Why The Walk AWAY Transformation Circle

Over the past couple of years I’ve read and heard startling statistics on women of color and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women of color. In the past, when I’d hear about heart disease I thought that was a disease that was prevalent among white men. It wasn’t until I heard about the Go Red for Women campaign by the American Heart Association that my interest was sparked and my ignorance cleared away. Heart disease in communities of color is formidable. And while some of the causes are hereditary, a number of the causes are causes that are within our control.

*high blood cholesterol
*high blood pressure
*physical inactivity
*excessive alcohol use
*high triglyceride levels
*responses to stress

These are all under our control. Heart disease is NOT inevitable. It is not something that we have to succumb to.

In my research, I found one thing that is a common cause in all of the causes of heart disease – INACTIVITY. Exercise can lessen the threat that all of the causes of heart disease have on our lives. Walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise. It can be easily adopted by almost everyone. It helps a person lose weight and overcome obesity. It makes the heart strong. It reduces high cholesterol and reduces the incidence of heart attack and stroke It strengthens the immune system. It promotes sleep and fights insomnia. It improves mental acuity and enables a healthy response to stress. It helps fight depression and anxiety.


I began a daily regimen of walking last August because I was CONVINCED. I needed (and still do) to lose weight but I also wanted to take my life into my own hands. I didn’t want to wait on my doctor to tell me that I had to stop eating x and start taking x medication in order to sustain my life.

Leslie Sansone became my walking partner. I’ve been using her off and on for years. I made a commitment to use her consistently. Since then, I feel great! I look great (if I do say so myself)! I am at peace with myself. My body is stronger and my commitment to my well-being has increased.

The next steps … share this with my friends! Share this with whoever would listen (and make some friends in the process)!

Hence, The Walk AWAY Transformation Circle.

On June 19, in a gymnasium in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn some 20+ women of color got together to walk away from living life by default and allowing heart disease to creep into their live to living intentionally by taking small stride to reduce their risks. We made a choice to walk away from whatever kept us from being a complete woman. Some of us served walking papers to destructive relationships, poor eating habits, procrastination, destructive responses to stress, being too busy, anger, fear … And then we chose to walk towards whatever we thought would bring us closer to our true selves. We walked towards healthier eating habits, healthier relationships, making plans to succeed, fellowshipping with positive women, exercising, reading inspirational material, returning to school …

Speaking these words in the community of women was affirming and encouraging. It propelled us to make strides. However, the work was not done. I believe that lasting transformation takes place within the community. I encouraged each woman to partner with another so that she’d continue to feel the encouragement and affirmation.

This was a day of transformation!
This was a day women made intentional strides towards their true selves!
I was encouraged by their courage to change; trust in me and the process;
and the endless possibility that lies within their futures!

Stay tuned because this change will spread and infect every women that chooses to listen…

Watch out heart disease,
State of Bliss & the Women of the Walk AWAY Transformation Circle
Are serving you … Walking Papers!!!

Peace and … Bliss,
Restorer of Peace


  1. On June 19th I gave walking papers to poor, dead-end relationships with men. I spoke it aloud in a room full of women with hella testimonies. I was scared to be that vulnerable and scared that I would not be able to walk away. I have been walking away in fellowship with my partner, Dinah, knowing that so many of us are walking away from the things that have been destroying us. It has been a roller coaster ride.

    The minute I made the declaration the opportunities to demonstrate my faith in myself presented themselves. In some instances these opportunities were unexpected and unaccounted for. The universe has been good to me, as always. I got the easier conversations first. Practice for the more difficult ones.

    I call Dinah when I am feeling anxious, I call her when I am feeling successful. Those feelings come in the same week. Sometimes in the same day. I just remember that I am walking away, one step at a time and the further away I get, the smaller it becomes when I take a glance over my shoulder. All other things are coming into focus.

    I am walking away from all abusive, self-defeating relationships and behaviors, from vendors with poor customer service to clients that do not honor their part of the deal. I am seeing that none of it works for me. I am clearing the way for my possibility of being trustworthy, having integrity, and soul-healing. Thank you for being on this journey with me.

  2. Thank you, Almitra, for sharing your journey! Thank you for your courage to walk away from poor relationships. It can be a challenge to walk away from a relationship because we are relational and flexible. These things are very often what keep us in relationships because we compromise ourselves to maintain them. What we do not realize that we are not honoring ourselves when we bend too much. Not setting and keeping our boundaries can be and is harmful.
    I am goddess proud that you are taking steps to wholeness in your relationships. And I am excited that you have a partner that can ride that roller coaster and scream with you when the ride is too steep! Ashe' Dinah!

    Peace and ... bliss ...


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