10 Instagram Accounts That Will Keep Your Soul Quenched
You are what you follow on Instagram. That's a saying, right? Well, if not, it's the truth. I can't tell you how many times I have opened Instagram for some inspiration. That's also why you have to be careful who and what you follow because social media is such a powerful tool. Most of us use it to post our latest wanderlust or outfit of the day but encouraging quotes and stories have become more common in the past year. The 'Post to Your Story' feature has created an influx of quotes and affirmations and I am so grateful.
We all need a little pep talk or boost of confidence and there are some amazing accounts that help get us together and brighten our day. You up for some bottomless inspiration? Flip through the slideshow for some dope, soul-quenching accounts that will help you live your best life intentionally.
1.Heather Lindsey @heatherllove
Heather Lindsey is best known for founding The Pinky Promise, an organization that promotes honoring God with your life and body, no matter your relationship status. Through this initiative, she promotes practicing abstinence while you're single and being submissive within marriage. In addition to authoring a book, she is also a wife and mother constantly seeking God.
2.Alex Elle @alex_elle
I am sure at one point or another, you have shared one of Alex Elle's powerful quotes on your story or feed. You can count on Alex to make you think long and hard about the best ways to identify what your best life looks like and finding the self-care in it all.
3.Sarah Jakes Roberts @sarahjakesroberts
Also known as her alter ego Lil' Demon Bully, Sarah Jakes Roberts uses her platform to help women evolve in a way that is refreshing and real. The First Lady and Pastor has an unconventional way of inspiring women by simply being transparent. She shows off her blended family and has no problem pushing other women to their destiny by using her own trials and tribulations.
Model, Adwoah Aboah, created Gurls Talk to encourage girls to do just that -- talk. But about the stuff we don't talk about. From depression to body acceptance to sex work. She told Vanity Fair:
"It's everything I ever needed when I was at school. It's a safe place—without stigma, without shame—where we challenge the social norms."
5.Myleik Teele @myleik
Myleik Teele is female empowerment personified. Her website reads, "There was no one who looked like me to show me the ropes, so I vowed that if I ever became successful, I would help others." Myleik created the renowned curlBOX and podcast #MyTaughtYou to help women realize they can have it all. By following Myleik, you are signing up for awe-inspiring quotes and dope business tips.
r29Unbothered was designed for the black girl who knows what it means to be a black girl. This account is real, raw, and uncensored – everything we need. The bio says, "We are made for and by Black millennial women, celebrating the beauty, strength, and power in our community."
7.Well-Read Black Girl @wellreadblackgirl
There's something so beautiful about celebrating your own. Well-Read Black Girl is dedicated to showcasing the powerhouse women who live on our bookshelves. They have even teamed up with American Booksellers Association to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color.
8.Idil Ahmed @idillionaire
Idil is my Instagram therapist. Just read the caption above. Energy, bliss, positivity, healing and hope are the cornerstone of Idil's goal to raise global consciousness. Her wish for her followers: be illuminated; and she's unafraid to share tips on her favorite subject -- manifesting.
Issa party, issa party, issa partaaayyyyy! This account is especially for the entrepreneur searching for creative inspiration and daily reminders to keep it pushing.
10. xoNecole @xonecole
I don't wanna toot xoNecole's horn but our IG is chock full of inspiration. Follow along, and you'll see.
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Joce Blake is a womanist who loves fashion, Beyonce and Hot Cheetos. The sophistiratchet enthusiast is based in Brooklyn, NY but has southern belle roots as she was born and raised in Memphis, TN. Keep up with her on Instagram @joce_blake and on Twitter @SaraJessicaBee.
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Release Stress & Restore Harmony In Your Body With Shaking Meditation
When we reflect on our own path as women in light of the women who came before us, it’s easy to see that the loads we’ve carried haven’t always been the lightest. From everyday stresses to generational trauma with roots that are difficult to trace, one must ask where all that weight goes if we never release it.
The body holds the score for all the anxieties, worries, and unease that we’ve endured over time. Family and society often tell us to quiet our emotions, maintain a brave face, and keep our emotions bottled up within. But as we know, anything with too much pressure will eventually burst.
And while we are steadily discovering self-care methods like meditation to shed this emotional baggage, it may take a little more than sitting still in the quiet of our mind to let go of our deep-rooted tension. Fortunately, mindful movement could be an unexpected way for you to let go of worry and anxiety while building emotional resiliency, and such is the case with shaking meditation.
What Is Shaking Meditation?
Shaking meditation is a form of tension and trauma-releasing exercises or TRE that “assists the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma.” This series of exercises of muscular shaking and vibrating activates a natural reflex mechanism that releases muscular tension, thus calming down the nervous system and encouraging your body to return back to a state of balance.
“Shaking meditation can be powerful because it moves your body — and in Eastern medicine, we say that moves your chi,” says Jenelle Kim, DACM, L.Ac, a ninth-generation doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and author of Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation.
According to Dr. Kim, understanding chi helps us understand our bodies and how we're feeling mentally, physically, and spiritually. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chi is known to represent your life force; it is the energy that flows through you and everything, and in many cultures, plays an essential role in our health.
“We have chi that moves in our blood and throughout our entire body; connecting our organ systems, muscles, and joints,” she tells xoNecole. “It allows everything to function and to be nourished. We know blood travels throughout our body through our circulatory system, but chi also travels through our body — much in the same way — through the meridian system. If you picture chi as vital energy, it moves the blood.”
It’s important for our body’s chi to stay in flow. When we go about our daily life with stress, trauma, or even mental injuries, our energy becomes stagnant. But various movement practices like Qigong or shaking meditation encourage your chi to circulate through your body which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which “is in charge of telling our brain and body to calm down, relax, ultimately, let go,” Dr. Kim says.
As Black women, there are times in life when it feels like we bear the weight of the world on our shoulders, with few spaces to go when we need to lighten the load. But as Dr. Kim explains, because women are “naturally yin beings,” we take on more because we can handle more. “According to the energies of nature that have been passed down for thousands of years, women are more complex. And what that almost always means is that we can think a lot more.” And while that speaks to the resiliency of our being, it can have a negative effect on our bodies when we store more than we release.
“If we don't have ways of releasing this, it will ultimately affect our lives physically, mentally, and spiritually. Then it passes on to our children, and that's where we get generational trauma,” she says.
Although shaking meditation may be a new and unfamiliar practice, it’s one that could prove to be beneficial to those who have experienced trauma on an individual and communal level. The movements are simple to follow and accessible, and in a matter of minutes, you’ll feel more calm and relaxed, while relieving any anxiety, frustration, and tension inside of you.
So if you’re ready to restore harmony within your body, here are the steps to perform shaking meditation on your own.
How To Incorporate Shaking Meditation Into Your Daily Routine:
Step 1: “Stand with your feet hip-width apart. You can do this while sitting or standing — depending on your comfort level. Make sure all of your joints are soft, so nothing's locked.
Step 2: “Begin raising onto your tiptoes and falling back onto your heels. Not so hard to where you're shocking your spine, but enough to just kind of wake up your body. Repeat three to five times, dropping down onto your heels.”
Step 3: “Next, start with your hands first and shake them. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Shake them and go up to your arms, to your elbows, and then up to your shoulders. Now your whole arms should be moving.”
Step 4: “Then you can start your legs, repeating the same shaking movement. You then move your feet moving, go up through your core, and then shake everything out through your head.”
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