Monday, March 31, 2014

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Love Your Body, City, Life Now!

The best way to lose weight is to accept, love, and celebrate the body you have now. The best way to move to a new city is to take some time to fall in love with the one you live in now. When you celebrate every aspect of your life in the present, you reach your goals faster and you minimize the chances of repeating negative patterns. As they say, "Wherever you go, there you are." Nothing will change until you do, from the inside. Lettuce all love our lives, and ourselves, exactly as things are now! (Yes, "lettuce"!)

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email artchyk(at)yahoo.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

New website coming soon!

Easy Mini Meditation Breaks

You can take mini (1-3 minute) meditation breaks throughout the day, by closing your eyes, deeply breathing, smiling, and sitting straight (palms on knees if you're sitting in a chair). After checking in with your body this way, it will guide you to better decisions, taking action on goals, and simplifying your life.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email artchyk(at)yahoo.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

New website coming soon!


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Tags: meditate, breath, yoga, health, progress not perfection

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quote of the Day: It is better to live so the angels...

Dear friends,

It is better to live so the angels clap for you than to seek the praise or attention of others. Doing the former ensures the latter anyway!

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email artchyk(at)yahoo.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

New website coming soon!

Wanna Heal (song and lyrics) by Cassendre Xavier

Dear friends, please enjoy my song “Wanna Heal” (http://youtu.be/O-Xw04d_Dgk) (by Cassendre Xavier) Downloadable at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/id213616189. Or order the CD Capable of Love at http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre.

 

Lyrics:

 

My friends

I’ve been afraid for quite some time

And all my attempts to hide it

Have been in vain

And I know that it’s brave

That I’ve chosen to heal my life this way

But what I didn’t know

Is that there would be so much pain

 

Wanna heal from these memories

Wanna leave all this sadness

Wanna feel my heart beating again

Wanna heal, am I ready?

 

It seems

When I made the choice

To start this journey

Everywhere I turned

I found a friend

 

And it’s sad

It’s so sad

That we’ve all been affected the same way

Well now it’s time to ask ourselves

Exactly when will this end?

 

Wanna heal from these memories

Wanna leave all this sadness

Wanna feel my heart beating again

Wanna heal, am I ready?

 

I wanna know

I wanna hear your story

I wanna know

Did it take this long for you?

 

And now

I’m feelin’ light

I’m feelin’ happy

But I know that feeling

Will last only a day

And I can laugh, I can laugh

Well you see I am laughin’ out my brain

But I know that this feeling

Will last only a day or two

 

Wanna heal from these memories

Wanna leave all this sadness behind

Wanna feel my heart beating again

Wanna heal, am I ready?

Yeah!

 

 

 

© Copyright by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved.  Performance credits: Vocal and guitar: Cassendre Xavier. Drum programming: Giscard “Giz” Xavier. Download this song at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/id213616189. Or order the CD Capable of Love at http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre. “Unauthorized duplication, while sometimes necessary, is never as good as the real thing.” –Ani DiFranco. Thanks for supporting independent art!

 

Companion link: Increasing Self-Love from Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love by Amethyste Rah (2007/Amethyste Affirmations) http://youtu.be/_m81P0po8wk.

 

Bonus: Check out these affirmation cards from my colleague and mentor Cheryl Rainfield! http://www.cherylrainfield.com/cherylPage_Cards.php



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email artchyk(at)yahoo.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

New website coming soon!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Intentional Wimmin's Cooperative House Forming! June 1 $350

Hi, there!

I am a long-time intentional community member who will be moving into an empty 5-bedroom house in East Germantown in May. I’d like to fill this house with 4 like-minded wimmin (or trans folks) who would like to help create a positive, group living environment.

 

ABOUT THE HOUSE:

 

Sunny!

Recently renovated

5 Bedrooms--------2 Full Bathrooms, 1,400 sq ft.
Living Room, Dining Room, Washroom with Washer & Dryer
Large Kitchen with refrigerator and stove
Large, clean, & dry basement
Front Porch---------Backyard
Bus Stop across street--------minutes from Broad/Olney subway station (Orange line)
Child Care Center across street
Children's Park under construction nearby
2 blocks/less than 1/2 mile away from Waterview Recreation Center with pool, near Chelten Avenue, zip code 19138
Close to supermarket and pharmacy

 

Rooms vary in size (first come first served). Rent is $350 per room, plus utilities (electric, gas, and water), rarely over $100 per persun.

 

ABOUT ME:

Haitian-American/Black, Chinese, female-born/identified, member of the LGBTIAQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, asexual, queer or questioning) community, award-winning multi-media artist and arts organizer, imperfectly practicing raw vegan, polyamorous, New Age/pagan, open-minded, organized, very positive, leader, founder & director of women of color arts festival that almost 10 years old and is soon to co-produce events around the world. Lived in cooperative houses for over 10 years in Philly, and studied intentional communities since the 1980s. (I’m a very youthful 40-something :-))

 

IDEAL HOUSEHOLD & HOUSEMATES:

 

*All female or trans

*Diverse in age, race, sexual orientation, occupation, and religion

*Vegan/vegetarian (raw vegan would be perfect, but not necessary; omnivores welcome, as long as no meat is brought into the common areas of the house, nor cooked in kitchen nor stored in fridge, etc.)

*One house meeting a month (just to check in and bond!)

*Celebrate one another’s birthdays together

*Relatively neat and tidy

*Relatively quiet (at least before 9am and after 9pm)

*Healthy, active lifestyle (having bicycles, playing tennis/going for runs/doing yoga together, etc.)

*We recycle and compost

*We have lots of plants indoors and garden outdoors

*We maximize use of natural light

*We conserve energy (hang our clothes outside when possible instead of running the dryer, etc.)

*Natural or least toxic cleaning solutions, pest control, etc.

*Somewhat involved in neighborhood and/or community

*All members willing to commit to living there for 2 years or more (not mandatory)

*Committed to working together for the greater good of the household

*Completed household sets the intention for the house together, choosing a name, etc.

 

Your room will be available on or before June 1.

 

Most of the things I’ve written are flexible.

What’s not is that you must:

 

*Have and be able to prove regular income (paystubs, etc.)

*Be cleared when the landlord does a background check

*Move in with first ($350), last ($350), and security deposit ($350), totaling $1,050.

 

If you’re interested in seeing the space, please email your answers to the following questions:

 

*Your sex AND gender identity: (for instance, I’m female-born and woman-identified): You are:

*Age:

*Experience or interest in group living:

*Experience or interest in healthy, natural living:

*What interests you about this opportunity?

*How familiar or comfortable are you with the LGBT community?

*Would you prefer *not* to live with any transfolks (please be honest as your answer could help how the house organically develops)

*When could you move in?

*Any questions you have for me:

 

Send email to: artchyk(at)yahoo.com. [Please replace the (at) with the @ symbol.]

 

Remember: The house is empty! You’d have to bring in your own bedroom and (so far) kitchen furnishings, etc.

 

 

I’ll reply to your email in the order it was received. Look forward to hearing from you, and stay well!

 

 

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Raw Expectations - excerpt from Expanding Your Capacity for Joy

What You Can Expect When You Go Raw


(an excerpt from Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: A Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal, by Cassendre Xavier)



When you go raw, here are some things that you can expect may happen:

 

*Your body will begin to very quickly shed excess weight.

*You will feel like you’re having a facelift from the inside out. Your belly will lift up and tighten.

*Your muscle tone will significantly improve.

*Your skin will glow and have a healthy color.

*Your eyes will be bright and alert.

*If you’ve ever been depressed, then went on an anti-depressant drug or herb, experienced your eyes opening wider and a more uplifted spirit, you will experience the same thing on a raw diet.

*Magical coincidences will begin to happen and on a regular basis. The stars will seem to align much more often, and you’ll begin to look at the veins of large green leaves that you’ll hopefully be consuming, and see them as psychic antennae and connecting channels to the universe. You will become a master networker, or at the very least, a significantly improved one.

*Your faith and hope will increase significantly. You’ll become more optimistic. If you were once known as a “glass-half-empty” kind of person, you will now be a “my cup runneth over” type.

*You will become an advocate and practitioner of gratitude.

*You will be inspired to meditate, pray, wish others well, and take better care of your body, animals, and the earth.

*You will likely experience unpleasant detox symptoms (cold sores, pimples, rashes, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue are a few of the most common). Remember that your body is infinitely wise and is doing what is best to balance itself.

*Your taste buds will change. You’ll go from craving pizza to craving avocadoes and seeing pizza as glorified, acid-stomach and cancer-causing cardboard.

*If you are food addicted, your cravings for cooked foods will not go away and you will need to treat your tendency to compulsively eat, because one bad night at a restaurant, or a job at a fast food place will do all your raw vegan plans in, thwarting your days and hours of devoted work and progress.

*Your body will begin to heal itself.

*You will be more in touch with the signals and messages your body is sending you. No longer deadening them with processed food-like products, they will be more able to send you these signals, such as, “No, I don’t like that – It’s hurting me,” and “Yes, please give me that”. And you will be able to hear and heed those messages now better than you ever did.

*Your intuition will be stronger. If you ever were abused as a child or learned coping mechanisms of emotional avoidance – if you were ever severely out of touch with your inner knowing or “gut feelings”, you will be reconnected to that aspect of yourself. “Instinct” will stop being a strange concept and thing that other people do, and become a natural part of your daily activities. You’ll now know how to stop and tune in to your feelings as a guidance system for what to do or not do next – where to go or not go, and so forth.

*Your self-confidence will increase. In part from giving your body healthy food, and from taking steps all the time towards your goal, and in experiencing yourself as being constantly in action, your sense of self-worth and self-esteem will grow significantly.


--from Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: A Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal, by Cassendre Xavier (2009/ARtivist Publications) Order the ebook at http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email artchyk(at)yahoo.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

New website coming soon!

© Copyright 2014 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to reprint/share all or parts of “Raw Expectations - excerpt from Expanding Your Capacity for Joy” provided this Copyright section is included and no profit is made. Thanks for sharing ethically! http://cassendrexavier.com.

Artist Inspiration: Maximizing Personal Travel

You can maximize out-of-town trips to visit friends and family with opportunities to showcase and sell  your work.
That's how I got my CD live at the kraftbrau, kalamazoo! (2004/Serious Creature Music http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xavierc6)! I was going to Kalamazoo, Michigan with my then sweetie, to visit his extended family. I just made some calls before hand and 1) arranged to borrow a guitar (traveling with one is a hassle I chose to avoid), 2) arranged to perform at two places - a coffeehouse and a bar.
When you do this, you meet new people, expand your network of professionals in and venues related to your craft, and make the most of your time away. Try it!

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre

2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes

Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom

CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier

Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email artchyk(at)yahoo.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

New website coming soon!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Green Smoothie Raw Blog - 27 March 2014

Green Smoothie Raw Blog


Thursday, March 27, 2014

 

 

Here’s what I just posted on The Facebooks:

 

Guten morgen, individuals and groups! Proud menstruator Cassendre Xavier here! Guess what the angels blessified (aka “blessicated”) me with in the night as I astrally traveled? My trusty moon cycle! I loooove my moon cycle! *Wrote a song about it like to hear it here it go! http://youtu.be/S6wJBYpE9uU. I made ya a short link that’s easy to remember iffn’ you ever have the inexplicable urge to watch it again and again over and over! http://tinyurl.com/OnTheRagAgain

  This song isn't on any of my records yet, but I do have two funny songs on my EP Capable of Love: "The Damn Dog Song" and "The Chapstick Lesbian Song", both of which are downloadable at my iTunes storefront: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes. (Never let it be said!) For the old school among ye, I have 6 CDs at CD Baby http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre.

[*A wee reference to the great Calhoun Tubbs, as manufactured by the equally great comedy writers of In Living Color and portrayed by David Allen Grier, who may very likely have been one of the writers who created this character. This clip (http://youtu.be/aA2auxH5Ahk) features former co-star Jim Carrey, followed by the Fly Girls, one of whom used to be Jennifer Lopez. In fact, she still is! Rrrrrespect!

The Fly Girls are dancing to “Can’t Trust It” by Public Enemy. Here it is in its over 5 minute glory here! http://grooveshark.com/s/Can+t+Trust+It/Aq5I?src=5]

 

Here’s more: (backstory and such)

 

 

I haven’t had me period since November. I’m grateful to have experienced a regular cycle in the past couple of years.

 In October, I went on the contraceptive Pill for a month to prepare for some sexuals. After that, I waited and waited with fingers crossed that my period would return after the hormonal disturbance. I am looking forward to many more years of bleedery (aka “bleedage”), but I have no idea really how many to expect, as fibroids run on one side of my family and due to surgical and other treatments, I have no immediate example of menopause onset from them. I pray that I take after the other side which has no gyno-troubles to my knowledge.

 

A few days ago I remembered that when I’m start drinking green smoothie every day, my period starts usually within 72 hours.

Having made a batch last week, and starting to drink some regularly, I made myself feel good by remembering, hoping and looking forward to my period again. I started having faith.

 Last night I slept very well and when I woke up, I had my period.

 Yesterday and today’s routine – hopefully every day for a while:

When I wake up, I go downstairs and make myself a carrot-turmeric tonic.

 

I know turmeric to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, great for people with joint ailments (dancers use it a lot, along with arnica gel topically applied), as well as making us resistant to cancer.

 

In Juliano’s Raw: The Uncook Book, it says turmeric is:

 

The root of a tropical plant in the ginger family. Native to the Orient, it is now also cultivated in India and the Caribbean. The spice with a bitter, pungent taste and a deep yellow-orange color is an essential flavoring of Indian and other cuisines. Its color is what makes curry dishes and mustard look yellow. Turmeric possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties and has also been used in helping arthritis, high cholesterol, digestion, liver protection, and obesity. In biblical times it was used to make perfume. Powdered turmeric is available in most supermarkets [CX recommends Indian spice stores for the best value, unless you’re seeking organic, then go to Whole Foods or order online] and should be stored in a cool, dark place for no more than six months.

 

 

Cassendre’s Carrot-Turmeric Tonic

 

16 oz glass

1 Tablespoon ground turmeric

Sprinkle black pepper

Generous sprinkle cayenne pepper

3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Fill glass with Bolthouse Farms or your own fresh squeezed carrot juice

Stir

Leave spoon in glass

 

Then I take a 32 oz container of green smoothie out of the fridge, carry them both up to my room.

 

I proceed to do my morning water drinking (so as to flush the liver and other innards which were working and cleansing during the night).

Another reason to hydratify (aka “hydraticate”) is to prepare the body for digestion. It’s good to drink at least one glass of water 30 minutes before consuming any food – liquid or solid, as the body uses water to digest.

 

After 30 minutes of hydration, I drink the carrot-turmeric tonic. After 15 minutes, which is how long it takes to digest smooth (fiberless) juices, I drink the green smoothie. After its 30 minutes of digestion, I can eat whatever I want.

 

Did You Know??? A menstruating womon needs to drink more water than when she’s not on the proverbial raggal unit, as it were. (If you will.) Just as a pregnant woman needs to “eat for two” so also do we need to accommodate the situation at hand.

 

I asked my body/Wisdom why I start bleeding every time I drink green smoothie. In fact, I used to think this happened only when I go completely raw. But I haven’t been completely raw in months. This time it happened on the third day of drinking 32 or more ounces of green smoothie in the morning.

 My body/Wisdom said: “Because when the green smoothie is giving you nutrients you lose when you menstruate, especially minerals like copper and iron.”

 

I love the way we can learn things just by talking to our bodies. This “talk” was a silent conversation, I didn’t need to actually speak or look into a mirror or anything.

 

I thought of the things I’ve learned in the past this way – I discovered my allergy to wheat, for instance.

 

I recall hearing other raw vegans talk about how they ask their bodies questions and what they received as answers.

 

Jinjee Talifero of www.TheGardenDiet.com had several raw and one cooked pregnancy and delivery. The cooked one was difficult with a long and uncomfortable labor and delivery. The raw ones were comfortable, easy, and the delivery was not only pain free but orgasmic. Jinjee said she received a vision that the raw foods makes the molecules in our bodies spin really fast causing our bodies to become more elastic, and that’s one reason raw birth is so much easier and comfortable than on cooked food! Isn’t that amazing?! You can watch that video here: http://youtu.be/C7kEbb8c8Y4 [Video description: “Uploaded on Sep 7, 2009 - The Women Go Raw tour interviews Jinjee Talifero. Jinjee and her husband Storm created the documentary Breakthrough about their family's journey eating a raw, vegan diet. Jinjee describes her personal experience with raw foods and how it changed her life. She also describes the birth of her children. During several pregnancies, Jinjee at a raw, vegan diet. She contrasts the experience of her birthing experiences. Uploaded by Ariel Policano, naturopathic doctor and natural health coach at http://www.quantumcoherencecoaching.com]

 

 

Please enjoy this excerpt from my ebook Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: A Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal (2009/ARtivist Publications) Available at https://cxbooks.eventbrite.com:

 

Emotional Recovery

 

Not handling some of the bigger issues, such as dealing with a compulsive overeating problem (which strongly affects intimacy and relationships), or recovering from abuse, will surely make going and staying raw much more difficult, if not impossible. I mention the intimacy and relationships part because one of the healing things that the living plants do is make a person more sensitive to emotions. If you’re not prepared, you will sabotage your efforts out of a fear-based, self-protective impulse.”



Check out my raw vegan videos on YouTube http://tinyurl.com/cxyoutuberaw

 

Eat, live, and stay well <3

 

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)

“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”

(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

 

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/BWAFYouTube 

CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://tinyurl.com/CXYouTube

6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre

2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Guest of Dave Nachmanoff) 

Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations

Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs

Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email cxmusic(at)gmail.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

New website coming soon!

© 2014 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to reprint/share all or parts of “Green Smoothie Raw Blog – 27 March 2014” provided this Copyright section is included and no profit is made. Thanks for sharing ethically! http://cassendrexavier.com.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Details soon forthcoming in my next Me! Me! Me! Museletter, but for now I wanted to give you a major update…

 

After 7 months of living 1.5 hours outside of Philadelphia and hoping to produce a Black Women’s Arts Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area of California in the next coming year or two, something entirely unexpected and wonderful has happened!

 

I've been hired to establish and work as property manager in a women’s cooperative household – my longtime dream - in Philadelphia! I am also putting my energies into what I've discovered is my true calling - to co-produce and participate in Black Women's Arts Festivals worldwide.

 The BWAF is the perfect venue for the renaissance negresse to sell her wares while helping to promote self-identified Black women in the arts, and creating top-notch, soul enriching community cultural arts events and attendance/volunteer/organizing/sponsorship/advertising opportunities for all respectful persuns!

 

Knowing I’ll have a place to stay while not worrying about rent has allowed me to throw myself fully into the joyous work of growing my own career goals from the heart.

 

I’ve long wanted to travel with the Black Women’s Arts Festival and now I can, because I’ve started dialogues with three wimmin to co-produce a BWAF in their neck of the woods or part of the world!

 

Right now, we’re working on co-producing three (3) BWAFs in the USA:


1) Washington, DC (BWAF DC)

2) New Orleans, Louisiana (BWAF NOLA)

3) Omaha, Nebraska (BWAF OMAHA)


(If you'd like more information about the latest plans for the BWAF, check out The Black Women's Arts Festival Newsletter - 24 March 2014 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BWAFphilly/conversations/messages/4895.)

 

The plan for my forming group house so far is to move there in June or before (in just a couple of months). Before that, I’ll be creating and circulating ads for this group house, which will be modeled largely after the diverse wimmin’s cooperative household I lived in West Philly from 1990-1994, the happiest four years of my life.

 

The house is in East Germantown, just a few blocks from La Salle University.

I’m looking for 4 housemates interested in healthy, intentional, cooperative living, and living as naturally as possible, with things like recycling, composting, maximizing natural light, as well as being a vegetarian or vegan and raw food-friendly environment. Of course it will be feminist, queer-friendly, and poly-friendly also, as I am those things. No pets so far, but we’re flexible on that if the perfect housemate comes along who happens to have and live responsibly with one.

Rent for each of the available four (4) rooms is $350 plus utilities (water, gas and electric), and the rooms vary in size, first come first served. Available June 1 or earlier.

The recently renovated sunny house has 5 bedrooms, 3 floors, a basement, a backyard, and a porch, washer and dryer on the premises. It's very close to the Broad Street/Orange line as well as other SEPTA buses. Free parking out front.

 

Contact me (here, or email cxmusic(at)gmail.com) if you’re interested, or just wait for the complete and detailed housemate ad to come out!

 

I’m very happy and excited about this opportunity to not only make my dream come true of creating a wonderful wimmin’s group house, enrich the community this house will be part of, and I’m also thrilled to be able to leave and travel and return to a comfortable home as I grow my career as a working artist with the Black Women’s Arts Festival!

 

Thanks for your interest and your continued support of my art/work, and therefore, life.

 

Sincerely,

 

Cassendre



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)

“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”

(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

 

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/BWAFYouTube 

CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://tinyurl.com/CXYouTube

6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre

2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Guest of Dave Nachmanoff) 

Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations

Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs

Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email cxmusic(at)gmail.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

New website coming soon!

Black Women's Arts Festival Newsletter 24 March 2014

The Black Women's Arts Festival Newsletter

Monday, March 24, 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1) GREETING
2) NEW URLs, WEBSITE IN PROGRESS
3) CO-PRODUCING A BWAF IN YOUR TOWN
4) VOLUNTEERS & BUSINESS PARTNERS WANTED
5) CONTACT INFO

CONTENTS OF TABLE

1) GREETING
Greetings, friends!
Founder/director Cassendre Xavier here with an update on the Black Women’s Arts Festival, an annual event from 2003-2011, in Philadelphia and soon expanding outward. I’m working on some ideas to grow BWAF, and bring more folks into the process of co-producing the Festival around the world. I want to help form a team of individuals acting as co-organizers, sponsors, and volunteers. This team will work together and individually to oversee a few BWAF programs including BWAFs being produced nationally and internationally. The Festivals themselves will be of varying sizes and run with a varying amount of involvement from BWAF staff from co-production to BWAF merely providing the guidelines to follow in an application process similar to that created by the V Day organizatin’s permissions to produce V Day plays.
In addition to those ideas, I intend to travel as a multi-media artist, producing BWAFs (selecting the venue/s, curating the program, etc.) and selling my “renaissance negresse” wares as a singer-songwriter guitarist, recording artist, and multi-genre author. You can also expect some BWAF “swag” soon, in the way of t-shirts and the like!
Meanwhile, I’m starting with resuming a regular newsletter as we have in the past.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in and support of the Black Women’s Arts Festival. Perhaps we’ll be working together soon!

And now for some news about BWAF affiliates:

a) Monica McIntyre (BWAF Philly 2004 Producer, 2005 & 2007 Co-organizer, 2008-2009 Creative Director) (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monica.mcintyre.75 and ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/monicamcintyre) moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, and joined a group called The Honeypots (https://www.facebook.com/TheHoneypots). A few months ago, Monica created an online fundraising campaign (http://www.gofundme.com/3xxznk) for her EP “It Soon Come”, which was completed soon after and is now available for download at CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/monicamcintyre. Congratulations, Monica!
b) Florcy Morisset (Founder & Director of Vivant Art Collection, a wonderful art gallery and one of the venues of BWAF Philly 2009), made the Haitian Roundtable’s “1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers & Ones to Watch 2014”! In particular, Florcy was voted one of the five “Ones to Watch in 2014”! Info: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hrt-1804-list-of-haitian-american-changemakers-and-ones-to-watch-recognition-ceremony-reception-tickets-9604787177?aff=eorg). The Haitian Roundtable (HRT), founded in New York in 2008, is an organization comprised of Haitian-American professionals who are committed to civic engagement as well as philanthropic endeavors benefiting Haiti, Haitian organizations and causes. Congratulations, Florcy!
c) Theresa “Terri” Shockley, executive director of the Community Education Center (CEC – one of the venues of BWAF Philly 2007) was the community honoree and one of three award recipients at the 27th Annual Women of Color at Penn Awards Luncheon held on March 21! Info: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/27th-annual-women-color-penn-awards-luncheon-be-held-march-21. Women of Color At Penn (WOCAP), is a community of remarkable volunteers who come together to celebrate and promote causes that impact women. Congratulations, Terri!

2) NEW URLs, WEBSITE IN PROGRESS

You may have noticed the old BWAF website is no longer. We are working on a new one. In the meantime, we are using our Official Facebook Fan Page as our primary account: http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage (or http://tinyurl.com/BWAFFB), and have also created a short link for you to view all videos on YouTube featuring BWAF events: http://tinyurl.com/BWAFYouTube. Please enjoy, “like”, subscribe, and share these links widely!

3) CO-PRODUCING A BWAF IN YOUR TOWN
If you’d like to co-produce (with BWAF founder/director Cassendre Xavier: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier) a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email cxmusic(at)gmail.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

4) VOLUNTEERS & BUSINESS PARTNERS WANTED
As mentioned, I’m looking for individuals interested in taking the award-winning Black Women’s Arts Festival to a new level. Some major goals include:
a) Planning a very small BWAF somewhere in the USA as soon as possible. If we start this summer, we could have the event within a year from that time. The event could be at a church, community center, community theatre, school, college, university, library (or a combination of) any similar venue. For instance, in August of 2011 I started a dialogue with one of the administrators of the Oakland Public Library by phone, then I had a lot of email/address mishaps. This is why working with a group would be very helpful, to continue pursuing such issues so we can make ongoing progress on such goals. As it was, circumstances made it very difficult for me to continue with that project, as I had many more urgent matters to resolve at the time. If you live somewhere in the USA where there is enough of a presence of black-identified female artists and performers, and an arts community who would enjoy attending such an event, please contact me immediately at cxmusic(at)gmail.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com to begin discussing the possibility of bringing BWAF to your town! Currently, BWAF operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Moonstone, an acclaimed 501 (c) 3 nonprofit arts and education organization based in Philadelphia since 1983. If the group that forms to lead BWAF chooses to, we may once again move into the for-profit sector. But for now, we are still a nonprofit.
b) Establishing a network of volunteers and sponsors to help produce a Black Women’s Arts Festival in the San Francisco/Bay Area of California, USA.
c) Finding a volunteer coordinator who would recruit, manage, and maintain a crew of active, dedicated, and reliable volunteers. All respectful persuns are welcome to attend or volunteer for the BWAF.
d) Finding an internship coordinator who would develop a system of attracting unpaid college interns for BWAF.
e) Finding volunteers and interns to handle BWAF social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
f) Finding volunteers and interns to handle BWAF email correspondence.

5) CONTACT INFO:
Email: BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BWAFphilly
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/bwaf.philly
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/53284687509/
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/BWAFfanpage
Official Email List (Yahoo Group) https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bwafphilly/conversations/messages (To subscribe, send a blank email to: bwafphilly-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)

© Copyright 2014 by The Black Women’s Arts Festival (BWAF). All rights reserved. Permission to reprint some or all of this article, provided this credit is given and no profit is made. Thank you for sharing ethically! www.facebook.com/BWAFfanpage.

Bonus: Black Women Who Rule the Art Scene, an article by Brandee Sanders. Enjoy! http://www.theroot.com/photos/2011/03/black_women_in_the_arts_a_gallery_of_the_most_influential.html

Source/Share: The Black Women’s Arts Festival Newsletter - 24 March 2014 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BWAFphilly/conversations/messages/4895


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)

“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”

(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

 

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/BWAFYouTube 

CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://tinyurl.com/CXYouTube

6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre

2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes

Save the Date! Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Guest of Dave Nachmanoff) 

Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations

Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs

Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier

***If you’d like to co-produce with Cassendre a Black Women’s Arts Festival of any size (church, school, arts venue) in your neck of the woods or part of the world, please email cxmusic(at)gmail.com AND BWAFphilly(at)yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest!

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

New website coming soon!