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Live Free!

It’s interesting how I feel freer and more liberated than any other time in my life.  This is ironic because due to the global pandemic I am living the most restricted. The times we are living in can make you feel quite the opposite of free and liberated.  But I have learned that true freedom and liberation begins and ends with the way I think and the things I say to myself.  When I am free in my thinking from what society says, free of irrational thoughts, free of labels placed on me by others…I am then liberated in mind, body, and spirit.  Then I am truly able to live free in love & grace to myself and those around me!

 

In my last blog piece, I shared my thoughts and reflections from the book of Luke.  Today I want to share with you the lessons I learned while reading the book of John.  I hope the lessons learned bring you the same freedom of love, liberation, and restoration as it did for me.

Lessons from the Book of John

Blessings!

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The Awakening

What a year this has been.  If you recall, my New Year blog entry talked about allowing this year to bring you 2020 vision…clarity into your life.  I think it is safe to say that many of us were not expecting clarity and vision to present itself in the form of a global pandemic.  The global pandemic of 2020 has exposed many things about the current state of our world.  For some, this revelation has created anxiety or anxious emotions. I have found prayer and meditation to be an effective coping method to restore peace and balance in the midst of the storm.  I recently read the Book of Luke in the bible and it provided me freedom, liberation, peace, and most importantly hope.  While reading the book I wrote down my thoughts and reflections. I would like to share those thoughts and reflections with you.  It is my hope that you receive the same peace and hope!

The Awakening-Gospel of Luke

 

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Bre 

I imagine that being one of her nick names

Bre, I see family and friends celebrating accomplishments, you know for gettin that certificate for EMT

Bright hopes for a future and maybe also a wedding ring to be

Married with children

Home ownership

Safe neighborhood

You know free

But yea just a ways down they plannin this drug raid

Strappin themselves up fully geared in armor

Because they goin to war you see

And every war brings in that extra money

So I’m thinkin those incentives make it easy for them to fight with me

My neighborhood is the war zone

And there’s plenty of casualties

A sea of black and brown bodies

But Bre

Yea she had just got that certificate for EMT

Plannin her wedding day and livin happily

Married with children

Home ownership

Safe neighborhood

You know free

Not this war zone so violently

Tearing down hopes and dreams

With police brutality

Killin our sons and daughters

And shipping them off to prison indefinitely

Cuz that brings in extra money also you see

But Bre

Man she had just got that certificate for EMT

Plannin her wedding day and livin happily

Married with children

Home ownership

Safe neighborhood

You know free

Featured Image Credit:

Annapolis-based Future History Now, a non-profit art collective that creates murals with youth facing adversity in underserved communities, according to their website.

 

 

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Happy 4th of July 

Started thinking about the lyrics from “My Shot” you know from the popular musical Hamilton

Started thinking how true the lyrics are to the birth of this country

I mean not in a glorified kind of way

Or the “pull yourself up from the bootstrap” kind of way

Neither in an inspirational kind of way

How the Hamilton play depicted

But kinda more like…

I’m not throwing away my shot…

Will slaughter the Natives

Massacre their nations

Forcibly remove them from their land

Strip them of their culture

Steal their children

Send them on a Trail of Tears

I’m not throwing away my shot…

Will enslave the African

Herd them on ships

Separate their families

Rape their mothers

Rape their daughters

Beat their men

Then use them to build our profit

I’m not throwing away my shot…

Will keep the Black oppressed

And the poor White marginalized

Will block economic advancement

And horde all the money

Will lie

Will cheat

Will divide and separate the people

So they won’t unite

Just like this country

Stays scrappy and hungry

This country probably shouldn’t brag, but dag, Isn’t it amazing and astonishing…in a

Sexist kinda of way

Xenophobia kinda of way

Racist kinda of way

Homophobic kinda of way

I mean think about it…

How does a country fight and plea for liberty?

To be free from their colonizer

But have slaves with no intentions of setting them free

Everybody sings

Whoa whoa whoa

Will be the colonizers now

Will follow in our big brother Britain ways

Will also imperialize to build our nation

All men are created equal

But oh not the

Slave

Not the

Native Americans

Will make it astronomical difficult for every Black, Brown, and Asian immigrant that comes to this country

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore

And a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot

In the Caribbean by providence impoverished

In squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”

By being White

And working for the slave trade

By marrying into wealth

And profiting from it

By being a White man

Who was given far more of an advantage to make it in this country

 

What’s your name, man?

Alexander Hamilton

 

Poem inspired from lyrics by:

Miranda, Lin-Manuel, “Alexander Hamilton”

Collins, Bootsy Williams; Ortiz, Joell Christopher; Muchita, Kejuan Waliek; Miranda, Lin-Manuel; Troutman, Roger; Trotter, Tariq; & Johnson, Albert J., “My Shot”

Poem inspired by stage play:

“Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

 

 

 

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This Country

This country ‘tis of thee

This country of my ancestors’ black bodies

This country land of the free

This country of hypocrisy

This country land of liberty

This country of inequalities

This country home of the brave

This country of police brutality

This country land of pilgrim’s pride

This country of white supremacy

Author of liberty, to thee I sing

This country never belonged to me

 

 

 

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Can you hear?

A mighty rushing wind
Can you hear
East, West
North, South
Can you hear
A harmony of sound
Can you hear
It’s calling
Loud
Louder
Can you hear
A crescendo
Can you hear it now
A mighty rushing wind
Demanding change
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The Basement

 

A while ago I blogged about finally completing my manuscript of my first book. Sometime after that I blogged sharing the difficulty of typing the manuscript to have the book published. I shared my struggles and pains that came from the tedious task. But after years of typing and stopping and typing and stopping; I’ve finally completed my journey. My book “The Basement” is finally published.

I’ve shared the link below. I hope the book is a blessing to others as it was for me in writing it.

Kindle Edition:

The Basement: Journal collection of my personal thoughts, ideas, prayers, poems, and quotes that got me through one of the darkest times in my life
by Amazon.com Services LLC
Learn more: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0876G3BM8/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_0toSEbEB89XGN

Paperback Edition: 

The Basement: Journal collection of my personal thoughts, ideas, prayers, poems, and quotes that got me through one of the darkest times in my life
by Amazon.com
Learn more: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0875ZJMT5/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_5roSEb0VBFPXK

 

 

 

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20/20 Vision

20-20

This year I choose to see.  I choose to see everything that is around me globally.  I choose to see not just with my eyes but with my ears, hands, legs, heart, mind, and spirit. I choose to learn about others by listening and accept diversity in its truest spirit. I choose to use my hands and voice to advocate for the oppress and most vulnerable in our society.  I choose to walk in someone else’s shoes.  I choose to pay attention to what is happening globally.  I choose to not turn a blind eye to the hurt and suffering happening around this world.  I choose to seek and understand the crisis that many around this world are facing due to the historical ripple effect of colonialism, imperialism, classism, racism, and corruption of power.  I choose to examine my own personal and spiritual growth and make action-oriented changes identified.  Imagine what could happen if each of us “picked up our mantel” and lived purpose.  Imagine the difference globally we could make if every individual chose to see.  I choose to live this year with 20/20 vision, and I challenge you to do the same.

2020 vision

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Love is Christmas

Christmas-Love

In my older years I have come to appreciate the more meaningful things in life.  We can become blinded by the commercialism of the holiday.  We can get lost in material wants and desires.  But to experience real joy and peace comes from things that can’t be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree. I am speaking of priceless gifts that will never wear or tear, gifts like knowing yourself, value, and purpose. I am also talking about other priceless gifts such as, the gift of time, freedom, the ability to reason and think, and most importantly the gift of love. The gift of love is free and if chosen can be given and spread like a wildfire. Life may not be where you would like it to be and you may not have the materialistic things you dreamed you would by this point in your life, but know and believe this, the gifts mentioned above, reap a valuable return that money could never buy.  If you don’t remember anything else, remember that love is free of charge and in abundance. I challenge you during this holiday season to look around and see how you can share a little bit of love with someone and in return be filled with twice as much.

Live Love, Receive Joy, Experience Peace

Love is Christmas Sara Bareilles

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