Honor Your Creativity
Runnin' 'round in circles, lost my focus/ Lost sight of my goal/ I do this for the love of music/ Not for the glitter and gold
India Arie "Little Things"
Kali Alexander of Lotus on the Nile gave an excellent lecture on fibroids. A sister who has rid herself of fibroids said that this health issue affecting a disproportionate number of black women starts at the spiritual level when we do not listen to or express or creative energies and our personal destiny.
Her profound statement is one of the reasons I'm pushing Excursionista. Personally, I dreamt of this for years. From a collective perspective, too many sisters have allowed natural talents to fall by the wayside for one reason or another. Not even knowing that it is that very thing that is the essential element in giving us sanity and life.
Write! Sing! Dance! Sew! Bake! Act! Sculpt! Paint! Play! Crochet! Compose! CREATE!
Destination: Peru is a country that is opulent in ancient African civilization. People think that black people came during slavery in South America, but that is far from the truth. One hundred kilometers from Lima, Peru there is a place called Makawasi, which is also known as the Stone Forest. It is called this because there are hundreds of stones shaped in human faces, and animals.
There is evidence of structures that were designed in the semblance of pharaohs, sphinxes, and African intellectuals. These structures pre-date what was thought to be the oldest civilization, the Incans. This spiritual journey is bringing thousands of people to these sites that also are said to have dozens of spiritual vortexes. While there you can enjoy the beauty of Lima, which also has the largest concentration of Afro-Peruvians. In my opinion, that is not a coincidence either.
Alternate Destination: When was the last time you've been to a museum or an art galler? Today, there are so many museums that you can skip the traditional city museum. Washington DC and New York have fascinating museums capturing different cultures. There are also funky museums that highlight black dolls, black films, black art, and other interesting things.
Currently, black visual artists are struggling due to the embarrassingly low support of the community. You see some of their work at festivals, or even knock-off copies, but visit their galleries, or a gallery that features their work. Also, over the last decade art collectives have been emerging that host a group of artists who can't afford their own galleries. Check out which one is in your neighborhood.
Lifestyle: You have not experienced Atlanta if you have not attended the nine-day summer festival in Atlanta called the National Black Arts Festival. This festival celebrates the contributions of people of African descent and their impact on world cultures. From visual artists to performing arts, this festival, engages, cultivates, and educates diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression. Check out their site http://www.nbaf.org.
Alternate Lifestyle: Visit www.lotusonthenile.com, and call Kali, she's in California, but does work across the globe.
Beauty: Jasmine essential oil stimulates creativity. Buy an oil burner and put 15 drops in the burner and fill the rest with distilled water (for a clean burn). Your house will smell wonderful and your inspiration will increase. Five drops of pure jasmine oil in avocado oil and give your body a vigorous rub while whispering affirmations.
Health: Pomegranate Juice is good for the blood and treating fibroids.