A Picture of Accomplishment Part 1

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Much time is spent complaining about the present state of affairs for people of African-American people in North America and around the world. If there is a common problem that seems to plague a large number of Americans in general, African-Americans tend to experience the worse-case scenarios. There were Africans who came to what is now called North America many years before Columbus came to make his alleged claim. Ivan Van Sertima covers this topic well in his book The African Presence in Ancient America: They Came Before Columbus.

When the largest number of African-Americans came to North America, we came as slaves. However, Since that time, we have had to fight for every freedom we presently experience. The book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Ed Baptist presents thorough coverage of this topic. We owe our ancestors a great deal of gratitude for the sacrifices they have relentlessly made. Yes, we are answers to their prayers. Because of them we are able exist in America in the manifested hope that only filled their hearts. When our ancestors marched for miles in the heat, smiled to hide the anger and tears, labored under the weight of brutality, and endured undeserved horrific physical, mental, and psychological abuse—the generations to come were on their minds. For that I am so, so, truly thankful. Someone else thought of me. They understood that we are all connected. The blood of our ancestors runs in our veins whether we acknowledge it or not. In part, this is why I am compelled to share now in this forum.

We have come a long way because of the profound sacrifices of other people just like you and me but we have so much further to go. Should we have the audacity to forget and dismiss their efforts as if they have no meaning for us today? For centuries people unwaveringly struggled so that we could attain greater than they did in America. We have not attained a certain level of success as African-Americans in this society simply because we are intelligent, attractive, or clever. None of our intellect would matter had our ancestors not fought tirelessly on our behalf. Therefore, our academic degrees, training and acquired skills do not simply belong to us as individuals. They belong to the African-American community. When we learn to further the best interests of our community we will personally experience the benefits today and the in our future. Martin Luther King stated, No one is free until we are all free.”

The Media has a habit of reporting what is negative since it seems to grab our attention. Without hesitation the negative reports are filled with flagrant propaganda that misleads and confuses the masses. With a polluted mentality it is then difficult to conceptualize accomplishment in our community. What does accomplishment truly look like for African-Americans in American society?

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

Express your authentic thoughts. Post a comment. I welcome your valued perspective. Thank you in advance.

In love and peace,

Dr. Free.

 

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Intellectual Immunization

 

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LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR, THE BLACK WOMAN ASKED, “MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO’S THE FINEST OF THEM ALL?” THE MIRROR SAYS, “SNOW WHITE, YOU BLACK BITCH, AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT!!!” 1987-1988. Photograph. Aint Jokin’, Los Angeles. Carrie Mae Weems. By Carrie Mae Weems. Web. 17 May 2013.

Simply put and briefly stated, the present state of affairs on every level for the African-Americans in this country is due to miseducation. Carter G. Woodson says it best in his relevant book The Mis-education of the Negro. In general, African American people are profoundly ignorant about their historical greatness and the significance of their culture. We need a Sankofa Revival.  Sankofa is a word of the Twi language that translates as “Go back and get it”. There is much for us to reclaim. Too many of us think there was nothing worthwhile before slavery and the need to look back is unnecessary. In his book Know Thyself, Nai’m Akbar writes:

“The proper education of the African American should offer the transmission of acquired immunities. We should study detailed stories of the Ashanti people of Ghana who resisted their colonization and tricked the British when they sought to steal their Royal Ornaments and symbols of power. The stories of many slaves who resisted their enslavement must be told. The victor of Cinque on the Amistad and the struggles of Nat Turner and Denmark Vessey must be celebrated as a means of transmitting our immunity to oppression…..The challenges brought by Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson and the many others who defiantly resisted the perpetuation of European American control over African-American life should be catechism of each generation of our young people.”

If we do not know or care to know and understand our history as African-Americans the intent of the system of white supremacy has succeeded in our lives. Our lack of unity, self-hate, cultural shame, rejection of African spiritualty and thought are all symptoms of disease that only an intellectual immunization can cure.

When we are truly well mind, body, and soul we will unite as a people—edifying each other and strengthening our communities while educating our own about the greatness of ourselves. This means having an allegiance and unwavering commitment to each other. We will exude self-love embracing every aspect of our bodies in their natural state. Our spiritual disposition will be secure thus eliminating the need for organized religion. African-American men and women will fearless lead, protect, and support one another. Finally, our life style would willingly embody the honorable habits and practices of our ancestors who lived in a state of wellness and productivity that few have ever known. Yes, I know it’s the 21st century and not the 17th century. However, the imperative necessity to reconnect with the timeless wealth in our African culture will help us to be the best version of ourselves—both individually and collectively for today and tomorrow.

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

Express your authentic thoughts. Post a comment. I welcome your valued perspective.

Thank you in advance.

In love and peace,

Dr. Free.

 

 

Ageless

A composit of various views of a monarch emerging from its chrysalis.
Our beauty comes forth as we submit to the process of BECOMING

 

I have often wondered why I feel the way that I do about my age. For quite some time, I have professed that age is a state of mind. I feel young. I don’t consider myself old and my hope is that I never will. Even my eighty-six year old grandmother who walks with a cane, says she’s not old. If a person thinks that they are old then they will be old. Even still, old can mean anything from decrepit and useless to valuable and prized! For me age is simply about perspective. The power of the mind in unfathomable.  Whatever we think is what we will be. I have discovered that being around the life-giving energy of young people is invigorating. Further, surrounding myself with the company of the young in spirit has wonderfully preserving results.

I often hear complaints from people who say “My heart says one thing but my body is saying something entirely different.” I understand.  They say, “There are actually parts of me that are creaking and crying out in pain. I can’t ignore it.” I understand that too.

I must admit as I look at myself in the mirror I do appear differently than I did in my twenties. But aren’t I supposed to look different. To me my different does not subtract from who I AM. Different could be better and more refined. Couldn’t it? If that is the case then the essence of me is more of the person I am intended to be. That essence has become more evident over time. I do see a few lines around my eyes that were not there and my hair is graying along my hair-line in the front. I’ve even thought about if I would dye it or let it go. However, I’m learning to embrace the gray because it’s part of me. I love me. Today, I think dying my hair is rejecting a part of me and feeling shame. I can’t be ashamed of me. My gray is my trophy. The gray and the lines around my eyes are reminders of my refinement process.  Some people want to go back to childhood—not me! Too many hard lessons have been learned. I do not need any “do overs.” I have earned the steps that I am presently making. My journey has been nothing close to perfect. It was not supposed to be. I have learned so much, grown so much–been through so much, and for that my heart is filled with gratitude. The difficult people and circumstances were like sandpaper smoothing out the rough edges. I don’t think I am here to get it all right. I am here to learn and evolve via the human experience. Therefore, the time that has passed while I am becoming is worth it. Every second, day, week, and year to date that was necessary to make me who I am today is well worth it.

I am thankful for my “Earthday”—the year I entered the Earth realm. However, my Earthday does not define me. The essence of who I am is much greater than the measure of time or what this society calls age.

For me age is just a number.  Through ageless eyes, now in need of reading glasses I remain in awe of my life’s experience. I refuse to allow age to dictate my behavior.  Doing so could deter me from necessary connections and turns I MUST make in my life. Life is all about the necessities of an individual’s personal journey not age. I have met people who were fifteen with the maturation of what one would think a forty-year old would attain. At the same time, I have met fifty year olds that acted like they hadn’t turned twenty-one or so we would think.

That’s just it! Our lives are not about age as is defined in this western society.  Age is NOT synonymous with time neither is age synonymous with maturity. Furthermore, who has the right to say we should be more mature or evolved than we are when they don’t know our purpose in this life.

My authentic truth is this: Living is about what we do in the space of the opportunity we are given while we are on Earth that makes the difference. Life in this realm is about living in the moment and living as best we can outside the limitations of time and the expectations of others that cause us to worry and restrict ourselves with boundaries.  Living in this manner makes us ageless. I am much greater than the skin I’m in.

 

What’s the difference beneath the skin?

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

Express your authentic thoughts. Post a comment. I welcome your valued perspective. Thank you in advance.

In love and peace,

Dr. Free

Mindfulness Means NOW

Embracing NOW is a new a level of being and living.

My ears are turned to whomever utters words that captivate me and resonate with my being. I listen to whom I’m drawn to whether it be friend, stranger or foe. I can learn something from everyone if I am willing to notice the lesson and pay attention.

I am not a fanatic of anyone. I read whoever has something to say that I am interested in or drawn to at the time. It could be a child, a store clerk or a person in front of me in line at the bank. I do appreciate the contributions of those who have helped to add to my life along the way both directly and indirectly.

Simply put, my goal is to seize the moment with awareness! How about you? Learning to live in the now positions us to live at an entirely different level of existence. Whenever we fully embrace the moment we elevate ourselves from mindlessness to mindfulness. It’s easier to see the rainbow in the clouds and our lives become more of an eventful pleasure rather than something to be endured.

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Have you ever been driving and wondered how you’d arrived at your destination? Truly you were in the car but your mind was miles away. Are you truly present when others are talking to you or is your mind elsewhere? When you take a shower or bath are you thinking about the comfort you the feel from the warm water sloshing between your toes? Or are you yelling at the kids and trying to ignore the knocks and voices on the other side of the bathroom door. When you eat are you savoring every bite chewing each one at least twenty times? Or are you woofing it down—finished and wondering what you ate while you’re still hungry? When you walk from one point to the next are you enjoying each step and taking time to smell the flowers along the way or are you just trying to hurry up and get there? In this rushed society too many of us have the next thing on our mind!

There are times when reflection is absolutely necessary. However, a majority of the time it is personally advantageous for our minds to be in the present moment. Our focus should be on what is—not what will be or what was.  Our families, jobs and a plethora of other demands can keep us running through life like it’s a sprint when life is meant to be an enjoyable marathon of a journey.

 

Are you free? We arrive at another state of being when we learn to bask in the moment and savor the flavor of our experiences like tasting a new wine. Now is the only thing that is certain. Let’s not waste it! The present moment is a unique gift. Receive it! Take this moment and sit in stillness. Just try it for 60 seconds. Pay attention to what you hear. Try to relax and quiet your mind. It may help jut to pay attention to your breathing—each inhale and exhale. If you like, do so to the count of three or four.  Additionally, the picture below may help. Sit and imagine being there and hearing the sounds of the waves—feeling the cool wet sand between your toes. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Just relax in moment. That’s mindfulness meditation. That’s how manifestation begins. That’s embracing the now rather than allowing time to control you. Oh, what a feeling….

Beach scene

In love and peace,

Dr. Free

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