Happy 2015! I can’t believe it! This is going to be a great year. I don’t believe in resolutions. I do believe in promises to myself and others and for this year I’ve made some pretty big ones. Here’s to a great year guys! You will see some of my promises revealed here as they manifest. I will use this blog as a log to keep them on track and to share with my readers. Stay tuned!

Phoenix Rising

I went to my friend, J Beck’s Phoenix Rising Concert last week and thought it was really great.  J Beck is a rapper and Chicago school teacher.  He raps about education and youth. I think his music is awesome.  He does have a Jay-Z influence that I can hear in his song and his style of rapping.  His beats are catchy and his lyrics are inspiring.  They make you think and want to take action.  Here’s a video of his performance from the show. The concert was  a fundraiser to help the high school he teaches for in the North Lawndale area of Chicago, near the west side of Chicago.  I have in that same high school for an after school program, and some of the kids there struggle with their day to day lives.  Check out more of his music on his BandCamp website

11/11 Reiki Master

ReikiMasterThis weekend I was atuned and initiated into the Reiki Master Level, which was really a great honor for me.  It took a few years to get to this level, and some challenges, and some amazing waves of transformation, and I got to work with some amazing souls in facilitating their healing process – and it is only the beginning.  I want to thank my Teacher and Reiki Master, Robin Shapiro, for believing in me and my power, and for uncovering the Healer in me on this journey.  And I want to thank all of the people who have given me the honor of allowing me to work with them in their Reiki treatments in their healing journey. You know who you are.  I would not have gotten to this level if it weren’t for you.  I love you and I thank you and I love you and I thank you. Let’s heal the world!

Tantra Nova

220px-SriYantra_construct.svgI went to a really awesome show last night at a place called Tantra Nova.  The show was titled “Sexual Enlightenment, A One Man Show” featuring Freddy Zental, the co-founder and director of Tantra Nova Institute. I thought it was a really great show.  He portrayed stories of his journey of studying Tantra throughout his life and how he ended up in Chicago with his partner, Elsbeth (who was truly amazing and such a pleasure to be with last night at the event).

Truthfully, I was a little nervous coming to the event because I had always heard of Tantra and it intimidated me because I had always associated it with sex and intimacy.  We all talk about wanting this but I think most of us would run away from real true intimacy if it hit us in the face because of how vulnerable we’d have to be to experience it.

We did a meditation during the show last night (it was an interactive show) focusing on our root chakra and breathing into our belly.  This is definitely something I am at work at because I have a tendency to focus on my crown and heart chakras only during my meditations with Reiki.  It’s also very important to focus on your root, the area of manifestation and grounding.

What I discovered for myself last night was that Tantra is not this exotic, taboo subject that people talk and giggle about.  It’s actually a practical spiritual lifestyle – a platform where you can channel, like sexual energy, that force of creativity and passion into all areas of your life.

Check out their website at www.tantranova.com