Posts Tagged“#blessings”

grateful

Today is October 25. When I publish this post, I will be fifty years old. My birthday is October 30. I find turning fifty, fucking amazing! So much so, that I decided to start writing this post a tad bit early. Give myself time to really pour myself into it. I wanted to write something very special for this birthday. “Living My Life Unapologetically: 50 Reasons to be Grateful.” I can’t help but to think of my friends who didn’t live to see thirty, who didn’t live to see forty, and who didn’t live to see fifty. I think of…

orunmila

When I received my hand of Ifa, my Godfather Ifa Tosin gifted me this beautiful prayer. Regardless of your spirituality, religion, or faith, you cannot deny the truth of these words. Over the years I have memorized this prayer. I was praying to my Ifa recently, and that’s when it dawned on me that this prayer is universal. One does not have to be a practitioner of Traditional African Religion to appreciate it’s words and message.  For a general understanding of Ifa and Orunmila click here https://africanspiritualitynow.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/orunmilla-the-deity/   Orunmila I offer you my morning greetings in the name of my odu_______.…

In the Yoruba language, “Eyele Funfun” means “White Pigeon”. In  Yoruba/Lukumi http://www.lukumiart.com/ocha/ tradition, white pigeons represent purity. They are often used to remove negative energy. For several years now, my Babalow (Godfather in Ifa, spiritual mentor) has had me do a yearly cleanse on New Year’s Eve with a white pigeon. It is very simple. I get a white pigeon- not the dirty pigeons you see on the streets. But a beautiful bird purchased from a reputable bird store. I take the bird and sweep it across the top of my head, across the front and back of my body, front…