One thing I’ve learned about making positive futures, is the importance of how we treat ourselves today. Today offers a valuable opportunity for healing ourselves now, being peaceful and harmonious. If we can make today beautiful, tomorrow can become even more luminous..

But how can we make today a beautiful tomorrow?

I met with Karina Velasco, a nutrition expert on Telemundo and Tantra & Yoga teacher to explore this question. Through her studies of yoga and Tantra, Karina shares with us how to get connected in any moment that can lead to prosperous tomorrows.

What can You Do Today

to Improve all Tomorrows?

 

“Heal yourself first.” (Mind, Body & Spirit) Go to the source of what is causing the discomfort/angst as you continue to discover yourself. Discovery will not always be pleasant, but healing is a key to self-love.

Be present in the moment. Listen to your intuition when it comes to making decisions. Over analyzing keeps you from connecting to your body, thoughts and dreams. Remain present to hear what you need.

Use Tantra exercises through integrating breath, sound and movement - move your sexual energy to heal, nourish and thrive. 


I was born on February 13th, 1975 in Mexico City, growing up in a family in which travel, media life and spiritual practices were a part of my life. After 12 years of devoting myself to TV and radio and a few months after having begun to practice yoga, I decided to pack my bags and travel to India to study more about this practice, as well as Buddhism and Vedanta philosophy. This trip lasted nine months and at the end, I was certified as a Sivananda yoga instructor, which changed my life forever.

My goal is to fuse both my career paths and share the information that supported my own transformation with others. To share all the tools in my life those have supported me in becoming more balanced, happier, healthier and in my power.

Currently I give nutrition, cooking, yoga, tantra and sacred sexuality classes and intensives. I offer retreats in Mexico and the United States as well as conferences at universities in Mexico and have been invited to teach at consciousness and sexuality conferences in New Zeland, Australia and Berlin. I collaborate as holistic nutritionist, natural foods chef and sacred sexuality speaker on several television shows such as the Televisa show “Hoy” (“Today”), Lolita Ayala’s news program, “Despierta America” Univision, “Un nuevo dia” Telemundo, CNN en español and “La cocina de” in Unicable and my weekly segments in LATV.’

You can also find Karina on Facebook. You can also find on her on her website.

 

oliveraskingHave you ever asked for something and did not get it? So you dropped the thing you were asking for and settled in with feeling sorry for yourself?

Me too. Many times.

But there were times when I did not drop it. Instead, I asked again. I went around another way, refined my request, opened myself wider to receive in another form. And when it still did not happen, I asked again (usually after some tears and feeling heart broken). And then again.

Each “no” or rejection taught me something vital about myself, my approach and my desire. They also taught me about how ready I was to accept defeat.

Asking for help or love or money has not been easy for me. I thought I had to do it all by myself to prove to the world that I was more than capable and that I would live up to the ideals of being a super human. Some of those ideals I was born with, some I took on from my family and the cultures I was raised in, and some, I aspired to manifest.

But that way of being can be filled with unnecessary struggle and martyrdom. Too proud to ask for support or take help when offered. Yeesh! We hold countless conclusions about asking and especially the big stuff that dreams need to become real.

Whether we are asking for miracles, health or wealth there is a key ingredient that needs to be in place for the asking to succeed. It has nothing to do with whether someone will give us what we want or being able to afford it financially.

It has everything to do with receiving: being willing to open beyond our deepest constrictions and self sabotage to the what-ifs, to possibilities.

What if you get a YES instead of a no? What if someone steps up and loves you? What if you feel healthier because it is inside of you? What if you, yes YOU win the impossible race? How would that feel? The YES, the LOVE, the HEALTH, the WINNING? That feeling is the gateway, the beginning point of asking. Ask with that feeling bubbling in your heart, in your lungs and in all the trillions of cells and imagine radiating it out in a gazillion directions. Let it go. Then, go on with your day and life and see what happens.

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If you notice no bounty, no change then ask again and connect to the feeling of what it feels like to have what you want and amplify it and send it out into the universe. Sing from the rooftops, tell others of your delight in wanting what you want… you can make magic happen.

Ask again and again, refine your request until the sound of it is as clear as a bell. Open and allow.

Now your turn, please share with me: What do you want? What would it feel like if you got exactly what you wanted?

 

On our journey to be advocates of positive futures, we will make mistakes. And it will be okay. We don’t have to be perfect to take the first step – we can start where we are. How refreshing!

During my interview with the musical visionary, Lee “Scratch” Perry, producer, DJ, musician and innovator of Dub, I learned about music, God and how to get on the path to creating a bright future. He introduced me to his Vision of Paradise. He taught me about eating and loving purely.

This interview had me bubbling with excitement and giddiness. I am sure you will find it just as delicious as I did.

 

What can You Do Today

to Improve all Tomorrows?

 

“Love yourself enough to choose only good things to eat because the things you eat become you.” Be dedicated to healthy eating habits; they affect your health, thoughts and feelings.

Don’t use substances to alter your state of mind. Don’t use substances that alter you from your natural state. Let life and God flow into you, leaving you clear-minded and available to give and receive the purest form of love.

‘Imitate God.’ Live graciously as if you were God. The message of the best life to live begins through example.  


Without doubt the best known and most charismatic of all Jamaican record producers, Rainford Hugh Perry (nicknamed Lee by his mother) aka Scratch/The Upsetter is one of the reggaes longest serving veterans and his story is inseparable from that of the development of Jamaican popular music.

By 1968, he had formed his own label Upsetter Records and was enjoying hits with songs like The Untouchables “Tighten Up”. But he bacame best known for his quirky instrumental numbers whose titles often took inspiration from the “spaghetti westerns” that were so popular in Kingston’s downtown cinemas at the time.

These Upsetter instrumentals found great favour in the UK with the “skinhead” cult of the late 60s, and Scratch scored his first British chart hit in October 1969 with “Return of Django”.

You can also find Lee on Facebook and Twitter @scratchlee. You can also find on his website.

 

I stand for love -- everybody is in.
Listen to the signals of your soul. The future is coming on.
At your core, you are shuddering brilliance.
You can see life stories in a glimpse or in an utterance.
We all have signatures of light, sound and movement...streaming, changing.
Dare to love passionately. Dare to sit with death -- dying thought forms and dreams.
Be moved by your own humanity.
The biggest party in the universe is happening on earth. A complex mix of duality, minerals and atoms firing off in all directions...you... creating your life and the world around you.
How can a part of the universe be apart from the universe? You belong to the whole.
Timing is all about listening to the moment and knowing when it is your turn - To do. To be. To act.
Inside you are searching for something that is apparent all around you. Life is real. Engage.
Now take it apart - all of your ideas, thoughts, visions. Become Naked. FREE
The energy of freedom has to be engaged, expanded and energized. Free your self.
Genetic inheritance does not mean it is your fate to live within the constrains of that signature.
We are on the brink of game change: it is our destiny with immortality.
Love is cosmic intelligence.
Joy is the self on the periphery of cosmic consciousness
Between rock and a hard place? Make the "between" bigger. Take your time stretching this space.
Joy is part giggle, part laughter, part miracle - it is you bursting with life.
Truth can be so uncivil.
There's a purpose to kindness. It is a deeper intelligence at work.
Even in your struggles and sabotages, it is your freedom calling you.
Which future do you belong to?
When was the last time you looked at yourself and thought "I am awake"?
 
   

Photos by Anne Staveley