Liana Naima
Reiki Practitioner, Writer, Spiritual Guide, New York
Liana Naima was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, but relocated to the Northeast after Hurricane Katrina. She has a BA in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College, M.Ed. from Hunter College, and completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program by UMASS Medical School's Center for Mindfulness.
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Liana Naima was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, but relocated to the Northeast after Hurricane Katrina. She has a BA in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College, M.Ed. from Hunter College, and completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program by UMASS Medical School's Center for Mindfulness. As a spiritual guide, she is a certified Usui and Shamanic Reiki practitioner that utilizes breath work and sound healing in her practice. Liana leads public and private events for people in NYC. She has been featured in Essence Magazine, Sheen Magazine, and Black Girl In Om.
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Hurricane Katrina, The Aftermath: Part 2
I hadn’t dealt with the trauma from Hurricane Katrina in my teens. In adulthood, I learned that trauma can show up in ways that seem random at first. Both the physical and mental aspects of traumatic moments need to be processed. #depression #trauma #body #hurricane #NaturalDisaster #teenager #adulthood
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Finding & Defining Love
A True Sign of Love
I once said that sitting with someone and allowing yourself to be in a meditative state next to them is a true sign of love. Being present with another person is is profoundly beautiful. #love #findinglove #romantic #bepresent #inthemoment
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AO Contributor Feedback
The Questions That Matter
I was a philosophy major in college so I believe these bigger questions are the only questions that matter. ThInking about these deeper questions is the point of life itself, and many people are afraid to do so. Being alive is huge. #TheAOProject #bigquestions
27 фев 2018
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On Death: Fear & Other Feelings
Trusting the Cycle of Life
I view my physical form as one of many vessels that I’ll have. I also use that as a motivator to try to expand as much as possible within this lifetime. Fear comes with the idea of unknown, but it can be diminished if you view the cycle of death and rebirth in nature. #death #fearofdeath #beinghuman
27 фев 2018
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Loving Yourself
Finding Freedom in Self Forgiveness
Self forgiveness has been one of the strongest tools I’ve used in my self love journey. It’s about letting go of parts of myself that prevent me from growth and not entertaining self judgement or feelings of shame. I just want to be and allow myself to express what I feel fluidly. Self forgiveness is allowing yourself to be free. #selflove #lovingyourself
27 фев 2018
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On Death: Fear & Other Feelings
The Sacred Cycle of Death and Rebirth
Death and rebirth are a sacred cycle constantly happening in nature. Living within these finite bodies and being an essence that it is infinite, it’s important to be allow aspects of yourself to die daily. Viewing life as expansion helps you understand that death is expanding in a different way. #death #beinghuman #inthemoment
27 фев 2018
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
Finding Harmony Through Breath and Song
One of my go-to methods of finding harmony is connecting with the breath and singing. Singing is an activity that can bring us into transcendence. Coming back to the breath brings me into my heartspace. #harmony #inthemoment
27 фев 2018
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Hurricane Katrina, The Aftermath: Part 1
Hurricane Katrina happened when I was 16 years old in New Orleans. Immediately after the devastation, I acted like it never occurred. I learned from repressing those memories that the body remembers. #depression #trauma #body #hurricane #NaturalDisaster #teenager #adulthood
27 фев 2018
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Finding & Defining Love
Unconditional Love
Love is an act of surrendering, but consciously deciding to love yourself and the other person unconditionally. Unconditional love is the purest definition of acceptance. The more you allow yourself to love another person, the more you’ll love different aspects of who you are. #love #findinglove #selflove
27 фев 2018
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
How We Judge Moments of Stillness
Loneliness becomes debilitating when you’re using language around judgment. Oftentimes we use harmful language to define the experience of stillness and the presence of life. It’s important to have a community, but it’s also important to use moments of stillness to look inwards. #lonely #loneliness #judgment #stillness #aloneness #inthemoment
27 фев 2018
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Expressing Yourself In Relationships
The essence of a healthy relationship is honoring and expressing who you are in the present instead of acting to make someone else happy. The more self assured you are in your own identity, the easier it is to be in a relationship. That doesn’t mean you need to “fix yourself” for another person, but be who you are in the moment. #relationship #couple #selflove
27 фев 2018
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The Pursuit of Happiness
Emotions are Energy in Motion
Trusting the ebb and flow of life itself means there’ll be moments when you feel high and low. I don’t see aiming for happiness as a realistic, sustainable goal. Aiming for alignment with who you are, satisfaction and contentment are more realistic. Life constantly moves and so do our emotions. #happiness #contentment #peace
27 фев 2018
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Productivity
Solitude, Stillness and Self Discovery
Loneliness only becomes a problem when classified as depression. There’s a lot of self discovery that can come from being alone. Using solitude to tap into stillness is when realization and self discovery comes out. #aloneness #inthemoment #selfawareness
27 фев 2018
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Productivity
My Productivity Is Creative Work
Productivity for me is channeling my energy. I enjoy having tasks in my life that I can produce naturally, tasks that just flows out of me and tap into my creative essence. If I’m feeling low and have uncreative work ahead, having something in the background like music that allows me to be in two places at once helps. #productivity #motivation #creativity
27 фев 2018
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Productivity
The Importance of Mentors
It’s important for me to have mentors. They illuminate things going on in my life I cannot see and show me what’s going on in the peripheral when I’m having tunnel vision. Asking for help is being human, and mentors help you be more human. #productivity #mentor
27 фев 2018
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Honor Your Gifts
Self love is an honoring process of your gifts and being aware that your gifts are bigger than you. I was featured in Sheen Magazine and felt self conscious; I told my mentor I didn’t deserve it. My mentor said, “this isn’t about you”. Tapping into the fact that there’s a larger force guiding you helps illuminate your life purpose. #lifepurpose #path #mission
27 фев 2018
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Getting to the Core
The ability to turn inward, get to the core of what makes you feel alive and understand who you are outside your story or narrative is essential for connecting to your life purpose. #lifepurpose #purpose #beinghuman
27 фев 2018
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Loving Yourself
Let the Sensation Sit
On my current self love journey, I’m being present with myself and accepting what’s arising in my body. If I feel myself getting tense, I’ve been consciously allowing myself to acknowledge the energy arising in my body and let the sensation sit rather than giving language to it. #selflove #lovingyourself #selfawareness #inthemoment #bepresent
27 фев 2018
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Loving Yourself
Our Inner Child and Self Love
Our inner child is our spark and awe of life. Learning to love my inner child has allowed me to accept making mistakes. At the beginning of my spiritual journey, I would revisit my childhood trauma and process experiences that still showed up as emotional triggers. #selflove #lovingyourself #childhood
27 фев 2018
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Loving Yourself
The Life Long Journey of Self Love
Self love is a cyclical life long process of loving every aspect of my identity. It isn’t about striving for a perfection, but instead a deep understanding and acceptance of who and where I am in my journey. Self love is a profound aspect of self acceptance. #selflove #selfawareness #lovingyourself
27 фев 2018
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Loving Yourself
The Subconscious and Self Love
My journey of self love began with shadow work and inner child work. I wanted to understand the subconscious beliefs controlling my life, which included feelings of inferiority, self-doubt and self consciousness . Since allowing myself to process the root of where these feelings were coming from, I’ve been able to embrace self love. #lovingyourself #selflove #selfawareness
27 фев 2018
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