Monday, May 29, 2017

Soul Food

"Don't pack whatever is easiest or most available into the emptiness. Hold out for the right medicine. You will recognize it because it makes your life stronger rather than weaker."
~Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

By: Angela Mayah Solstice

What an amazing time to be alive and to watch the world as it is today. Obama was quoted saying in reference to the Manchester Bombing, “The world is a very complicated place.” It really is. So many advances in our world, yet hardcore realities don’t seem to change. How to make peace with some of those realities can become a journey in itself. 

I believe we can find solace wherever we see our truth reflected back to us. Our truth in what we feel in our hearts, and how we perceive ourselves... Our truth in what we’ve experienced and seen in the world. I am very grateful for the people, be they world renowned to a childhood friend, who have lived out dreams, spoken truths and showed up in this world sharing all of their gifts and talents. It has in one way or another,  given me the hope, strength, and courage to move forward.

Finding inspiration in a harsh world with all of its injustices can be life changing. Sometimes all it takes is an intention to find answers to what is bothering you or understanding more of your history and where you came from. I believe once you know more about who you are, you can begin to understand your purpose here on Earth. For example, I learned through overhearing and reading the biographies of people I looked up to, that most great writers are really good readers. Soon I was able to put together that my love for reading and writing was my gift to share with others. On my own I would not have thought to put the two together, I just enjoyed reading and did not think to associate it with much else.

Even if you have already identified your gifts and talents, there is always so much more to learn. Finding inspiration and connecting with others who have traveled the path you find yourself on can bring forth new ideas and ignite your passions to new levels.

I am most inspired when I am around my tribe.

So my best advice to anyone searching for more inspiration is to go and find them!

Recommended Exercises:

Plan an event! (I.e.: A house party, family get-to-together/reunion, work party, business promotional event)

Reading Recommendations (Click on links & colored titles for more info):

The Courage To Change by: Angela Mayah Solstice
Sacred Contracts by: Carolyn Myss
The Shack by: Wm. Paul Young
The Portable Malcolm X Reader by: Manning Marable & Garrett Felber
The Fire Next Time by: James Baldwin
Anatomy of the Spirit by: Carolyn Myss
The Outliers by: Malcolm Gladwell
Between The World & Me by : Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Red Tent by: Anita Diamant
Woman Who Runs With Wolves by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by: James McBride
Buck: A Memoir by: M.K. Asante

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