Selena Santo Antao
June 29, 2019

BACK ON MY ISLAND!

I have been back on my island of Santo Antao for almost a month now (!!), but it just feels like I’m starting to catch my breath! What a wonderful whirlwind it’s been as I’ve traveled around the world continually for the past year! I am still processing all of my incredible adventures, and feeling immense gratitude for all of the beautiful people I’ve seen and met! It’s been such a wonderful gift and I’m thankful.

Today, I met the loveliest couple, visiting my island from America (!!), and I so enjoyed taking them around the area a bit! (Obrigada, Star, for snapping the wonderful photo I’ve used for this post!) The Universe arranges situations and places people in our paths in ways that we could never imagine! Today, I was also reminded that when your original plans don’t work out…and you feel a shift to do something you hadn’t planned on doing…just go with the flow. Let life guide you…it is so much more magical that way!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

 

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May 19, 2019

THANK YOU, AUSTIN!

Words cannot truly express my appreciation for all of those who came to Casa de Luz yesterday (even in the rain!) for the book launch of my third book, Get Free: 7 Simple Steps to Free Your Mind & Live Your Dreams.

I am still processing the wonderful event, and the joy I felt at seeing all of your beautiful faces! Thank you for braving the rain to be a part of my journey and my continued exploration into the nature of peace and freedom.

Please know that more than anything in the world, I wish you both peace and joy…and I thank you for the light that you shared with me yesterday and always. Once I’ve had the chance to rest and reflect a bit more, I’m sure I’ll have more to say (haha!), but for now I simply wanted to say thank you.

The professional photos from the event are available here: https://zentaobooks.com/photos/

love,

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May 1, 2019

FREE EVENT IN AUSTIN!

I’m very excited to launch my latest book, Get Free: 7 Simple Steps to Free Your Mind & Live Your Dreams in Austin, Texas!

This will be a FREE event on Saturday, May 18th from 2-4pm at the beautiful Casa de Luz Village (near Zilker Park and the Zach Theatre) and will include a talk about freedom + peace and a discussion of Get Free, a Q&A session, plus book signing & photos! Free light refreshments will be provided and there is abundant free parking just across the street from the venue.

Please be sure to RSVP at selenasage.eventbrite.com as soon as possible to secure your seat! Please email contact@zentaobooks.com with any questions.

I look forward to seeing you there!

<3,

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April 20, 2019

FUN!

Yesterday, it was a privilege for me to be on air with legendary Mr. John Hanson on “In Black America” at  KUT Austin, Texas — the longest running Black radio station in America!

The recording can be found on my SoundCloud Channel: here. (Please note that this is an unedited preview, as the actual broadcast will not be until some time in July.)

On the show, we discussed my latest book, “Get Free: 7 Simple Steps to Free Your Mind & Live Your Dreams” and my journey from growing up in Austin to living abroad on a remote island in Africa.

Since Mr. Hanson has known me since I was a toddler (smile!), I thought that our discussion was particularly engaging and insightful. I am so thankful for the opportunity and I enjoyed meeting the amazing KUT team! Special thanks to John Hanson, David Alvarez (Production Manager), and Chelsea for being so welcoming!

It is always wonderful being back in my hometown, and I continue to be thankful for all of the love, good vibes, and laughs!! It truly is food for my soul, and I am so thankful.

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P.S. Happy Birthday, Mom! ;) I love you!

Santo Antão
April 17, 2019

REST

I have been traveling (around the world) for almost a year straight, and it is hard to put into words what that feels like. While the experiences, people, and places have been great, my body has reminded me of the importance of rest.

While I feel the excitement of new things on the horizon, it sometimes feels like I’m in the clouds. Personhood tells me to pick a path, spirit tells me to relax and know that the path will come to me.

Even in these moments of seeming indecision, I know that grace shines upon me. I am ever thankful for all of my blessings of abundance, and I shift my consciousness into the space of awareness, knowing that all is well. In this space, more than any other, I know that rest is the greatest gift. All is well, and all will be well. Life takes care of life…and for that, I am immensely grateful.

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Photo above was taken at the start of a hike on my island of Santo Antão in Cabo Verde. The view was breath-taking, and the six hour hike with my dear friend from Germany was intense and nourishing…just like life can be :)

It is worth noting that when we broke through the clouds, the path was made clear :)

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Austin
April 16, 2019

AUSTIN, I LOVE YOU!

Being in Austin, Texas—my hometown!—is always a joy. Having the opportunity to spend time with my family is a beautiful gift.

Recently, I was overjoyed to spend many days with my beautiful and incredible grandparents, while we attended the phenomenal LBJ Presidential Summit on Race in America. The discussions were expansive, and the speakers were both legendary and phenomenal. [Pictured above sharing my book,  “Get Free” with amazing Ms. Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Obama...while gratefully accepting a signed copy of her new book “Finding My Voice”; sharing my second book, “unbreakable” with activist DeRay McKesson while holding his book, “On The Other Side of Freedom”; with my grandfather and First Daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson (daughters of President LBJ); and with my beautiful grandparents and Ms. Jarrett.]

This is only a small glimpse into the summit and the incredible people I was fortunate to meet last week. I am immensely thankful for each new friend and every kind conversation I had…and I’m looking forward to more goodness in beautiful Austin! :) I just have to catch up on rest a little, first! Haha ;)

 

love,

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March 17, 2019

THANK YOU, HOUSTON!

I originally came to Houston with the idea that I would be here just a few weeks ago…but that was almost three months ago! A series of (fortunate) events have kept me here and it’s been a really beautiful experience. I’ve met so many wonderful, beautiful people! And it’s been a delight for me to share my books with beautiful beings here, through events that have just sort of come up!

As an independent artist, with an independent publishing company  (that I created — ZenTao Books), taking a book from idea to finished product is a complete rollercoaster! Believing in an idea enough to commit to it, and then continuing forward through various doubts (will anyone gain something from this?!), fears (will I run out of money making this?!), perfectionist-based-worries (will I ever get this cover right?!), and external realities is a lot! It’s something that I think all creatives go through, and it’s one of the reasons why I try to support other creatives that I meet (even still, I sometimes have the next-day worry that perhaps I should have done more, but that is impractical and impossible, so it’s a thought I let wash away).

There are a host of costs that go into creating art (for a book, this can include design fees, licenses for cover art, websites, copyright fees, ISBNs, printing, etc.) and sometimes it can seem overwhelming for an independent artist (who typically pays for these fees out of their own pocket!). But I can say that everyone who takes time to even look at the art and say a kind word is watering an artist. Those who feel inspired to go the extra step to purchase the art is like the sun…not only are they paying the highest compliment possible to an artist, they are also helping the artist to cover costs for the art that has been created AND they are helping provide a pathway (spiritually and financially) for the artist to make more art. This is all a beautiful exchange of love and energy.

So, as you consider supporting an independent artist, I can only invite you to see your purchase as adding water and sunlight to a flower. Even if you don’t fully vibrate with what you’re seeing, perhaps you have a peek at a flower early in bloom and you can see the beauty that is unfolding. Your watering will help that flowering, and perhaps you know someone who will appreciate that stage of the bloom. Gifting independently made art is a dual gift that is based in love.

To all, I give my sincere thanks! You are my sun and rain and I thank you for cheering me on as I continue to grow!

 

So much love,

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Photo grid: 16 March 2019, at The Shrine of the Black Madonna in a Houston, Texas USA

 

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March 17, 2019

MOOJI

I keep a picture of the moment just before I met Mooji as the background art on my mobile phone. I do that because I want to keep that beautiful memory alive in my consciousness. It was so profound, but even still, life creates new memories that can push old ones down.

When I think back to my experience of meeting Mooji in Lisbon, I can say that I knew he possessed incredible wisdom, but I had not yet processed the idea of him as an enlightened being. That concept (and guru or other names) was not something that I really processed. (They are just names, after all!)

During my first time meeting Mooji in Satsang, I felt profound shifts in my understanding, but even that did not prepare me for what it would be like to meet him!

As I waited patiently along a rail, near the end of his path, where he would exit the hall, I held a copy of “Meditative Questions” that I had signed for him, and planned to gift him. As he came nearer to where I was standing, I heard people spontaneously start to cry or laugh, and I felt myself smiling without any reason. As he came closer, I felt everything around me slowly drop away. When Mooji reached out to hug me, absolutely everything dropped away and I felt an immense light shining within myself. Mooji presented as an endless and infinity source…of what? I can’t describe.

As he hugged me, he simply said, “Wonderful, wonderful,” and I later internalized this as his acknowledgment that perhaps I had, in that moment, dropped even my own self, so as to be open for that divine encounter. (Somehow I remembered to give him the book and I shall never forget his gracious acceptance and happiness at receiving that gift.)

I have never met anyone remotely close to Mooji’s being, but I love that his teachings point the way for others to join him in the infinite.

As I thought this morning about meeting Mooji, I thought back to how it was said that Christ healed the sick and helped the blind to see. When I was a child, I imagined Christ as a magical figure (I still do!) who had kind of imparted magic when he touched people and healed all. As I think of Mooji, I see it a little differently. While I still think of him as magical, I think that his pointings bring everyone to WHOLENESS. In reflecting on my experience meeting him, absolutely every care and worry dropped away. If I had been sick, I would not have been in that moment. If I had been blind, the seeing he provided would have been internal…it was an emptying that, through removing everything, all could be seen.

My understanding of that experience still comes in waves, as does my awakening. Through Mooji, I have experienced THAT which cannot be seen…and I continue to absorb his lesson that I AM THAT.

I am thankful. Namasté.

 

love,

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March 3, 2019

THE REMEDY

Yesterday, I had the most amazing time chatting with MistaGoodBar at The Remedy (KPFT Houston)!

We has so much fun talking books, music, and travel — three of my passions! So much love and appreciation for the support

Please click here for the full interview.

If you listened and enjoyed this interview, please know that independent artists and radio stations depend on public support to cover costs and continue to provide a platform. Please support the books however you can (amazon.com/author/selenasage for physical books or zentaobooks.com for special $4.99 sale on ebooks of all titles! If you think one of the books might be great for a friend, thank you for the support by either gifting or sharing links to the books! eBooks are .pdf to be read on every platform, and they are shareable!).

Also, please join me in supporting The Remedy Radio by dropping a donation (any amount is okay!) to CashApp $KPFTHouston or pledge.kpft.org and please note that you are donating in support of The Remedy.

We have to help keep these platforms available for independent artists (like me!). You can think of your donation as a thank you to The Remedy for helping lift me up and donate to buy MistaGoodBar a coffee :) Thank you for all of your support! ❤️

 

Love,

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HMAAC
March 2, 2019

SHE DID THAT!

It was my sincere honor to be present in Houston, Texas for the She Did That! event celebrating African-American women entrepreneurs this past week. I met so many incredible women, and I loved being surrounded by such incredible Art at the amazing Houston Museum of African-American Culture (HMAAC)! That my books could be among such incredible paintings and photographs was simply beautiful…especially because I tend to think of my books as more Art than books haha

Being at the event also caused me to remember the fact that I’m actually an entrepreneur! Haha I sometimes forget that my publishing company, ZenTao Books, is an actual entity because it actually just feels like an extension of myself. After I wrote my first book, I did not imagine that I’d be releasing a book every two years after that (2015, 2017, 2019)! And given the realities of supporting the design and publishing costs, I’m being pulled into a broader vision.

As I work through the details of that vision, I know that a capable team is forming as well, and I’m excited for new possibilities to continue sharing my Art! ;)

I am so thankful!

Namasté.

 

love,

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