Ponderings

A Time for New Beginnings

Tuning into the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

Happy New Year to all!

Every year presents us with the opportunity to start a new. However, I believe that 2019 will especially offer us a opportunity to start over. And perhaps in a way that we could have never dreamed of before. I know for myself that there are many ideas and projects that I would like to set into motion and have completed by the end of this year. One of my goals for 2019 is to update my self-care practice and take the time to share my discoveries with the community of women that I work with in the Circle of Oyá .  Creating this healing circle for Black diasporic & women of color here in Berlin has been such an amazing gift. I am forever grateful for having the chance to meet and work with such incredible Sistahs. The interactions within the circle have shown me that this type of work is indeed important and is gathering greater momentum in our communities. More and more Black diasporic and women of colour are creating their own specific types of circles or groups where the topic of self-care in all its various expressions is at the center of the group’s focus. I applaud this and it excites me, because it shows that women of colour are taking more time and creating various spaces where “Care of the Self” is practiced as a bold and out loud form of resistance.

The mystic and visionary Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith once said that we are often too occupied with squeezing our time for meditation and stillness into our hectic lives; when in fact it should be the other way around. Our concern should be to make space and time for our lives within the realm of our meditation. His statement really resonated deeply with me. And while it isn’t always possible to do this, I have promised myself that 2019 will be the year where I will at least give this a try. This led me to meditate on the words of Thich Nhat Hanh for inspiration and strength: We can all practice beginning a new. We can always start over. For me, 2019 will be the year where I will attempt to fit the mundane into my ongoing state of meditation. Perhaps you will join me?