SELF-LOVE

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR­BEAUTY / FLAIRHEALTH -

with en­t­elechy – the abil­ity to ac­tu­alise our ut­most po­ten­tial.

Dubose shared her per­sonal story of walk­ing away from an abu­sive part­ner to whom she was en­gaged. She said that de­spite the em­bar­rass­ment of can­celling the wed­ding, it gave her the strength to make other bold moves in her life, in­clud­ing walk­ing away from a ca­reer in teach­ing. She said that one bold move pro­vided her with the guid­ing prin­ci­ples that all women should live by: Choose your­self in ev­ery as­pect of your life, re­mem­ber who you are, don’t get caught up in to-do lists, and choose your­self no mat­ter what.

Self-love was a ma­jor theme through­out the re­treat. This in­cluded, as Kathryn Leary put it – “con­nect­ing with the power of source. We should all spend at least 20 min­utes each day in med­i­ta­tion. And if we are too busy to take 20 min­utes, we should take an hour.” Her quote from Jalaluddin Rumi – “Si­lence is the lan­guage of God, all else is about trans­la­tion.”

BAT­TLING BREAST CAN­CER

Stacey Hines shared a read­ing from her un­pub­lished book, Five Year Love Af­fair. It is about her bat­tle with breast can­cer. The book started out as only pho­tos doc­u­ment­ing her mam­mec­tomy, and con­se­quently re­con­struc­tive surgery. The say­ing that a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words came to life as she shared the artis­tic im­ages of her beau­ti­ful scars. She ad­mit­ted: “Breast can­cer taught me self-love and trans­for­ma­tion.”

Self-love turned phys­i­cal in the af­ter­noon ses­sion led by Fem­i­nine Wis­dom teacher Anita Boeninger. She en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pants to form new re­la­tion­ships with their in­nate sen­su­al­ity and beauty as women. This in­cluded a se­ries of guided breath­ing ex­er­cises – 7x7 breath­ing, ocean breath and ovar­ian breath­ing. This was fol­lowed by mas­sage tech­niques for breath health.

SEN­SUAL DANCE WORKSHOP

The women re­ally loos­ened up in the sen­sual dance workshop with chore­og­ra­pher Christina Gon­za­lez. With high heels on, the par­tic­i­pants ex­pressed their sen­sual side. With no pre­vi­ous dance ex­pe­ri­ence needed, Gon­za­lez broke down sev­eral rou­tines which each woman made their own. It was re­ally a fun and lib­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that left the women feel­ing less timid about show­ing off their sexy side.

Kamila McDon­ald broke down what it means to treat your body as a tem­ple. She noted that health goes be­yond the phys­i­cal, be­yond nu­tri­tion and work­ing out, to self-love. She af­firmed that change is hard, but said it is our birthright to be healthy. Her tips were sim­ple and re­lat­able, rang­ing from how many glasses of wa­ter to drink each day to how to read a food la­bel prop­erly.

The fi­nal act of the re­treat was the re­newal cer­e­mony.

With a bon­fire rag­ing on Ne­gril’s famed white sand beach, each woman wrote on a piece of pa­per what they felt was hold­ing them back from jump­ing into amaz­ing, and tossed it into the flames to be re­duced to ashes.

PHO­TOS BY NASHAUNA LALAH

Fem­i­nine Wis­dom teacher Anita Boeninger takes par­tic­i­pants through some breath­ing ex­er­cises.

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