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     Most will say that the last few days of the year should be spent in reflection. Others even go as far as strategizing how the first week of the new year will be spent. Believing that how you bring in the year is how the rest of the year will go. Admittedly, I’ve tried all these tactics in my past. I took a vow of silence the last 48 hours of 2011, in the hopes of receiving divine direction. It was the most peaceful two days I encountered. However, the year that followed was the most treacherous.

     2012 has a been a year of self discovery for me. Partly from forced life lessons, others I searched for. What I’ve come to learn is that peaceful moments will always reveal themselves when a person is in search of it. However, it’s the maintenance of peacefulness that we seem to struggle with the most. The wrestling of our spirits is what keeps many of us up at night or knelt in prayer. Our spirits act as if it’s imprisoned within us.

     At this same time last year, during my fast from speaking, I allowed my spirit to rest. As a result, I received the answers from God that I was looking for. Prayer, fasting and reading spiritual literature allowed me to subdue logical thinking that was blocking any other voice besides my own. Although, I hear God’s voice more frequently now, my own inner voice is still the loudest and has the most impact.

God’s voice told me go,
my own voice told me to stay.
Stay comfortable.

God’s voice told you to go,
your own voice told you to stay.
Stay safe.

     We have become a nation of comfortably safe insomniacs. We’ve slept walked into a time when Mayan culture predicted wouldn’t exist. We’ve witnessed the mass murdering of babies in a fashion we never would’ve dreamed of. The desire to remain asleep should be no more.

     The media laughed and corporations capitalized off the Mayan philosophy of our world coming to an end. No attention was paid to the additional aspects of their theory that this age in time could not be predicted as the “dead is to be born again”. Today, more than ever life is what you make of it. How can we live life to its fullest half awake?

     As many of the world’s inhabitants were preparing for the world to end, others mocked the predicted concept. There are few who prepared for their calling to teach to be revealed. Faith is a learned and re-learned belief. It’s the enlightened ones who allowed the imprisonment of their spirit, God’s voice, to start a new beginning by experiencing freedom. A purposed filled life isn’t birthed until your voice repeats that of God’s and your feet begin to walk down your newly claimed cleared path. According to the book of James, “for the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

     As 2013 approaches, reflect on all your previous reflections you have yet to act upon. I guarantee nights will become more restful and smiles will become a more frequently seen fixture on your face once you accept your membership as apart of the Holy Trinity. Your spirit should not be competing with the views of the world or your ego. In 2013, stop thinking so much….and just DO. Just GO! Just BE PURPOSELY HAPPY!

I committed mail fraud
the day I confiscated my son’s note to Santa
a criminal act done out of heart felt intentions
to make a little boy’s eyes light up
as bright as the remaining working bulbs on our
anorexic, vertically challenged tree.

A crime of passion
with limited unhappy consequences
well so I thought…
especially since the ghosts of Christmas past
has known me to be the only parental helper
Santa has for him

My son’s seasonal wish list
with hand sketched hearts for postage
unintentionally excluding a destination of return if unread
innocence still gives him the confidence that all wishes can come true
when you believe with your whole heart,
so he made sure not to leave any white marks
in-between the red outlines.

As I unsealed the envelope shaped construction paper,
the cracks in our family structure became visible
avoidance is longer a strong enough adhesive
to seal emotional wounds

He wrote:

Dear Santa:

All I want for Christmas is for my dad
to come and play with me
so I can tell him I forgive him and love him

Please and thank you.

On Christmas Eve,
instead of wrapping gifts
I knelt in prayer for a Christmas miracle
for Santa to deliver potential impossibilities down the chimney.

I hope the North Pole UPS workers delivered my letter.

I wrote:

Dear Santa:

Don’t let my son’s heart turn into coal

Please, I beg of you

Bah! Humbug!

The number eight symbolizes new beginnings
and as this birth date is approaching for you
I’m scratching my head
wondering where did time go?
It seems like you were crawling
not so long ago
now the sway in your walk
mirrors your God Father’s
and your mouth runs all the time
it’s like incurable diarrhea  of the mind
leaving many adults to agree
your spirit is gracing this earth for another lifetime

You’ve returned as this millennium’s prophet
as your mother I feel holy
glowing from my imaginary halo
after being crowned as the 21st century Mary
handpicked to birth and raise greatness

I feel constant pressure from my destined obligation
which makes me more grateful for your witty sense of humor,
the continuous sound of laughter in our home
makes a rough day at work and the intenseness of life all better

As your height is closer to matching mine
I become more appreciative for the memories we create together
the songs you write and sing to me,
the nights where you want to cuddle closely,
even when I have to fuss at you for acting like a baby
I remind you,
“You’re a big boy”
but deep in my heart,
I don’t want you to get any bigger

The number eight symbolizes new beginnings
and as this birth date is approaching for you
I’m contemplating adding one less candle to your cake
while I close my eyes and make a wish the same time as you
I’ll ask for a touch even better than Midas’
my magic contact will press pause on your maturity
and you physically outgrowing me
I’ll make a plea for you to stay seven for one more year
when you’re just tipping the scales of being too big to fit on my lap
and during long car rides I can peep you napping in the back
drooling…
a lot…
when you still enjoying holding my hand as we walk across the street
because you still think mommy’s protection is still kinda neat
and you know the end results of disobeying mommy is kinda scary
so you remind me,
“Mommy-you told me to be a big boy”
deep in my heart,
I know prior to this moment
I should have been more careful for what I wished for

 Copyright 2012
Tenisha M Jones

Dear Potential:

It’s been a year or so since you and I tapped into one another
we had the possibility of taking over the world
but the reality is I’m sandwiched between these four walls
wondering why you’re not here
trying to remember how & why we separated
and when will you return?

I’m not comfortable, secure, ambitious or confident when you’re not around
and I can’t apologize enough for my delayed revelation
of the power of you in my life
In the past my mental weakness convinced me
that you were too good to be true
the loud cheers of wealth and love
the visual confirmation that my name will be greatness
you gave me day after day, night after night
slowly diminished to once in a blue moon whispers
then to deadly silence
provoked by my lack of forward moving steps
to pave the way and attain what you told me to

I became a dormant corpse with a soul unable to be revived
now-I want to live, because without you, I’m missing life too
I’ve been on my knees praying daily
to be reunited with the two of you
and God told me it’s time to truly repent
for the errors of my ways
and allowing the poison of qualm to numb my brain
and forcefully push you out
potential and doubt can’t dwell in the same house
and my heart is a home that should only be
decorated by you into a welcoming space
where success, love and purposed power like to hang out

So let’s try this again
will you become my best friend
if the division of effort is no longer 90 to 10
if I promise to pull my weight
instead of holding you down with disbelief
so we can both rise and grow into existence
I’m ready now to see the depth of possibilities
you have in store for me
teach me your reality
let’s devise a plan to start taking over the world again
where in the future my last name will be greatness-alongside yours.

I’ll see you tonight in my dreams,

 Tenisha M. Jones-PotentialGreatness

“The construction of words
used to form a poem
follows the melody of lead
harmonizing with tattered paper
that calms the pulsating pain
of a wounded soul
wrapped so tightly in hope
that the feeling of failure
can’t circulate in the hearts
of those that read the constructed stanzas”
©2011 Tenisha M Jones

Many of us believe and preach that the tongue is one of man’s most powerful weapons. As a poet, I write out my dreams because I believe I can truly bring words to life.  Currently, I try not to  mention the past in my pieces unless I’m speaking of a solution.  The past is behind me and verbal repetition of my mistakes causes wounds to remain open.  I’m on a path of healing myself from the nasty combination of diseases self loathing, procrastination and naysaying thoughts. 

Maybe odd to some,  but I strongly believe continual ungrateful, envious, and/or doubtful thought patterns-become engrained and registered in your brain’s chemical make up.  This is what causes true innovative imagination to be displayed as nightmarish scenes that kills belief in one’s self.  The recapping of demonic images spews pessimistic energy attracting bullshit circumstances and like-minded people who have a passion for hating life.  But at one point,  the burden of hatred – “I hate we didn’t work out, I hate I didn’t get that job, I hate her ass looks better than mine, I hate this city” – fills souls and leaves little room for joy.  We would all love to enjoy living more, but we have to re-train our brains.  Once this process begins. positive thoughts yield positive words and actions.

Members of Alcoholics Anonymous and I have a lot in common, we want to live a life clean and sober of  harmful patterns.  It’s a daily struggle.  The recovery is ongoing for me because after 30 years of conditioning, I’m addicted to dissatisfaction.  The feeling of never having enough of what I want doesn’t escape me for long.  And I know better.

Mental rehabilitation is Step 0 in any recovery program.  The transformation to a positive person from a negative person can’t be done overnight.  But it can be accomplished.  While doing research online, I came across these steps of personal accountability to help implement mental rehabilitation:

*We admit we were powerless over addictions—that our lives had become unmanageable.
*Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
*Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. 
*Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
*Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
*Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
*Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
*Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
*Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
*Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
*Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. 
*Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Does the above mentioned 12 steps sound familiar?  These outlined action items were proposed in 1939 by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to assist in the “recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems“.  Denying oneself the ability to enjoy every moment of life is a compulsive behavioral problem that unfortunately too many of us suffer from. 

Due to the fact that detrimental thinking is the norm in this world, CDC has yet to label this condition as an ear born disease.  Yet it’s destroying our bodies by causing stress, crumbling the foundation of relationships due to lack of self-worth and diminishing hope that dreams are obtainable. 

I’m tired of suffering from it and I am on my way to recovering the optimistic pieces of me.  I need the help of my readers.  Those that are having a hard time remaining blissful and excited about the realities and lessons of life, make your views anonymous.  The tongue is one of the universe’s most powerful weapons and I’ve chosen to use mine’s to save lives.  Can I be your sponsor?

Womb-men
with every new day
in the new break of the morning
the experience of opening our eyes
becomes new again
our creator has granted you a new judgment day

Rejoice

Place your hands over your womb
and before you begin a new breathe

Inhale

So deep that you awake
the center of your consciousness
and allow its power to flow up
and recharge your vital organs
who’s healthy existence makes you a better
God

Womb-men
grant the persuasiveness of your inner part
to fill your heart with the power of love
that only a womb-man can provide

We are birthed from the descendants of Goddesses
who nurtured and disbursed milk from their breast
to feed the off springs of their oppressors
it should be second nature for us
to love our neighbors despite of themselves

So bask in the glow of love
own it,
let it,
illuminate your purpose outwardly
and within
you are God

Womb-men
permit your endowment of a tool to create life
to surge unbreakable belief and loyality
in the Universe’s creator that his spirit,
tickles your throat
causing you to verbally deliver life

Speak it

Repeat it with so much moxie
that you heal scarred spirits
mend broken hearts
give sight to those with blindness in their third eye
you too are the alpha of creation

Exhale

The creativity given to you
through your womb onto the world
you are a God

Womb-men
we can no longer allow America to tell us otherwise
follow the lineage of our ancient Egyptian mothers
who took pride that all areas of life transcended through them

They were proud of
birthing new generations
birthing century old traditions
birthing confidence and strength in men and children
birthing forgiveness towards abusers
all civilization was birthed from the black woman’s womb
Yet we’ve faced martyrdom of our power each and every day
for hundreds and hundreds of years
God

Womb-men

Take another deep breathe
take one hand from your womb
and place it on your rising chest
take refuge in your ability to birth constructive thoughts
pronounce positivity
transpiring to productive results

Allow the elated energy of your womb
to rejuvenate your spirit before your body rises
to begin your new day
the experience of how to handle life
becomes new again
our creator has granted you a new judgment day

Rejoice

Because you are God Womb-Man

Never forget

The manifestation of the events within the world around us
begins in our wombs

©2011 Tenisha M Jones

For Immediate Release:
Grand Opening – Serenity Suites at NODA
Written by Tenisha Jones

Charlotte, NC 14 July 2011:  Are you distressed and in need of regular de-stress services?  Located in the heart of Charlotte’s Arts District, Serenity Suites at NODA serves as your home for holistic healing and beauty.  On August 19th from 6 PM – 10 PM the full service center will open its doors to the public. 

Originally located within the ArtHouse, the growth of the owners’ client base required more leg room to offer their expanding holistic and beauty services.  Serenity Suites at NODA promotes natural healing, health, wellness and beauty.  Asha Sims, one of the company’s co-founders states “Serenity Suites at NODA provides a serene environment with a cozy and intimate atmosphere to assist our customers in feeling and looking good!”  There will be five complementing businesses located under one roof branding themselves as a one stop health, therapeutic and beauty center.  The center of business suites consists of VJolie Brow Studios, Beannies Body Therapy & Products, Therapeutic Concepts, Inc, Sendin Luv and A Vegetarian Affair. 

The business owners are all trained to offer services such as brow waxing, therapeutic massage, detox (Ionic Foot Detox), and counseling services, focusing on wellness, nutrition, and stress and/or anger management.  Classes will also be offered educating the public of how to live a healthy, stress-free life.  Additionally, A Vegetarian Affair will offer Gourmet Fish Fry’s every 1st & 3d Friday.

Serenity Suites at NODA is located at 3012 N. Davidson St.  The grand opening will be a night of celebration incorporating music and art.  Haji will be your musical feature while Anthony Hunt will be showcasing his art work.  Serenity Suites at NODA will provide food samples and door prizes to attendees while supplies last.  So be sure to get there early!

Contact:
Serenity Suites at NODA
3012 N. Davidson St
Charlotte, NC 28205
(866) 944-9560
Serenitysuitesnoda.com