Monday, June 29, 2009

renaissance negresse museletter 2009/5

the renaissance negresse museletter
art | inspiration | community
brought to you by Cassendre Xavier Enterprises
(Serious Creature Music, ARtivist Publications)

June 29, 2009

In This Issue:

1) WHO IS THE *RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE?
2) BLACK WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE
3) NEXT SHOW: REGENCY CAFÉ – JULY 3RD
4) SALE! $5 ALBUM DOWNLOADS & $5 E-BOOKS!
5) SPRECHEN ZIE DEUTSCH?
6) ARTIST INSPIRATION INTERVIEW SERIES
7) TWO NEW FREE EXCERPTS
8) RAW VEGAN UPDATE
9) CASSENDRE XAVIER’S RUNNING CLUB UPDATE


1) WHO IS THE *RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE?
Haitian-American multi-media artist Cassendre Xavier coined this term in 2002.
A musician, writer, actress, and visual artist, Xavier says the term describes a black woman who is skilled or gifted in 3 or more arts. Xavier is a recipient of a Leeway Transformation Award for her work as a community cultural arts advocate, having founded and directed several Philadelphia arts initiatives including the Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series (2002-2006) and the Black Women’s Arts Festival (2003- Present). She is originally from Brooklyn, NY and has resided in Philadelphia since 1990. [*“Negresse, Negre: In the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean Islands, these words often have a connotation of affection, entirely non-racial in meaning. ‘Ma petite negresse, mon negre, are equivalent to ‘My dear, my darling, my sweet.’” – From Masters of the Dew, a contemporary classic novel by the Haitian author Jacques Roumain, translated by Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook.]

2) BLACK WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE
Latest newsletter dated June 17, 2009 or visit www.BWAFphilly.org Click “News”.


3) NEXT SHOW: REGENCY CAFÉ – JULY 3RD
Described as "a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade & Enya" (Steven M. Wilson, Borders Music), Cassendre Xavier has been performing her brand of jazzy-soulful acoustic pop in a folk/rock style since moving to Philadelphia in 1991. Her CD Live at Tin Angel garnered the high praise from Philadelphia City Paper music critic M.J. Fine who said that had live albums been eligible, it would've been number 9 of the "Top 21 Local EPs of 2007" (Jill Scott’s release was number 21!). She has shared the stage with folk/rock artists Cheryl Wheeler, Toshi Reagon, John Flynn, Charlie King, Pat Humphreys, Alix Dobkin & Lucie Blue Tremblay, among others, and been featured on Power 99FM, WXPN, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, among other local media. Also an award-winning community arts organizer, Xavier is the founder and one of the organizers of Philadelphia's 6th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival. Her 8th indie release Capable of Love was released in January to critical acclaim.

8pm / No cover
Regency Cafe
29 North Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne, PA 19050
484.461.9002
http://www.regencycafe.com/Music.html


4) SALE! $5 ALBUM DOWNLOADS & $5 E-BOOKS!
All full-length album MP3 downloads are only $5, CDs are $10 - visit http://cdbaby.com/all/cassEndrE. Expanding Your Capacity for Joy full-length e-book is only $5 (originally $24.95) – visit http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com/2009/06/order-form-expanding-your-capacity-for.html. Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love and Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality complete album downloads are only $5 – visit http://stores.lulu.com/cassEndrE. For a limited time only. (CD versions of the Affirmations Series are only on sale for $10 through CX Direct. Email cxmusic(at)gmail.com to order.)


5) SPRECHEN ZIE DEUTSCH?
Grüße! Ich vertrete eine amerikanische Sängerin, die zu besuchen, führen, und eventuell nach Deutschland im Jahr 2010. Sie ist ein Songwriter / Arranger mit einem bluesigen / jazzy akustischen Folk / Rock-Stil als "eine Kreuzung zwischen Tracy Chapman, Sade und Enya". Sie ist eine erfahrene Rhythmus-Gitarristen (und seit 1991) und angehende Lead-Gitarrist, dessen wichtigsten Einflüsse sind Tania Maria, Sting, Gary Moore, Sade, und Milton Nascimento. Sie ist ein überaus produktiver Künstler, hat mehrere Alben unabhängig (seit 2002) und ist nun der Suche nach einer guten ersten Plattenvertrag, um mit einem Team von engagierten Einzelpersonen.Wir sprechen kein Deutsch, von der Art und Weise (Diese Nachricht wurde mit einer kostenlosen Online-Programm zu übersetzen - dank der Technik!), Aber unsere Künstler ist eine französisch-amerikanischen Sprachraum der Karibik Erbe. (Sie ist auch ein unvollkommener Üben roh vegan, ein preisgekröntes Community Arts Veranstalter, und ein Schriftsteller in ganzheitlichen spirituellen Studien.) Wir sind sehr gespannt, Europa und möchte, um ein oder zwei Musikliebhaber sind fließend in Deutsch und Englisch, wie wir unsere Möglichkeiten und navigieren beginnen. An dieser Stelle wollen wir freundliche professionelle Vernetzung - jemanden, der uns helfen, mit Übersetzungen wenn es nötig ist. Dies ist eine kostenlose Möglichkeit, auch wenn wir zufrieden sind, um Ihre Zeit mit Aufnahmen von unserem Künstler, die wir zur Verfügung haben. Wenn Sie möchten, diesen Dialog fortzusetzen oder weitere Fragen haben, wenden Sie sich bitte an E-Mail an cxmusic(at)gmail.com. Wir werden Ihnen unsere Links und Sound-Samples zu diesem Zeitpunkt.


6) ARTIST INSPIRATION INTERVIEW SERIES
Coming soon: Free e-book series, Artist Inspiration Interviews, featuring inspiring artists Black Women’s Arts Festival 2005 feature visual artist & poet Tamarah Ynise, British singer-songwriter Rupert Wates and CD Baby founder Derek Sivers.


7) TWO NEW FREE EXCERPTS
I Feel Good About My Chin: And Other Thoughts On Being A…
Sometimes a Cigar Doesn’t Want to Be A Cigar
To read these and other excerpts from present and future CX print and e-books, please visit http://artivistpublications.homestead.com/Excerpts.html.


8) RAW VEGAN UPDATE
For the latest news about REAL Raw Life, the raw vegan support group CX co-founded in April 2009, including a response to raw vegan seekers or beginners, please visit http://realrawlife.com/. Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal is now on sale for $14.95 (originally $24.95), and sold at Arnold’s Way Raw Vegetarian Café, Store & Education Center in Lansdale, PA. “You did a very good job – it’s very good.” –Arnold Kauffman on Expanding Your Capacity for Joy. The e-book version is only $5 (originally $24.95). Coming soon: more books on the raw vegan lifestyle. More on CX’s raw journey in her Green Smoothie Raw Blog (or year 2007 in www.cassendrexavier.blogspot.com)


9) CASSENDRE XAVIER’S RUNNING CLUB UPDATE
Cassendre Xavier’s Running Club, which started in April 2009, is now called Cassendre Xavier’s Running & Walking Club. It was inspired and is approved by nutrition author, health activist and athlete Gary Null’s Running & Walking Club. Gary says, “I am glad to know you are on your journey.” Poet Mytili Jagannathan is a regularly participating member, which meets twice a week (weekday mornings) in Rittenhouse Square, Center City Philadelphia, between 7am & 9am. All levels of running and walking welcome.






© Copyright 2009 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved. www.cassEndrExavier.com

Monday, June 22, 2009

For Those Seeking Raw Vegan / Raw Food Support

Greetings,

Thank you for your interest in Cassendre Xavier's work as a raw vegan author.
As stated on the REAL Raw Life website, "Because of lack of members' attendance, we have decided to close our doors and continue searching elsewhere to create support for ourselves and those in the raw community."

If you are seeking raw vegan support and community, and have access to the world wide web,

1) Visit www.google.com and keyword search the following words: raw food lifestyle live vegan community support potluck philadelphia meetup.

2) Go to www.arnoldsway.com and visit them in person when you can. Arnold Kauffman, owner, is a very valuable resource.

3) Google search books on the raw vegan lifestyle. One great place to find many helpful titles is http://www.fromsadtoraw.com/RawBooks.htm.

Again, Cassendre is no longer running support groups, as she has found her energy to be much better used being of assistance to the raw vegan community by way of self-care to become a successful raw vegan example, and as a writer of books that help Philadelphia-based raw vegans.

The first in the series is Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal, available in both print and electronic download (e-book) format at www.cassEndrExavier.com and at the physical location of Arnold's Way (not the AW website).

All best on your journey and in finding the many raw vegan resources available to you now in Philadelphia.


~Keep in mind you can also start your own raw vegan support group and/or potluck if you wish~

Best of luck to you on your raw journey!

(c) 2009 by Cassendre Xavier www.cassEndrExavier.com

I Feel Good About My Chin: and Other Thoughts on Being a Lesbian

One of my favorite writers, Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail) just released a book. It's called I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, and I will be honest and tell you that I did not read the book. I did, however, browse through it, at the independent academic bookstore I was working in when it came out. I also saw her interviewed on Charlie Rose. As usual, she appeared utterly charming, with her usual blend of confidence, vulnerability, and a dash of the neurosis that has made her writing so effective and successful over the years.
I perused the book and watched her on television discussing being over 50 and having body image issues as a result. I recall thinking, "Wow. Glad I'm not white."
It's true. Caucasian women are socialized to be as thin as possible. Wide hips and heavy thighs are not a desirable trait among the dominant culture. But in black and lesbian cultures, it's an entirely different story.
In fact, among my melanin-enriched contemporaries, it is widely known that the more "junk in the trunk" a woman has, the more desirable she is considered to be. And in lesbian culture, many times it is easily accepted that a woman can have "junk" all over her body, in fact. Images of the Venus of Willendorf grace many the wall, and dare I say, even soap dish (what? Doesn't every lesbian have a W.o.W.'-shaped bar of soap in her bathroom?), of the lesbian or radical feminist household. I love the Venus of Willendorf. One reason I love her so much is that, like me, she is slim of hip and bootay and wide of belly. She is not hourglass shaped, hence her obvious lack of "junk" in the "trunk", if you will. I'm that way. And as a black girl growing up, I always felt "bad about my butt".
However, as I got older and started hangin' out with the cool dykes, I started feeling better about the situation, and gaining more acceptance as a cute chick on the scene.
Another thing about lesbians and black people (since I'm here to unite people together, not tear asunder), that we have in common is that we don't think you can only be pretty if you're 23, unlike the heterosexual dominant culture.
Quite the contrary, in the lesbian communities that I participate in, the literary, arts, and community activist circles, it seems the older a woman is, the hotter. Who doesn't look at Kate Clinton's silvery-spiky 'do and doesn't want to gently shove her sweet Urvashi aside for a closer look? Am I alone here, people? Anyone? Anyone?
So, I've had a beard since about age 23. And with few exceptions, have been waxing, shaving, or tweezing my chin since then. I'm now 38 and not doing that right now. I just looked in the mirror one day, when I was due to wax, and thought, "Why am I doing this? Who is saying that I need to? Is this coming from me?" And I realized that I had absolutely nothing to do with the reason I was waxing. Nothing at all. I feel really great going back to who I really am, and trying only to follow the direction of my own voice. I'm doing this in spirituality, in my career and in my relationships as well. In feeling joyful about being my authentic self, my chin is only a small part.

(c) Copyright 2007 Cassendre Xavier
Reprinted with permission of the Philadelphia Gay News.

Sometimes a Cigar Doesn't Want To Be A Cigar

Last month, I attended the Sixth Annual Trans-Health Conference, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Being a chick with a beard, I felt comfortable and welcome there.
At age 38, after having been a member of Philly's LGBT, BDSM, and pagan communities since 1991, let's just say there ain't much that wows me. But a lot at this conference did. The highlight for me was meeting the folks of TransYouth Family Advocates.
Founded by Jenn Burleton and based in Portland, Oregon, TransYouth Family Advocates works to expand transgender awareness in schools, health care centers, and communities in general.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jenn Burleton, and through brief conversation, I learned that like me, she is a musician.
Unlike me, Jenn used to be a boy. Because Jenn now makes her living as a musician and producer, and made quite a long career of playing electric lead guitar (as a man), and because for years I had wanted to play electric lead guitar but felt I couldn't, because there weren't any women who looked like me doing that, I told Jenn my sad and bitter tale.
This was the same story I'd been telling for years, about how I didn't know I could play guitar until I saw Tracy Chapman… About the lack of visibility of black female musicians, etc.
I hadn't even asked Jenn to tell me her story, because I'd assumed it had been easy for her to be a white boy, and then a white man, playing electric lead guitar. After all, the music videos and magazines were plastered with people who looked just like the boy she was then. But thankfully, she offered anyway, because her story changed my life: "I was real shy and couldn't figure out how to talk to the girls. This guy was playin' guitar and a lot of girls were around him. I asked him to teach me how to play. He [scoffed at me] and said, 'You can't play guitar—You need a big dick to play guitar.' So I went and got a guitar and a book and taught myself. I was a transkid who didn't know it…" So, as a boy, the future Jenn became quite proficient at his craft, became an adult, and then transitioned into the woman that she is today.
Even though I had already decided about a year ago that I wasn't going to let anything stop me from playing lead electric guitar, and I started recording a new album at about that time (yes, featuring yours truly doing just that!), it was still very striking and eye-opening to hear that story.
I will try not to assume that because a white male appears to have privilege that he's enjoying it, or that he's even in the right body for that matter. I will not stop myself from doing anything I want to do because I didn't see someone who looks like me doing it first.
Jenn Burleton and her story affirmed my realization that we are to be the models that we seek. We have the power to follow our dreams regardless of our circumstances, country or era we live in, or role models who may be missing from our lives. My job, as a 38 year-old, is to disregard all fears and stories, pursue my dreams, and serve as the role model I wish I'd had 22 years ago.


Edited version:
Black/Out
By Cassendre Xavier
PGN Contributor
(c) 2007 Cassendre Xavier
Sometimes a cigar doesn't want to be a cigar
Last month, I attended the Sixth Annual Trans-Health Conference, held at the Pennsylvania
Convention Center.
Being a chick with a beard, I felt comfortable and welcome there.
At age 38, after having been a member of Philly's GLBT, BDSM and pagan communities since 1991, let's just say there ain't much that wows me. But a lot at this conference did. The highlight for me was meeting the folks of TransYouth Family Advocates.
Founded by Jenn Burleton and based in Portland, Ore., TransYouth Family Advocates works to expand transgender awareness in schools, healthcare centers and communities in general.
I had the pleasure of meeting Burleton, and through brief conversation, I learned that like me, she is a musician.
Unlike me, Jenn used to be a boy. Because Burleton now makes her living as a musician and producer, and made quite a long career of playing electric lead guitar (as a man), and because for years I had wanted to play electric lead guitar but felt I couldn't because there weren't any women who looked like me doing that, I told her my sad and bitter tale.
This was the same story I'd been telling for years, about how I didn't know I could play guitar until I saw Tracy Chapman, about the lack of visibility of black female musicians, etc.
I hadn't even asked Burleton to tell me her story, because I'd assumed it had been easy for her to be a white boy, and then a white man, playing electric lead guitar. After all, the music videos and magazines were plastered with people who looked just like the boy she was then. But thankfully, she offered anyway and her story changed my life: "I was real shy and couldn't figure out how to talk to the girls. This guy was playing guitar and a lot of girls were around him. I asked him to teach me how to play. He [scoffed at me] and said, 'You can't play guitar — you need a big dick to play guitar.' So I went and got a guitar and a book and taught myself. I was a transkid who didn't know it."
So, as a boy, the future Jenn became quite proficient at his craft, became an adult and then transitioned into the woman that she is today.
Even though I had already decided about a year ago that I wasn't going to let anything stop me from playing lead electric guitar and I started recording a new album at about that time (yes, featuring yours truly doing just that!), it was still very striking and eye-opening to hear that story.
I will try not to assume that because a white male appears to have privilege that he's enjoying it, or that he's even in the right body for that matter. I will not stop myself from doing anything I want to do because I didn't see someone who looks like me doing it first.
Burleton and her story affirmed my realization that we have to be the models that we seek. We have the power to follow our dreams regardless of our circumstances, country or era we live in, or role models who may be missing from our lives. My job, as a 38-year-old, is to disregard all fears and stories, pursue my dreams and serve as the role model I wish I'd had 22 years ago.

(c) Copyright 2007 Cassendre Xavier
Reprinted with permission from Philadelphia Gay News.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Now Is the Time To Feel Good

The following is an excerpt from a forthcoming e-book by *Cassendre Xavier


I’m sure that by now you’ve heard of “The Secret”, a blockbuster film and book phenomenon released in 2006.
Based on the principle that you attract what you think about, many leaders of New Age (sometimes called “Ageless Wisdom”) spirituality say there is really no “secret”. To quote comic author Swami Beyondananda, “If you're looking for the key to the Universe, I've got some good news, and some bad news. The bad news: There is no key to the Universe. The good news: It was never locked.”
The key to manifesting your desires is to feel as if you’ve already attained them. That means you have to think about what you want for longer than it takes to realize you want it, because at that stage, you’re probably in the state of longing for, and being without it. You’re probably feeling bad. If, according to the Law of Attraction (a term for this system coined by husband/wife authors Esther Hicks & Jerry Hicks), you’re only attracting things and circumstances that support your feelings, then you’d do well to watch that you’re feeling good most, if not all of the time, regardless of what’s happening in your life. You don’t want to be attracting things and circumstances that support your feeling bad.
In order to transform a negative situation, it can help greatly to picture the opposite and getting in touch with what that might feel like if you had it. Then imagine what it will feel like when you do have it. Dwell on and grow that feeling, and according to the Law of Attraction, you will have it.
Is there a situation that you want to transform today? What is the opposite of it? What does the transformed situation feel like? Get very specific and allow yourself to envision and experience those emotions.
What can you do to feel good today, or right now even? If your health is an issue, perhaps you can remember what it felt like to be healthy, or healthier. Dwell on that feeling and those times. Maybe you’re wanting more romance or companionship? Imagine yourself happy and in a fulfilling relationship with good friends and a caring partner.
Maybe you have a specific financial or professional challenge? Imagine you’ve just received a large sum of money (“more than enough”) or the job of your dreams.
What does that feel like? Once you’ve reached a good feeling place, keep going back to it and get more and more specific in your daydreaming, because your mind doesn’t know the difference between what you are “making up” and what is “real”, it still goes out and starts getting what you want. If you expect a bad day, you’ll stub your toe or burn the toast first thing in the morning, then miss all the green lights and arrive to work late. If, however you expect a wonderful day, miracles will happen and you’ll feel synchronicity happen at every turn – you’ll be in “the flow”.

Here are some tips to help this process:

1) Add paper to your visualizing techniques – Post It Notes, posters, scrapbooks of what you want will really help you stay focused and wo/manifest your desires more quickly.
2) Put more physical actions behind your desires. Dreaming, thinking, and visualizing are very effective, and adding the emotional element is fuel to the fire, but nothing will really happen, or last, until you’ve made some changes in your life. Use the aforementioned tools to direct you to what actions you need to take, then don’t hesitate to move.
3) Keep a gratitude journal. Nothing speeds up things faster than being grateful and thankful for what you have – essentially growing new good things from things you already are happy to have in your life. Start and end your day by jotting down a few things you’re grateful for – from your health, family, friends, etc. and soon you’ll find your list growing and your life changing for the very best.


* Cassendre Xavier is an award-winning musician, writer, and community arts organizer. She is the founder and one of the organizers of Philadelphia’s 6th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival.



More book excerpts, books, e-books, CDs and downloads by Cassendre are available at www.cassEndrExavier.com.


Reminder: Capable of Love CD Release Concert, Thurs 6/11 @ 8:30pm, Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia. $10, 21+. Very special guests raw vegan classical guitarist Francesco Barone (http://myspace.com/francescobarone) and women’s vocal group SheWho (www.shewho.org). Tix: 215.928.0978 noon–10 pm, or http://tinangel.com/tickets.html.



~ Make yourself a beautiful day ~


© 2009 Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cassendre Xavier News

Greetings, beautiful people!

Just wanted to tell you a few things:

1) My CD Release concert is happening next Thursday, June 11th at 8:30pm at Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St (between Market & Chestnut), Philadelphia. Opening acts are Francesco Barone and SheWho. I chose the opening acts with great care. Francesco is a raw vegan I met at a raw potluck in 2007. He’s also a young classical guitarist whose music I think you’ll enjoy a lot! SheWho represents the wimmin’s community that I’ve been a part of since I moved to Philly in 1990. They’re a wonderful group and I go quite a way back with at least two of the members, Karen “Otter” Escovitz, who I’ve performed with several times, and who was also a member of Anna Crusis Women’s Choir (as was I), and Debra D’Alessandro, the long-standing host of 88.5 FM WXPN’s Amazon Country. I’m sure the night will be one to remember. We are having fun and supporting my new studio album Capable of Love, which was released in January 2009 and is already garnering praise and positive attention. Tix are $10, 21+ and we hope you’ll join us. Info: www.tinangel.com.

2) My new book, Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal, was released in print format on 5/27/09 at a lecture at Essene, and is now also an ebook! Yes, ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between or on the outside of that, you can view or print this lovely PDF digital download with a mere click in this direccione, if you will. (As it were :-) Talk about immediate gratificaccione! (That link also includes linkery to an excerpt and info on how to order the print version.) If I could convey to you the excitement I have about technology making it possible for me to take my wordal units from my brainal area and put them not only on paper, but in some magical format that allows you, wherever the goshdarned heck you are right now, to then print it out and carry it with you? Wow. There are no words. Enjoy and look forward to many new book titles, because believe you me, they ARE a comin’ :-)

3) As is required by law, I am now on Facebook :-) I’m trimming down my profile membership in a certain way but would really like to encourage everyone who digs my work to join my new official Group. The link, which you’ll need to log in to Facebook first to view, is http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=81610690951. Hope you’ll stay in touch!


All for now, folks. Make yourself a beautiful day!


Love and Light,

Cassendre Xavier
Singer-Songwriter-Musician, Recording Artist & Author
www.cassEndrExavier.com

Book Excerpt: Floss One Tooth

From: Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal, by Cassendre Xavier


Floss One Tooth

I am very lucky to have “good teeth”. Genetically, strong, healthy teeth run in my family. Additionally, I’ve always been a frequent teeth-brusher. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been obsessive-compulsive about it, but I do loves me some toothbrushal activity. I brush in the morning, I brush at night, I brush between meals, and I always carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with me wherever I go. Now, does this mean I’m also very good at flossing my pearly almost-whites? Not so much. For various reasons, I haven’t ever been very good at flossing as much as I should. One reason is that flossing used to hurt. Ironically, the reason it hurt was that I didn’t floss enough, so invariably pre-gingivitis would set in, and my gums would be sensitive and bleed when I eventually did take The Evil Wax-ed String to them.
I learned later that a warm salt-water rinse after flossing would correct the problem within a couple of days of flossing, and the bleeding would stop. But then I wouldn’t floss again for months, or even up to a year. As my dentist said, it wasn’t so much a problem in my younger years, but now approaching my 40s, it was beginning to take its toll – I could no longer afford to get away with not flossing regularly – not if I wanted to keep the teeth I so loved to care for with my excellent brushing habits.
I decided to simply floss one tooth.
When I got home late from work or a social event – whereas before when I would bypass this particular feature of my daily dental hygiene habits, this time I took out the floss, and stuck it between two front teeth, one time, and then put the floss away. I brushed as usual, but felt tremendously accomplished because for the first time in weeks, I could then say to myself, “I flossed!” Even though I was very tired, even though I didn’t really want to, “I flossed!” I let go in my mind the fact that technically it was only one time, one tooth, and chose to have big mother nature “how the plants operate” thought about it – and felt great.
The next time, I flossed several teeth, and it just keep growing after that. Now, I can say that I floss, not frequently enough, but by far much, much more than I ever have in my entire life.
Most importantly, now I feel like, and actually am, a regular flosser. And this only happened because I chose to floss one tooth. That’s it.
This is how I see exercise, or taking the monumental step of changing one’s diet in this radical and ideally permanent way.
Take one step.


Take One Step
Buy one piece of extra fruit. Add one salad a day. Drink one smoothie per week. Visit one raw restaurant. Buy one raw vegan book. Befriend one new raw vegan person or group on your Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, Google, or other online social networking account. Walk one block extra. Tell yourself one raw affirmation. If you start by making one tiny move, you’ll find the moves growing in size, significance, and frequency. What are the rewards for this? There are many!


Here Are Some Ways You’ll Be Rewarded for Taking Baby Steps (Flossing One Toothal Object)

1) You’ll be able to immediately feel better.
a. Into immediate gratificaccione much? Sure ya are! Who isn’t? Well, one of the great things that happens when you take one tiny baby step, is that regardless of how small that step is, if you are in the habit of training your thoughts in the positive, abundant, raw-al direccione, you will be then right away able to tell yourself, “I did something great for myself!” Your self pep-talk will soon be at the level where you’re always congratulating yourself for the steps you’re taking in the right direction towards increased health, beauty, and abundance. So, the first reward is that you’ll feel better. Immediately. Unlike when you watch someone exercising on TV, go into a little battle in your mind about how you “should” put on your sweats and go out there and “run a few blocks”. What ensues then is shame and beating yourself up. You feel terrible because you’ve done absoultely nothing, and you know you “should” have. You’ve spent a few minutes “shouldding” all over yourself. That’s exactly the opposite of how you would feel if you watched the same thing on TV, then immediately got up and took your sneakers out of the closet and put them in the front lobby, right at the door, to remind yourself to walk down the block one single time, someday eventually. Don’t even set a date. Don’t say “tomorrow”. Just put the sneakers there and let that be that. Right away, you’ll feel great, and why? Because you not only did something, but you did it immediately. You took action. You loved yourself. You made progress. Big progress. And it’s this feeling that will motivate you to take other steps.

2) You’ll be able to mark or notice your progress.
a. If you want to, you can journal or make little notes every time you do something you’re proud of. If you’re busy, like me, you can bypass this process and simply make mental notes. It’s great to start to remember and notice when I’ve done something good for myself, because I start doing them more and more, and before you know it – there are too many to count! Try this at home. You’ll find that pretty soon, you’ve got way too many things to count, and you’re just swimming in accomplishments which grow other accomplishments. Yay for you!

3) Your circumstances will immediately begin to change.
a. The instance you have taken a baby step and flossed that proverbial tooth there, you will have changed your circumstances. You will then begin doing other things in other areas of your life, too, and those circumstances will change. You’ll be an awesome, circumstance-changin’ person and guess what will happen next?

4) Your self-confidence will increase significantly.
a. What do you think will happen when you start doing this way cool stuff? No. Do you think you’ll stay in the dumps forever? No. Do you think you’ll still think of yourself as the person who watched people working out on TV and never did anything “significant”? Do you think you’ll envy regular flossers and keep comparing their greener grass pastures to your inferior, puffy, red, gummal reggiones? No, sir. No, m’am. You will have changed! You will have improved! You will done stuff! You will have accomplished tasks!

So, begin taking baby steps now. You will be rewarded with more positive thinking, and with the ability to watch and experience yourself making regular and significant progress in setting and reaching your goals as a beautiful, healthy, abundant, prosperous raw vegan in the making!

Copyright 2009 by Cassendre Xavier

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Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal, by Cassendre Xavier

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Product Details

*Beautiful, full color, professionally designed cover (which you can print if you wish, or just look at because it's soooo purdy!)
*114 pages chock full of information, journal/workbook pages, and resources
*To read an excerpt, click here.

Raw vegan musician, author, and award-winning community organizer Cassendre Xavier shares how you can learn to overcome major blocks and embrace challenges to take on and maintain a raw vegan / live food diet and lifestyle.
Written in a light, humorous, yet heart-based and informative style, Expanding Your Capacity for Joy Ebook touches on the following points:

*Believing you can have the best
*Creating a vision of yourself as successfully raw and radiantly healthy
*Using affirmations
*Addressing your food and health histories
*Examining and treating addictive/compulsive eating patterns
*The physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial benefits of going fully or highly raw long-term
*Sex and money explained, and increased, from a raw vegan perspective
*Recommended resource list including raw vegan-specific support groups, potlucks, restaurants, books, DVDs, guided meditations and music
*Progress charts for successful goal-setting and goal-reaching
*A generous sampling of Cassendre’s popular “Green Smoothie Raw Blog”

What you will find here that most raw vegan ebooks do not have: raw spirituality, sexuality, and finances!

What you will not find here that most raw vegan ebooks have: Recipes.

Why not? The answer to that question is in the ebook!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Last REAL Raw Life News

03 June 09


Greetings, folks!

Guess what? The group’s over! Yep.
After 3 months, it’s become very clear that there isn’t enough community interest insofar as members’ meeting attendance goes.
If I loved this project enough, I could continue promoting the group and sitting in a room waiting for raw vegans to show up, and do this month after month, and then maybe in a year, we’d have a few committed members. But I love other things much more – my raw vegan success being one, and writing books being another.
Having started REAL Raw Life in order to help me and others on our raw journey, that goal has been met as certain things happened in that department.
I wrote and released a raw vegan book, Expanding Your Capacity for Joy, and am still making new raw vegan friends and raw buddies.
It’s so important to do what you love – what feels good, and to wean out what you don’t love to do and what feels bad. It felt really good to write the book, and I want to write more. It felt really bad to try to run a fledgling support group, and I wanted to quit long ago, but decided to keep trying til it became too much.
Expanding Your Capacity for Joy has a lot of what I want to do and share with the raw community in Philadelphia. In addition to real help for people struggling with issues staying raw, including food addiction and recovering from traumas, it also includes local raw resources, like Arnold’s Way, and black owned and operated raw vegan restaurants in Philly & NYC. That’s what I want to do more of, share what I learn on my road to raw transformation.

So, please note, there will be no more REAL Raw Life meetings, and all our web-presence will be removed by July 1, 2009 (except for our homepage www.realrawlife.com for the next year as that’s how long we have the domain). (We will be deleting the following: Gmail email account, Facebook, Blogspot, MySpace, YouTube and Yahoo Groups.)

Co-founder Judi Rhee Alloway supports me in this, especially since my goal remains to become a raw example. I just need to move on to things that support me on this path, so that I can then be of support to others.

I had to muster up quite the bit of gumption to reach this decision. For a while, I wanted to keep trying and keep a “successful” face. But after my misery got too much, I decided failure’s nothing to be ashamed of. I’d rather start lots of things and have some of them fail than not start anything at all. Besides, it didn’t really “fail” as I got a book out of it and more outreach to the raw community. Thanks for being a part of my experience, and I hope that I, Judi, or REAL Raw Life have helped you in some way!

Feel free to get in touch with me at cxwriting@gmail.com if you wish, or through my website www.cassEndrExavier.com.

Other info about the group is at www.realrawlife.com.

Again, this is a reminder that if you want to stay in touch with me (cxwriting(at)gmail.com) or Judi (allojudi(at)yahoo.com), please do so, as this account and your contact info will be deleted by July 1, 2009. Unless you get in touch, this is the last you’ll hear from us directly.


Thanks everyone, and best of luck on your raw journey!

Love and Light,

Cassendre Xavier aka Amethyste Rah
renaissance negressewww.cassEndrExavier.com