It's imperative that we live lives steeped in care and healing. Our feminine energy needs nourishing. We are each a garden; we need sowing, we need pruning, we need hydration, and we need care that helps us blossom. Our BGIO Beauty for this month is here to empower us on the path to greater health in wellness, the soul food we need four our inner gardens.
We breathe in and through creation, making this world our own by adding our unique way of viewing it. Today more than ever, we see that black artists, writers, yogis, healers, etc. are being called to manifest a legacy steeped in bringing together communities, protecting individual and collective wholeness, and finding our authentic selves.
We often look to the heavens for answers. Yearning to know we are not alone and some of us reach far enough that we become in tune with the connection between here and above. March represents heaven to earth here at BGIO. Practices, prayers, and rituals get us closer to what we’d all like to obtain: inner peace. Our beauty for March embodies this theme in all her majesty. Oya Mae Duchess-Davis is a Santeria practitioner, playwright, and disabled femme.
The month of February was representative of the Black Body here at BGIO. As we step into March, Women’s History Month, we carry forth that energy and continue to honor our ancestors and the generations carried inside our wombs. Lauren Solomon defines the intersections between all aspects of our body health.
I have many self-care and self-love practices. Lately, I’ve been taking inventory of my life and removing anything that’s not supporting me or my future goals. In the past, it was difficult for me to make the decision to remove myself from situations or end relationships that drained me. (Blame the September Libra in me!) I found myself on autopilot. Now, I’m making more intentional decisions as an act of self-love.
Community. Tribe. Support. When I began my wellness journey, I remember feeling really alone and isolated. I was breaking old habits, discovering new rituals, and at times it felt like the people around me simply didn’t understand. I thought I was the only Black girl in the wellness world until I found Black Girl In Om. In them, I found my community.
Women of colour carry a lot—there is loss and pain and trauma, from our lives and those of our ancestors. But there is also so much joy and resilience, community and celebration, and I love that BGIO is a space where we can feel seen and heard in sharing all of our experiences as the dynamic beings that we are.
For me, it was yoga that did both. Yoga taught me how to reassociate into my body and how to process all the trauma that was living inside me. Yoga taught me how to breathe again. Literally. So when you talk about creating space for women of color to breathe easy, you are profoundly echoing my life’s journey. How could I not identify with Black Girl in Om’s mission? I am Her.
I recommend women of color create and adopt an empowering morning routine that’s consistent. This will look different for many people, but what’s important is getting rid of all the initial negative chatter we hear when we first wake up in the morning and replacing it with mantras, setting intentions, affirmations, prayers, encouraging music