Into the Darkness

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
Desmond Tutu

Blessings Cafecito Soul Tribe,
I invite you to LISTEN to my latest show recorded live last FRIDAY…

LISTEN HERE:

Cafecito Break #1605: Into The Darkness by Bbox_Radio on Mixcloud

SHOW NOTES
TOPIC- INTO THE DARKNESS

STORIES COVERED
LOOKING INTO THE DARKNESS – “FUNCTIONALLY HOMELESS”
DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
“HAVE FUN GETTING LOST”
STAGES OF LOSS – MOURNING, DARKNESS, ANGER, APPRECIATION

MUSIC FEATURED
KASSIDAT EL HAKKA –  SEX WITCH
SHE’S LOOKING FOR SOMETHING – BEATS ANTIQUE
WHAT WILL BECOME OF ME – DAVE MATTHEWS
GUESS I’M DOING FINE – BECK
DESDICHADO – LOS HERMANOS ROSARIO
LLORARAS – OSCAR DE LEON
MI GRAN AMOR LE DI – JOSE ALBERTO “EL CANARIO”

QUESTION OF THE WEEK  
WHAT CRYSTAL DO YOU REACH FOR IN UNCERTAIN TIMES?

AWAKENING WOMAN SEGMENT
PROSE SHARED BY Sydney Hartlove Nichols​

MENTIONS/LOVE SHOUTS
Ruth Guten​
Dennis Guten​
El Puente Presente
Los Sures Senior Center
Matthew Koreness Moon​
Wally Perez​
Jessica Perez​
Jovian Fells​
Lotus Gabriel​
Adam Schaper​

Learn more: www.cafecitobreak.com

Unbound – Finding Freedom From Grief

Every day the world moves faster and faster.  And every day we struggle to catch up to its pace.  Our lives are filled with giant to do lists and so much work.  Monday Morning greets many with giant anxieties and stress.  This is why Cafecito Break Podcast airs LIVE every Monday Morning at 11am est.  
At Cafecito Break we believe you deserve a break from the madness of the world.  Grab a cup of coffee and listen to LIVE, FEEL GOOD, METAPHYSICAL conversations that feed the soul, inspire, and empower.

We invite you to listen to our latest episode below… UNBOUND, Finding Freedom from Grief with Special Guest Khadijah Moon Ali-Coleman.  Cafecito Break is hosted by Rosangel Perez and Ruthie Guten
http://www.podbean.com/media/player/6uaev-5c0f8d

Love is a battlefield…

INSIDE CAFECITO BREAK – SHOW NOTES |

IF LOVE IS SO IMPORTANT, why do we get it so wrong?

This is a question, I have been exploring all of my life… and every day, I learn new things from the men and women I come into contact with at work, in my classes, and within my circles of trust…

I witness often the imbalance of relationships… one person may be giving too much, the other might be leaning back… one person may be abusive, the other person might be a doormat, one person may be manipulative, and the other person may not give a fuck… Yet day after day… many people stay in relationships, whether it is with a romantic partner, a friend, or a family member for FEAR…

What kind of fear? There are many…

This is why I’m calling this show, Love is a Battlefield…

Cafecito Break #1603: Love Is A Battlefield by Bbox_Radio on Mixcloud

Cafecito Break | Wild, Witchy, Mystical Feel Good Stories Y MUSICA

Thank you for listening…  RA

 

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What do you love at this moment?

HOMELESS – PRIVATE JOURNAL ENTRY Summer 2012… 

I decided to share the entry below because I have spoken to so many people who find themselves in a home situation that is not the ideal.  I wanted to share that I myself have had my own journeys and challenges with finding myself  “homeless” and then functionally homeless in 2012.  

If you are wondering what functionally homeless is… it means that you do not have your own home, but someone is giving, providing, or sharing their shelter with you.  

May my journal entry below provide some insight and inspiration   Life is filled with up and downs.  Just remember, your sentence isn’t over…. 


Location – somewhere in NYC   Date – Summer 2012

Yesterday was one of those days… again. 

What was surfacing was anger. Mostly anger at myself for allowing and creating the current situation I find myself in.

Finding a home hasn’t been as easy as I thought. In this money hungry society, everything is over priced and most realtors are only interested in dealing with you if you have a steady income.

Sigh…
I only have myself to blame for being up in the air like this.

I have been feeling so lost.

I know intuitively that this is part of the process of letting go, of finding myself, of releasing ego, and embracing the gifts this moment really has to offer me.

After an entire day of anger and feeling sorry for myself, I closed out my evening in silence.

What do you love about this moment?”, my inner being asked me.

As tired as I was I knew I needed to do something different to change the the vibration I had been immersed in all day.

I listened to a ten minute video of Alan Watts. In this talk, he illustrates how the past is changed by how we perceive the present moment.

“We must abandon completely the notion of blaming the past for any kind of situation we’re in and reverse our thinking and see that the past always flows back from the present. That now is the creative point of life. So you see its like the idea of forgiving somebody, you change the meaning of the past by doing that…Also watch the flow of music. The melody as its expressed is changed by notes that come later. Just as the meaning of a sentence…you wait till later to find out what the sentence means…The present is always changing the past.”

My sentence isn’t over…

Here it is… My list.
What do you love about this moment?

My body
That I can breathe
The mastery of love
My crystals
My beloved
My family
my friends
My dogs
My bed
My pillow
My laptop
My sheets
My blankets
My cel phone
My altar
My veil
My goddess hanging
My plants
My chuunky
My oracle cards
My incense
My candles
My rattle
My water
Jesus and Mary
My lion stuffed animal
The air conditioner
My nightlight
The alchemist
My runes
My guides
My ancestors
This home
Dreams
Health
My freedom
My abundance

Now its your turn…
What does your list look like? What the first thing that comes to mind?  See if it helps shift your mood. The lighter you feel, the faster you can attract those blessings you seek.

Thank you for allowing me to share.

Many blessings and prosperity to you, to me, to all of us.

ra lil wolf perez

 

TV News Fear Porn

We are addicted 

To the drama

To the story

That keeps on repeating

Over and over and over

And then we repeat the story, to others, to our neighbors, to ourselves.

And this creates more fear.

This creates more anxiety.

This robs us of joy.

Why can’t they share good news too? Why is every story worse than the next?

What are they telling you?

Are you seeing real evidence?

Or a made up story?

Are they really giving you facts?

Or are they telling you a story that is convenient for some and not the majority.

What rights will be taken away from us now?

What will be added?

Step back.  See the whole picture

Notice the trends.

Is mainstream media our friend?

Is this government propaganda?

Why keep the masses in fear?

Because….  (Fill in the blank)

Who? What? Why?

Ask more questions.

Feel with your heart.

But please don’t accept just one version of a story.

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Dance Your Dream

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be a part of your revolution.” – Emma Goldman

What does a Pastor, a Curator of Music, and a Shamanic Movement Coach have in common?  They are co-creating a “Dance Your Dream Party” with the intention of buidling bridges, creating an inviting ALL ARE WELCOMED unified space, and providing a safe place to dance in the segregated, gentrified, and sometimes unwelcoming neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This morning on CAFECITO BREAK PODCAST, we talked to Pastor Ben McKelahan and Music Curator Gavin Russom about what inspired the DANCE YOUR DREAM project and what we hope it will become.

Listen HERE…. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cafecitobreak/2015/11/30/cafecito-break–dance-your-dream

Our intention is to host these parties on a monthly basis…  Our next party is Sunday, December 20th, 2015 – 3pm – 6pm.

See the flyer below for more details.

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LEARN MORE |

The Rev. Ben Mckelahan – is an interactive artist, fairy tale writer, and Lutheran Pastor. Since he stumbled upon Lutheranism and Theatre of the Oppressed, Ben has been fascinated with how to use art and games to create a community that embodies God’s unconditional love. Ben serves as the pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Gavin Russon – is a sound, visual, and music artist, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, he currently lives in New York City. He has also spent a significant amount of time based in Berlin which he considers his second home. From an early age, he became interested in experimenting with sound, image and movement and investigating the territory where the boundaries between them blur. Not surprisingly, his career has straddled many worlds and scenes. Looking beneath genre and the shifting landscape of stylistic trends, Russom’s focus is really the vital energy present in all earthly things and the ecstatic nature of reality.

EMAIL – contact@cafecitobreak.com

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Feeling like Scrooge on Thanksgiving…

It is 9:41am.  I have been up since 6am… Why? to force myself to a ginger/honey/lemon tea concoction for my flu..  I’ve been home for a week coughing, feeling hot and then cold, having a hard time breathing and feeling extremely fatigued…  I feel restless, unsettled, and darn right cranky…

Its like a test from the UNIVERSE!!!

What do you do now Rosangel?  

My first thought is… I have to be real with how I’m feeling.  And as I type these words I hear a voice screaming inside my head… “I feel like SHIT!!!, I’m cranky, I am uncomfortable… boo boo boo boo boo bah hum bug….”

And this voice wants to continue singing/screaming the same old “Cranky Pants” song… and why not?  it is not like I am lying, this is my truth right now… I FEEL LIKE CRAP… :-/

BUT my HIGHER VOICE tunes in… and she says… “You know what to do…” 

Sigh…

Yes… this is true.. I do know what I can do… I can take small steps right now to feel better.

This morning I listened to an inspirational chat by Gabrielle Bernstein called “Awakening Your Authentic Power” and I also did a tuning fork sound healing on myself and I am feeling a shift… but  one of the most profound ways I can feel better is by opening the door to gratitude… 

Let me show you…

“Dear body, I am grateful for your beautiful intelligence… for showing me this week that I have been moving too fast and doing too much and that I needed to give you rest.   I am grateful for my thoughts, for the time to be able to think, contemplate, rest, rest, rest, and rest.  I am grateful for the challenge of pausing… Dear body you know me well… you know I’m a restless bird and I move around so much that I lose sight of when I am pushing my body too hard.  I am grateful for the perfect reason to take a break from the world and the mundane and the over stimulating lifestyle of the city. I am grateful to be able to listen deeply to you and my/your true needs.   I am grateful for the insight that I need more special time for me and my creative endeavors.  And even though it has been a tough week on my body, I  am grateful I have had a creative burst that I haven’t felt in a while.  I am grateful to have experienced this again because it is what truly makes me happy.  It is like coming home again.  Thank you body for your infinite intelligence   Please forgive me for running you too hard… You are not a machine.  You are an instrument of divinity and my intention is to hold you sacred.  I love you.  Thank you.”

Immediately, I can feel a difference. I feel lighter and more content and I’m actually smiling.  Yes!!!

Gratitude and Gentleness for me.

Happy Thanksgiving…

May you have a beautiful magical heartfelt day!

Join us on “The Gratitude Movement” on Facebook, which I founded in 2009.  It is a mastermind of love, kindness, and appreciation. We celebrate 29 Days of Gratitude events.  All are welcomed ;-)

From a recent article published in the New York Times called, “Choose to be Grateful. It will Make You Happier”

“This is not just self-improvement hokum. For example, researchers in one 2003 study randomly assigned one group of study participants to keep a short weekly list of the things they were grateful for, while other groups listed hassles or neutral events. Ten weeks later, the first group enjoyed significantly greater life satisfaction than the others. Other studies have shown the same pattern and lead to the same conclusion. If you want a truly happy holiday, choose to keep the “thanks” in Thanksgiving, whether you feel like it or not.” Arthur C Brook

Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.

The Night Before Thanksgiving…


The night before Thanksgiving always reminds me of a warm kitchen filled with lots of food and festive energy.  I have memories of my mom preparing the turkey and the ham.  My dad bugging her for taste tests, and my sister and I getting ready to watch  “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

I remember how much I looked forward to Thanksgiving night.  It was tradition on this evening to begin playing old Christmas favorites.  A warm fuzzy feeling would come over me as I anxiously anticipated the family parties and gatherings with friends.  My absolute favorites were the “parrandas” which is a Puerto Rican version of Christmas caroling with a few twists…

 A parranda is when a small group of friends gathers together to “asaltar” or surprise another friend.  Most parranderos play some sort of instrument, either guitarras, tamboriles, güiro maracas, or palitos. And they all sing.    

The parranderos arrive at the destination and then very quietly gather by the front door. At a signal all start playing their instruments and singing. The parrandas usually begin after 10pm in order to surprise and wake the sleeping friend. The parranderos are invited in and refreshments, music and dance follow. Of course we don’t surprise unsuspecting victims. The parranderos are given plenty of “hints” before hand by the homeowner that he is ready to receive a parranda.    

   

The party goes on for an hour or two then everyone, including the owners of the house, leave to parrandear some more. The group grows as they offer their parranda at several houses during that night. At the last house probably around 3 or 4 in the morning the homeowner offers the traditional chicken soup or asopao de pollo. The party is over at dawn.” (excerpt extracted from http://www.elboricua.com/pr_christmas.html)

Our family participated in a Urban version of this tradition…  

Ahh, those days were so sweet.  I get teary eyed just thinking about them. My daddy is now in heaven and oh these holidays aren’t the same without him...
I invite you to listen to the video below… even if you don’t understand the words, allow yourself to feel the joy…It’s a melody of some of my favorite songs.  :)

Click the link below…

May you continue to build wonderful memories with your loved ones.

Happy  a blessed Thanksgiving!
love, light, y bendiciones,

Rosangel Perez  

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We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For…

Words of wisdom… let’s be a family.

“You have been telling the people,
That this is the eleventh hour.
Now, you must go and tell the people,
That THIS is the hour,
And there are things to be considered.

Where are you living? What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relationship?
Where is your water?
Know your garden …

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
Do not look outside yourself for a leader.

There is a river flowing now very fast,
It is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid,
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
And will suffer greatly.

Understand that the river knows its destination,
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.

And I say; see who is in there with you,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!

At this time in history,
We are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves!
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to an end.
The time of the Lone Wolf is over!

Gather yourselves!
Banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done,
In a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are all about to go on a journey,
We are the ones we have been waiting for!”

-Thomas Banyacya Sr. (1910-1999);
Speaker of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan
Elder of the Hopi Nation

 

She Let Go…

She Let Go by Rev. Safire Rose

I remember the first time I read these words… I felt them at my core and just the other night, I rediscovered this poem and felt it was so appropriate to share…

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She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming
around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,
without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a
book on how to let go… She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyse whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual
Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

Rev. Safire Rose

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Cafecito Break PREMIERE – bboxradio in BKLYN

Because I refuse to be seduced by a robotic state of being, because I believe in dreams and in freedom of expression, because I believe in protecting creativity, because I understand that change must begin with me, because I believe in truth, and because I know better.

PREMIERING on January 8th, 2016, 9am-11am on BBOXRADIO in Bklyn… CAFECITO BREAK – MUSIC | TALK | BKLYN –  I invite you to listen and co -create this dream with me.  

Click the link that follows every Friday between 9am -11am to hear my show. Cafecito Break – made in bklyn babie… just like me ;-)

“Don’t let them tame you.” ~ Isadora_Duncan

#cafecitobreak #danceyourdream #bboxradio

Be Who You ARE… Lady Gaga

What a powerful video with Lady Gaga who speaks candidly and with so much vulnerability and courage in support of connecting with others, being present,  being a rebel, following your dream, living your passion, being you, and empowering yourself.

Wepa!!!

Something to contemplate…

Are you being you? 

Or are you being a caricature of yourself?

Are you playing into a role because that is the way everyone else does it?  

Has your soul been shouting “NO MoRE!??”

What can you do in the next minute to empower your dream? Are you ready to take another step to being more like the person you know you were meant to be?

Seize this moment now.  Dream your dream butterfly. 

 

#danceyourdream

When was the last time you danced with abandon?

Dancing is healthy and fun. It lightens anxieties and depressions. It’s free and it’s natural medicine.

So…. Why aren’t we dancing more?

Everyday I meet more and more people who aren’t dancing. Everyday I meet more people allowing themselves to be seduced by the “safe”robotic daily routine.  If this makes you happy, there is nothing wrong with this. But…

If you are having doubts, ask yourself why…

pause and invite the answers to come.  You may want to ask yourself…  Do you feel alive? Do you feel like you need to move more?   When was the last time you got lost in the music? When was the last time you danced with abandon and freedom? When was the last time you danced, let loose and not gave a fuck?  

Who cares what others think and say about your dancing. Those special moves are yours babie!!! Claim them and feel good.  

Dancing is a portal. It’s opens you directly to the divine within and around you.  And so much more.

Seize the moment. If you are in NYC  join us and co create this dream of feeling alive thru movement…

Dance Your Dream!!! Set your intention before you start dancing and hold that intention throughout the dancing.

We are taking dancing to another level. Let your soul move you. Let your spirit soar. We are opening up with a drum circle. Bring your maracas. ;)

Let it flow. Let it flow. You will be safe. You will be in Gods house and you will be dancing amongst beautiful happy friendly souls.

Dance with us this Sunday at St Paul’s Theater in Williamburg Bk between 3-6pm. See the flyer for more details.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tm9vs6Fv9ks

Dance is a Language that reunites the body, mind, & soul

“Today we primarily think of dance as a form of entertainment or as a way to exercise or socialize. There was a time, however, when dance was considered the highest expression of our spirituality in our search for the communion with the divine, a part of life’s journey, celebrating the seasons and rhythms of the year and the rhythms of our lives. Dance is a language that reunites the body, mind, and soul. Through dance we experience a different dimension. ~IRIS J. STEWART

Every time you do something good for yourself, you add to the the liberation of humanity. You contribute positive vibes to a world that desperately needs it.
Dancing freely, without inhibitions, without shame, with beauty, and grace is a powerful healing energy. Join us in co-creating and remembering the butterflies we are.

 

Realities Blending In…

Things are feeling ethereal to me

Realities blending in

Jumping in and out of dimensions… Of spaces and time. 

Have I lived this before? 

How come this feels so familiar?

How come I’ve become so fascinated with the birds?

What are they saying? 

Why does the starling visit everyday? For over six months now. 

Why do I yearn more silence?

Spirals and twists and whirls and twirls 

I delight 

Dancing with the trees 

Dancing with the scenes 

Dancing within dreams 

Dreams blending in 

Am I sleeping? Am I awake? Is it both? 

Everything becoming one. 

Feels like I am coming home to me…

Multi dimensional 

– ra lil wolf 

Decisions, Decisions…

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Theodore Roosevelt

You know it. You feel it. Your gut has been whispering the answer all along. We don’t want to hear it. We want to make our own way. There’s gotta be another way we say.

So we ask the world for advice. We look to self help books and fill our minds with more answers and solutions. But none of them feel right. Why? Because your gut knows. Your inner voice knows.

You can keep waiting and prolonging your decision until the day life makes the decision for you.

Turn those questions inward. Ask

Then release it.

Do you have the faith to allow?

Are you willing and ready to listen to the response?

Happy Leaping, Dreaming, Visioning, and recreating the life you want deserve and desire!

– ra lil wolf

How Many Words We Use…

A reader asks.. Why haven’t you posted much in the last year?

I have been in a quiet reflective space. 

Reflecting on words. 

Reflecting on mindfulness. 

Reflecting on the power of words. 

And how many words we use…

Words that are meaningless

Words that create more boundaries and separation

The language of love is simple. 

Can we can back to that?  

– RA lil wolf 

Squeaky Wheels, Boundaries, Truths, Responsibility, and LOVE

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

Hello Beautiful Readers of my Blog,

My apologies for taking so long to write. May these words find you feeling amazing.  May you feel the energetic hug I am sending your way.  I have missed sharing my thoughts and ideas with you. But sometimes a person NEEDS TO STOP and I have been overwhelmed by life… in beautiful ways, in haunting ways, in magical ways, in very bitter nightmarish ways…

With all the drama and life stuff happening, I have found myself feeling the need to create powerful boundaries..  Boundaries that have enabled me in this chaos to find some sort of stillness.  And I have found that when creating strong boundaries, I can really breathe a lil more, I can allow my body to relax, and I invite my body to enjoy soft slow deep breaths.

In this stillness, I feel safe.

I have felt the need to deal with the overwhelm by going into an inner silence.  And for me that means finding quiet lil corners during my day where I can experience this.

So…

I often go on long meditative walks,  sit by the pier, or dance, and maybe all three in one day.

I know that I am not the only one feeling OVERWHELMED or OVER STIMULATED or OVER INUNDATED.

 I am out there every day, talking to people in the streets, at the churches, at events, at affordable housing workshops, in cafes, in my Botanica – BOTANIKAL, and on my Radio Show, Cafecito Break…

This access gives me an ear to the streets, a pulse, an idea of how much suffering there is… EVERYWHERE

And this motivates me and inspires me everyday to get up and fight harder for myself, for my people, for my community, and for our rights as a people to live in dignity.

Within this fight, there is something that I can not deny, OLD WASHINGTON POLITICS is DONE, it is OUTDATED,  and we as a people need to stand together and not wait for others to represent us.  And as much as I have said that I don’t believe in rigged political races, therefore, I do not vote… I do believe in local politics.  I do believe in the men and women who are out there everyday representing us.

I have also learned a very important lesson.  For matters that are important to us, we need to get in their FACES and be squeaky wheels…

Someone who is being a squeaky wheel right now is Alexandra Lugaro’ who is running in Puerto Rico for Governor.  She recently created and shared a video EXPOSING SOME UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS about the Puerto Rican Debt crisis and the United States involvement and responsibilty with Puerto Rico.

Alexandra conveys strongly, simply, and direcly how the current relationship/status between Puerto Rico and the United States is actually crippling any chance that Puerto Rico has to self sustain.  She offers suggestions of how the island of Puerto Rico can get back on its feet.

Take a look at the video below.  SHE IS INSPIRATIONAL.

We are all suffering in some way.  Lil ways or Big ways…  And its clear more than ever.  WE NEED EACH OTHER.  We need to be truthful and be real about what is…

We also need to collectively assume responsibiIity.  Together we can come up with solutions to create a healthier abundant world.

I love you.

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Rosangel Perez – Visionary, Radio Host of Cafecito Break, Shamanic Belly Dancer, Community Relations Director for Churches United for Fair Housing

Everyone is born with a gift… I am a Laughter Yogi

One of my gifts is creating a safe space for fun uninhibited movement, dancing, laughter, and expression. Wepa!

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What is Laughter Yoga Dance Party you ask? It is the spiced up version of Laughter Yoga. Laughter yoga was made popular as an exercise routine developed by Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria, who writes about the practice in his book “Laugh For No Reason” As of 2011, there are more than 8,000 Laughter Clubs in 65 countries.

In my classes it is common to dance to merengue, reggae, reggaeton, middle eastern music, and more.
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It is also common to laugh your bunz off…

Even if you don’t feel like you are in the mood for laughter…
that’s okay.

WE FAKE IT TIL WE MAKE IT…
Once we start our two minute laughter meditation our “fake” laughter turns into unconditional laughter. Some people start laughing so hard, they find it hard to stop.

Did you know that on average children laugh about 200 times a day, while adults laugh about 12 times a day?
Since I have been teaching LYDP, I have learned one thing,
there is so much sadness, depression, and loneliness out there.

In some of my classes-
*I have met people who have never danced. I had a new student join my class the other day. I noticed everyone got up for dancing, except her. When I reached for her hand, she shared with me that she didn’t know how to dance because she’s never tried. I looked at her and said… “Well, let’s try… there’s nothing to it… all you have to do is have fun…” I almost cried when she got up and started to move. This woman was about 70 years old.

In my classes, I have also met…

*People who can’t remember the last time they laughed
*Elders who are always alone.
*Single women who are both mom and dad to their kids and have no family support
*Parents who have suffered the loss of one or more of their children
*Men with depression
*College students filled with stress and anxiety
*Career men & women filled with stress and anxiety
*Children filled with stress and anxiety
*many who are carrying deep grief
*people healing from emotional, verbal & physical abuse
and more

The reality is that many of us are carrying such heavy loads. Laughter Yoga provides a vehicle where some of these deep emotions have an outlet for releasing.

In this chaotic, fast moving, stressed out world, many people have forgotten how good it feels to share a hearty laugh with someone, how amazing it feels to dance uninhibitedly, and how freeing it is to be in a space where you can share a “primal” scream as loud as you can and not have to worry about what others think, and the liberation of allowing yourself to play and be “childlike”.

It is a healthy fun way to release pent up energy and stress in a safe setting…

What are the benefits? There are many… I often hear that people feel less stress and tension… Headaches and body aches gone or reduced… Most people feel relaxed, lighter, and happier.

For example…

I’ve taught Laughter Yoga Dance Party at a Senior Center for almost three years. The Elders I share class with teach me so much. They allow themselves to laugh. They try new things. They try movement and dancing even when their bodies aren’t feeling strong enough to stand. They still try. They make every effort to live in the moment.

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When they hear a song they really like, I can see how their faces transform with excitement and joy. It is so beautiful to witness. The other day, we had an Elder participate in my class who could barely stand and was carrying a portable device that helps him breathe. He was laughing, clapping and he participated as best he could. He even joined us for the moving meditation from his seat. The smile on his face is a priceless moment. It was so beautiful to witness and I am so grateful for the experience.

I have also had the pleasure of sharing my Laughter Yoga Dance Party Class with NY Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez who joined the Seniors and I for some dancing during my Holiday “Parranda” version of this class. We use some of the native instruments, such as maracas, guiros, palitos, and dance to our parranda favorites.

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I have even shared this class with our newest council member Antonio Reynoso…

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But I think one of m favorite Laughter Yoga Dance Party moments happened during a Health Fair…

About 40 people gathered in a big circle… And it didn’t matter… that there was so much variety in ages and backgrounds, from Grandma to lil toddlers, from Spanish Speaking Only to English Speaking Only, and multiple cultures… we laughed together, danced together, and breathed together… OH and we danced the Gangnam Style together… HILARIOUS!

Oh yes, I forgot to mention… I teach this class in English, Spanish, and I also teach Bi-Lingual Spanish/English LYDP classes.  My favorite thing about the Spanish/English classes is the bridging of languages, cultures, backgrounds, and ages.

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Dancing in our heads…

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.
— Albert Einstein

Feeling brown…

We have made enormous progress in teaching everyone that racism is bad. Where we seem to have dropped the ball… is in teaching people what racism actually IS.  – Jon Stewart

now don’t get me wrong…

I am in love and feel super blessed that I am a brown skinned Puerto Rican Latina delicious woman… (ladies claim your deliciousness)

my sister and I call ourselves caramelitas which translates to “lil caramels” ;-)

yes we, The Perez Sisters are strong advocates for self love… and also strong advocates for love and kindness towards others.

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Unfortunately, we are living in times where skin color is playing a very powerful role….

A test for humanity.

An invitation to look within before pointing fingers outward…

We all have biases and judgements.  If you are in a human 3D body, no matter how “enlightened” you are, there are still things that we all can improve on and need take an honest look at…

For example…  looking honestly at the racism embedded within your own psyche or that of your family or ancestors.  No matter how polite we think we are, our judgements about other people reveal themselves by the actions we take and the words we say and don’t say.

One gentle step at a time.

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything. – Scott Woods

FREE YOUR MIND VIDEO – DENNIS McKENNA

I have made it a habit to watch and learn new things every week.  This video is extremely thought provoking.  Trust your heart.  Be Bold.  Free Your Mind… and LOVE babie!!!

QUOTES BY DENNIS McKENNA

Psychedelics are not suppressed because they are dangerous to users; they’re suppressed because they provoke unconventional thought, which threatens any number of elites and institutions that would rather do our thinking for us.

No wonder psychedelics are threatening to an authoritarian religious hierarchy. You don’t need faith to benefit from a psychedelic experience, let alone a priest or even a shaman to interpret it. What you need is courage—courage to drink the brew, eat the mushroom, or whatever it is, and then to pay attention, and make of it what you will. Suddenly, the tools for direct contact with the transcendent other (whether you call it God or something else) is taken from the hands of an anointed elite and given to the individual seeker.

Think for yourself, and believe in yourself. Keep your skeptical antennae tuned in and in good working order at all times. We are free to develop our own hypotheses, which should be based in available evidence. When it comes to faith, have faith in yourself. And don’t forget to love, laugh, be kind to each other. Don’t take things so seriously, especially yourself. If the universe is a cosmic joke, remember to giggle. And remember to be astonished.