Mind, Body & Soul with Natalie Green
(Founder of S.H.E Women)
Date: 02/06/2020 By: Francesca Raffa
I had the pleasure of interviewing the inspirational Natalie Green, Founder of S.H.E.(Strong, Honest, Empowered) Women which is a community of black women from all walks of life, united by a shared intention: To reconnect with our innermost self and empower each other with our stories and experiences, so that individually and together in sisterhood, we can create real and lasting change. I connected with Natalie through a mutual friend who attended one of our meditation circles, throughout the sharing circle at the event I was very inspired by how strong and determined Natalie is whilst being able to be so open and vulnerable. She has a gentle soul that is full of radiance, standing to make a difference in this world.
Check her out and see the empowering community she has built at @s.h.ewomen
1) What does connection mean to you?
When I think of the word connection I think of my ancestors, my family, my soul, nature, and all the things that make me who I am and keep me grounded. For me, connection is a relationship between people, nature, and that which we can’t see but feel intensely.
2) How do you ensure you stay connected to others, to the world at large, and more importantly with yourself?
I stay connected to others by being present, honest, empathetic, and true to myself. I believe there is great power in being honest with ourselves and others and choosing to walk in our truth.
Through coming together and honestly sharing our stories we can give ourselves and others the chance to say ‘me too’, the chance to relate and show empathy. In doing so we are able to build a connection on the deepest and purest level.
3) Do you have a morning or evening ritual? (if so please share it)
I’ve recently developed both a morning and a night routine.
In the morning, after waking up I burn a palo santo stick, read my daily mindfulness quote and choose my crystals for the day (2 or 3 crystals I’m most drawn to) After I’ve set the vibe, I sit down on my bedroom floor and meditate for about 10-15mins and sometimes I may even bring out my crystal singing bowl for a little sound healing after.
My nighttime routine is a lot more simple, in the night I burn two candles, a palo santo stick and again sit on my bedroom floor and meditate for 20 – 3o mins.
4) In your life, what plays a role in positively impacting your wellbeing? Would you consider tea to be apart of this?
My family, my children, my friends, and my desire to be better than I was yesterday, all positively impact my wellbeing.
I would love to say tea plays a part, but honestly, I am not a huge tea drinker. However, I have recently been learning more and more about the amazing benefits of herbal teas and I’m definitely intrigued.
5) When it comes to self-care what are some of your top tips?
Self-care starts with just that SELF. My number one tip is to spend more time with yourself. Most of us spend 99.9% of our day listening to others whether that’s at work, family, friends, social media, TV, reading a book, or even learning a new skill. We spend most of our time taking stuff in instead of listening to our hearts and realising unwanted troubles.
Honestly how many of us spend time checking in with ourselves, take time out to listen to our hearts, our worries, our needs etc. The best type of self-care isn’t sold on a shelve, in a retreat or in a book, it’s stored in our hearts we just need to listen.
6) And just for fun…which is your favourite Spiral Tea blend?
My favourite Spiral Tea blend is probably the Siam Immunity I love ginger so that’s was always gone be a win for me.
However, the Zulu strength is a close second, to be honest, I wasn’t familiar with any of the main flavours before but it is a really nice blend.