Travel – Mini Vaca in Mayan Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Ancient Mesoamerican Culture & Dreams 

Surprisingly this trip was rather impromptu unlike my attempt to visit Costa Rica a few months before.  The night before my flight,  I had found an AirbnB in Quintana Roo, Cancun, Southeast Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.  Honestly, I didn’t plan very well for this mini vacation which I wrote an article about my first night on what ‘not’ to do when traveling  (I still have to publish). But first, I had to give humility and thanks for this very sacred and spiritual ‘pilgrimage’. I had dreamed of Mexico almost all my adult life with small dreams (visions) that linked Mexico to many states in the Americas (like Arizona (Sedona), Montezuma’s Castle (Sinagua Indian tribes) where I wrote “home” in a red journal and marveled at the turquoise and copper artifacts the ancient “Anasazi” dwelled much like the ancient Malian Dogon in Africa).

There were anomalies, mysteries, and hidden puzzles to our history that seemed to fill my memories, dreams, and obsessions toward visiting these regions beyond merely dreaming of them. Like the sacred land of Arizona with the mysterious monuments and ‘temples’ I captured with my eyes and senses, the immense feeling of ancient Africa and ancient Asian still living and thriving in those vortices, I was convinced they were all linked to a common ancestor and had been not only traveled but inhabited by ancient African people. Mexico had similar mysterious otherworldly familiarity. I knew my ancestors had been ‘there’ not only brining civilization to these regions but leaving a legacy that still permeates Central (South America) and many regions within the United States.  There was this unspoken link to be traversed and reconnected within my soul.  Many tribes of various shades of cream, cinnamon, copper, and even black existed also within me and this last dream showed me Tulum and Coba pyramids!

I had no plan to climb a pyramid with its 120 steps nor swim in a 130 feet deep cenote (sinkhole) deep into the earth. But I did and even conquered some fears! I know longer have ANY fear of planes and find pleasure in sitting at the window watching “serpent clouds” and other images I wrote about in my journals.

 

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© 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

Mexico is mysteriously not considered either North American nor Central American but quite honestly both because of its controversial history that predates the arrival of the Spanish and Christopher Columbus including the later American Spanish Wars and many other caste wars which both annihilated and erased the African face out of Paleo-Indian conversation. I believe this territorial confusion to remain a hot debate. However, refutable evidence prove that the African Nubian presence in the Americas included the Mayan, Aztec, Inca (Ynca) and other existing and thriving merchant kingdoms of Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua as tribal royal and merchant territories of the Ancient Mayan Americas which expanded into North America, Southeast United States;  California, Arizona, Colorado, the Mississippi River, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, and Canada, to name a few.

 

Where I Visited

My first travels to Mexico was on 27-September 2018 and included a very short tour through the temples of the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico (Coordinates:20°29′41″N 87°44′10″W) of the ancient Mayan temples of  Kukulcan in Tulum, the tallest pyramid temple in Coba (Nohoch Mul, is the ancient name of this group of tallest pyramids; Ixmoja (also known as  Nohoch Mul and the Spanish word variant Coba)  and Calakmul  or  Kalakmul “the Snake Kingdom”  (k’uhul kaanal ajaw, Divine Lords of the Snake)  located in Campeche, Mexico), Ceynote or Cenote (Multum Ha one of three) and Playa Del Carmen.

*note: searching for meaning of Ixmoja which sounds very much like Yemoja (“Our Lady of Navigator”)! Also searching for Nohoch Mul true Mayan meaning.

 

Tulum

Tulum, Tulu’um, the Temple of the Wind is a Mayan city which served as a major port for trade, ritual and astronomical observation of the ancient Mayan navigators. This port was central and vital to the Ancient Olmec Mayans as it overlooked the Caribbean Sea and was a point of the natural African South American winds used to sail to the Americas. Tulum was a port city for the Mexican State of Quintana Roo along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with coordinates 20°12′53″N 87°25′44″W. One of the largest cities constructed by the Ancient Olmec Maya, also known as the Zama City of the Dawn was a major trading hub its temples made of Limestone which keeps cool under the hot sun. Tulum is a fortified site housing three structures, El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God which dominated the coastal trade and land routes through Central America and the Americas.

Tulum is a very popular tourist sites in close proximity to Cancun and the Maya Rivera.  The third most viewed ancient ruin sites after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza. Tulum is considered a tropical savana climate. And is part of the Sian Ka’an (biosphere reserve), archeological center, hotelera zone, and pueblo town.

It is home of cenotes (sink holes) Maya Blue, Naharon, Temple of Doom, Tortuga, Vacaha, Grand Cenote, Abejas, Nohoch Kiin and Carwash cenotes and cave systems and the Tulum site houses a sacred lizard sanctuary while the beach houses nested turtles.

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Tulum, Kukulkan facing East, on the Caribbean Sea of the Yucatan Peninsula. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

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Naturalselfgoddess Travel 2018 Tulum Quintana Roo , Kukulkan September 29 2018 Olmec Temples Mexico Mayan. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

I had dreamed of lizards two distinct types both I saw at Tulum. The green grey ones all over the temples and temple grounds and the iguana orange striped one at the very entrance of the Tulum grounds was about 2 feet clinging to an indigenous Mayan descendant. I didn’t take a picture because I wanted to respect his space! I couldn’t believe how these lizards seem to be ‘guarding’ the temples and seeming to point toward sacred directions toward the see or parts of the temples. I was very humbled and thankful.

Lizards everywhere on the temples and temple grounds!

 

 

Coba,  Ixmoja

Coba Ixmoja is located as part of the Ancient Olmec Mayan sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico off the Caribbean Sea at the coordinates20°29′41″N 87°44′10″W. Located around two lagoons, Lake Coba and Lake Macanxoc, known as sacred waters that guarded the sites and elevated roads called sacbe or white road. The tallest temple pyramids in the Coba region are Nohoch Mul and  Ixmoja. Imoja  is 138 feet high and 120 steps descending and ascending and the tallest temple pyramid in the Olmec Mayan pantheon temple sites of the Yucatan Peninusula.

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Coba, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

Xaibe

Xaibe meaning “crossroads” part of the Coba Mayan city settlement and temple pyramids is also a city located in Belize. The Belize city was made up ancient Mayan settlers.  The Belize city was occupied by the indigenous Mayans after the Yucatan Peninsula caste war with the Europeans and known to celebrate the Day of the Dead as food for the souls as Hanal Pixan  a Mayan tradition. Xaibe in Coba is a watchtower made of limestone as an illuminated path for travelers in the night.

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Coba, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

Ixmoja

Ixmoja (Ximoja or Xaimoja) was an intense climb for a person like me afraid of heights! At an impressive 138 feet tall, and 120 ascending and descending steps, this pyramid is taller than the famous, Temple of the Sun, Chichen Itza.  Of course, I forgot to wear the correct shoes and had on swimming footwear but my adrenaline was on overdrive and with the rest of the tour group I couldn’t back down. Even half way up the pyramid I got cold feet, paralyzed for about 4 minutes to catch my breath, but I was cheered on and couldn’t turn back so I kept going!

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Coba, Temple of Ixmoja. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

By the time i got to the top I was huffing and puffing and dripping in sweat, mostly out of managed fear and disbelief! My virgo moon about to spin out of control questioning how I’d get back down without falling to my death, but to manage the fear of overlooking the tallest tree, I didn’t take a picture or think more than 15 seconds, I just started to descend slowly with a 10 to 15 lb backpack keeping me as steady as I could plant my footing.

 

Top of Ixmoja (Ximoja/ Xaimoja or Coba Pyramid) — Over Coming My Fears 1 Adventure at a Time 

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Top of Ixmoja ( or Xaimoja /Coba) pyramid in utter fear of heights and wondering for a second how I was going to get back down! But I did descend as fast I could; adrenaline in full throttle limiting my thinking or rather managing my fear! What a triumph! © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

Riding through the Mayan Jungle

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After descending 120 slippery steps from the Coba (Xaimoja, Ximoja pyramid) I jumped back on my little turquoise bicycle. I hadn’t rode a bike in 20 years. Me and my 15lb backpack was flying through the jungle. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

Such an amazing adrenaline rush produced such a harmonious healing experience for me coming from the states from so much racial turmoil into re-centering of my mind, body and spirit!

 

 

 

Ceynote MultumHa 

Cenote Multum – Ha is an underground sinkhole located in the Xian Ka’an  (Sian Ka’an) Mayan for “Origin of the Sky”region of Tulum. This is under the ground descending some 84 winding stairs to the cave made of dolomite and limestone as well as other cave rock. Such organic materials increase pH levels and add calcium and magnesium to purify the water.  I can admit I have NEVER felt water like this. It is soft and strong (potent) and completely alive, so clear you can see the 130 foot bottom of this basin.  I am not the best swimmer but again I didn’t let this stop me from experiencing the magnificence and majestic beauty. I rented a tiny life jacket and threw it over my Speedo and waistbeads and swam out to grab the rock with my tiny fingers.  Backstroked, floated and butterfly swam back and forth kept a smile on my face! Yet another fear I over came this day! Victory!

Many years ago, I had dreamed of what I learned were called ‘Cenotes’ or Sinkholes. In my dream the lakes would come alive in the night appearing to glitter under the moon. In one dream there was a home in a cave, that lead to a door where one could swim from one side to the larger lake it was healing medicine for the people of the community and had many powers. I didn’t realize until I arrived to Mexico that these cenotes were in my dreams! There are many cenotes in Mexico

 

 

Playa Del Carmen

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Playa Del Carmen shopping district and free Mexican Tequila Shots! © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

Hip Hop is Universal! Mexican Bboys in Playa del Carmen

I was amazed to find this Hip Hop Bboy show in Mexico. I was smiling from ear to ear listening to this African American music and witnessing these dancers for theirs in this arena as the crowd cheered and watched. For a second I felt like I was blasted onto a New York street corner in the 80s. It was fun, exhilarating, and made me giggle knowing that hip hop is truly an art loved and respected throughout the world bringing many tribes and races together under the umbrella of the music, dance, art, and culture.

 

We also had free tequila shots! I had coconut tequila, Mexican chocolate tequila, traditional tequila with lemon and salt, they were all amazing! Our group had a great time laughing, cheering each other on and chatting about our day and next travel plans.

 

Back in Cancun (KanKun) “Land of the Gold Snakes”

I spent a few days in Cancun and finally realized I was in walking distance to everything, major stores, shops, restaurants, bus stations that would take you to Chichen Itza, Mexico City, or Merida, banks, and supermarkets. The weather was amazingly perfect. On my last day it rained while the sun still shown above and cleared up as quickly as it started.  I also realized I was close to the Cancun hotel strip and party district!

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Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

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Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

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Coconut Trees are everywhere in Cancun! They are so plentiful no one pays them attention. I was blown away and wanted to climb the trees!! Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

Travel – My Fears and Dreams

My Fears overcome and  my Dreams realized…

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First time on a hammock, Cancun, Mexico.  © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

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Selfie in Mexico © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

A few notes on my mini vaca to Mexico…

 

My travel to Mexico was a long awaited pilgrimage where I have had so many dreams and visions for many years. I really did not know back then that it was Mexico that I should visit or why, but it was a truly healing and magical experience.

 


 

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It’s Wednesday, January 27, 2016 and I am so excited for simply being alive!
Today I made videos about just about “everything” …fitness, health, cures,
spirituality, truth-telling, rants on racism, my Southern-culture-shock experience,
healthy and deserving relationships and living 20 + years on organic natural foods, oooh and I made an organic protein shake!

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Be Fit.

It was Leg Day yesterday and I pushed the envelope on my sets and reps. Squats especially 50/70/90/90 – 12/12/12/10 and working my way back up into the 100s.
Between barbell lunges, squats, leg  presses, leg extensions, seated calf raises, weighted hyper extensions, weighted crunches.  I left the gym in a real sweat and with spaghetti legs. Mission accomplished. Today I can hardly sit but my legs are getting defined and I’m satisfied. 🙂

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Maybe it was the Leo Full Moon but I’ve been working on turning down my feisty fiery nature! I seem to be taken in on all the injustice and getting pissed at the insanity and ignorance.  Perhaps that is just my signal to delve into Yoga!  It’s 2016 lovely people let’s start acting like it.


Be Love

So there ‘are’ times when the Cosmic Mother in me feels outrage, unfairness and injustice! And my need to express feels more like an old soul reminding, chastising and scolding a child more than anything.  Okay so my rant (this time) was over Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s comments on Race and DNA on his show, Finding Your Roots.  Yeah. I wrote a whole blog article on it. You can read an excerpt then click on the link for more!

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Question to Mr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“WHY DON’T YOU KNOW
YOUR REAL HISTORY!??”

(after watching a few episodes of his show, Finding Your Roots,
with Bill Hader and Keenen Ivory Wayans, Mr. Gates, You Pissed Me Off!)

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Black Knights of the Black Holy Roman Empire (Germany)

Race Rant #1: No black people are not all descendant of slaves Mr. Henry Louis Gates let us remember the Moors in Europe hence Queen Charlotte and De Medici of Rome, why this man exhausts me with his “I’m helping you reveal your DNA Ancestry! Oh you have African in your DNA –ohh that was some slave late night going on?” chuckling.

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All saints of Ireland and British Isles Saint Seraphim Church Norfok England

How about the dialogue with Keenan Ivory Wayans. “We found that on your Mother’s  side your DNA shows no African DNA, but South East Asian DNA, yes, by way of the slaves of Madagascar! (?)

Royalty in the DNA of African and White Europeans

Royalty in the DNA of African and White Europeans

Wow Mr. Gates,  you honestly telling me you did not do ANY real history training up at Harvard? | Read Alot More! 

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A modern Khmer girl photographed at the temple of Ta Sohm

 


Be Empowered.

Solution to Momentary Bouts with External Insanity

 

Exhale:Injustice,.Oppression. Hate and Inequality.

Inhale:  Love. Thriving, Abundance and Empowerment for All!

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Practicing The Abhaya mudrā “gesture of fearlessness”strengthens the Root chakra! Provides sense of Safety, Protection, Alignment, and Bliss

 

As you can see I got my first real Jade after some really mystical synchronistic events whirled me in the direction of “I Must Have some Jade In My Life!”

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Coincidentally or not,  I met a VERY handsome man who kinda looked like a Hollywood version of my Sun who insisted on knowing my name while I helped him return a pair of trousers. He had the biggest jade band on his finger and my eyes got lost on the myriad of tattoos which looked more like early Meso Tribal American  with snakes and pyramids.

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When he revealed he was from Thailand I almost choked on my bubble gum, his dark complexion and curly black hair seemed more ‘native’ but then again my point was proven “We are ALL “kinnected”! Then there was the black elder lady with an amazing Jade collection on her wrists. When she told me she got it as a gift in New York. I took a break and headed for the Fine Jewelry section, low and behold it was a sale day and boom. I remember asking the Fine Jewelry girl if she had a Nephrite or Jadeite piece and which was better to which she was unaware and could not answer. I cant wait to get a new piece to add to my growing collections! When I went to my Real Estate conference on Sunday I had to have Pearls on my body and grabbed earrings and a necklace I had purchased from Ross in Virginia a few years ago.  Pearls seemed to bring a sense of ‘calm, serenity and self awareness’ to my Spirit. I’m looking forward to travels to ‘discover’ blue Olmec Jade and to keep learning about these beautiful plentiful bountiful diverse gems, their healing energy and cultural lore.

 

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Be Natural.

Healing Benefits of Jade and Pearls

I’ve been ‘craving’ both Jade and Pearls among other stones, gems and metals,  like Gold,  Emeralds, Rubies and Peacock Pearls aka Black Pearls.  In my picture you will notice I have a new Jade bracelet that I just adore. Here are some healing benefits, mythical lore, and more about these amazing gems!

Jade
The “Dream Stone” aids in bringing  your dreams to manifestation.

Jade is said to bless whatever it touches, serving mankind across the globe for nearly 6,000 years. For primitive peoples in the British Isles, its toughness, and ability to polish and sharpen made it a favored stone for axe heads, knives and weapons. Indigenous tribes of Mexico, Central and South America, and New Zealand carved it into deity masks and ritual artifacts, even cast it into wells as an offering to the water spirits for fresh and plentiful water. Jade has been the most highly esteemed stone in China throughout recorded history, and was valued for its beauty and powers of healing and protection. An endless variety of gems, vessels, incense burners, beads, burial items and statues have been wondrously carved from Jade, as well as musical instruments and pendants inscribed with poetry. [Simmons, 210][Eason, 266, 268]

8d9090011c376ada5371a571a11d1ba9Jade is a “dream stone,” releasing negative thoughts and irritability and soothing the mind. It stabilizes the personality, integrating mind with body, to stimulate ideas and make tasks less complex and easier to act upon. Placed on the forehead, it brings insightful dreams. [Hall, 152] Jade improves one’s remembering of dreams and releases suppressed emotions via the dream process. [Melody, 341]

Green Jade is a “growth crystal” – a powerful conduit of the earth’s Life Force of birth, development, and creation, and of the power of nature’s constant renewal. It is a potent aid in nurturing, whether of fledgling family relationships or a new business venture. Green Jade is perfect for keeping a venture on course, a project on schedule, and life on track. Lighter Green crystals promote spiritual growth and renewed commitment to a higher purpose. Those of a darker hue are talismans of physical growth and strength, and safety in travel.

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Grave of the great Maya king Jasaw Chan Kawiil I_who revitalized the city-state of Tikal after his accession in A.D.  682_as reproduced in the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología in Guatemala City

Jade in all forms has always represented nobility, not only of rank, but of ideals. The wearing of Jade assists in creating magic for the highest good and in protection from harmful or deceitful entities during spirit work. [Eason, 268]

Green Jade Dagger India

Green Jade Dagger India

Green Jade is an abundance stone, representing the flow of Divine energy into the reality of one’s life. It brings harmony and happiness in business and family relationships, as well material abundance. It is a reminder to smell the flowers, touch the ones you love, and share your heart with others in affirmation of plenty. [Ahsian, 210]

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Green Jade is a crystal of love. It is supportive of new love, and increases trustworthiness and fidelity. It also inspires love later in life. [Eason, 43]

As a professional support stone, Jade aids doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and all healers in making practical diagnosis and in their applications. It is a support stone for educators, and Jade, carved in the form of a faith symbol, is uplifting to military personnel. [Mella, 130-133]

Mayan Jade

Mayan Jade

Jade pendants and necklaces protect against deception and authoritative abuse for financial or sexual gain. Jade signifies peace through strength, and is also helpful in homes or occupations that encounter bullying or intimidation from violent children or teens. [Eason, 268]
Source: Crystal Vault 

Green Jade Dragon from the Han Dynasty

Green Jade Dragon from the Han Dynasty, China

 

Goddesses: Maat (Ancient Kemetic Goddess of Righteousness, Justice and Natural Universal Order), Quan Yin (Ancient Chinese Goddess of Compassion and Unconditional Love), Chalchiuhtlicue  (Aztec Goddess of Water), Bona Dea (Roman Goddess of Fertility)

 


Pearl

Excerpt from Pearls International

Modern science has not discovered anything magical about pearls, but this does nothing to diminish their stature in people’s eyes. Pearls are said to give the wearer a sense of calmness and centeredness, and to promote faith, loyalty, truth and purity. They can especially enhance personal integrity. They have also been used in a number of cultures to help women connect with their “inner goddesses” and obtain the ultimate “feminine energy.”

Yellow pearl is in a shell.

Yellow pearl is in a shell.

Pearls have been used throughout medical history to help treat disorders of the digestive tract, muscular systems and the skin. Powders and potions containing pearls have also been developed to aid in fertility, as well as in easing the discomforts of the birthing process. Many cultures and societies have made similar claims for this lustrous gem.

The Chinese, for example, have depended on the healing properties of the pearl for centuries. They have used it to treat everything from simple eye ailments to serious heart problems, bleeding, fever and indigestion. To this day, the Chinese still use pearl powder as a skin whitener and a cosmetic, as do many other people around the world. In fact, the pearl is widely considered to be effective in controlling the skin conditions rosacea and acne.

Black Pearls also known as PeacockPearls

Black Pearls also known as Peacock Pearls

Due to these natural properties, as well as its elegance and beauty, the pearl has been associated through the ages with the “matrix of life” itself. Proponents allege that the pearl helps to balance the human body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles. There are also those that claim that the pearl can bring inner wisdom and help to strengthen and nurture the growth of love. Pearls are thought by others to have very strong “magnetic” powers and have been used in “gem therapy” to strengthen nerves, the adrenal glands, the spleen and muscle tissue.

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Sources:

Crystal Vaults: Jade Meaning
http://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/jade

 

The Secret Metaphysical and Healing Properties of Pearls
https://pearlsinternational.com/the-secret-metaphysical-and-healing-properties-of-pearls/

 

Be Your own Superhero! – Burpee Tuck Jumps for @Home Fitness with Ria Sweetraw

Invest in Yourself! Commit to 30 minutes a day of physical exercise 3-4 days a week!

Empower yourself, Improve yourself, Inspire others to live a healthier more balanced lifestyle! Here are  just a few benefits of daily exercise practice:

  • Improve Your Sex Drive and Happiness
  • Increase Immunity and overall wellness
  • Reduce risks of Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Diabetes
  • Build Bone Density and Strength
  • Increase Flexibility, Agility and Stamina
  • Restore Brain Health !
  • and More!

 

  • Be Your Own Superhero! Invest in 30 minutes a day 3-4 days a week! Empower, Improve, Inspire!

    Be Your Own Superhero!
    Invest in 30 minutes a day 3-4 days a week! Empower, Improve, Inspire!

 

Being My  Own Superhero! Fitness Anywhere Anytime Anyplace 

So in my Be In + Live In the Now-Zen energy  I created some videos doing some @’home’ fitness.  I have to admit, I am far from where I envision myself but it’s a lot of fun learning! And I look forward to growing, expanding, perfecting, improving, and figuring it all out to expert-level.  I even had a wonderful invitation to a top notch gym to train and shoot some quality video! YEAH Good Vibes!!! In the meantime, I will keep posting, sharing, expressing and evolving (smile).

Ohh I have updated my old Youtube channel to include some ‘ancient’ videos I posted on Facebook so now I can simply add my Youtube channel as part of my media (sooo cool!) Feels so new and refreshing!!! And I’m so excited to improve, grow, expand and share!

InLove,

Ria

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Fit Fridays – You Can Do It If You Believe You Can!

You can succeed if you believe you can! So visualize, meditate, see what it is you want to manifest and focus!!!

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Eat Clean! Train Mean!

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InJoy and Celebrate Your Life!

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Your Goals  Will Be Achieved!

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Keep Going, Said the Universal Mind!

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You are a Magnet! Raise Your Vibration and Attract!

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Appreciation – Always!

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You are Closer than You Think, Focus, and Create!

 

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And there it is….

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Fitness Journey – 21DFX Completed!

Ready, Set, Go-ddess!

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Yeah! I just did my 1st ever BeachBody Program and completed my 1st round of 21DFX (21 Day Fix Extreme)! I am so excited!!! I was ‘mini-shopping’ last night and as I was in the bread aisle looking for low carb wraps for sandwiches, a Brother commented “I gotta see what bread you’re  getting! Whatever you doing keep doing it Sis, you look good!” I was so ecstatic and shocked a little voice in me said “I plan on  doing just that!” 🙂

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Since my start date, I had been contemplating on what to choose next for a fitness program and boom! (the answer fell so beautifully into place!)
I wondered if I could do ANOTHER round of 21DFX because the nutrition portions worked, I leaned out, and started to see my body shred–so why stop what works? Since most of my workouts were doubles anyway, I could do what some call a ‘hybrid’ and a Round 2 of the same program with more intensity, focus and continued commitment.

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For the past 21 plus days, I’ve kept an accurate, honest, and detailed Fitness and Nutrition journal. I look closely and monitor my daily intake . I no longer indulge in sweets or “eat whatever” habits thinking an hour workout will do the trick and support my fitness goals. Instead, I observe my cravings, stay disciplined to my goals and increase my commitment with action!

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I am feeling ‘lighter’ stronger, and more in tune with my body! And it’s a beautiful experience! My period was lighter, painless, and fast! I was able to work through each day (with slight moderation) with little to no disruption.  Staying Vegetarian/Vegan AND on my Fitness has proved beneficial on so many levels and I’m so excited to keep it going!!!!

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And see my gains (results) for the next 21 Days!

Ready, Set, Go-ddess!

 

 

Aware of Subtle Energies  + Cleansing Strategies 
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update or fitness motivation! August has been busy so far! It’s back to school (yeah!) And things are moving fast! I awakened at 1 am this morning with a knocking I thought I was late getting my daughter up at 4:30 – 5am only to find I had been ‘dreaming’  that woke me up? Immediately after my dog started having ear fits and I felt helpless watching him in a kind of agony. Naw, I went into Sage mode cleansing corners, blessing and casting out lower vibration energies with salt water. It must be the Creole Native Indigenous in me! I was like a Lioness and right back up at 4:45 am to wake up my daughter and then walk her under the predawn Moon and Stars! It was gorgeous out there in the cool breeze! Just magical! 

 

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I’m still in the Vegetarian Vegan zone although I’m tired of tofu right about now lol and ready to explore other power packed high protein vegetarian meals for athletes and workout enthusiasts! I’ve been keeping a beautiful Fitness and Nutrition journal including detailed notes on moods, behaviors and ‘details’ of my journey but it hasn’t been longer than 30 days as of yet so I’m steadily trekking along and building. I’d like to finish my year with this Journal consecutive and consistent!

Significant Changes:  Menses Flow and Energy Balance
During my menses I’m usually side tracked and thrown off balance with my fitness but so far I’m on task, consistent and feeling pretty good accept for the first 2 days I felt really weak! Being Vegetarian has its advantages my flow is less heavy and I’m much more sensitive to subtle energies and bullshitters I can see, feel and sense them a mile away no matter who it is or what form it comes. I immediately transform into my Warrior Goddess ready to protect AND strike blows!  Full Kali Sekhmet mode 😉 so beware! (not speaking to the righteous of heart and good willed) lol For the ‘others’ I know you know i know who you are! 😉 Stay in your lane, I see you!

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Fitness Coaching Consideration: Assessing my Goals Finding my Formula 
One of my fitness group coaches has asked me if I considered being a Beach Body Coach myself (wide-eyed expression), he keeps calling me out as a “role model” and “disciplined” in the group. I have noticed that my consistent double-workouts (often triple workouts) and strict nutrition plan (action) has placed an impression and increased daily workouts and detailed nutrition comments among the female members. For myself,  I’m a bit disappointed, however that I am not always in keeping at my 1200 Caloric Goal even with the increased workouts! Although, Im actually in my Daily Caloric Target Range I feel  I would have faster results being MORE disciplined in this area!!!  I found that when I worked out more if I didn’t eat more I felt weaker and less productive during my sets!  Therefore, I’m using my Fitness and Nutrition Journal to assess what I’ve been doing right, wrong and make improvements for better results. I’m open to see where higher vibrations take me on this journey!

This learning curve is pretty fun to learn and explore! 🙂

seeing small gains keeps me motivated to stay on task

Seeing small gains keeps me motivated to stay on task– on my Nutrition and Fitness Plan! 

For the most part, I like to inspire and raise the bar if I can,
whenever I can,whatever form that shows up!
That’s just part of why I’m here on this planet right now!
~ Ria Sweetraw, NaturalSelfGoddess

That’s just part of why I’m on this planet right now! (And its a “blissing” – so much appreciation, love and fortitude!) When you don’t see me on facebook or blogging I’m in deep internal meditation and contemplation. I do things but may not post or feel the need to constantly post my actions, thoughts, whereabouts, lol. Say in 2008 – 2010 I was a social media addict but this cycle of my life I praise “doing more and talking less.”  I realize I’m so much like the Moon with its ever changing cycles,  I fully accept myself. As much as I am in front of and exposing my self Sun Kissed in the same breath or rather exhale I’m seeking solitude in Nature to be still, hidden and deeply within. Perhaps this comes across as aloof or distant to those seeing me from outside or with little understanding to this way of being. I learned to see it as Natural as the Sun Moon interrelationship and cosmic dance. My balance of Sacred Masculine and Divine Feminine within the Self finds centeredness in this process of being.

Openness and Candor: Maat is my ONLY way (444)!
I’m also probably the ONLY woman in the fitness group to openly talk about and factor in the Menses part of fitness that women experience. Forget about whether its taboo or politically correct more importantly is it exactly what I’m feeling and experiencing right now so why should I feel ANY embarrassment, hesitation, or social restriction from expressing my attitude, feelings or assessments based upon this physiological biological chemistry within my body?  I dont! So I honestly express and factor this into my comments and discussions (period). (pun intended) guess that’s the open honest frank Sagittarius in me! 😉

Angeli Di Luce by Toni Taylor (Maat Cosmic Natural Energy)

Angeli Di Luce by Toni Taylor (Maat Cosmic Natural Energy)


Typical Green High Protein Breakfast Smoothie and Vegetarian Dinner 

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I usually opt out for Quinoa but had Jasmine Rice instead since I made some for my daughter’s meal! I will post more recipes and menus this weekend! Until then
Carpe Diem in God/dess Flow!

Detox Juice Blend: Green Kale Ginger Juice

Are you listening to your body? What messages has it been revealing to you lately?  Are you seeing dark circles under your eyes or dryer skin, are you more fatigued than usual, is your mind clear or cloudy?

Listen to your body, it’s always communicating with you to follow ‘your’ plan of wellness protocol. You may not have to do any big movement other than reduce and replace some ‘bad’ habits with ‘better’ habits.

For instance, minimizing and reducing processed foods for whole-“really-real’- organic- non gmo foods, or adding herbal teas or tonics to cleanse and strengthen your organs! These steps to wellness directly effect your immunity to dis-ease of body, mind and spirit.  Add this juice to your Raw Juice Lyceum (library) Here is a little simple juice you can also blend (uhh blend if you dont mind the fiber and pulp!!) Other wise juice and get your fitness on! Happy New Year and Happy ImPowered YOU! ~ Ria Sweetraw Takharu, Your Wellness + Lifestyle Cheerleader!

 
DETOX JUICE INGREDIENTS:

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INGREDIENTS:

1 stalk celery
2-4 kale leaves
1/2 – 1 green apple
a few sprigs of parsley leaves
1/2-1 whole lemon
1 pinch of organic  ginger root

recipe: Quick Homemade Coco Nutty Raw Honey Granola

Set your timer for 10 minutes, Ready? Set go… Let make fresh homemade granola!

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Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 20 min
Serves 4-6

Use raw, organic ingredients whenever possible. These measurements are flexible; don’t worry too much about being exact.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups raw, whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup raw almonds and/or cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw organic chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons grade-b maple syrup or raw honey (i used both)
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil or other healthy cooking oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract extract
  • 1 large pinch fine sea salt (Himalayan or black sea salt)

Recipe: Preheat your oven to 300º F.  Use a baking sheet. Mix all ingredients together using a spoon or hands. Pour mixture onto baking sheet and let bake for 8-10 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK!  Your granola should be thinly spread and lightly cooked. Allow to cool and store for later use.

My son just tried it and had 2 bowls with almond milk! I have to hide the rest, so I can get some! lol

 

Health Benefits of Granola: Quick Facts!

granola_imadeitOats: Antioxidants reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Lowers Cholesterol, Great source of Fiber and Protein, Friendly Carb

Chia Seeds: “Strength” (Aztec/Mayan folklore), appetite suppressant, Omega-3 fatty acids, proten, carbohydrates, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, Vitamin Bs

Almonds: Great protein source, Vitamin E, Manganese, Copper, Riboflavin,  Protects against Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

Cashews: a “good” fat (saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated) ratio, 5 grams of protein per ounce, great for dental health, high in copper, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, manganese

Raw Honey: Vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin, antioxidants, selenium, enzymes, minerals, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium

Coconut and Virgin Coconut Oil:  a “Good” saturated fat! Anti-fungal, Anti-viral, Anti-bacterial Lauric Acid, Ketogenic, Reduces Abdominal Fat

Black Salt: Black Salt (Black Lava Salt: Trace minerals, Boron, Chloride,Calcium,Fluoride, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium), charcoal acts as a detoxifier

Himalayan Salt: 84 Minerals/Trace Minerals: actinium, aluminum, antimony, arsenic, astatine, barium, beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, cadmium, calcium, carbon, cerium, cesium, chlorine, chromium, cobalt, copper, dysprosium, erbium, europium, fluorine, francium, gadolinium, gallium, germanium, gold, hafnium, holmium, hydrogen, indium, iodine, iridium, iron, lanthanum, lead, lithium, lutetium, magnesium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, neodymium, neptunium, nickel, niobium, nitrogen, osmium, oxygen, palladium, phosphorus, platinum, plutonium, polonium, potassium, praseodymium, protactinium, radium, rhenium, rhodium, rubidium, ruthenium, samarium, scandium, selenium, silicon, silver, sodium, strontium, sulfur, tantalum, tellurium, terbium, thallium, thorium, thulium, tin, titanium, uranium, vanadium, wolfram, yttrium, ytterbium, zinc and zirconium.