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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!!

                   

                  Try it!

                   

                  Love on yourself in every phase of your life!!

                   

                  With love,
                  AK

                   

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                  Illustration by Lim Heng Swee aka ilovedoodle

                  Alicia honored at last night’s Grammy’s on the Hill Awards!

                   

                  The first lady was on hand to present Alicia with The Recording Academy’s Recording Artists’ Coalition Award for her ongoing contribution to popular music.

                   

                  ‘We are proud to honor Alicia Keys for her artistry, philanthropy and her passion for creators’ rights as a founding member of The Academy’s brand-new Grammy Creators Alliance.’ said Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.

                   

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                  Congratulations Alicia!

                   

                  To read the first lady’s touching remarks click here.

                  Alicia to be honored by The Recording Academy at the Grammys on the Hill Awards on April 15th!

                   

                  Music and politics unite at The Recording Academy®’s 2015 GRAMMYs on the Hill® Awards where GRAMMY®-winning artist/songwriter/producer Alicia Keys will be presented with the Recording Artists’ Coalition Award® (named for the artists’ rights program founded by Don Henley and Sheryl Crow)

                   

                  “We are proud to honor Alicia Keys for her artistry, philanthropy and her passion for creators’ rights as a founding member of the Academy’s brand-new GRAMMY Creators Alliance, ” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. ”We know that she will bring the same dedication to creators’ rights as she does to her music and global philanthropic efforts.”

                   

                  Congratulations to Alicia!

                   

                  Listen to Alicia’s “Power Music” Playlist on Spotify!

                  Alicia has published a “Power Music” Playlist on Spotify in honor of Black History Month.

                   

                  “I call this Power Music. Music that reminds us that we are limitless, powerful and capable. Music that makes us think, get up and move! Listening to these songs I feel love, strength, peace, prayer, determined and closer to myself. I hope you do too.This is a salute to the greatness that came before us & lives with us now. – With light & love,  Alicia Keys”

                   

                  You can listen to the playlist below: