11.26.2016

PUBLIC REMINDER

This is a public reminder.

PLEASE DO NOT COPY MY WORK WITHOUT CITING ME AS A SOURCE AND GIVING ME CREDIT.

This is disrespectful and unprofessional. It is also illegal since my work is copyrighted.

I appreciate the attention and the interest, but I work hard and it does not feel good to have my work stolen, especially when I AM TRYING TO BUILD COMMUNITY.

One of my friends recently said that a focus on Haiti's natural resources is the next frontier and I couldn't agree more. I expect that many of you will find my work as you research, since interest in this realm will continue to increase over time.

11.23.2016

Haitian Herbalist: Heart-Centered Tea

❤️Lovers, please don't underestimate the importance of replenishing your cup. ❤️

I love making customized tea brews, particularly during this time of year, when we need some extra nurturing and love. I've been working on chakra balancing lately via yoga, and came up with this tea that really supports the 3rd and 4th chakra.
Third chakra: Who am I in the world? Self-care. Healing
Fourth chakra: Self-love, Ego, Loving others.
Even though this tea supports the heart, digestion, and immune system, it is very heart-centered. And I think we all need some heart-centered vibes in these times.


🌿Chamomile (one of my most favorite herbs)~great for digestion and relaxation.

🌹Rose hips and hibiscus ~ for heart health and the heart chakra.

🍃Lemon balm ~ for immune support and some sweetness.


Let me know if you try this tea!

stay engaged,
N

11.21.2016

Sankofa: Go Back and Get it and What I Would Say To My Younger Self...

When I woke up this morning, the first thing that came to my mind was literally "Life is so interesting; a continuous process of becoming and unbecoming". There's this sort of zig zag, waxing and waning, inhale/exhale, twist/untwist, pain/joy, love/hate sort of thing that just keeps happening and happening and happening. It's been really apparent to me, even with the recent and current political happenings, that life is all about cycles; from the cells in our body continually dying and rebirthing, to our individual challenges and victories in life, to the universal vibes. It's all cyclical.

I've noticed recently that the same sorts of challenges present themselves ever so often in my life; a sure sign of the things I need to work out. A friend once told me that "the universe teaches us the same lesson over and over again until we finally learn it". I can think of any themes that continue to re-emerge. Can you think of your themes?

I've been taking a trip down memory lane this whole season and I guess maybe that's what it's for. From a Chinese medicine perspective, fall and winter draw us inward inter yin (substance, emotion, processing, darkness), so it is not strange that people, messages, feelings, and thoughts from the past are evoked. I've been dreaming of people I love/have loved, been looking at old photographs going back to college, and re-reading every single blog post here since 2012. It's been emotional. And more than anything, I'm full of such love and compassion, for myself, and for the people who were/are in my life. We are all in this really absurd, crazy, beautiful, confusing, grand thing called life, together.

While there is immense value in living in the present, much can be learned from looking to the past, to make way for a more fulfilling future. I'm reminded of the Adinkra sign/Ashanti concept (this is my Familial tribe by the way) of Sankofa. Sankofa is a bird that has its head reversed towards it's tale. The theme of this symbol is "go back and get it".


So here is the current Naika going back to get pieces of the old Naika. And undoubtedly the old Naika, offering wisdom to the current Naika. Here is a dialogue across time and space.

Old to Current:

11.02.2016

My Name is Naïka

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."....or would it?

When I was a kid, I hated my name. I would ask my parents why they didn't name me something "normal",which of course meant Anglosaxan & "easy".
Honestly, growing up in NY, folks didn't really struggle with my name at all. Sure there were a couple of comments, but in general, our diverse community didn't think twice, nor have the hundreds of people I've interacted with in over 30+ countries.