35 going on 1

Looking back at the last 34 years, in so many ways I am just starting to understand some of this. I know I understand very little. There’s still so much to learn, so much wonder to explore. And as I blow out my metaphorical 35 candles today, I wonder to myself, how did I get so lucky?

I’ve long since given up on the fantasy of yearly significant resolutions, now I just try for small steps along then way. I do however vow to strengthen my resolve to stay fluid – too often I am too rigid, my secret ingredient in all my recipes for disaster 🤫.

My family, friends & more family I acquired along the way, I am truly grateful for your presence in my life. 2020 was a rollercoaster, I wish you all a merry holiday season and a serene 2021. Hope to see you on the mat for a little mindfulness practice. Everyday I’m grateful to be alive again. Yes, Again!

#Love for Humanity & Social Justice

#GivingTuesday & Psychosocial Interventions

Raising Awareness & Promoting Mental Health in Tanzania

Tap Elderly Women’s Wisdom for Youth has some exciting news – This year TEWWY is participating in #GivingTuesday! GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000,000 Incentive Fund which will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals.

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that takes place December 1 this year. We’d love if you participated with us. The best way to do that is to share our cause on social media using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and to join millions of global givers on Dec 1 by donating at HTTPS://GOTOGG/43579

You’ll automatically be entered to WIN a FREE 1-Month Private, Group or Trapeze Yoga Class with Ney

Your donation will help:

*Train retired elderly women – Wisdom&Wellness Counselors – in Interpersonal Counseling.

*Wisdom&Wellness Counselors facilitate safe-spaces (Wisdom&Wellness Circles) for people to share experiences as they find a sense of belonging in building community through:

*Interpersonal Counseling (IPC)
*Group Interpersonal Therapy (IPT-G)
*Life-skills Building
*Psychiatrist & Psychologist Referral

#mentalhealth #selfcare #endthestigma #wellness #yoga #yogatrapeze #community #PsychosocialDisability #SuicidePrevention #InterpersonalCounseling #fundraising #GivingTuesdayTZ #GlobalGiving

Social Anxiety & Psychosocial Disability

You are pretty intense. When my mentor said those words to me as I wrapped my arms around my stomach grimacing in mental agony from the overwhelming thoughts running through my head in our discussion, we didn’t have to discuss what that means to either of us, sometimes labels do serve a purpose.

I feel a lot. Which means I can also get very overwhelmed. This happens more often than I’m happy to be aware of now. I find it difficult to be in social situations I can’t control. Not because I’m afraid of judgement from others, truth be told, I never finish judging myself to get to that phase.

I know better. I should have done better. Why is it not 💯? If I did not give it my very best, why bother show up at all?⬅️ Very dangerous. Even though I know this, I still struggle with this EVERYDAY.

I would like to show up in a BIG WAY. For myself & for my community. Even with this little-big hurdle, I know there’s space for everybody in there, and that I’m not alone. Clearly not purely altruistic, but also to help give voice to others out there trying to find their place. We all want to belong. The beauty of humans is that we are so different but SIMPLY the same.

We are pleased to start virtually hosting Wisdom&Wellness Talks – safe-space for all to share what matters to them, because YOU MATTER. When COVID-safe, we shall continue facilitating Wisdom&Wellness Circles 👉🏽 in-person safe-spaces facilitated by trained retired elderly women in interpersonal psychotherapy counseling.

Click on the button above to join the talks 👆🏽

Suffering and Liberation

A Spruce Knob weekend with kindred souls…

No one person is an island.

Understanding the afflictions that cause suffering inspires a deeper exploration of how we create a space of ultimate liberation and freedom.

Oppression exists. How can we free ourselves of our attachment to afflictions and shift our consciousness that we can be free regardless of the circumstances?

Liberation is understanding our humanity and being able to see the humanity on others. In such, we need to understand our freedom is dependent upon the freedom of others.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Are you free? Do you live in a just and fair world? In todays toxic culture, we have normalized a lot of the crazy so as to adapt… Are you living your purpose in your community?

8 Tips to a Healthy Balanced Life

Balance: Yoga & Life

Largely overlooked, balance is easily one of the most important aspects to good health. Not only in kinesthetics, as any yoga practice would strongly suggests – yin & yang, but in life.

Balance is control.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy balanced life, as you continue about your daily tasks & responsibilities.

  • Schedule your activities
  • Sticky to your set work hours
  • Prioritize personal endeavors
  • Exercise regularly
  • Meet others halfway
  • Keep your work email off your phone
  • Do what you love
  • Put yourself first

What is Cholesterol?

Your Body, Your Health, Your Life

I’ve never really (ever) paid attention to my cholesterol. I’m young & fit, I don’t need to start worrying about that just yet, right? Wrong. Apparently, more people are testing with high cholesterol now, COVID – the gift that keeps on giving. Oh, and children can have high cholesterol levels, just like adults.

Our eating and exercise habits have been greatly impacted during this time. Little by little, we can demystify the complex workings of our insides. I invite you to share some health tips with us. Here’s a little I’ve learned about Cholesterol – The Good The Bad & The Ugly.

Not all cholesterol is bad. As a matter of fact, your liver & intestines produce 80% of cholesterol you need to stay healthy. The good cholesterol carries the bad cholesterol from your arteries and back to the liver, where it’s broken down and nature does what it does.

The bad cholesterol contributes to fatty deposits/plaque build-up on the walls of the blood vessels. This in turn narrows or in severe cases completely blocks the arteries and hence less blood is carried to organs, which also means less oxygen (clip above). If the artery was supplying to the heart or brain, a heart attack or stroke happens; and if supplying to extremities, often legs, the tissue dies.

Hope that sheds a bit of light into understanding Cholesterol. For more info & tips on managing, please check out this guide -> https://www.heart.org/-/media/files/health-topics/cholesterol/my-cholesterol-guide-english.pdf?la=en

Know Your Health .. Mental & Physical!

Sources: visiblebody.com, heart.org, health.harvard.edu

Be the Change You Want to See

Crowd-funding for Social Change

Everyone cares about something, that’s just the human in us. As no one person is an island, we all live in a society where different people value different things.

Have you ever felt what matters to you is not getting the attention it needs? That no change has taken form and the situation remains gloomy as it ever was?

Today, most of us ARE WOKE on Social Justice and take more active participation in social change. The most highly visible and impactful activism often comes in the form of collective action, in which numerous individuals coordinate an act of protest together in order to make a bigger impact.

Collective action that is purposeful, organized, and sustained over a period of time becomes known as a social movement.

Are you ready to be the change you want to see in the world? You can probably tell I care A LOT about Mental Health. From my personal struggles to the simple fact that mental health doesn’t only matter when there is a disorder or an illness. Mental Health matters Period.

Tap Elderly Women’s Wisdom for Youth (TEWWY) provides FREE Interpersonal Psychotherapy Counseling & Group Therapy sessions in its communities. Currently offering mental health support services in the (5) municipalities of Dar-es-Salaam, join us in strengthening & building our communities through sharing, caring and providing a safe space for all to coexist @ GOTO.GG/43579, and until the end of the week, GlobalGiving will match your donation upto $50 @ 50%.

We thank you for your support🙏🏽 Together We Are Strong, to Inspire & to Achieve!!! 🦾

Suicide Prevention in Schools

Lit 🔥 Sun Salutations … Shine a light on the lives lost, the lives we could’ve lost and the lives we need to protect. We all have our stories to share … #EndTheStigma

Suicide is third leading cause of death in 15- to 19-year-olds globally. To protect the mental wellbeing of this school-age demographic, please join us in a five-day crowdfunding campaign. All proceeds will go toward providing a Wisdom&Wellness Package for a local Primary or Secondary Schools in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Little by Little is a five-day matching campaign designed to help GlobalGiving partners around the world cultivate a robust network of small-dollar donors. All eligible donations (up to $50) received during the duration of the campaign will be matched at 50%. Offer your support at http://goto.gg/43579

All eligible donations (up to $50) received during the duration of the campaign will be matched at 50%.

World Suicide Prevention Day

With a 35% increase in Suicide rates in the US between 1999 and 2018, the CDC calls suicide a growing public health concern …

I am not an expert, heck i didn’t even think I need to understand the workings of the human mind because biology & I are peaceful enemies. There’s no denying it, but there truly is no health without mental health.

Mental health … sounds like such a complicated phenomenon. It’s really not. For me It’s just you as you are. How are you feeling today? Because at the core of it all, we are all just human; we all process feelings and emotions arising from daily experiences.

At 8:00pm today, September 10, 2020 please light a candle on your window, for those we have lost, for those we almost lost, and all those we have to protect from losing.

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