In Need of a Breath – our latest Cafecito Break Podcast


How do we make sense of the Eric Garner Case? So the officer who performed an illegal chokehold was not prosecuted, but the man who shot the video was?

How do we talk to our family and the kids who struggle make sense of the daily injustices we face? Eric Garners last words, “I can’t breathe”, are words many of us resonate with.

Recorded earlier… We invite you to listen to the most powerful Cafecito Break Podcast yet… with Rosangel Perez & Ruthie Guten with Special Guest, Darryl Aiken-Afam

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About Darryl: Founder of Meridian Touch, “The Art of Letting Go”

Born in Chicago and refined in Brooklyn, Darryl Aiken-Afam has over 25 years experience in the fitness, movement, healing and martial arts worlds. He is an active lecturer on Oriental Medicine & Movement and Meridian Exercise theory, and has spoken at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Kinesiology Department, and also at various training, fitness and dance centers in the US and abroad.

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Against the Wall and in need of a BREATH

Originally posted on La Shamanessa :

I allowed myself to watch the entire Eric Garner video
my memory haunts me as I witness another brother die…
I almost can’ t handle the collective pain I am feeling…
I can only imagine the pain of my brothers
and sisters
so the police didn’t get prosecuted,
but the man who shot the video did?

Am I living in some kind of nightmare?

It feels like it is.

I find myself almost wanting to give up
I find myself needing, seeking, looking for a FEMININE Presence… someone who embodies the holiness of our DIVINE MOTHER…

where is she? because I need her.  I need to collapse in her arms.  I want to cry as she holds me… I feel so scared and disillusioned at the same time.

oh wait! she’s here..
as I write these words, I feel a subtle shift
she hears me,

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We Can Breathe….

Set an intention for World Wide For Give Ness..

Another tough week for humanity…

Another tough week being in this skin. I feel disheartened in ways that make my heart ache.

I’ve been at a loss for words this week trying to make sense of the many injustices in our world… and searching for for give ness…

My nephew is 12 years old and attends East Side in NYC. Their school is organizing a march in support of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

he invited me to go…
“We invite the families to join us for the march and help us make it clear that a change is necessary.” -

After I read these words, I cried like a mama mourning the loss of her sons. What do I tell my niece and nephew? What do we tell our children who are our future keepers of this earth? How do we look them in the eye and keep the magic alive in their hearts?

I don’t have answers.. but as we all grieve, it seems right to be together with our large global family of human beings… from all colors, cultures, diverse backgrounds, low income, high income… it don’t matter, “we the people” are gathering… coming together.

Because we need to.
Because we need each other.

With great grievances, comes an opportunity. Look for it. What is it? There is always a gift you see… The bad cannot exist without the good being right next to it. Sometimes all it takes is a shift in perspective…

For example… When I contemplate the death of our brother Eric Garner and his last words, “I can’t breathe…”, I find myself feeling a tension in my chest… it hurts. I feel strong emotions that swing from despair, sadness, rage, feelings of feeling defeated, and lastly “caged”. My throat filled with tension… and I find that I have trouble breathing.

So in his honor… I am going to start chanting, “I can breathe”.

Eric Garner deserved that breath.
We deserve that breath…

We all need a collective healing breath…

I invite you to pause with me and inhale a slow deep beautiful breath.

Let us offer this breath to ourselves and to the world. -la shamanessa, Rosangel Perez ‪#‎loveliveshere‬ ‪#‎icanbreathe‬ ‪#‎29daysofforgiveness‬ ‪#‎thegratitudemovement‬ ‪#‎theperezsistersnyc‬ ‪#‎cafecitobreak‬ ‪#‎cuffh‬


Today I witnessed so many wounded faces…

deeper darkness

Today I witnessed so many wounded faces.
Wounded faces of Interfaith Clergy,
Elected Officials, Community Leaders, and Reporters for example.

I witnessed the wounded faces of my brothers and sisters in the streets of Brooklyn. I heard so many echoing the same words.

I made sure I paused and held space. Because I needed it too.

I witnessed people pause for moments of disbelief.
many holding their chests in pain.
The look on so many…
“Is this real?
If life really this cruel and fucked up?”

It is!!!!
And it is not.

For in this horrible moment something beautiful is taking place. WE the people are uniting and supporting and loving each other. I am witnessing groups of people that never tried to work together in the past, doing their best to work together.

Let’s honor the lives of all those who suffer injustices by doing the thing they don’t expect from us…

Let us be peaceful warriors for justice and truth. ‪#‎loveliveshere‬ ‪#‎peacefulwarrior‬
-la shamanessa

Money Talks… Let’s Black out this Black Friday.

Originally posted on The Perez Sisters NYC:

The Perez Sisters NYC of Botanikal Featuring Crystal Connection Stones, Rosangel Perez and Alex Perez stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. We believe in the power of people, in the power of prayer, intention, and collective peaceful action.
Money Talks…
Lets Black out this BLACK FRIDAY…
With love and peace in our hearts.  Nothing is more powerful than love!!!

Lift every voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast’ning rod,

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Habits That Steal Your Happiness – Our Latest Cafecito Chat

We invite you to join our Virtual Sala/LivingRoom for the latest Cafecito Break Chat with Rosangel Perez and Ruthie Guten… Click on the link that follows to listen to our show.

Show topic inspired by an article written by Angel Chernoff, (MarcAndAngelHacklife) – 10 Little Habits That Steal Your Happiness.

Thank you Angel for such an inspiring article. ;-)

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Lets Give Peace a Chance…

Originally posted on La Shamanessa :

You deserve peace.  
She deserves peace.  
He deserves peace.  
They deserve peace.
We all deserve peace.  

One by one we can add a lil bit more peace into our lives….

how do you start, you ask?
Start with affirming out loud, “I set the intention to create a peaceful moment for myself each day”

What time of day you ask? 
Try this in the am…  Feel your breath.  Place your hand over your heart.  Allow yourself to feel.  

What’s the next step?
Get up and do it… Try it now.

This is your world. You create it with your thoughts, your words, your actions.  
You create with with what you do

In the words of John Lennon Let’s “Give Peace a Chance”

Give Peace a Chance Lyrics…

Two, one two three four

Everybody’s talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism

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I am Brooklyn



I am the spice
the strut
the walk
the attitude
you love
and hate so much

I am tough and pretty
refined and gritty
I am the accent
that you recognize
and adore
wherever I go…

I sound like a mobster from Brooklyn, you say?

Talk Brooklyn
Be Brooklyn
Are you Brooklyn

Wow, Brooklyn…

This land is rapidly changing
and replacing so many like me…
You love what we’ve done with the place
now you’re pushing us away
feels like you are raping our land

who’s protecting Brooklyn
the cycle keeps repeating
and I can’t keep myself from screaming…
this shit is fucked up!!!

You love Brooklyn?
Wanna be Brooklyn?
But you come and change Brooklyn?!!!
Wanna Upgrade to fake?

not happening….
that’s not what BK is about…

Some tell me…

a dying

Am I?
Are We?

I hope not…

#brooklynlivesinme #brooklyn #thisismybrooklyn #iambrooklyn

Image location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn