SouLar Bliss

recipes, remedies, rituals and resources to healing ourselves whole.

SouLar Bliss is a community space to create, share, and discuss self and community care recipes, rituals, remedies and resources. Our space shares stories of our journeys, challenges, and triumphs towards healing and loving ourselves and communities whole. We honor our his/her/ourstories with pain and trauma and use them as sites to celebrate the power and resiliance we have to break all rules, traditions, and patterns that hinder us. We generously offer free to low-cost resources available in New York City that support our healing, rejuvenation, relaxation, transformation, mindfulness, and individual and collective wellbeing. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

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1st Nov 2012Hurricane Sandy Relief recipes, remedies, rituals and resources
1st November 2012
Hurricane Sandy Relief recipes, remedies, rituals and resources

 I stand in deep reverence for Earth's wisdom unfolding at this time. May we continue to learn from your ancient truth-telling. May our hearts open to your guidance. As we face these moments of loss and destruction, may we be held in strength and healing. May transformation bloom in the midst of turmoil. May nourishment, sustainable safe shelter, plentiful food, optimal healing and fierce community support embrace all who are in need during this time. May we build stronger and deeper relationships with the Earth and cultivate sustainable ways of existing on this planet. Ase!!!

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21st Sep 2012Autumn Equinox Recipes, Remedies and Rituals
21st September 2012
Autumn Equinox Recipes, Remedies and Rituals

The arrival of the Autumn Equinox on Saturday, September 22nd, opens up a new season in our lives and within the Earth. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Equinox welcomes the newness of Autumn and the birth of Libra season. We witness the continued beautiful metamorphosis of nature shedding its summer layers and walking into its Fall. Our ancestors used this time to give thanks for the abundance from the year and gather the resources they needed to prepare for the darker and colder months This shedding process we witness in nature is a powerful keynote for us to listen to. A call to action to bring more awareness into the different layers of our lives and our communities. What will we choose to sustain? What will we choose to shed?

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31st Jul 2012Radical Self-Care and Community-Care Zine Resources
31st July 2012
Radical Self-Care and Community-Care Zine Resources

"It took me another couple of years to really begin to master [self-care], to do something as simple as take Sundays (or a weekend) off and here’s the kicker— not feel guilty about it. Where does that guilt come from? I suspect it’s old, old colonial shit. Really, I hate to be crass, but it’s true. If we think about the fact that colonization enslaved our peoples of color for centuries, and required that we work non-stop or be killed. It messed with our sense of balance. So that work ethic we’re proud of and that Corporate America loves us for. well, the irony is that if it goes unchecked and unbalanced it does what our ancestors were trying to avoid back in their enslaved days — it kills us.

My ancestors did not die and survive for me to make myself sick or kill myself in this system of corporate greed. This is how I stopped feeling guilty. I walk my path as whole and healthy as possible because I answer to those who sacrificed for me to exist. I want to model health for those younger folks and children I love. People who love you will ask you to stop and slow down, because they want to see you healthy. All of us have worked with unhealthy people, and in the end, it does more damage than good."

Q&A with Queer Xicana-Indígena Artist Adelina Anthony

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22nd Jul 2012D is for Death: Recipes, Remedies, Rituals and Resources for Dealing with Death
22nd July 2012
D is for Death: Recipes, Remedies, Rituals and Resources for Dealing with Death

Welcome to the Alphabet series! Where we tackle a letter of the alphabet and connect that letter with a physical, emotional and/or spiritual ailment that impacts us individually and as a community. We gather as many recipes, rituals, remedies and resources as we can to support the healing of these ailments.  This is not by any means a comprehensive list, but a working list of possible things that can reinforce and engage healing. Please be sure to consult your doctor/practitioner/spiritual guide/intuition before using any of these therapies. We are all different and respond uniquely to various healing methods. Its important to only use what is meant for you specifically.  We started of the series with A is for Anger, followed by B is for Burnout and C is for Conflict.  Lets continue with the letter D.

"Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path...exactly where you are meant to be right now...And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love"
~ Caroline Adams

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13th Jun 2012Support SouLar Bliss and I in Organizing for Sexual Health and Reproductive Justice in Nigeria this Summer!!!
13th June 2012
Support SouLar Bliss and I in Organizing for Sexual Health and Reproductive Justice in Nigeria this Summer!!!
SouLar Bliss fam, I've been awarded the 2012 Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship with the Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Center in Lagos, Nigeria!!!!

 

It's an incredible honor! The Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Center (ARSRC) is part of a Ford Foundation initiative, "Global Dialogue of Sexual Health and Well Being" that gives visibility, depth and legitimacy to the field of sexuality in Africa. To be able to carry the torch of this work with other leaders in Africa is profound and remarkable. It brings tears to my eyes. I haven't been back home in over 7 years. I not only will return to Nigeria, but also will have the opportunity to manifest work that I've been passionately organizing around for the last 12 years in the U.S. in my homeland! It is truly is a dream come true!!!
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3rd May 2012C is for Conflict: recipes, remedies, rituals and resources for dealing with Conflict
3rd May 2012
C is for Conflict: recipes, remedies, rituals and resources for dealing with Conflict

Welcome to the Alphabet series! Every other week we will be tackling a letter of the alphabet and connecting that letter with a physical, emotional and/or spiritual ailment that impacts us individually and as a community. We will gather as many recipes, rituals, remedies and resources as we can to support the healing of these ailments.  This is not by any means a comprehensive list, but a working list of possible things that can reinforce and engage healing. Please be sure to consult your doctor/practitioner/spiritual guide/intuition before using and as you use any of these therapies. We are all different and respond uniquely to various healing methods. Its important to only use what is meant for you specifically. We started of the series with A is for Anger, followed by B is for Burnout. Lets continue with the letter C. C is for Conflict. 

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict --
alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.”
Dorothy Thompson

“Conflict can be seen as a gift of energy, in which neither side loses and a new dance is created.” 
Thomas Crum

Life is an ever expansive learning experience and dealing with conflict is an inescapable part of the ride. That’s right!!!No matter how much we try to run, hide, bend, coerce, disguise the conflict that creeps into our lives, we inevitably have to deal with it. As a former professional conflict avoider, I can tell you that there is no place that you can hide where conflict won’t find you. I mean you could hide but the outcome is not always as healthy and we end up prolonging the experience we are trying to move away from in the first place. (Un)fortunately, our past experiences with our parents, loved ones, partners, colleagues, God, have created specific habit patterns in conflict resolution. Many of us, throughout our lives, learn that our opinions don’t matter, or have been punished for expressing how we feel, so the idea of confronting someone else feels daunting. Many of us also haven’t given ourselves enough spaces to speak and hear our own truths. So when conflict arises, we have a difficult time naming what is wrong with us or confuse our feelings with someone else’s.

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14th Apr 2012The Revolution Starts with Me
14th April 2012
The Revolution Starts with Me


This weekend Nicole Clark and I presented "The Revolution Starts With Me" at the 26th Annual Conference for Student and Community Activists: "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice" at Hampshire College. The Revolution Starts with me is a workshop that utilizes healing practices, interactive activities, storytelling, and skill-sharing, to support activists and social justice organizations in thinking more critically about the importance of prioritizing self-care. Together we explore and grapple with how we practice self-care in a world that does not prioritize our self care, how we carve space for ourselves when we’re being pulled in multiple directions, how schools, agencies, collective spaces and community organizations support us in prioritizing self-care, how we create sustainable practices that not only prevent burnout but allow self care to thrive in our lives on a consistent basis. Throughout the workshop everyone in the workshop individually and collectively share a wealth of practical recipes, remedies, rituals and resources that support short and long term self and community care.

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Weekly Self and Community Care Offerings in NYC

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Weekly Self and Community Care Offerings in NYC Week of January 21

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Peace community, we’d love to share your self and/or community care offering. If you would like your event included in our weekly post, submit your complete listing to soularbliss@gmail.com. Please include date, time, event title, venue address, website links, detailed description, contact person information, and accessibility info. Thank you for being so bad ass and offering up healing deliciousness to our community!!!!

WEEK OF JANUARY 21 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

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