first and foremost, Happy Blackity Black History Month. all month long (and after) support & share Black creators, healers, storytellers, coaches & everything in between. hire them, refer them, become members of their patreons, celebrate them. and speaking of Black storytellers *awkwardly transitions…*
“what brings me water, [shelter], & nourishment?”
my dear friend Sista Zai offered this juicy quote during our Clubhouse dialogue on fulfilling practices for me & us. she was referring to all the relationships in her life and this question seems to be the theme this season. from the full Leo moon celebration by Liana Naima to the Clubhouse gatherings i with-nessed, all of them offered this mutual desire and question.
what we are seeking is harmony ~
to be filled when we pour, to be witnessed and with, to be in our natural state.
we are seeking this in the relationship we have with ourselves, with each other, with the unseen. knowing this is the beginning of cultivating it. i heard bits of harmony scattered in my companions’ words: in “applying fancy ass lotion”, in “not taking ourselves so seriously”, in being fire in all its forms, in keeping our boundaries, in restructuring familial bonds. harmony is our natural state, it is our birthright. its asking us to find it, here and now. & it begins by answering this inquiry:
what is bringing you water, shelter, & nourishment? what is bringing you harmony?
self-practice:take a blank piece of paper and divide it into three sections: water, shelter, and nourishment. take a moment for each and think about what is water for you, quenching your thirst? what is shelter, providing you a nest? what is food, nourishing you in different ways? explore every relationship in your life, including that with yourself and with non-human things & place those that fit in their appropriate category. what do you notice about your harmony?
collective moments for self reflection & resourcing
Plotting the Seeds to Fulfillment was a beautiful email series i offered to start the new year. so many folks wanted to experience it that i am crafting it into a zine for purchase. sign up below to be the first to hear about it!!
"Standard English… is the language of conquest and domination; in the United States, it is the mask which hides the loss of so many tongues, all those sounds of diverse, native communities we will never hear...we create the ruptured, broken, unruly speech of the vernacular... There, in that location, we make English do what we want it to do. We take the oppressor’s language and turn it against itself. We make our words a counter-hegemonic speech, liberating ourselves in language.” -bell hooks taught me. & more here.