Summer of Change: A Journey to Spiritual Self Care

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Every year I feel as though I am dealing with a sea of change, a constant movement of my life that takes readjusting and reframing. It is the continuous chaos that follows behind many of us as life shapes itself, and we begin to reawaken to the idea that life is change, and that nothing stays the same.My life experience and my spirituality conflict here. My childhood taught me that change is a bad thing; stability is what we strive for. In a constantly changing world, we are looking for … [Read more...]

Ferguson, MO by Clio Ajana

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A friend calls White, blond, Iowa bred ‘Can I ask you something political?’ She tells how her  sister-in-law-to-be posts a picture on Facebook. “She does not understand how one shooting causes riots. She calls me “liberal” What do I say? How do I get her to understand?”The pause is ache.  “I know from college that to shop while black, to drive while black, to live while black is hard. What do I say? I am so angry with her.”The silence covers the years of no  conversations o … [Read more...]

Psycho-spiritual Environmentalism and Activism

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.There is a bit of distance that many people invoke when thinking about the damage happening to the environment. The feeling of cognitive dissonance that becomes present when realizing that the current lifestyle that many of us live will be the very thing that eventually kills or limits life on this planet is hard to face … [Read more...]

Self Actualization, Spiritual Oneness, Freedom and the Fourth of July

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Self actualization is a process. We see this concept discussed in so many aspects of society, and yet we don’t always have an exact understanding of what this means or what it looks like. Spiritually, self actualization is a coming into one’s self, a evolving into a knowing that brings one closer to an understanding of how to live in the world with a sense of wholeness. I often look at this as if it is a shallow glass ceiling idea, we can think we are at the top and yet it takes certain tools to … [Read more...]

30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week Four (#30DayRBHC)

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While I thought week four would take longer to upload, I am determined to get this information to everyone as soon as possible! And, like last year, I did my finale separate from the final week... making a day 31 for the fireworks last day.This weeks digest is full of very interesting studies on transgenerational trauma, historical oppression, Nina Simone, Dr. Joy Degruy, Melissa Harris-Perry, "columbusing", some comedy, racial profiling, Freedom Summer, Angela Davis, and more. It is a power … [Read more...]

30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week Three (#30DayRBHC)

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This is the week three digest for the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge. I am a little bit behind, but plan to get the week four, and the encore/finale, up within the next couple of days. This week's digest includes posts that range from reparations, white privilege, racism, colorism, Tupac Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal, George Jackson, urban classroom lawsuits, and personal reflections of culture.I hope you enjoy the third week of the challenge and continue to explore Black culture, … [Read more...]

My Kid is Kind of Swedish….. (#30DayRBHC)

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Several weeks ago we had an incident at home that really stopped me in my tracks, and helped me to remember that parenting is complicated for all people and some situations have no one right way to deal with them. Last time I checked, I have not seen anything in the parenting rule book about how to talk to children about race, especially when they are of mixed race. You see, growing up there was never a question about what I was. My mother never entertained the concept of discussing race … [Read more...]

30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week Two (#30DayRBHC)

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Week two of the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge has been very inspirational to me personally. Exploring topics of culture and intersectionality, such as colorism, beauty, culture, the prison industrial complex, and even the relationship between African and Black. Power packed week full of topics to stretch our understanding of what culture is, and how that plays into privilege, the lack of privilege, intersectionality and ultimately.... spirituality. We are spiritual as a whole being, which … [Read more...]

30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week One (#30DayRBHC)

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I cannot believe that week one is done already, but I am so EXCITED to share this first archive of this year. Three more weeks to go of information, and I am happy to be doing this with people who want to explore, unlearn, relearn, grow, and be change makers in our communities. Only together is this possible.Enjoy the information of culture, privilege, and intersectionality in week one of the 2014 30 Day Real Black History Challenge.Day 1:* I want to set the theme of this next 30 … [Read more...]

Pressing the Black Out; Hot Combs, Fear and Culture (#30DayRBHC)

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“Be still girl… stop moving!” The words of my mother, and many other Black mothers out there, just trying to press their little girls hair. The smell of smoking hair, the heat on the back of my neck, and the lingering memories of shadow burns on the tops of my ears are all a part of my memories of being a little girl made beautiful by my mother. My mother was skilled at her job, she could press that hair better than most, and I did not even get scared until she was behind my ears or in the kitch … [Read more...]


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