. For every laugh you have laughed, for every love you have loved, for every fear you have faced, for every loss you have endured. For every sacrifice you made for your children. Who in turn sacrificed for their children, who then sacrificed for me. Thank you. I honor your spirits and your lives. May this blessing of love, clear any karma, heal any pain generations past and generations forward. I see you. I honor you. I hold space for you here in my heart. I love you. Unconditionally. ⠀
In unyielding gratitude and unconditional love, Noemi⠀
Bottom Right: Me⠀
Bottom Left: My Mother⠀
Upper Left: My Grandmother ⠀
NOT PICTURED: My Great-Grandmother ⠀
Upper Right: My Great-Great grandmother
Hey you. Beautiful soul. How are you feeling today? Maybe you are suffering in an area of your life. Perhaps you are experiencing stagnant energy that is manifesting as crippling fear, depression, disconnect, or even physical pain. Perhaps you are being impacted by change which is out of your control; circumstances that are altering the trajectory of your path. Maybe you are seeking a deeper connection to yourself or your greater purpose.
Where ever you are on your journey, at this very moment, inhale a deep breath of gratitude, knowing that you are exactly where you're meant to be.
Take each experience as it comes, with acceptance and non-judgment. Hold extra space for your emotions as you weather the storm. Trust that whenever you're challenged with an unexpected situation, you are being exposed to greater clarity, strength and wisdom. When one door closes, it's because there is something so beautiful that the Universe wants you to see on the other side of another unfamiliar door. Turn fear into exhilaration and let it inspire you to dream, to rise, to believe in your innate fucking power.
And so it is. 🙏🏼
I am strong. I am beautiful. I am worthy. ✨
Can we just talk about this transformation real quick. This was my very first "little black dress", the very first time I went out and got dressed up, the very first time I wore a skin tight dress and felt HOT. I remember being so excited to wear this dress and how good I felt trying it on. I really thought I was tiny and looked so good then. Looking at the difference that six months has made has me amazed at myself. I remember thinking that I wouldn't get any smaller, I was stuck and thought well this is just my natural weight. I was trying SO hard to get out of a plateau in that picture on the left. Practically starving myself and working out 2 hours a day. Now in the picture on the right I am not only eating 5/6 meals a day, I feel amazing, full of energy, and I workout when I want. Like it's one thing to see my transformation in workout clothes but to see it in such an important piece of clothing is so much more rewarding. I really never thought I would be here if I'm being honest with y'all. I really never thought I could get any better. And even now until looking at these, I thought I looked the same. It just goes to show how much of a distorted view we have of ourselves compared to actual reality. I did THAT. I am Beyond proud of myself and I'm so thankful for the healthy person I am becoming. To think this is just the beginning..🙏🏼😍
I love the tradition that radiates from this picture of my family. I was not yet born - all have departed except for my cousin Alex who is saying grace. Prayers were always a foundation to the faith of my family.
Praying for those who have lost loved ones this year, those in the military separated from family, and those who are ill in the hospital this Thanksgiving.
Life is short, live it well and practice gratitude to all. “For each new morning with its light, for Rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for lovie and friends, for everything thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson #transformutoday#becomethewarriortoday
- Community - How wonderful it is that public schools are introducing #mindfulness into their everyday #curriculum !! I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with some amazingly dedicated schools in the #tdsb . For the next six weeks I will be travelling to different schools #facilitating students grades K - 6 on #powerfulemotions , building #resiliency , #awareness and so much more! Thank you to @harmonyyogawellness for your #support and #passion
For more info and to book your own Mindfulness Series for your school or work place check out @tealandroot
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✨Thanksgiving can be a time of sweet connection, good food, laughter and love. It can also be a time of loneliness, triggers and challenge. Whatever it may be, we hope that we can all treat each with kindness as we never know what someone is working with at any given moment. ✨
✨🙏May we give thanks, send love and patience into each encounter we may have. 🙏✨
Miles may separate us this Thanksgiving but love transcends time and space. Miss you my babies. Miss you too @jordanhudgens - sorry you didn’t make the photo cut. #transformutoday#becomethewarriortoday
There are things you can be certain about and one is that life happens. The good and the bad. Most folks can handle the good, but don’t do so well when things are not good. To be honest how you react when those situations happen are most important. Resiliency “The Bounce Back” is most important. What you gonna do when life comes for you... Learn the lesson and keep it moving. The quicker you bounce back, the quicker you move on to the next...
#Resiliency in my book means, #smile anyway!
Smile- regardless of the problems knocking at your door, the crabs (envious people) in the barrel tugging at your legs, the bills that have you in a choke hold, the so called friends and family stabbing you in your back, the opportunities that left you, or the relationships that leave you heartbroken... Dang all of that, right? But, it's true. Read on... Smile- because that is your shield against all odds. It's your beacon of light in the dark. It's your hope amidst fear... It's your comeback power!
Without your smile, you will fall prey to whatever, or whomever is out to attack you... including yourself!
Portland Design Events Launches Lecture Series // PORTLAND, OR – On a cold and rainy November evening, Portland Design Events launched its inaugural lecture series event, Designing for Change, featuring @lms_architects with introductory lecture by @studiopetretti.
Portland Design Events is proud to launch this new initiative – a quarterly lecture series, bringing innovative designers from around the world to share their work and process with the Portland, Oregon community. Presentations will range on a variety of topics/interest, with the first lecture focusing on resiliency and equity with LMS Architects.
Full info at portlanddesign.org
Image by Carlos Camarena.
I can't even begin to explain the shit I've been dealing with lately.
After the news I got today, I laughed hysterically in my car before I had a "moment". As I sat in my goofy yellow Jeep thinking WTF, I looked at the new crack in my windshield, on the right side, a rock gave it last week. I stared at that crack and I thought about the surgery I now have to have on the right side of my body. Just like that crack in my windshield, I know I may not look the same afterwards but I know the frame and engine are still good. If you only look at the surface, you will never know what everything else is capable of.
Regardless, I continue to Soldier the Fuck on because that's what United States Army Soldiers do..... #soldieron#loveyourscars#army#resiliency
6 months ago I injured my right arm and was hospitalized for 3 days for rhabdomyolysis. This was taken 2 months ago, so four months post-rhabdo. The position Chaturanga Dandasana is one that took me years to actually understand how to do. It challenged and intrigued me. It was a constant in a steady flow, a reminder of dedication and open-hearted surrender during a time when I was learning how to love my body amidst the pain of illness. ▫️ ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Over the years my yoga practice has evolved and moved into fluid movement more and more. Fluid movements, not based on a templated structure but on the intuition of my body allowed me initially to really recover gently from that injury. Then gradually with time I started feeling more mobility and less reserved with my arm. I started seeing how it felt to put weight on my arm. With months of rest thanks to friends and family, and therapy (so much gratitude for my amazing Chiro @drpaulmolina ) and patience in the process, I now have a full Chaturanga back in my practice. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️. I know it's hard at any point in life, to have a set back, to become ill, to be healing, managing a disease and not physically feel like yourself. I've been "here" so many times in my life and all for different lessons. I know first hand, it is possible to gain your physical strength back at any time in your life. It is possible for challenges to force you into deeper layers of understanding of yourself and beg you to surrender to their will. It is most likely, all of these will show you the depth of your own inner strength. Show you your earnest resiliency. They will reveal to you your grit.
Wtf is happening to America?! My fear is that once this blatantly racist and self interested president's term is completed, we will not revert back to how things once were. The decades of progress are being wiped away with sneaky marketing and justification tactics. It's sickening. This shift that is going on, where our freedoms are dwindling, and fear and distrust is rising between so many, among so many other atrocities... will this shift set the course for our new baseline of life far into the future? Will our expectations of what freedom looks like shift towards the herd mentality? Is this a trend? Is a revolution upon us? Do I want to bring life into a world where the logical/fair seems to be ignored and the profitable/exploitative is justified? Are facts becoming questionable and opinions argued to become fact?
I don't post much about our political climate bc it's too overwhelming. It momentarily deflates me to think about it, which is why I focus on what I can control... my attitude, perspective and intelligence. So that when this shitstorm is over (if it ever ends) or as the battle ramps up, I'll be ready, and free of manipulation. Pulsing with unfettered spirit to truly make America great again. #thoughts#freedom#resistance#resiliency#dontforget#government#usa
In addition to completing a number of student evaluations, today I successfully trained another staff member in evaluating our students. Most third grade students in my school cannot read and have difficulty identifying letters. Some are able to write their name while others struggle. With a different approach to student literacy in my school, I have started evaluating our students to see who needs help with what. One by one, about 30 minutes each one. When I’m done I’ll calculate everything, share my findings with the respective teachers so they are aware where their students are at. Then I’ll go on to form study groups to get students with the highest need the help they need to get them to where they should be. Hoping this approach works! | Nov 21, 2017 #literacy#resiliency#planb#flexible#adapt#speakgreatnessintothem#learntoread#readtolearn#idowedoyoudo#volunteerism