My name is Angelica and I am a licensed certified social worker who has a passion for helping people understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, I am a devoted wife and mother whose other interests include music, art, reading, exercise, meditation, and cooking. Amanisoul is a synthesis of the name "Amani" which means harmony and peace in swahili and the word "soul" which means essence or spiritual self. Discovering one's inner peace involves being healthy mentally and physically. Mental and physical health coexist inevitably. I make it my mission to promote healthy living and the impact of positive lifestyle changes on mental health.
Just a helpful reminder that has become quite useful for me lately:
Before you speak, ask yourself three questions:
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Is it kind?
If not, it’s wise to keep quiet and continue to observe. It’s never been a bad idea to be highly observant. Remain vigilant of everything and be mindful of what is being said, done, and most importantly how things make you feel. We cannot control what goes on externally but we have total control over our inner peace. Be protective of your inner peace. Keep watch over it the same as you would your most prized possession. If people are uncomfortable with your silence, then let them. You don’t have to feel compelled to do anything against your will.
Hmmm, menstruation…The “dreaded” topic of discussion by many…Embraced by so few yet a process that’s so powerful and even majestic but only some have come to actually realize it’s more of a blessing than a “curse”. I actually don’t see it as a “curse” at all. I have no proof of such for one but I admit that I once believed that when Eve took a bite out of that apple it marked our doom as women. Eventually, I started to question some of my old habits and beliefs. As a woman, feminism is an intricate part of my being and menstruation plays a major role in femininity. Why the shame?
How could something so sacred that makes us creators of life be deemed part of a curse? God forbid more women actually start thinking for themselves and seek truth on their own which can lead to gradual de-stigmatization of feminism. How about replacing that sense of shame with empowerment, self love, perhaps even alchemy? That level of transformation would be a true game changer. In all honesty, it can be extremely painful and damn near debilitating for some. Thankfully, I’m not in that category but I have my days when the pain is heavier than usual so I make self care mandatory.
Your menses is for slowing down, release, and introspection. If you don’t meditate often, make a point to do something relaxing during this time. Pampering yourself does wonders. Remember meditation is not limited to sitting in lotus pose. I cannot stress enough how imperative rituals are at this time. Our menstrual cycles not only represent a time to rest but also time to reconnect to spirit. Rituals, meditation, introspection, and even journaling can aid in releasing anything that does not serve you especially those suppressed emotions. The relaxation and pampering serves to transmute any hurt, anger or other negative energy that is released.
Women have a deep rooted connection to nature making us exceptional as physical and spiritual beings. Since the beginning of time women have reverenced nature to connect with spirit, higher self, God or some higher power depending on the culture. Universally speaking, menstruation is where femininity and spirituality meet. As Nuit Moore so eloquently stated “menstruation is sacred beautiful lunar ancient holy feminine power”.
My love for essential oils for dates back to childhood when my mother introduced me to tea tree oil. My stash contains over 15 types of oils including most of the ones on this list. My favorites and most used are tea tree (melaleuca), lavender, and peppermint oils. Although I love many of the others too. I just need to familiarize myself with the new additions which include frankincense, myrrh, and clary sage to name a few.
I’ve used essential oils for everything from skin care to adding them to my vacuum filter for some aromatherapy while cleaning. One of our favorite ways to use essential oils is with a diffuser. Aromatherapy is a necessity in our home because we love anything that smells good. It has a tremendous affect on your mood and health in general. There are many different uses for essential oils as you can see and I haven’t even shared all of the ones I’ve tried. I’ll be sharing them periodically on the blog because I use them on a daily basis. Hope you find the above list of essential oils helpful!
If you can tell I’m all about meals that are healthy, quick, and easy to make but most importantly full of flavor! This simple recipe features kale and quinoa which are both key energy foods. Seasoned with a little salt, a pinch of cracked red pepper and lemon juice it’s sure to fill you up and have your taste buds singing. I underestimated it until I took a bite after my taste tester (my ten year old daughter) gave me the heads up that this was a winner. Anytime they ask for seconds you know you’ve done something right!
You know I tweak things a bit. The only thing I did differently was turned this into shrimp and kale quinoa by adding more quinoa. So, in a nutshell, I had shrimp and kale with my quinoa. It was more filling that way in my opinion ;-). As with any recipe I share, add or take away ingredients to your liking! You can even make it as is. Whatever you do, just enjoy!
Without faith dreams cannot become reality…Can you imagine what the world would be like if Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t take the steps he took to acquire equal rights for all beings? Granted, we have work to do but just imagine where we would be starting from if one man did not take that first step to fighting against injustice. He also did so peacefully. Fear didn’t keep him from chasing his dream. He stood fear in the face and kept going even when he got knocked down literally and figuratively. What an inspiring being Martin Luther King Jr. was.
Most of you have heard of the term “awakening“. Some may not be aware of the paradigm shift which is affecting the consciousness of many. In short, this paradigm shift involves changing from an old way of thinking and doing things to a new way. It’s more complex when you start to really look into what all comprises this shift but in general terms it is just about “out with the old, in with the new”. We’re all witnessing these changes before our eyes. Depending on your level of consciousness you get it while others not so much. You miss the mark when you automatically assume that the outcome or goal is to become positive all of the time. Another misconception is that the process is a pleasant experience.
Unless you’re living under a rock, you notice that people are changing their lifestyle to include what they eat, the way they live, how they treat one another and even to the extent of questioning their life purpose. Then, on a larger scale we even begin to make changes on a macro level where we not only question what affects us in our immediate surroundings but on a global scale. Hence, the increase of protests against police brutality, violence in general, and citizens using their voice to bring awareness to other social issues.
There are levels to awareness and they are different for everyone because all of us on our own path. It’s not all what it seems either. That’s why it’s not for the fainthearted and when things get really real you either push through or fold by returning to the old ways. Ego is not your friend during enlightenment. It’s not all positive either. I could list some signs but they vary depending on the person and I don’t want to evoke any feelings of inferiority if you find that you cannot relate. I think the following puts it simply and has more universal meaning: