Last Day (6) of Water Fast: Yesterday’s Success, Today’s Conclusion &Fasting Tips!

(YouTube Video recorded July 2, 2018) https://youtu.be/5QWin1gr2DE
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Cassendre Xavier, renaissance negresse http://TinyURL.com/CXSpotify

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Day 5 Water Fast: Yesterday’s Success,Today’s Goal &Fasting Tips! (New YouTube video!)

* Yesterday’s Success: I reached yesterday’s goal!
* Today’s Goal: Stay focused, keep my eyes on the prize, and manage my cravings!
* Fasting Tips:
1) Check your blood pressure and/or blood sugar levels regularly (if you have hypertension and/or diabetes).
2) Remember the reasons you are fasting, and don’t let “faux hunger” (aka cravings) remove you from your path of GREATitude!
3) Relax. Take it easy. Go slow. Be kind to yourself. 🙂
4) As a very wise Chinese Fortune Cookie once read, “Keep your dreams secret for now.” Don’t share too much about your fasting goals before you are strong enough to actually reach them. Share only enough to support you with accountability and/or inspire and support others.
5) Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the challenges and temptations that go with fasting. Take slow, deep breaths as necessary, and focus on only one moment and one day at a time.
6) Nurture yourself by engaging various senses (emotional, tactile, olfactory). This will allow you to feel more satiated, without food, which will help you resist temptations.
Some examples include:
a) Engaging in positive activities (hobbies, crafts, tasks you’ve been procrastinating about, social time with supportive, low-stress people, solo social time, such as treating yourself to a movie).
b) Massage your body (especially your feet) with a healthy, food grade oil, such as cold pressed extra virgin coconut or olive oil. This is a way to not only comfort yourself during the fast, but also reduce stress, and give your skin some nutrients.
c) Put scents around you, spray perfume, etc. Smelling wonderful things that smell nothing like food really helps pass the fasting time and improve the fasting experience. I know, I said “fasting” a little too much. Fasting on the brain! It’s gotta be, I suppose! Focus on the fasting! 🙂

Using all of these various senses (emotional, tactile, olfactory) allow you to feel more satiated, without food, which will help you resist temptations to prematurely stop your fast.

7) For more fasting support and inspiration, check out “A Healthy Alternative” (AHA) at https://ahealthyalternative.org. AHA is a quickly growing, large community with a very active Facebook Group and vibrant YouTube channel. Check us out!

Stay well!

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Day 4 Water Fast: Yesterday’s Success, Today’s Goal & Fasting Tips (New YouTube Video)!

Day 4 Water Fast: Yesterday’s Success,Today’s Goal &Fasting Tips! (New YouTube video!) https://youtu.be/w9BcSqzLaVA
* Yesterday’s Success: I reached yesterday’s goal!
* Today’s Goal: Avoid food, and stay relaxed!
* Fasting Tips:
1) Tasting a few grains of sea salt helps curb cravings.
2) A smell of food is just a smell.
3) You’re not experiencing true hunger – you’re fine!
4) Your body is rejoicing in the fast! It’s doing mega healing, rejuvenizin’, and transformeratin’!
5) Focus on only one moment and one day at a time.
6) Celebrate each glorious poop (bowel movement)!
7) For more fasting support and community, check out the Facebook Group and YouTube channels A Healthy Alternative, and Rod Stuart!

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Follow Your Bliss, Release Fear, Attract Abundance

When you continuously follow your bliss, express your creativity, release all fears, and strengthen your faith, you’re much less likely to worry about where your next meal, money, or material comforts will come from. And, ironically, that’s exactly when they do flow in abundantly, and without interruption.

Cassendre Xavier
renaissance negresse

Website: https://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com
I’m on Spotify! http://tinyurl.com/CXSpotify
I’m on CD Baby! http://tinyurl.com/CXCDBaby
I write for Wisdom Magazine! http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
I am founder and director of the 12th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival!
Dates: Sat-Sun, September 15-16, 2018
Location: The Rotunda (http://TheRotunda.org), 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time(s): 1pm-9pm
Cost: Free!
Wheelchair Accessible. As always, all respectful persuns are welcome to attend or volunteer!
Facebook Fan Page: https://m.facebook.com/BWAFfanpage
Twitter: @BWAFphilly
Instagram: @OfficialBWAFphilly

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Festival News – June 28, 2018

Greetings and welcome, from Founder/Director Cassendre Xavier and Producer Amor La Luna, to another edition of Festival News, where we send periodic updates on the Black Women’s Arts Festival!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1) FESTIVAL NAME, DATES, LOCATION & TIMES
2) CONFIRMED ARTISTS
3) TIP FOR BOOKED ARTISTS: CREATE YOUR OWN FACEBOOK EVENT!
4) CALL FOR ARTISTS & PRESENTERS
5) CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
6) OUR NEW INSTAGRAM! (AND OTHER FESTIVAL LINKS)

NEWS:

1) FESTIVAL NAME, DATES, LOCATION & TIMES
Name: BWAF Philly 2018: The 12th Black Women’s Arts Festival
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th
Location: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 http://www.TheRotunda.org
Times: 1:00pm to 9:00pm, both days.

2) CONFIRMED ARTISTS

SATURDAY
* Seraiah Nicole (Musician) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0ZagpEkWtc
* Brown Suga Bree (Poet) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtu3MvVpLWA
* Rejeena “Gina” Monet (Hula Hoop & Tribal Dancer; Maker and seller of Crystal Jewelry and Vegan Beauty Products; Clothes)
* Afia Nkoso Bretuo (Vendor of Handcrafted Items including Chakra Charging Necklaces, Soul Healing Baths, Leather Crystal Pouches, Leather Medicine Bags, Waist Beads, Healing Crystal and Clay Wands, Pendulums, Vegan Banana Breads and Apparel)
* Madi Dangerously (Poet)
Instagram: madidangerously
Facebook: Mariama Rafetna
YouTube: Madi Dangerously

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* Masie Blu (Singer)
Instagram: masieblu
YouTube: masie blu

SUNDAY

* Afia Nkoso Bretuo (Vendor of Handcrafted Items including Chakra Charging Necklaces, Soul Healing Baths, Leather Crystal Pouches, Leather Medicine Bags, Waist Beads, Healing Crystal and Clay Wands, Pendulums, Vegan Banana Breads and Apparel)

More TBA!

3) TIP FOR BOOKED ARTISTS: CREATE YOUR OWN FACEBOOK EVENT
Hello! We are so pleased and excited you will be featuring this year! If you see your name above, you’re more than welcome to self-promote various ways including creating your own Facebook Event!
How:
* Title it “[Your Name] at the 2018 Black Women’s Arts Festival”
* Use the event info, location, and times as listed in this Festival News.
* State that you will update with your exact performance time when you have it.
* Include all the pics and artist bio info you want.
* Post your event link on the BWAF fan page or group.
* Tag Cassendre and Amor on your posts.

4) CALL FOR ARTISTS & PRESENTERS
We are now accepting submissions for Film, Theater, Music, Dance, Comedy, Poetry/Spoken Word, Visual/Fine Art, Speakers/Workshop Presenters, and more.

Amor La Luna (Producer) is scheduling the performances, screenings, lectures/workshops, and vendors of this year’s Festival.

To apply, please send:

*200 word maximum bio
*Face or band pic
*Link/URL to primary/professional website, blog or social media, etc.
*Please put “ARTIST/PRESENTER” in the subject

Send these to Amor:
ATUBMANMOVEMENT@gmail.com.

5) CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We are also seeking volunteers to help us produce and promote this year’s Festival.
There are many ways you could help, including online only, and all respectful persuns are welcome to volunteer!

Volunteer, media or any other inquiries, please email Cassendre: cxmusic(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

6) OUR NEW INSTAGRAM! (AND OTHER FESTIVAL LINKS)

We are very excited to share our brand new Instagram profile! Please join us at: https://www.instagram.com/officialbwafphilly
Also…
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BWAFphilly
Like us on Facebook (Fan Page): https://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage
Join our Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/53284687509
Friend us on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/bwaf.philly
Subscribe to our email list/join our Yahoo Group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bwafphilly/info

We look forward to networking with many of you!

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2018 Black Women’s Arts Festival (Sept 15-16, 2018) Philadelphia

BWAF Philly 2018: The 12th Black Women’s Arts Festival will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th, from 1pm to 9pm at The Rotunda (http://www.TheRotunda.org), 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Founded and directed by Cassendre Xavier, this year is produced by Amor La Luna.
As always, the Festival is Free, wheelchair-accessible, and all respectful persons are welcome to attend or volunteer.
Scheduling info will be added periodically, and submissions and inquiries are still being accepted.
Artists and vendors, please email a 200 maximum word bio, website/blog link, and pic to Amor at ATUBMANMOVEMENT(at)gmail(dot)com
Press and media, please email Cassendre at cxmusic(at)gmail(dot)com.
Thanks and we hope to see you there!

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Longevity Inspiration for Bipolar/Survivor/Folks in Recovery

(I am referring to people who have one or more of the following:
* Bipolar disorder or similarly challenging mental health issues requiring ongoing management
* Been abused in childhood or adulthood, resulting in aftereffects that require ongoing management
* An addiction or compulsive behavior, that requires ongoing management)

Not everyone learns about longevity to reach the same length of time as the very oldest among us. Some of us use those folks’ wise testimonials and motivating lives to build better lives just for today or to survive major life challenges.
I have bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from being a child sexual abuse survivor.
I learned recently that bipolar disorder, which is hard on the body, and combined with the high rate of suicides by people with bipolar disorder, actually and significantly shortens the lifespan. This was further brought home to me when I discovered last week that a contemporary of mine had committed suicide. She had been one of the members of my Sisters Healing Together peer support group for women survivors of incest with a special focus on compulsive overeating (at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia).
She and I had a lot in common: we are both female, black, incest survivors with mental health issues and an eating disorder. We both were highly prolific in our respective crafts and well respected for our work. But in our 40s, we both found it very difficult to maintain employment and keep a roof over our heads, resulting in years of homelessness and navigating various social service resources, as helpful or unhelpful as they are or tend to be.
The effects of child abuse and mental health issues often wreak havoc on the economic status of a persun. I learned this when attending a program several days a week to learn how to live well with bipolar disorder. Several of my classmates had mental health issues and all experienced homelessness. Many had been abused as children.
One of the ways I research longevity is by learning about centenarians.
How this all ties in to centenarian inspiration is that just because you may not think of yourself as having the realistic potential to live past 100, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways you could be inspired by their stories or learn from them.
In my 20s when I worked at bookstores I used to love to read books about people who lived long. I am a late bloomer so my favorites are about those who didn’t become successful or reach their full potential in life until their later years. Their stories told me it’s never too late! And maybe I needed to hear that, as a persun with as many dreams as challenges. I wanted to write, make music, make art, travel, and more. I didn’t see many examples of people like me at the time, so I just kept looking for inspiration.
Yesterday I was watching YouTube videos of centenarians and I realized that what I was learning about and being inspired by (their common denominators of their healthful lifestyles which included great attitudes, outlooks, and relationships), was likely not going to result in my living to 100. But it was helping me to get to my better today and tomorrow.
It may not be feasible to start doing several or even “just a few” things today to live a better tomorrow, but adding one or two could help immensely.
Inspiration for the persun with bipolar disorder who may also be a survivor and/or in recovery could help you live longer and better. It could help you be strong enough to survive your next challenge, or a current one. It could help you refocus on a dream or a goal. It could motivate you to reach out to someone and break a mood of isolation. It could help resist or prevent yet another suicidal thought. Inspiration helps!
So, never feel bad that all of your soaking in of inspiration isn’t making your life mimic everything you’re seeing. Inspiration isn’t meant to make you have the same characteristics as the role models: it’s meant to help you feel better and live better, and perhaps for you that means just a bit, just for today, and one day at a time. Regardless of the results of your using inspiration, you and your life are better as a result. Trust and know that all is well, and remember how beneficial the daily practice of gratitude and appreciation can be.
Your life, however it unfolds, has value right now, today, as it is, and how, what and where you are, and you are worthy of enjoying it.
The only thing keeping us from enjoying our lives exactly as they, and we, are today, is our choosing not to do so, or forgetting that we can.
Life is short, tough, sweet, and beautiful. It is more intense for those of us with multiple challenges. But even we can learn to appreciate our lives exactly as we are, today, no matter what, and no matter how long or briefly we may live. All of our lives matter and can be enjoyed, appreciated, and improved. Let’s try to remember that, and be inspired every moment of life, however we can!

Cassendre Xavier has been writing about bipolar disorder, survivor issues, spirituality, personal growth, soulmate attraction, and raw foods at Wisdom Magazine’s online edition since May 2009. Cassendre was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 1993, at age 23. She has been a member of Philadelphia’s LGBT, polyamorous, and New Age/ancient wisdom spiritual communities since 1991, and from 1996-1999 facilitated Sisters Healing Together, a peer support group for women survivors of incest with a special focus on compulsive overeating, which she also founded, at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia. Under her self-assigned spiritual name Amethyste Rah, Cassendre released the popular Affirmations for Survivors guided meditation audio series (“Self-Love” and “Spirituality” in 2007, and “Sexuality” and “Life Skills” are forthcoming). For more information, please Google search “cassEndrE Xavier” or visit http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier.

[Picture taken Saturday, May 26, 2018 as I prepared to sing at the Lansdowne Farmers Market.]

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