Navani Knows Dia De Los Muertos, BK

While many people are gearing up for Halloween – an excuse to play a role, dress up, party and eat insane amounts of candy (oh wait maybe that is just me, Reeses’s anyone?) some of us are focusing on what happens after Halloween – on el Dia De Los Muertos. This traditional Latino holiday gives us a chance to pay respects and homage to the friends and family who have passed. One great way to celebrate this year in the tri-state area would be to check the the amazing installation project and event being headed by two dope artists: Adrian “Viajero” Roman and Ben Rojas aka “Borish.” The second annual Dia De Los Muertos Brooklyn event not only boasts amazing art work including an 8-feet by 8-feet altar AND a performance by Ase, but also the chance for you to participate in the ceremony that celebrates the presence of our ancestors in our lives.

Check out the deets below and some sneak peek photos after the jump.

Date: November 2, 2012
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Where: 411 46th street (btwn 4th and 5th ave)
Sunset Park Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Navani Knows Cleansing & Gratitude

I know this blog is long over do, but I do thank you for your patience and actually checking back here after so long. I have been going through a serious transition period (aren’t we all). Lots of moving going on in all aspects of my life. Now that the dust is starting to clear, I have time for some reflection. Perfect timing, being that the New Year is quickly approaching.

Out with the old, in with the new right? In this time of cleansing and rebirth I am finding out the key to abundance is making room for it. Making the space for the things you want in your life to fit. If you make it, they will come – remember that saying? I know now it is true, if you honestly believe it.

With my new move I’ve gotten quite familiar with cleansing lol. I’ve had to physically clear space for new things. Clearing out drawers of old clothes I don’t use anymore. The funny thing is, with the new empty space I find new clothes miraculously appear. And that can be true of any other aspect of our lives, even matters of the heart. I had to clear space out there too in order to have someone new occupy space. Who knew simple physics would come into play here.

So, how can you clear out space emotionally? Not as tangible as throwing out garbage, but just as easy. I’ve learned you make space for more abundance when you are truly grateful for all the gifts you already have. (Thanks Mama Gena)

So, to start my new year off right, I am composing my year-end gratitude list.

I am super grateful for:
1. Obama winning the election. Seriously.
2. The sun shining when it does.
3. Unconditional love in all its forms.
4. Mel’s couch.
5. My cousin’s loyalty and coordinating skills.
6. My job, from which I write this. Shh
7. My family, both blood and spiritual.
8. Anyone who has ever made me laugh.
9. My health
10. All the times I’ve sweated out my hair dancing.
11. Music that makes me happy to be alive
12. Writing because I love to
13. My new home
14. Those who teach me new things
15. Anyone who has ever inspired me
16. Quiet time
17. Yogi tea
18. Yoga
19. Dancing in the mirror
20. Movies that make me cry
21. Friends who have always supported me.
19. My dreams. Cause they are all mine
20. The will to go after them.

The list can go on and on, but you get the idea. What’s on your gratitude list? What are you grateful for just from today?

Navani Knows: The Cleanse Day 5

I survived day 5!! This means I am past the middle mark. Now I can say I almost done! Woo hoo! Today overall was a much better day than yesterday. I woke up and my devastating headache was gone, the sun was shining and I had yoga to look forward to. Free Yoga at that. Of course getting out of bed and starting my day was a lil rough. I am always extremely weak in the morning, having to slowly raise myself out of bed strategically and stumble into the kitchen to make my first batch of lemonade. Today I made one serving and drank it right on the spot, as I sat on the bed watching videos. I finished the magic juice and “Viva La Vida” came on and I immediately got up and started dancing around the room which is my normal response to that song. It makes me happy to be alive, and that’s when I knew it would be a good day.
So I made my economy size bottle of lemonade to go and packed my gym clothes and headed off to work. Work was fine except I am always sooo much hungrier in the confines of that building! I don’t know why but my stomach is constantly growling there. Therefore, I ended up drinking half of the six servings by noon. Not good. Around lunch time my co-worker had a roach drop in on her and her cookie and that action broke up the day a lil. After that I didn’t have much of an appetite anymore. But I did walk by a guy eating some sort of pot roast and it smelled so good it made me crave meat, and I don’t even eat meat! Sigh.

I continued to fight off the hunger pangs, just trying to make to 6 pm when I could leave and go take my yoga class with Russell Simmons (He opened his own studio and invited press to come check it out). Oh yeah, another reason why my day was simply sublime. On the way to his new studio my co-worker told me, “You don’t even look sick or anything, in fact your skin is like, glowing” in regards to me not eating for five days. I was ecstatic. One of my worst fears of doing the cleanse was that I would end up looking like a cast member from the Twilight vampire movie. So with that, I finished the last of the “stuff” and got changed for class.

The yoga class was amazing! Not only was it in a nice studio within the Alvin Ailey building, but I walk in and Porschla Coleman is the one teaching the class! I wasn’t expecting that. I look up from my downward dog pose and there’s Russell in the front of the class ever so non-chalantly. PS I am kinda mad Russell can do a headstand and I can’t, but I digress. Porschla was such a great teacher and not only pretty in person but genuinely nice. She held my legs up and helped me with my shoulder stand. Boy do I need to work on that. Just being in the room with so much good energy changes everything. I wasn’t hungry once in the hour and a half that I was there. I left there feeling super relaxed and content with life. (Note to self: do more yoga)

I can only hope the other 5 days follow suit. Now I am going to drink my Yogi tea and follow the advice on my packet: Be happy so long as breath is in you.

Navani Knows Acceptance

I learned a long time ago that the only thing constant in this world is change. I didn’t always take heed though. Being a Taurus I am stubborn by nature, so I will fight against almost anything – from nice deeds, to compliments and most of all: abrupt changes in my environment. If you leave it up to me, I’ll stay in any situation forever just for continuity, no matter how desperately I am hoping for a change (i.e. I’ve had my same cell phone number/provider since 2000).

That’s where the universe comes in. I found out the rather hard way that if you take to long to make your move, something will come along and make it for you. No matter what plans you think you have for how you expect your life to go, at the end of the day it’s not your call. It was a huge lesson for me to learn, hence why I had to go through it more than once. Sadly, this is not the first time I have had my whole life turned upside at a moment’s notice. However, this is the first time I decided not to fight against it.

I was in a rut – financially, emotionally, in my living situation, with my romantic dealings… and I couldn’t understand why. Then my friend Kim said something that changed my entire outlook. She told me that many times we are living in a constant state of want. We are never satisfied with the here and now; instead we spend all our time and energy wanting something else. We are focused on what we don’t have or changing situations to make them suit our wants…instead of just accepting them as they are. It was so true for me. I had to sit back and regroup and see how I had been applying that technique to just about everything and everyone in my life. It was totally hindering my personal growth.

I finally took a deep breath and just started accepting. Accepting my changes, and letting them transpire into something bigger and better. Accepting my new surroundings, my new job, even if it is just for this moment. I am enjoying this moment. I started accepting the people in my life for who they are, and what they are and aren’t capable of. I stopped wanting them to be any other way. I realized that whatever is happening in this moment is absolutely how it should be. Once I started to see my life through those lenses, everything smoothly started falling into place.

What I figured out was most of the things I kept searching high and low for I already had in my possession. Like love for instance – just because the one person I was so focused on loving me didn’t, doesn’t mean I didn’t already have all the love I needed in my life. I have people calling and telling me they love me everyday. People that open their homes to me with no regard. People that travel long distances to support me in my endeavors, and others that pray for me and think of me without me even knowing. There is so much love and beauty in the world to focus on, how I was missing it all?

I guess it was always there for the taking, I just had to be ready to accept it all in.