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Uncovering hair stories at the ‘Hair and Our Perception of Beauty’ event

From embracing one’s natural hair to choosing to live authentically as our best selves, the event’s key message echoed that these are all paths along the holistic journey to self-acceptance and building a stronger identity of who we are as women of color. Individually, each woman is experiencing her own journey of self-discovery and growth. But it is a journey that is both personal and holistically a sum of many parts.

Despite everything still they rise

A friend and respected ‘Elder’ reminded me of the beautiful poem by Ms Maya Angelou – ‘And Still I Rise’. I found this video online of Ms. Angelou reading the poem, which made my skin tickle…her words made me smile and appreciate yesterday evening at dinner and then on to a nightclub with two young ladies who are currently at medical school.

Their dynamic spirits, sassyness, visual beauty, tenacity, powerful brains and their dreams (with plans) were empowering. They had somehow early in their journey learnt to master the ability to tell their story without being defined by it. They had the ability to ask for what they wanted without being rude; and they were kind but strong and inter-dependent.

Happy Birthday Mr. Mandela. Thank You

Mr. Mandela – thank you for your vision. I think of you every time I see this proverb…“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” ~Greek Proverb

Our Deepest Fear

Hello I am Lisa Bent and welcome to the PH ZONE. This month I hosted the first ever I’mpossible Conversations: Youth Edition at The House of Commons. It was an amazing and inspiring event. The question of being good enough was asked by a school child and I realised that this is a question that may continue to rise within us. As a result this month I want to read Marianne Williamson’s “Our Deepest Fears” from her book a Return to Love, in the hope that it nudges you into re-affirming that you are indeed good enough

I want to be like [insert name here]

International Women’s Day is on the 8 March every year: It is a day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. At this time many events happen across the world and I wanted to use this opportunity to reach out to all the young girls and women who believe they have to change who they are to be like somebody else. This is not true. You are perfect just as you are. However you have to believe it and see it for yourself. Knowing who you are is a journey; be kind to yourself, have patience and listen to yourself by developing your self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-love. These are the 3 core conditions of Self-Central.

Master Mindfulness

Are anti-depressants and beta-blockers a thing of the past now that ‘Mindfulness’ therapy is readily available on the NHS or are we running a little ahead of ourselves? The only way to decide for yourself if meditation aids in relieving stress or any other negative emotions is to meditate.
Come and join us at Phenomenal Healthstyle’s upcoming event ‘Relax And Do Nothing: The Art of Meditation’ in association with the Inspirational You: Be Inspired Series on 12 January 2012 at Birkbeck University where we will share the benefits that meditation can have on your health, life and career.

Use Your Talent – Compete To Be Your Best You

As we move into a new week, this weekend has provided me with a timely reminder for the new year. Look at the ‘(Wo)Man in the Mirror’ – Recognise your talent, love it and appreciate it, focus on developing it and compete only with yourself to be the best you can be at it.

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