Sarah Batt in “Paradise Valley” for Under the Influence Magazine
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Writer. Trouble-Maker. Mango Enthusiast.
sharpen your Osun weapons
As a class, you and I and our friends who comprise the elite are incredibly blind. We refuse to see what we do not want to see. That is why we have not brought about the changes which our society must undergo or be written off. We have no option really; if we do not move we shall be moved. The masses whose name we take in vain are not amused; they do not enjoy their punishment and poverty. We say thoughtlessly that politics is a game of numbers. So it is. The masses own the nation because they have the numbers. And when they move they will do it knowing that God loves them or He would not have made so many of them.
Chinua Achebe ‘The Trouble With Nigeria’ 1983
Could just replace Nigeria with Trinidad….
The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.
— Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
AFRICAN FABRIC MOPANI WEDGE #FASHION
Went to my first Kemetic Yoga class on Saturday. It reminded me of why I love yoga: for the stories and the context as much as for the physical engagement.
We are so separated from intention in our daily lives. We seem to be existing in an unconscious way, going through motions without a lot of thought of how our actions impact on others but especially on ourselves.
Even with things like yoga we’ve separated it from its original purpose and made it part of this obscene and frivolous desire to get fit, lose weight. It’s part of the performance of modern life, I guess.
Anyway, I came away feeling energized and excited about learning more. Particularly because I’m a writer and I spend so much time in my head, it’s good to do things like yoga that allow me the opportunity to align my thoughts while challenging my body.
Looking forward to further explorations.
Omiero ~ A cleansing and blessing liquid made from fresh herbs, plants and natural elements. It is made by Santeria Practitioners and is used for many ceremonies in the religion, including the making of the Elekes or sacred jewelry.
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