where is ria?| fitness check’in

It’s been some time since I posted to NaturalSelfGoddess the Blog, for one I’m happily in college and killing it so far (fingers crossed) in my courses. Truth be told I LOVE SCHOOL, ACADEMICS AND LEARNING!  (i’d learn something new even if i wasn’t in a classroom)

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where is Ria? Fitness check in collage.  Photo Credits: ©2017. Daria Smith Giraud, DwriteDesignStudio & Ria Takharu Media LLC.

Since childhood, I’ve been competitive in academics and treat it much like a sport. I push hard, I’m relentless in my pursuits, and I expect the very best of myself knowing full well that I have the potential and aptitude to achieve beyond my expectations. Since I’ve picked body building (body sculpting) back up it’s only helped me to shape my mind to become more disciplined and push harder passed limitations. Just last week, when my Trainer Friend was missing in action and I had some free time to myself, I lifted over #210 lbs on the leg extension! It was at that moment I realized, I could do and be so much more. Adding to more realization that self-motivation blossoms in the midst of adversity and challenge (should that be the lesson of the moment).  I no longer ‘complain’ about my challenges, misfortunes or illusionary defeats but recognize them as opportunities for pure growth of mind, body and spirit! so much appreciation, gratitude and innerstanding~ One Love, Gains and Creative Abundance! Ria

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Finding Treasures in Your Local Market

Local Markets are Amazing Finds

It’s 3 am and I am sipping on an eclectic array of African seeds I purchased this weekend while searching for a liquor store for my Ancestors.  The later I’m sure sounds anything but normal but as in most African-centered religions or those by way of the Far East offerings of fruit, liquor,  and other human delicacies are a close familial tradition of thanksgiving to Ancestors, the Dead and in truth the Immortal.  So in my liquor hunt as the only spirits I indulge in are often watered down almost koolaide sweet Moscatos. I refrain from harsh liquors, alcohols and other substances that may alter my consciousness not for any religious restrictions. I am not religious. I’ve just always been ‘different’ kind of close to the Earth, sensitive to energy and the metaphysical phenomena. Those gifts I’ve had all my life quite naturally so I always figured why mess with what is natural?  –So it was no surprise to find in the far right corner from the liquor wholesale store images of hookahs that caught our attention. It was as if the Ancestors were leading the way! Right next door there was this local market!

Local Market Treasures Foods, Medicines, Incense, and More!

Local Market Treasures
Foods, Medicines, Incense, and More!

Herbs, Spices, Seeds, Fruits and More

There in that corner was a treasure trove of Ancient African, Indian and Middle Eastern seeds, spices, incense,  figs, cashews,  the most interesting short brown basmati rice,  shelves of curries, cumins, corianders, chutneys, peppers, cinnamons,  dates, dried apricots, more rows of incense and Ayurveda medicines! I was like a kid in a candy store, like my herbalist days at Howard on Georgia Avenue in the Blue Nile seeking the Elders advice. But this time with all that excitement, I let my “Instincts” do the choosing. I found the infamous Black Seed Kalonji  oil, Argan oil from Morocco, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Neem oil, Neem powder, Neem toothpaste- (exhale). I was in awe of all the herbs and medicines I knew and the prices that seemed not only reasonable but especially non-gmo! Boom what a subtle treasure, i thought!

The Sum of Me In Kind

In this small very Southern town, the absence of Ethiopian Merkatos, African markets, Bodegas and Botanicas, and other international stores I have felt quite isolated from real culture. I never knew just how diverse and global I grew up. My lifestyle consisted of many different people from ALL walks of life; artists from Spain who played Cuban and African drums,  decedents of ancient Mayans from Guatemala, Senegalese and Malian griots and dancers, Jamaicans, Eritreans and Ethiopians, Orthodox Greeks, families from Poland, Germans, Italians, of course aristocrats from France, not to mention the islands of every colonized tribe.  I am truly a Rainbow Daughter feeling kinnected to the many, regardless of racial and tribal differences. And it’s evident in my food choices! The fact that I have a real preference for Nag Champa incense (Satya Sai Baba) version. Or that  I’ve been chewing Fenugreek seeds for over 20 years had me in a kind of awe. I didnt grow up on these spices, these Mediterranean -Ancient Egyptian- old African  foods that I cherish and I love! I re-introduced myself to them when I became a yoyo Vegetarian many years ago.  Finding these spices in this traditional market allowed me to see aspects of my life journey. And I am thankful!

Grasping the NOW + Living In  It! 

I meant to share (post) over the weekend. I am learning to live more in the NOW then to try to overthink and orchestrate some marketing or blog type strategy. Social media is a phenomena I choose to indulge in ONLY in a way that allows me the Zen-like freedom if that can exists harmoniously. I’d rather be True to Self, Authentic, and Be Inside the Moment as it happens! If I can share these feelings, passions, ideas, moments with you – I will do so and allow for greater more intense expression, that is real and close to my heart.  Less thinking, and rethinking, less pretense!  There is so much I have held back for years! It’s the right time to simply be all that I am – no matter how contradictory I may seem. My day consisted of Working Out, then editing  @Home Fitness videos where I’m envisioning myself transforming into my favorite Superhero and secretly sharing with a few Fitness Trainer friends how much I’m feigning for the Gym meanwhile I’m sipping on Cardamom and Fennel seeds thanking my Ancestors and realizing WE are all forever eternal in this Cosmic Dance of life, death and rebirth.  I am inspired by beauty, by art, by spontaneity as well as deep thinking and blueprints.
And Loving this creative messy, tacky fumbling learning wrapped inside of wisdom and deep compassion is joy! So much Gratitude + Love ~ Ria Sweetraw Takharu  🙂

gratitude givings ♥ #262

i am grateful
for the birth of my mother
one of my greatest gurus
beautiful of heart mind and soul
your divinity is eternal

i love you ! i am thankful

day 262

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gratitude givings ♥ #250

i am grateful for hearing
and seeing new things
even old things
infinite things
become nu
transform from night to day
from rain to shine
butterflies on the path
to greatness
in the moment of ecstatic
infinite awareness
i appreciate the all in all of you


Day 250

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gratitude givings ♥ #243

i am grateful for Creative Power
for the use of Mind
for Passion
for Clarity

for Love

Day 243


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gratitude givings ♥ #236

I AM soo soo sooooo GRATEFUL
for those Souls who Know AND
Teach AND
Share AND
EDUCATE and
Empower!!

I am so thankful to YOU, Your Struggle and Your Triumph! 
Thank YoU for Teaching Me,
(for Me to Teach the Next..)
May We All Be Free!

Day 236


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gratitude givings ♥ #233

i am grateful for honesty
for Truth
for clarity
for Strength
for endurance

Day 233


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gratitude givings ♥ #230

I am Grateful for this Sunshine
his kind words of power
manifesting his inner projections of success
his familiar voice and presence
this millionaire mindset

I am Thankful for this Reflection
for association and support
for the like attracts like
for the ready set go
the care and give back
for this sun coming after the rain
(thank you!)

Day 230


 

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gratitude givings ♥ #228

i am grateful for transformation, determination, perseverance, and timing

sore muscles, focus, recovery, and infinite love

day 228


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gratitude givings ♥ #227

I am grateful for release and renewal 🌻🐞❤️🎯💋
Day 227

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