SoulTech Magazine: The Spring Issue

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EDITOR'S LETTER Dear Beloved Readers, We are delighted to share the spring issue of SoulTech Magazine. Welcome to our tribute to the divine feminine in everyone. The Goddess Issue is packed with tips, articles, and features on embracing your inner goddess, from using triggers for goddess-level growth to interviews with modern-day goddesses doing incredible work to tips for tapping into your sensual side with contributor Fab Bliss. I want to thank our readers and fans for all the kind words you have shared about Soultech Magazine, the new media platform of SoulTech.world. We created this conscious living brand to further our commitment to raising human consciousness as the answer to peace and cure to the mental health crisis. At Soultech, we believe in the power of knowledge and the transformative potential of raising human consciousness. Our genuine mission is to illuminate a more enlightened existence that embraces wellness, conscious living, and a deeper connection with the world around us. Our magazine aims to offer a tapestry of insights, stories, and perspectives that resonate with those on the inner journey. From thought-provoking articles to the latest news and products in wellness, culture, entertainment, technology, fashion, and beyond, Soultech Magazine is your compass for navigating the journey toward a more enlightened way of being. As the founder and editor, I am genuinely honored to embark on this journey with every one of you. Let us explore the endless depths of human potential and cultivate a community grounded in love, compassion, and spiritual growth. I invite you to immerse yourself in Soultech Magazine's pages or immersive version, engage with our books, podcasts, courses, events, and more, and join us in spreading the light of consciousness to every corner of the world. Thank you for entrusting us with your journey. May your soul find solace, inspiration, and infinite possibilities within the pages of Soultech Magazine. With much love and gratitude from the team at SoulTech.world. Regards,

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How to Use Triggers to enhance Your Goddess Glow-up The label “trigger warning” often elicits a variety of reactions. Some people will shy away from the content to protect themselves. Others wonʼt hesitate to engage with triggering experiences because the media and modern culture have trained humanity to react constantly. Only when we work to raise our level of consciousness do we break from unhealthy thought habits that cause reactionary behavior. While certain content undeniably warrants caution, many instances of trigger warnings wrap candid discussions in unnecessary layers of protection. By shielding individuals from discomfort, we inadvertently hinder many from their growth potential. Triggers, in essence, are the mind, body, and soul's subtle directives urging us to deepen our self-healing journey. They are markers calling our attention to areas that need work. This is the essence of shadow work. Once a seeker has achieved a solid foundation in mind, body, and soul harmony, I teach my gods and goddesses in the making to use triggers for rapid and profound personal development. Indeed, encountering triggers presents an opportunity for introspection and mindful evolution, provided one approaches them with self-awareness and a readiness to learn. If you are on the inner journey and are ready to hug your shadow side, a necessary part of living in bliss, here is the fundamental process I teach in my emotional mastery workshop. This overarching process can help you to harness your triggers for personal growth:


RRecognition and Acknowledgment: Identify situations, behaviors, or remarks that consistently provoke strong emotional responses. Delve into the patterns and specific triggers that significantly influence your psyche. Pause and Reflect: Upon encountering a trigger, take a moment to pause and observe your immediate emotional and physical reactions. Tune into the sensations coursing through your body, the thoughts swirling in your mind, and the intensity of your emotions. Cultivating mindful awareness creates a vital space between the trigger and your response. Exploration of Root Causes: Dive beneath the surface to unearth why a particular trigger holds sway over you. Triggers invariably trace back to past experiences, deeply ingrained beliefs, or unresolved emotional scars. Reflect on the symbolism inherent in the trigger and its resonance with your narrative or core principles. Embrace Self-Compassion: Extend a hand of self-compassion rather than chastising yourself for succumbing to triggers. Understand that triggers constitute a natural facet of the human experience, and it's perfectly acceptable to undergo emotional upheavals. Approach yourself with gentleness and empathy as you navigate the terrain of personal growth. Extracting Lessons and Growth Opportunities: Having identified the trigger and its root cause, glean insights into the lessons it offers. Pose questions to yourself: What insights does this trigger unveil regarding my beliefs or apprehensions? How might I craft a response that aligns with my values? What skills or perspectives can I cultivate to surmount this trigger in the future? Seek Support When Necessary: Should you find traversing triggers independently daunting, consider enlisting the aid of a mentor, counselor, or trusted confidant. They can furnish invaluable guidance, perspectives, and tools to help you navigate triggers and nurture personal growth. Employ Healthy Coping Mechanisms: As you embark on the journey of personal growth, devise healthy coping strategies to contend with triggers as they arise. These strategies could encompass deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, journaling, cognitive reframing, or engaging in activities that foster joy and relaxation. Remember, personal growth is an iterative process necessitating patience and perseverance. Embrace triggers as opportunities for self-exploration, leveraging them to deepen your self-awareness and fortify your overall well-being. In doing so, you'll inch closer to embodying the divine essence of a goddess, empowered by your capacity for growth and transformation.


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Pema Chödrön, born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown on July 14, 1936, is a renowned American Tibetan Buddhist nun, author, and teacher. She was born in New York City and grew up in a Catholic household. After studying English literature and becoming a school teacher, she encountered Buddhism in her mid-30s, which led to a profound spiritual transformation. In 1974, she traveled to the French Alps to meet her main teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. She ordained as a novice nun under him and became one of the founding members of the Shambhala Buddhist community in North America. Pema Chödrön's teachings focus on applying Buddhist principles to everyday life, emphasizing compassion, mindfulness, and the cultivation of inner peace. She has written many bestselling books, including "The Wisdom of No Escape," "When Things Fall Apart," and "The Places That Scare You," which have made her teachings accessible to a wide audience. Despite facing personal challenges, including a difficult divorce and health issues, Chödrön's teachings remain deeply influential. She is known for her warm, down-to-earth approach, often blending traditional Buddhist wisdom with contemporary insights. Pema Chödrön continues to teach internationally, offering workshops, retreats, and online courses, inspiring countless individuals on their spiritual paths.


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Our conversation with Shaman Isis, a real-life goddess, delved into intriguing topics such as mental health, the elevation of consciousness, and the much-anticipated new issue of SoulTech Magazine. You have a lot going on. You are a best-selling author, publisher, teacher, producer, mom, and more. How do you keep all those balls in the air and stay in mind, body, and soul harmony? I don't always do it perfectly, and that aspect is sometimes missing from the spiritual conversation. The truth is that I have a solid program for staying on top of my wellness, but I am also very human and slip on occasion. I wish we didn't idolize the ideal of perfection in spirituality, as I think it turns a lot of people off to the journey and is something that is rooted in religion, not spirituality. You openly share your struggles with mental health in your best-seller Memory Mansion, the magazine, the podcast, and your social content. What is the most important thing you have learned on that journey to self-love? Mental health awareness is very important to me. I spent years silently suffering and watched many struggle with their mental fitness. Shadow work, using my triggers for growth, and slowly raising my consciousness dramatically changed my life. The most important thing I learned on my journey is that raising human consciousness is the answer to the mental health crisis, and it has since become the mission of all of my work. We live in a world that teaches us to be victims and deluges us with fear-based narratives that keep us living at the lower levels of the human consciousness scale. How does someone raise their consciousness? Our life experience is rooted in our thought habits. When we slip into unhealthy thoughts, we change our mental state, which changes our emotional state, energy in motion, and frequency and vibration. That vibe becomes our experience. When we replace our unhealthy thought habits with quality thoughts and use our triggers to practice new, healthy ways of living, we move up the human consciousness scale from fear, guilt, and envy to intention and love. With time and practice replacing unhealthy cycles with healthy thoughts, you move up to bliss and fall in love with life again. We love the cover of the goddess issue. You look badass and are redefining what is possible over 50. Tell us about the cover and issue. Thank you! I had a lot of fun with that. We went back and forth about doing a shoot and then realized we could have many more options using AI. So, we took a photo from the book launch during Miami Art Week and combined it with goddess-themed AI. I am happy with how it turned out. I look and feel better than I ever did in my 40s. The patriarchy has taught the world to dismiss older women because they hold too much wisdom. Just look at how they label women as they get older: far more insulting phrases than cool ones. I say, fuck that. Women are more valuable as they age. We tend to enter our true goddess era when we let go of what other people think. This is your second issue of the magazine. So, what inspired the theme of the Goddess Issue? Every person I have met who has learned self-love and practices conscious living glows with what can only be described as their god or goddess-self. We are all capable of being a god or goddess. This is what I teach in my book and workshops and retreats. When we are in flow with the universe, we are magical. I fought that flow for a long time with unhealthy patterns. So, this issue is dedicated to everyone on the journey to their most divine self. I like to think of it as inspiration for your hero's journey. What's next? We just had a fantastic kick-off to SoulTech Magazine's Soundbites2Solutions event series with NYC political leaders, so I look forward to the next one. We have terrific guests coming up on SoulTech's Citizen Journalist podcast. I have a mini retreat in NY based on the book in August and a longer one in September. I can't even believe I am going to put this in writing, but it's almost time to start book 3. Yikes! However, I love and will always have a lot going on. It keeps you thriving.


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MODERN GODDESSES HELPING GODDESSES A powerful interview with Vitala Global's Roopan Gill and Genevieve Tam. The voices behind the life-saving Aya Contigo app.


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Pictured: Dr. Genevieve Tam (left) with Dr. Roopan Gill of Vitala Global How does Vitala Global celebrate and honor the divine feminine energy in promoting reproductive health and body autonomy? At Vitala Global, we celebrate the divine feminine energy by recognizing the inherent power and autonomy of women in matters concerning their reproductive health. We prioritize inclusivity, integrity, and community-led partnerships to ensure that every individual feels valued and empowered. Our data-driven approach allows us to develop effective and sustainable solutions tailored to the diverse needs of women and girls worldwide. We do it all with a sense of flexibility and fun because we believe that embracing joy and creativity is essential to achieving our mission of empowering women and girls to make informed choices about their bodies and futures. Can you share any stories or anecdotes where individuals have reclaimed their power and embraced their goddess-like strength through Vitala Global's services or products? Absolutely! Our most inspiring stories come from users who found empowerment and strength through Aya Contigo, our digital doula app. One of them had been struggling with her reproductive health, feeling powerless and uncertain about her future. However, with the support and guidance of Aya’s holistic digital solutions, she found companionship and reclaimed her power. Through our community-led approach, she received personalized support that addressed her unique needs and circumstances. She was able to access information and resources that empowered her to make informed decisions about her reproductive health. With the guidance of our compassionate team, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. She reflected on her experience with gratitude and determination when she shared: "[Aya Contigo] has given me my life back and I will not waste the opportunity I now have. Now I value my life as never before." Her story is a powerful testament to the impact of our commitment to helping individuals reclaim their power, embrace their strength, and live their lives to the fullest. In what ways does Vitala Global foster a sense of sacredness and reverence for the body, particularly within the context of the goddess-themed issue of SoulTech magazine? We foster a sense of sacredness and reverence for the body by recognizing and honoring its innate wisdom and power. We highlight the interconnectedness between the divine feminine energy and the physical body. Through Aya Contigo, we encourage individuals to embrace their bodies as sacred vessels of life and empowerment. Our holistic approach to sexual and reproductive health emphasizes the importance of nurturing and caring for the body and mind in a way that honors its divine essence. Ultimately, our goal is to empower individuals to cultivate a deep sense of reverence for their bodies, recognizing them as powerful expressions of the divine feminine energy within. Through this sacred perspective, we aim to support individuals in embracing their bodies with love, acceptance, and gratitude, fostering holistic well-being and empowerment.


Modern Goddesses How does Vitala Global encourage individuals to view their reproductive health journey as a sacred and empowering experience, aligning with the themes of divine femininity and self-love? We recognize that reproductive health is deeply personal and believe in honoring the unique journey of each individual with compassion and respect. Our approach goes beyond just being present during individuals' abortion journeys; we are committed to providing comprehensive post-care support that honors their feelings and bodies. Through Aya Contigo, we offer a holistic support system that acknowledges the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of reproductive health. We encourage individuals to see their reproductive health journey as an opportunity for self-discovery and empowerment. By providing access to information, resources, and personalized support, we help individuals make informed decisions that align with their values and goals. Furthermore, we promote post-care practices of self-care and self-love that honor the body as a sacred vessel of life. We empower individuals to cultivate a deep sense of connection with themselves and their bodies. Ultimately, our goal is to create a safe and nurturing space where individuals can embrace their reproductive health journey with dignity, confidence, and self-love. What role do ancient wisdom or spiritual traditions play in the modern conversation surrounding reproductive health and body autonomy, especially within the goddess-themed issue of SoulTech magazine? Ancient wisdom and spiritual traditions offer profound insights into the modern discourse on reproductive health and body autonomy. These traditions have long honored the sacredness of the female body, recognizing its inherent connection to the cycles of life and creation. Rituals, ceremonies, and teachings from these traditions emphasize the importance of nurturing and honoring the body as a vessel of life and divine energy. Our co-founder and CEO is a strong advocate for integrating ancient wisdom with evidence-based modern medicine. As an OBGYN who is also a trained Kundalini teacher, Breathwork facilitator, avid meditator, explorer of plant medicines and various other ancestral traditions from India to Latin America, she cultivates this in the vision of Aya Contigo and what it can offer. In today's world, integrating ancient wisdom into discussions on reproductive health allows for a holistic approach that considers the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of wellness. By drawing upon these teachings, individuals can cultivate a deeper understanding of their bodies and make empowered choices about their reproductive journeys. Aya Contigo serves as a platform for exploring the intersection of spirituality and reproductive health, providing insights, perspectives, and companionship that inspire readers to embrace their bodies with reverence and respect. How does Vitala Global foster a sense of sisterhood and community among individuals navigating their reproductive health journey, echoing the supportive energy often associated with goddess worship? At Vitala Global, fostering a sense of sisterhood extends not only to the individuals navigating their reproductive health journey but also to our team working diligently behind the scenes for Vitala Global and Aya Contigo. Within our team, we cultivate an environment of support, empathy, and collaboration, mirroring the sense of sisterhood we aim to create for our users. Our team members come together with a shared commitment to our mission, creating a space where everyone feels valued, heard, and respected. We prioritize open communication, mutual respect, and inclusivity, recognizing the unique strengths and perspectives each team member brings to the table. We believe that by nurturing a sense of sisterhood within our team, we ensure that our work is imbued with the same supportive energy and empathy that we extend to our users. This collective spirit strengthens our ability to serve our community with dedication, compassion, and authenticity, embodying the values of sisterhood and solidarity at the heart of our mission.


Modern Goddesses How does Vitala Global celebrate diversity and inclusivity within its community, recognizing that every individual's journey toward reproductive health and body autonomy is unique and sacred? Vitala Global celebrates diversity and inclusivity within its community by recognizing and honoring the unique and sacred journey of every individual toward reproductive health and body autonomy. We understand that each person's experiences, backgrounds, and identities shape their reproductive health journey in distinct ways, and we strive to create a space where everyone feels welcomed, respected, and supported. Through our digital platforms, community events, and support networks, we embrace diversity by providing resources, information, and support that are inclusive and accessible to individuals from all walks of life. We prioritize representation and visibility, ensuring that our content and messaging reflect the diverse experiences and perspectives within our community. Furthermore, we actively seek out partnerships and collaborations with organizations and individuals who represent a wide range of voices and experiences. We work to address systemic barriers and promote inclusivity within the broader reproductive health landscape by amplifying marginalized voices and advocating for equitable access to reproductive health resources and services. How does Vitala Global envision the embodiment of divine femininity intersecting with the empowerment of individuals in their reproductive health choices and journeys? We envision the embodiment of divine femininity intersecting with the empowerment of individuals in their reproductive health choices and journeys through a holistic and inclusive approach that honors the innate wisdom and power of the feminine spirit. At the heart of our vision is the recognition that every individual possesses a divine essence, regardless of gender identity, and that this essence is inherently connected to their reproductive health and autonomy. We believe that embracing the principles of divine femininity—such as nurturing, intuition, and compassion—can empower individuals to make informed and empowered choices about their bodies and their health. Through Aya Contigo, our community engagement in Venezuela, and advocacy efforts, we seek to create a supportive environment where individuals can access the resources, information, and support they need to navigate their reproductive health journey with confidence. We prioritize inclusivity and diversity, recognizing that everyone's experience is unique and deserves to be honored and respected. We strive to dismantle systemic barriers and address inequities that impact individuals' access to reproductive health care and information by advocating for policies and practices that uphold the rights and dignity of all individuals. We work to create a world where everyone can exercise their reproductive autonomy freely and without judgment. We believe that the embodiment of divine femininity is inseparable from the empowerment of individuals in their reproductive health choices and journeys. How does Vitala Global foster a sense of interconnectedness and harmony between individuals and the natural cycles of life, reflecting the reverence often associated with goddess-centered spirituality?


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We recognize that our bodies are deeply interconnected with the natural world and the cycles of life, and we honor this connection by promoting practices that align with the rhythms of nature. We encourage individuals to tune into their bodies' natural rhythms and cycles, fostering a deeper understanding of their reproductive health and overall well-being. We draw inspiration from goddess-centered spirituality, which often emphasizes the sacredness of the feminine and the cyclical nature of life. By honoring the divine feminine within ourselves and in the world around us, we cultivate a sense of reverence and respect for the interconnected web of life that sustains us all. Through our work, we aim to create a supportive and nurturing environment where individuals can embrace their connection to the natural world and find harmony within themselves and their reproductive health journeys. Finally, what message of empowerment and self-love would you like to impart to readers of SoulTech magazine as they embark on their journey towards embracing their inner goddess and reclaiming agency over their reproductive health and bodies? To the readers of SoulTech magazine embarking on their journey towards embracing their inner goddess and reclaiming agency over their reproductive health and bodies, we offer a message of empowerment and self-love: You are divine. You are powerful. You are worthy of love and respect. As you journey towards embracing your inner goddess and reclaiming agency over your reproductive health and body, remember that you are not alone. We celebrate your uniqueness and honor your journey. Embrace the wisdom of your body. Listen to its whispers and honor its rhythms. Trust your intuition and know that you have the power and the right to make informed and empowered choices about your reproductive and sexual health. Your body is sacred, and it deserves to be treated with love, care, and respect. Know that you are worthy of pleasure, joy, and fulfillment in all aspects of your life, including your reproductive health. Release any shame or guilt that may hold you back, and embrace the fullness of who you are with compassion and acceptance. Above all, remember that you are enough just as you are. You are deserving of love, respect, and dignity, and you have the strength and resilience to navigate whatever challenges may come your way. Trust in yourself, honor your journey, and embrace the goddess within. Visit VitalaGlobal.org to learn more about their work and reproductive health companion app Aya Contigo.






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Quan Yin (Chinese): Quan Yin, a bodhisattva in East Asian Buddhism, represents compassion, mercy, and kindness, offering solace and assistance to those in need.

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Isis (Egyptian): Revered as the ideal mother and wife, Isis was a powerful goddess associated with magic, fertility, motherhood, and healing in ancient Egyptian religion.


Inanna (Sumerian): Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, and war, embodied both sensuality and authority in Mesopotamian mythology.


Freya (Norse): Freya was a Norse goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, and war, representing both passion and battle prowess in Norse mythology.


Lakshmi (Hindu): Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity, revered for bringing abundance and auspiciousness to her devotees.


Brigid (Celtic): Brigid, a Celtic goddess associated with fertility, healing, poetry, and smithcraft, embodies the creative and nurturing aspects of femininity in Celtic mythology.


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Durga (Hindu): Durga is a Hindu goddess known for her fierce form and combat against evil forces. She symbolizes strength, determination, and protection of righteousness.


Ereshkigal (Sumerian): Ereshkigal was the Sumerian goddess of the underworld, embodying the realm of death and the afterlife in Mesopotamian mythology.


Amaterasu (Japanese): Amaterasu is the Shinto goddess of the sun and universe, revered for her role in bringing light, purity, and prosperity to the world in Japanese mythology.


Venus (Roman): Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty, fertility, and prosperity, was highly revered and associated with romantic love and physical beauty in Roman mythology.


Artemis (Greek): Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, wilderness, childbirth, and virginity, was known for her independence, strength, and connection to nature..


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Modern Goddesses We caught up with life and sensuality coach, Fab Bliss to talk about owning your goddess sensuality Can you share your journey into Tantra and life coaching with us? What inspired you to pursue this path? I always felt intuitively that sex was about so much more than sex, as an act of raw physical desire. The first book I ever got my hands on was the Kama Sutra bc I was a curious kitty and found a copy under my mom's mattress, which is interesting since she was NOT at all what one would call sex-positive. I'm unsure if I received a "transmission" or why I connected to the book because I was only 6 or 7 & I could only connect with the images. I had the distinct feeling that I had discovered something sacred versus "naughty," like when you find your dad's porn stash. Of course, that didn't change the fact that, like many, if not most people, sexuality was super shamed and repressed in my family and the general community—and it felt hyper-turned up for me because both my energy and my physical attributes (puffy lips and big eyes and boobs since the age of 9). And there began the disconnect…but also the deep desire to discover the superpowers that everyone seemed so intent on concealing. Needless to say, a fire for discovering sexual superpowers isn't exactly met with approval in most circles. There was no viable outlet for discovering anything outside the shame-based, judgemental old-paradigm beliefs and mixed messages about eroticism other than to become an exotic dancer or a sex worker, so I chose a career in media and journalism instead (I couldn't dance, and I was chubby lol). Looking back, it was likely chosen with the semi-conscious intention to be a legitimate "researcher" into topics that were off-limits to most people. With urban culture/fashion/entertainment being my first area of expertise, it was also where I got the closest look at how much sexuality actually influences so much of our culture in every arena—from fashion to politics to music, everything. It was a wild and winding path from there to here sprinkled with SO many good stories, and now in retrospect it makes sense that the plans were laid out perfectly. By 25, I was burnt out from the pressure of publishing a magazine and later making enough of a living from freelance writing and content creation (we didn't have all these tools back then) to afford to live in Manhattan…not to mention soul-snatched by the industry itself—the inauthenticity, the posturing, the late nights of chasing celebrity interviews. I have always been super sensitive, and the duality was depressing me—everyone hyperfocused on "performing" sexuality while simultaneously repressing the most powerful energy in our bodies. One day, I told my editor at the publication I was with at the time that I needed to write something "with substance" and asked if I could write a piece on Tantra…Rolling Stone had just released an interview with Sting, who was a practitioner at the time, and it's what I believe started the Neo-tantra buzz going in popular culture—I was just following a vibe. Long story short, I went to my first workshop, and on about the third day of a week-long intro to Tantra, my body exploded. I can't say it any other way. It was an experience similar to what people describe with psychedelics and plant medicine but with none of that involved. Nothing was involved besides being fully in my body, alone, breathing, and present. I had no idea what had happened (my teacher later described it as a "kundalini awakening"), and it took many years to put words to it, but I knew it was the confirmation I was looking for. There was something about sex—actually no—about sensuality—that was waaaay deeper than any of us had ever been told. And I decided to F around and find out. How do you define Tantra, and what aspects of it do you incorporate into your teachings and coaching sessions? I avoid defining Tantra as much as possible because doing so can only dilute it. It would be like trying to define an orgasm or a sneeze…you can DESCRIBE it, but in the end, you'll only get it when you have it. The closest description for my experience is simply the complete embodiment of your senses—it's an unlearning of concepts versus a learning of techniques—but people LOVE techniques! And they want to UNDERSTAND experiences intellectually versus surrendering to them; we are just wired that way. The moment you have a goal around something, you may achieve it, but you can't go beyond it because your brain has no concept of what that looks like. When it comes to sexuality, in particular, ALL of us have some very disempowering beliefs and misinformation. The spectrum of education for most people ranges from sex ed to porn, sprinkled with religion and judgment, and shame. There's a REASON that the major religions & powers that be don't want you to access sexual freedom. A person free of shame and guilt can't be controlled or manipulated. It is literally the key to liberation. I ur very survival depends on it. In my coaching sessions, I incorporate bodywork, breathing, movement, and sound to create a space of surrendering to sensations…simple techniques that sound unspectacular in language but release massive energy and leave people buzzing with sensations they didn't know were available. What are the biggest misconceptions people have about Tantra, and how do you address them? Paradoxically, it is about SEX. The truth is that sex as a physical act is quite ordinary and can even be boring. It's a horrible cliche, but everyone's heard it; "for every pretty girl, there's a guy who's sick of sleeping with her." That's because most people are engaging in a goal-oriented physical act versus an exchange of powerful sensuality that has the ability to create actual magic. One of my favorite quotes that sums this up perfectly, by James Baldwin: "To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread." What advice would you give to someone who is curious about exploring Tantra but may feel hesitant or apprehensive? I advise them to identify their motivation and the source of the fear. Living your truth, breaking patterns, and finding your purpose is not for cowards. Someone looking to learn a skill like this to manipulate or be perceived as a "master lover" without a sincere desire to change will not succeed because they aren't willing to BE changed. This practice will change you; it will give you access to so much sensation, including pleasure and connection, but it also will shatter your ego & dismantle everything you thought you knew to make space for what's NEW. Could you share a transformative experience or success story from one of your clients that highlights the effectiveness of your approach? Yes! I worked with a client in New York for over six weeks, and I remember thinking he was one of the most stereotypical "Wall Street" types I'd ever encountered. He chose to work with me because he said he felt somewhat numb physically and suspected he was "missing something" in his intimate experiences. I designed a session for him where we could slowly discover what places in his body felt "stuck", again by incorporating elements of breathing, sound, and therapeutic bodywork. Well, he was a talker, and usually, it was a challenge to get him on the massage table because he liked to tell me stories of his exploits, which mostly involved strip clubs and dating Russian models who were 20 years younger. For the first few weeks of our work together, I couldn't understand why he had chosen Tantra—which is all about strengthening connection and intimacy—when he clearly enjoyed a rather (fun if relatively empty) Rockstar lifestyle. It wasn't until his last session that it all made sense. I had just finished doing a rather long bodywork session (I had almost defaulted to giving him simple massages because he seemed so resistant to wanting to access deeper feelings), and at the end, while still lying on his back, he kept extending his arms in the air. I asked him, "I'm not sure why you're doing that. Do you want a hug?" I sort of meant it as a joke, but he nodded, looking almost ashamed. I asked him to sit up, and since I knew I would probably not see him again, I gave him a very warm, long hug. I felt his whole body finally loosen at that moment, and I understood. "Oh!" I said, "So THIS is what you're missing?' And he started to cry. It was quite beautiful, and he wrote me a long letter months after thanking me for showing him that all he really wanted was a connection.


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GODDESSES Goddesses have been revered and celebrated across cultures for centuries, embodying various aspects of femininity, power, and wisdom. In literature, these divine figures often serve as symbols of strength, fertility, love, and justice. From ancient myths to modern interpretations, goddess-themed literature offers readers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of human imagination and spirituality. Here, we delve into some of the best works that center around goddesses, exploring their timeless relevance and profound significance. "The Odyssey" by Homer: One of the earliest and most enduring examples of goddess-themed literature is Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey." In this ancient Greek masterpiece, the goddess Athena plays a pivotal role as the protector and guide of the hero, Odysseus. Through her interventions and wisdom, Athena shapes the destiny of mortals and immortals alike, embodying qualities of courage, cunning, and justice. "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley: Set in the mystical realm of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel reimagines the legend of King Arthur through the perspective of its female characters, particularly the Celtic goddess, The Lady of the Lake. As a symbol of feminine power and sovereignty, The Lady weaves her influence throughout the lives of Arthur, Merlin, and the other inhabitants of Camelot, challenging traditional notions of authority and destiny. "Circe" by Madeline Miller: In "Circe," Madeline Miller offers a fresh perspective on the Greek mythological figure of the same name. As the daughter of the sun god Helios, Circe possesses the gift of witchcraft, which sets her apart from the other gods and goddesses. Through Circe's journey of self-discovery and transformation, Miller explores themes of agency, resilience, and the complexities of love, painting a nuanced portrait of a goddess who defies convention. "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman: In Neil Gaiman's contemporary fantasy novel, gods and goddesses from various mythologies coexist in modern-day America, struggling for relevance and survival in a world increasingly dominated by technology and consumerism. Among these divine beings is Easter, the Germanic goddess of spring and fertility, who reinvents herself as a symbol of commercialized Christianity. Through Gaiman's imaginative storytelling, readers are invited to ponder the nature of belief, identity, and the enduring allure of the divine feminine.


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With harvest season upon us, I wanted to share why watermelon is one of my secret weapons. Aside from being delicious and refreshing, watermelon offers a host of nutritional benefits which help with weight management, digestion and hydration. Hydration: Watermelon is composed of about 92% water, making it an awesome choice for staying hydrated. Proper hydration is crucial for digestion, as it helps maintain the balance of fluids in the body and supports the function of the digestive system. Fiber: Despite its high water content, watermelon also contains fiber, albeit in smaller amounts than other fruits. Fiber is essential for digestive health as it adds bulk to waste, promotes regular movements, and helps prevent constipation.

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Low in Calories: Compared to many other fruits, watermelon is relatively low in calories, making it a great option for those looking to manage their weight or stick to a calorie-controlled diet. Its high water content also helps you feel full, potentially reducing your overall calorie intake.

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Rich in Nutrients: While low in calories, watermelon is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, A, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients play various roles in supporting overall health, including immune function, heart health, and muscle function.

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Antioxidants: Watermelon contains antioxidants such as lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Lycopene, in particular, has been associated with a reduced risk of certain diseases, including heart disease and some types of cancer. Digestive Enzymes: Watermelon contains natural enzymes like bromelain and papain, which can aid digestion by breaking down proteins and facilitating digestion. Incorporating watermelon into your diet can be a delicious and refreshing way to support hydration, digestion, and overall health. Enjoy!


DRUMMING UP YOUR INNER GODDESS

In a world where life often feels like a whirlwind of deadlines and responsibilities, it's easy to forget the magic that resides within each of us. But fear not! There's a delightful remedy that combines ancient wisdom with modern playfulness: shamanic drumming. It is a tool I use for ceremonies and when I need to tap into my goddess energy. Imagine this: you, a drum, and a rhythm that pulses like the heartbeat of the universe. That's the essence of shamanic drumming. It's not just about making noise; it's about diving deep into the pool of your inner world and splashing around with your inner goddess. So, why drumming? Well, think of it as your ticket to a trance-like state where the ordinary rules don't apply. As the beat transports you to realms unknown, you might just find your inner goddess waving from the shores of your subconscious. But what exactly is this inner goddess we speak of? She's the embodiment of all things divine and fierce—creativity, intuition, sensuality, and wisdom bundled up with a sprinkle of magic. And guess what? She's been patiently waiting for you to unleash her. With each beat of the drum, you peel away the layers of doubt and inhibition, inviting your inner goddess to come out and play. Suddenly, you're not just tapping your foot to the rhythm; you're dancing with the spirits of ancient goddesses who whisper secrets of the cosmos. Maybe you'll connect with the nurturing energy of Mother Earth, feeling grounded and rooted in your own power. Or perhaps you'll channel the wild spirit of the warrior goddess, ready to take on any challenge with grace and grit. And let's not forget about the sheer joy of it all! As you drum and dance, you're not just awakening your inner goddess; you're embracing the joy of being alive. It's like a cosmic dance party where you're the guest of honor. So, the next time you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, grab a drum, let loose, and drum up your inner goddess. Who knows what magic awaits when you march to the beat of your own divine rhythm?


CONSIOUS LIVING: GODDESS BREATH

Ever feel like your mind is a circus, with thoughts tumbling around like acrobats on a tightrope? Enter alternate nostril breathing, the magical act that brings balance to the circus of your mind. Here's the scoop: you sit comfortably, close your eyes, and start the show by plugging one nostril with your thumb. Take a deep breath in through the other nostril, then switch sides and exhale. It's like playing musical chairs with your nose! But why bother with this nose-switching game? Well, it's all about finding harmony. Picture your nostrils as two best friends—one calm and cool, the other lively and energized. By taking turns with each nostril, you give them both a chance to shine, creating a beautiful symphony of breath. And the best part? This playful practice isn't just for show. It's like a superhero cape for your mind, swooping in to save the day when stress and chaos threaten to take over. With each inhale and exhale, you're whisked away to a serene oasis where calm reigns supreme. So, the next time your mind feels like a three-ring circus, grab your nose and join the fun. With alternate nostril breathing, finding balance is as easy as taking a deep breath in and letting it all out. Cue the applause—you've just mastered the art of mindful breathing!


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Goddess Grows Herbal Delights: Cultivating Your Own Indoor and Outdoor Oasis Who doesn't love the idea of plucking fresh herbs straight from their own garden to enhance the flavor of meals or soothe the soul with aromatic teas? Luckily, you don't need acres of land to cultivate your own herbal haven. Whether you're blessed with outdoor space or confined to the cozy quarters of your home, growing a small herbal garden is within reach. Let's start indoors. Even if you're short on space, a sunny windowsill or a corner of your kitchen can serve as the perfect spot for a mini herbal oasis. Choose herbs like basil, mint, parsley, and chives that thrive in containers and don't mind a bit of shade. All you need are some pots, good-quality potting soil, and a sprinkle of love and attention. Remember to water them regularly and watch as your herbs flourish, ready to add a burst of freshness to your culinary creations. But what if you're lucky enough to have a bit of outdoor space to play with? Whether it's a balcony, patio, or tiny backyard, there's plenty of room to grow your herbal dreams. Opt for herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, and lavender that bask in the sunlight and don't mind a bit of neglect. Plant them in containers or directly in the ground, and watch as they transform your outdoor space into a fragrant sanctuary. The beauty of growing herbs is that they're not just pretty faces—they're also powerhouse plants packed with flavor and wellness benefits. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary to your roasted veggies, brew a cup of soothing chamomile tea before bedtime, or infuse your bathwater with fragrant lavender for a touch of luxury. But the perks don't stop there. Growing your own herbs is not only a feast for the senses but also a sustainable choice that reduces your carbon footprint. Say goodbye to plastic-packaged herbs from the grocery store and hello to homegrown goodness straight from your garden. So, whether you're nurturing a few pots on your windowsill or tending to a lush garden oasis outdoors, cultivating your own herbal haven is a rewarding journey that nourishes both body and soul. With a little bit of love and a sprinkle of green magic, you'll be well on your way to reaping the flavorful rewards of your very own herbal paradise.



Special Contributors Fab Bliss is a native New Yorker whose path has been a wild journey from the world of entertainment media and public relations to the holistic & sensual arts. She graduated from The New School for Social Research in 1996 as an already published author and launched MIA, the first English-language Latino lifestyle magazine, in the same year. Her freelance journalism career ran the gamut of the NY culture scene from being a nightlife reporter for Paper and Next magazines, to entertainment columnist for the NY Post to having her very own relationship advice column for BET.Com. She has written for a variety of major publications both in print and online and worked as a publicist for NBC news. In 2003 Fab took a hiatus from the accelerated pace of content creation to pursue her passion for holistic healing and spent many years studying the esoteric practices of tantra, yoga, and shamanic breathwork. As a certified Tantra instructor and life coach, she brings a unique perspective to her work and is passionate about turning people on--not simply in a physical sense, but to experiencing sensuality as a gateway to the wisdom of your body, mind and spirit. Currently she is the CEO of Bliss Bodytemple, a multi-tiered collective of brands that promote holistic sensuality through bodywork, wellness retreats, and events.

Carlton Jones began turning heads early in his career as the stylist to begin the transformation of the image of Queen Latifah from rapper to the beautiful songstress we know today. With over two decades of experience serving as an image consultant, fashion director, style correspondent and wardrobe designer, Carlton began combining his love of style and fashion, with elation received from traveling to some of the most breathtaking destinations imaginable. The genesis of his eponymous, resort-inspired collection utilizes his experience dressing bodies, ranging from Halle Berry and Erykah Badu to Aretha Franklin and Michelle Obama As a result of this aptitude and ambition, in 2020 Carlton became one of the recipients selected for the Icon 360 x A Common Thread $1 Million Grant facilitated by The CFDA and VOGUE. These resources fuels Carlton’s ambition to create travel inspired clothing that are suitable for the streets of any metropolitan city. Carlton has fused his fondness of relaxed fluidity, sensual fabrics, colors and prints along with a seasoned ability to forgive and accentuate. With that, aesthetic comes the brand’s anchoring belief; Resort isn’t a destination; it's a Feeling!

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