Awaken Wellness Fair brings together Holistic health healers, teachers and speakers

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It was the picture of the Lion on the book that drew my attention and I got close enough to read the title “Get out of your Cage”, needing more explanation, the Author ,Simone was  telling me  the purpose and meaning of the book when  a candle on her table was picked up.

Shifting her attention to Jennifer and Edwardo she greeted them and encouraged Edwardo to sample the soy candle wax which he did, applying it to his hands and face.

“I love myself “it was an unexpected reaction from Edwardo, then Simone, responded “I love myself”

The next sixty seconds was an improvisation comedy routine between the two.

“I’m fantastic!” I said, joining the other three voices…” we’re the Fantastic Four; we’re energetically connected with awareness and consciousness”

Dissolving into laughter we then introduced ourselves.

Edwardo was one of the Speakers at the Awaken Wellness Fair held at the Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC.

Jennifer is a Holistic Nurse and Reiki practitioner they were both representing The Center for Self Development.

We were standing with Rev. Simone Lord. On her table, were her Soy Candles, Teas and Books.

The Wellness fair brought together healers, readers, teachers and speakers covering a wide range of Holistic and Alternative health modalities.

I met Keisha Christian and lingered over her display of handmade crystal jewelry. Beside her was Phillip with bottles of Nutrilite vitamins/supplements, a brand I was familiar with…I told him how I was introduced to herbal supplements and now rely on them to maintain my health.

I have found the Holistic health fair is a great way to introduce these services and products to the public.

It draws people in to touch and feel,  get up close to hearing and seeing and experiencing Reiki, essential oils, meditation in bite-size portions. These strategies to inform and educate the public about different modalities are crucial for them to be accepted by the mainstream.

Holistic health modalities offer alternative ways to eliminate the cause of some health problems rather than trying to treat the symptoms. So, for example if you are suffering from indigestion it makes more sense to eliminate the foods that are causing the problem than it does to take medication after the pain starts. Holistic healers are looking to heal the whole body, and therefore it is believed that first you stop doing the things that are harming you, and that applies to the body, the mind or the spirit.

Over the past sixteen years I have integrated these health modalities to my personal healthcare. Now this is not to be used as medical advice or recommendations. This is purely descriptions of the more common alternative health approaches being used today by more Americans.

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Reiki is a healing art that uses the body’s energy to begin and further the healing process.  It is performed by using one’s hands to follow a specific pattern of massage, to stimulate energy movement throughout the body. Reiki healers, who are specially trained to perform the healing massage, do not touch the client and the work is done sitting or lying down wearing comfortable clothing.

Be sure to come back for my next post as I continue the discussion with aromatherapy and essential oils.

What is it about Graduations?

“I don’t know of any other gatherings that are as purely positive as a commencement address. Think about it.  Weddings, well some people are happy but others are not. Family reunions nothing but trouble…”

Billy Collins Poet Laureate, said in his remarks at Lehman College.

Sometimes the speeches at graduations can be long and… (yawn) but something about the Keynote speaker was different.

Success occurs when preparation and opportunity intersect . Lowell Hawthorne adds a very special award to his long list of impressive achievements. Graduating with his Bachelor of Business Administrator he is no longer a college dropout

Lowell Hawthorne’s long list of accomplishments was impressive however one sentence in the introduction made my ears perk up and I listened intently to every word he said.

Lehman Commencement – Lowell Hawthorne from Beverly Ewan on Vimeo.

Success occurs when preparation and opportunity intersect . Lowell Hawthorne adds a very special award to his long list of impressive achievements. Graduating with his Bachelor of Business Administrator he is no longer a college dropout

Stepping to the podium his rich and confident voice rings out…

“To say that I am elated to be here today would be inadequate

To explain the exhilaration I feel gazing out at the pride and joy from the faces of loved ones

As I come to terms with the fact that I too am numbered among this year’s graduates… the commonly used term college dropout has haunted me for over twenty years. It’s one of the labels I decided I was not going to accept or be defined by for much longer.”


One of the keys to success is the self-image says Herbert Harris. In his book, The Twelve Universal Laws of success, he explains,  ” Self-image is how you see yourself in your own eyes . It is the mental and emotional pictures you hold in your consciousness of who you are what you are, and what you represent.”

In an interview with Holistic PR Andrea Adler she explains in more detail …“most people are playing too small they are trying to understand their life from a limited perspective.” One tool she recommends is meditation. Meditation quiets the mind.

The more you practice to quiet your mind and open your heart you will experience the truth, eloquently stated by Anna Freud “I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within, it is there all the time.”




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The Silver Tea Experience

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Silver Tea purpose -HBCU Alumni and current students explain their college choices.

“There you are “, Cynthia said calling my name. She was behind the podium in the far corner of the room. Weaving my way around tables dressed in soothing lilac table cloth, fresh pink flowers in the center surrounded by elegant china place settings, silverware and Teapots, I greeted her with a hug. Cynthia Richardson the founder of Ladies of the Silver Tea looked regal in red.


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Cynthia Richardson explains Silver Tea history and service to community

“I’ve been hosting teas since 2004, which is about the same time I met Betty Stallings Murray. We realized we shared the same concept of teaching African American culture & History while serving our community the best way we know how.

My goal is to urge you, young women, to step into the sensible shoes of your Grandmothers, Great-Grandmothers or whoever you look-up to, or really admire, to learn something from them while they are here and can pass on priceless wisdom and knowledge to you. 

When I was growing up in South Carolina, The Silver Tea wasn’t only a social event for Black Women of the South. It also provided a setting for our Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, and neighbors to communicate, share and actively contribute to the good and well-being of the entire community.

Sundays after Church usually between 4:00-6:00 pm. over- worked, under-appreciated, maids, cooks, kitchen/cafeteria workers and mothers who did not work outside the home, transformed into elegant, graceful, proud, confident Ladies

The Sisterhood

Black women were always the pillars of our communities and particularly in the South there was a sisterhood, because they needed each other for survival. Most Black women had to work outside their homes to support their family. Women assisted each other in caring for children and the elderly; teaching/mentoring young girls & boys to become proud, confident, successful adults. Our schools and churches could not exist without the hard work and effort of our women consistently working together.

Although it was exceedingly difficult to live with the oppression of Segregation, Jim Crow Laws and all the other indignities we suffered, look around you, be thankful for the ones who paved the way, digging ditches, scrubbing floors and taking the beatings, so that as a group we now have a seat at the table. It is important to maintain those traditions and behaviors that make us unique and mentally/emotionally healthy as a group. Institutionalized racism and discrimination are alive and well and will remain for generations.”

Cynthia’s sense of community service was taught to her by her parents. It is these qualities that created her vision and dedication to teaching and speaking on topics that add value and meaning to the lives of African Americans.

“Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop” Dr. Dorothy I. Height

The Silver Tea purpose: explains Historically Black College/University (HBCU) experiences by Alumni and current students.



Historically Black College/University (HBCU) Howard, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta University, Spellman
Guest Speaker Alexis Lorenzo Esq. Howard Alumna

Guest speaker, Alexis Lorenzo Esq. is a senior Attorney at Legal Services NYC since 2010. She traces her roots through her Mother to Cuba. After struggling with the college process in high school she eventually attended Hofstra. Her immigrant family background did not prepare her for College so life at first was miserable until she pledged a Sorority then her social life took off.

After college she was invited by a sorority sister who lived in DC to consider Howard as a choice for pursuing Law. She accepted her friend’s offer which paved the way for her to apply and was accepted to Howard.

Drawing a comparison between her first college experience and life at Howard Ms. Lorenzo summed it up as “nurturing”.  She felt welcomed into a family with all the rights and privileges of a traditional African American family that is; “you are looked after, looked out for and if necessary scolded with love.”

It was no surprise she thrived and excelled.

Other speakers:

Shawn Brannon attended Clark Atlanta University (CAU). Currently his job is in the high powered field of Marketing & promotions for Radio stations Hot 97 and 107.5.  While living in Columbia, SC he went on a college tour with his father. It was a happy accident for him when he discovered Clark sandwiched between Morehouse (all male) and Spellman (all female) Clark was co-ed and offered the best of both worlds.

When it was my turn to speak I gave a brief outline of my story and the journey the synchronicity and events that helped me to meet Cynthia.

It was unfortunate for me when a devastating diagnosis abruptly ended my corporate profession. While home heavily medicated my world reduced to a foggy blur, a relative gave me a bottle of Herbal supplements which opened my eyes to the possibilities of Complementary and Alternative medicine. Eventually I started feeling better; I experienced fewer side effects after adding more herbal supplements to my daily routine.

Then I attended a meeting at my son’s Elementary school, and challenged myself, my fears and limitations by volunteering to help the PTA. I was fortunate to meet a group of wonderful parents and Teachers, and some of the most generous, wise and uplifting women became long-standing friends. Jackie or Nurse Jackie as she likes to be called and I became friends. Our friendship took us on an adventure to start Bronx  Wholistic networking group. By hosting monthly meetings at Barnes & Noble store, Bay Plaza I met many people following their calling to serve their community and I met Cynthia.

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