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… Continue reading A Time for New Beginnings
I have been away from writing during the past months due to several other obligations. In particular, I have been quite busy with the preparation workfor and the management of the Circle of Oyá here in Berlin. As many of you have noticed there has been and currently is a lot happening on so… Continue reading Dealing With Turbulent Times
The Circle of Oyá – Image courtesy of Felipe Caprini Dear All, As announced a few months ago, I decided to create a monthly healing circle for Black and women of color here in Berlin. Here below is the description of the healing circle in English: This “Circle of Oyá”  is a healing circle… Continue reading The Circle of Oyá -Healing Circle for Black and Women of Color
Caring for myself is not self-indulgent, it is self-preservation, and is a political act of warfare. – Audre Lorde (1988) Dear All, in an earlier post I announced that there would be a healing circle in Berlin titled the ” Circle of Oyá”. This monthly healing circle is intended solely for Black women and women… Continue reading Let the healing begin!
When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth. – Dschalāl ad-Dīn ar-Rūmī Riding my bicyle through the woods on a beautiful sunny day gives me such joy! The great poet Rumi was definitely on to something. It is often so hard for us to imagine that something… Continue reading Peaceful joy
As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else. -Maya Angelou Oya is the Yoruba Goddes of wind, rivers and transformation. And it is her energy that has inspired me to start a healing circle with my African diasporic Sistahs and Sistahs of colour. Heart-centred healing self-care is a powerful form… Continue reading The Circle of Oyá
When we think of beauty, we usually associate it with something tangible, but rarely do we think of beauty as an energy. When we seek to live conscious and joyful lives where we are in touch with the “Self”, meaning that which is Divine and resides in each and every one of us; the… Continue reading Beauty is a living energy
Artwork by Annelie Solis : www.anneliesolis.com It is important that we as women of colour make joy and happiness a top priority in our lives. And while feminists of colour have contributed amazing theoretical work that help us to understand the intricate systems and forms of oppression that complicate our lives and often… Continue reading Being “Shockingly Happy” !
Artwork by Annelie Solis : www.anneliesolis.com In thinking about life while living in these turbulent and troubling times, it is necessary to pose conscious and important questions. Mainstream media constantly bombards us with troubling and mostly negative imagery and audio. If we do not remain consciousness and alert… Continue reading Where exactly does our joy and peace arise from?
I just returned today form the Writing in Migration: African Book Festival Berlin. It was truly amazing to experience such wonderful panel discussions on African literature related topics as well as so many amazing authors and performers from the African Diaspora. And while many of the authors were truly amazing and inspiring, I was particularly… Continue reading Spirituality and Resistance