Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), better known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American recording artist, musician and actress. She was raised by a single mother in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York City. At age seven, Keys began to play classical music on the piano. She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16 as valedictorian. She later attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.
Keys' debut album, “Songs in A Minor,” was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies wor...
"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul." - Audrey Hepburn (Photo credit: Nico Bustos)
Sunday 26th of April 2015 10:41:40 AM
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Loving on myself...
The other day, I was coming to the end of my yoga session with the magnificent @glowmaven and she put me in the relaxing/gratitude position. This time, I wasn't lying on my back, I was on my knees sitting on my heels with my hands resting on top of my thighs.
Slowly, she took me through my whole body, reminding me to give thanks to my body for supporting me. Thanks to my eyes, my shoulders, my back, my arms, my breasts, my stomach, my hips, my thighs, my knees, my ankles, my feet, my neck... MY body!
As I went through every part, a smile crept on my face. Thank you, arms, those same arms I think are a little too big as I try to squeeze into my pre-Genesis jackets. The same arms that hold him and my family to make them feel safe and loved. Thank you, legs, for every mile I've walked during those late night feeding hours and every workout I've ever done trying to reach some goal or another. Thank you knees, ankles, feet and thighs for being firm and strong for me, as I pound my way through the world. Thank you, uterus, for making me a woman and for supporting every part of the process. Thank you, breasts, for being a miracle and providing a source of nutrients for my son. And thank you STOMACH, yes! You, stomach, whose extra inches I grab between my fingers wondering when will it shed and be flat. Thank you for expanding, protecting and bringing me my 2nd greatest joy... Another son!
So as I sat on my knees, in what I would call the prayer position, this smile crept up on my face because I realized how grateful I am for my body, and all it has done for me and supports me through. Even if I'm not perfect, no one is. But my body IS perfect in all the ways it Empowers me!! (And so is YOURS!)
I felt good! Lovin on myself!!
Love on yourself in every phase of your life!!
(illustration by Lim Heng Swee aka ilovedoodle)
Friday 24th of April 2015 06:22:04 PM