Featured Mindful Meditation

Calming Affirmations from the Heart & Soul

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Visual Meditation Video

Excellent Visual Meditation Video
It's visual story invokes 
indigenous inspiration within my spirit.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Color Journey Meditation


Please take off your shoes, leave your worries at the door. Come on in and find a comfy place to sit or lay. Find your inner still...that quiet place and close your eyes:

  • Begin at the tips of your toes and envision the blood flowing throughout your body to the top of  your head, the Crown Chakra (Sanskrit) or your Ori (Yoruba).
  • Once you are focused on your blood flow, tune in to your breathing pattern.
  • Breathe in through your nose (if possible) and out through your mouth, making an "Ohhh"or "Ahhh"sound as you exhale.
  • Once your breathing is regulated, allow your body to relax and your mind to focus on the calming colors of the rainbow.
  • Allow the relaxation to occur naturally...allow and relax into the still energy.
  • Create a picture in your mind of the color red.
  • Imagine red of all shades....
  • You might picture red objects, a red landscape, or just a solid color.....
  • Imagine all of the different tones of red.... roses.... bricks.... apples....sunset....
  • Enjoy the color red for some moments.
  • Now allow the color you are imagining to change to orange. Picture the color orange.... infinite shades of orange.... flowers.... pumpkins .... carrots....
  • Fill the entire visual field of your mind's eye with the color orange.
  • Enjoy the color orange.
  • Visualize the color yellow. See in your imagination all the various shades of yellow. Allow yellow to fill your vision.... lemons.... flowers....birds...fall leaves...
  • Imagine the endless tones of the color yellow. Imagine yourself surrounded with the calming color yellow..... Immerse yourself....swim, lay, sit in it...
  • Enjoy the color yellow.
  • Let the color you are imagining become green. Fill your imagination with the color green. Endless shades and tones of green.... plants.... leaves.... grass....
  • Imagine being surrounded by beautiful green..... all shades from the lightest to the darkest, bright green.... subdued green...
  • Enjoy green.
  • Now see in your mind the color blue. Surround yourself with beautiful blue.... Unending shades of blue..... water....sky....
  • Imagine blue filling your vision.....
  • Enjoy the color blue.
  • Allow the color in your imagination to become violet..... Focus on the multitude of purples around you.... flowers....eggplant....sunrise....
  • Immerse yourself in the color violet....
  • Enjoy violet.
  • Now allow your attention to return to your breathing..... notice how calm and regular your breathing is now.....
  • Meditate on the calming color relaxation once more....
  • Imagine the colors again, one at a time.... starting with red....
  • Orange....
  • Yellow....
  • Green.....
  • Blue.....
  • Violet.....
  • Now picture whatever calming color you wish. Do you have a favorite? Or a color that suits your mood right now? Imagine whatever colors you like. Allow your mind to be relaxed, focused, and calm...
  • Enjoy the feeling of relaxation you are experiencing.
  • Now it is time to return your attention to your regular activities.
  • Stay in your new calm and let your calm "color" the rest of your day.
  • Be aware of your surroundings....
  • Stretch your muscles...open your eyes. Enjoy.

Peace Be Unto You.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quotes I Love

"I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."       ~'When Harry Met Sally'

Motherhood: A Rite of Passage

The act of giving birth is more than the pains and throes of a woman in parturition. It is a rite of passage from one existence into the next that every human being who enters into the earth must experience.  I was first taught this years ago by my beloved godmother. I remember sitting at her feet beside the fireplace as she schooled  me on the deeper things in life. She would rock back and forth in her rocking chair in meditative contemplation. “Awodola,” she would call me, “ As the Iyanla, or woman of the house, it is important that you maintain your shrines daily and take care of your ancestors,  for one day they will come back through you and your children.” I never forgot her words…that moment in time galvanized my way of thinking forever. I was the single mother of a male child who I brought into this world with a vengeance. I traded in my sailor hat for a mommy hat while serving overseas in the United States Navy.  It seemed as though the entire world was against me; loved ones expressing their disappointment and sharing with me all of my “options”…completely oblivious to my joy and amazement over the gift in my belly.  I was with child and at total peace with it. By no stretch of the imagination was my pregnancy an act of immaculate conception, but at moments I understood what Mary must have felt when she had to convince her husband Joseph and the rest of their community that her pregnancy was a divine occasion. The looks…the stares…the commentary…the disbelief…and no one but God himself can truly understand what you feel inside.
 The women in my life became rocks upon which I was able to lean when the fierce winds of change blew me completely out of the water. Two in particular, my mother and godmother, were angels sent to me from the heavens like gifts sent to Perseus from Zeus to help him survive the wiles of Calibos. My birth mother taught me how to thrive in the physical realm. By her example I learned the ways of the Lioness; I learned to hunt, gather, keep my head above the current, work hard, and sacrifice. My godmother taught me how to thrive in keeping with the spiritual realm. By her example I learned how to pray, meditate, be content, acknowledge God always, respect my elders and know that there is no such thing as coincidence.  In time, following my incubation period under the tutelage of the “great mothers,” God sent me a husband. My nest was expanding. I had brought forth one ancestor already in the form of numberoneson Christopher, and before long came another in the form of my beautiful daughter Vashti.  
Now clad with a husband and two children, I found myself in another fireside chat with my godmother. To my amazement she informed me that I needed to add my maternal grandfather to my ancestral alter, for he would come back through my next child. “Well that’s jacked up to all hell!” I thought to myself.  I hadn’t added him to my alter because frankly I didn’t care for him while he was alive. He was a mean man at times and angry at the world…Ebeneezer Scrooge times 10.  Interestingly, my maternal grandmother is my spirit guide and the dominant energy on my prayer alter. Because I wasn’t planning on having any more children I dismissed these things my godmother said to me about my grandfather. In keeping with the culture, however, I did add him to my alter right beside my Nana and thought nothing else about it. Well, as the universe would have it, two months later on my daughter’s 8-month birthday my husband expressed to me his desire for a third child…and one month later I was pregnant.
 My godmother told me some time ago that my karma in this life was such that all of my children would hail from my own bloodline, not their fathers. I thought about this often throughout my nine month pilgrimage. This pregnancy was the most “chill” of all, choc full of epiphanies and visions about my family and my ancestors. I was obsessed with old photographs of relatives and who they were and how they lived. I knew that my first two children were my ancestors come back but I did not know which ancestors. So I searched for and interviewed family members to decipher whose personalities matched my children’s the most. But THIS baby…this baby baking in my belly fascinated me so because for the first time I actually knew who he was. Not only did I know, but this soul had actually been my grandfather in his past life and I didn’t always dislike him; before I became pregnant with numberoneson we were very close.  It was his disdain over my unwed pregnancy that drove us apart. How ironic that he should come back through me. For the first time I understood what was meant by the euphemism, “The universe has a sense of humor.”
Upon Baby Ayden’s birth, the first thing I noticed was his color. One year into his life he was still several shades lighter than both my husband and I; a beautiful caramel pecan, the exact shade of my grandfather.  “But Africans come in all shades so surely,” I thought to myself, “this is no real indication of reincarnation.” At age 3, I sat an old washed out military photograph of my grandfather in front of Ayden one evening during dinner time.  I told the rest of the family not to say a word. Within minutes after observing the man in the picture Ayden blurted out, “That’s ME mommy!” as he pointed knowingly to my grandfather.  By age 4 Ayden was in speech therapy twice a week for a severe stutter.  After 3 years we grew to love this adorable characteristic of his and after little improvement, he grew tired of therapy so we removed him…and besides, my grandfather stuttered his entire life so Ayden’s stutter was probably more of a tattoo on the soul than a speech impediment…
By age 6 the icing on the cake for my mother and I was when we realized that Ayden didn’t really enjoy sweets like other children and that he had to have raisin bran every morn for breakfast.  He would take 3 licks from a lollipop and give it back, 2 bites out of a piece of gum before spitting it out and throw a tantrum  refusing to eat breakfast if we ran out of raisin bran. Well not only was my grandfather averse to sweets and junk food, but as far back as my young mind can stretch, I watched my grandfather eat raisin bran cereal for breakfast every morning.

Knowledge is power, and in my research I found that my grandfather had a very difficult life.  People who are hurt, hurt other people and this experience gave me a sense of peace and closure regarding my damaged relationship with my grandfather. In turn, I realized that in his new life as Ayden Reed my grandfather would receive all the love and attention to make up for the karma from his past life as George Cole.  A clean slate, so to speak. And deep in my soul I know beyond a shadow of doubt that my grandfather’s spirit communicated with me to let me know he was at peace in his new “situation.” As the universe would have it, one cold winter evening as my family sat quietly enjoying some delicious homemade chilli , Ayden’s favorite, I had a de ja vu experience that shook me to the core and sealed the nail in the coffin (no pun intended). If ever I doubted my godmother’s words, there was not a trace of doubt left in my mind at this point. My grandfather loved good food, and whenever my Nana would cook his favorite meal he would close his eyes, rub his head and hum softly as he ate.  As I sat at my dinner table words cannot express the calm that came over me as I listened to my son hum a familiar tune that sent me spiraling back to my Nana’s dinner table. I looked over at Ayden as he leaned over his bowl, gently caressing the crown of his head with one hand and eating with his other, just like my grandfather used to do. I smiled. We all smiled as Ayden continued to hum ever so sweetly a tune that would nevefr again allow me to forget the fact that the act of giving birth is more than the pains and throes of a woman in parturition. It is a rite of passage from one existence into the next that every human being who enters into the earth must experience. And in the unspoken presence of energies past, present and future, my understanding of the role of a mother changed forever.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

On Love by Kahlil Gibran


My favorite Love Poem of all Time...


      Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love." 


      And he raised his head and looked upon the people,
and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: 


      When love beckons to you follow him, 

      Though his ways are hard and steep. 
      And when his wings enfold you yield to him, 
      Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, 
      Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. 
      For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.

Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. 


      Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, 

      So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself. 
      He threshes you to make you naked. 
      He sifts you to free you from your husks. 
      He grinds you to whiteness. 
      He kneads you until you are pliant; 
      And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast. 
      All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart. 
      But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure, 
      Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor, 
      Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. 
      Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. 
      Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, I am in the heart of God." 
      And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. 
      Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself. 
      But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: 
      To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. 
      To know the pain of too much tenderness. 
      To be wounded by your own understanding of love; 
      And to bleed willingly and joyfully. 
      To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; 
      To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy; 
      To return home at eventide with gratitude; 
      And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Channeling Your Emotions

Thoughts and emotions are closely connected. Depending on our mood, the words we speak can spiral our personal realities out of control - often times unbeknownst to the individual. So many of us are wound tight and ready to react immediately. No good...and knee-jerk reactions to situations imply a deeper issue: frustration with the self, for starters. How often do we know that there's no reason to be depressed, or that our angry response to a situation was not the best solution. We are responsible for our own emotions, yet we are slave to them. We must tap into our our emotions and regain control, Meditate, Channel. Open up your emotional pathways so that you can see beyond the things that frustrate you. By clearing that mental canvas, we learn to distinguish between healthy, problem-solving thoughts and destructive ones. Afterall, thoughts are things that eventually become reality. You think negative, you draw more negativity. You think positive and eventually your woes become wows. Simply put, you must learn to channel your emotions if you ever desire to gain control of them as opposed to your emotions controlling you.

Simple Meditation for Overcoming Emotions
  • Wherever you are, find a comfy sitting or lying position
  • Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for a bit
  • Close your eyes and concentrate on relaxing each part of your body
  • Begin at the tips of your toes and envision the blood flowing throughout your body to the top of  your head, the Crown Chakra (Sanskrit) or your Ori (Yoruba).
  • Once you are focused on your blood flow, tune in to your breathing pattern.
  • Breathe in through your nose (if possible) and out through your mouth, making an "Ohhh"or "Ahhh"sound as you exhale. (DO NOT skip these steps. Breathing is EVERYTHING)
  • Once your breathing is regulated, channel your attention towards your thoughts and feelings. Let them roam free for a while in your mind, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Are these thoughts mostly negative? Full of anxiety? Fear? Worry? Or mostly peaceful?
  • Next, capture your thoughts and move them to the outer space of your mind. This is called Clearing Your Canvas
  • Push all thoughts that try to enter your mind to the outer edges of your mental plane. Do not entertain these thoughts. Release them expeditiously.
  • Try to focus on your clear canvas, that is, the pure space in the center of your mind, 
  • Keeping calm and still, continue this exercise until your canvas is clear. 
  • Next, choose a mantra  to focus on. One that you want to embody or bring into fruition. Some from my personal list are:
    • I am patient and becoming more patient everyday.
    • I give love. I receive love. I am love.
    • No weapons formed against me shall prosper. (For heavy spiritual attacks)
    • Everything is GOOD.
  • Put your mantra in the center of your canvas and chant it quietly to yourself.
  • Feel your mantra become a reality. Make it a reality in your mind.
  • Chant for as long as you are able/comfortable, and then continue to speak your mantra in your mind (or aloud) throughout the day. 
  • Write down your experience in your journal.
By repeating this meditation, you change your current way of thinking over TIME. You cause yourself to begin to believe your mantra so that it becomes your truth. You are now employing the magnificent law of attraction in a positive way. Remember:


Thoughts become ideas.
Ideas become beliefs.
Beliefs become actions.
Actions become behavior.
Behavior becomes habit,
Habit becomes practice.
Practice becomes Character.
Character determines Karma.

Peace be with you.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday Meditation

The Beginner's Mind Meditation
(Clear Your Canvas)
"By meditation upon light and upon radiance, 
knowledge of the spirit can be reached 
and peace can be achieved."
Patanjali, 300B.C.

  • Change into loose, comfy clothing so that your sitting is not restricted in any way
  • Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed
  • Sit comfy on the ground, with your legs outstretched or crossed
  • Close your eyes and concentrate on relaxing each part of your body
  • Begin at the tips of your toes and envision the blood flowing throughout your body to the top of  your head, the Crown Chakra (Sanskrit) or your Ori (Yoruba).
  • Once you are focused on your blood flow, tune in to your breathing pattern.
  • Breathe in through your nose (if possible) and out through your mouth, making an "Ohhh"or "Ahhh"sound as you exhale.
  • Once your breathing is regulated, channel your attention towards your thoughts and feelings. Let them roam free for a while in your mind, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Next, capture your thoughts and move them to the outer space of your mind. This is called "Clear Your Canvas" meditation. 
  • Expeditiously push all thoughts that race for the center of your mind to the outer edges, far left/far right,etc.
  • Try to focus on your clear canvas, that is, the pure space in the center of your mind, entertaining no thoughts that try to invade that space.
  • Keeping calm and still, continue this exercise for 2 to 5 minutes. 
  • Once you reach your calm space, think of something positive you need manifested in your life, one word. Put that word in the center of your mind and think on it. Feel the positive energy emanate from the word into your being. Claim it. Draw it to yourself. Manifest it in your mind. Sit in this manifestation center for 2 to 5 minutes, or as long as your attention span will allow. 
  • When you are done, give thanks to God, the Universe and the Ancestors and close out/seal your prayers with "Amen," "So shall it be,"  "Ase," or the equivalent.
Peace be unto you.

Finding Peace

To meditate is to experience the limitless ability of the mind when it is no longer dominated by our never-ending thoughts, desires, anxieties, fears & wonders. Like the beautiful clear blue sky hidden behind the clouds, if our minds are always clouded by thoughts and things, we never get to truly experience this limitless ability that's so divinely available to us. A clear and peaceful mind is what allows us to see through to and even beyond the bottom of the pool. It is here in this dim lit place where we are formally introduced to our "lower" selves; that part of our being that likes to drag us to the bottom instead of helping us remain afloat. Oh yes! The "Alter-Intro," as I call it, in which we find ourselves wrestling with that part of our psyche that likes to trip us up at times and causes one to question his/her own ability to make sound decisions in certain situations...not ALL... just certain ones. So much to be learned, retained and discarded out of our lives in this space. So much to sift through and ponder and comprehend, and comprehension is key. But at the center of everything...where day meets the night...nestled deep within the corridors of the mind rests tranquility.  It is ever-abundant if only we could make it there...to that place beyond the mountain of the 3 blind witches, beyond Medusa's deadly gaze...beyond, even, the wrestle with the devil at the mountain top. Yes,somewhere over the rainbow we find peace. Along the journey, however, some of us must grow gills & tails...some of us wings...others a second layer of skin in order to survive the elements. Whatever the case, SURVIVE. Do what you must do in this life to attain and maintain your peace, beloved. And when you find it, sit with it awhile...take hold of it and bring it back up to the surface with you. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Morning Meditation (Beginner's Mind)


True change and development is a process. Every single one of us possesses the ability within to evolve and transform, but the vast majority of humans within this matrix lack the wisdom that teaches us how to channel that ability in a manner that is life-producing. So much of what happens to us in this life is beyond our control, hence, we must exert our spiritual energy towards that which is within our control. Daily distractions are intricately woven into the fabric of our society. Like mindless sheep, everyone's running around following each other in and out of Door #1 ("predict the future") or Door #2 ("Undo the Past)", and both doors lead to stagnation. But here's the question I have to ask: How many times does one need to walk through the same door before realizing it's the WRONG door? Hmmmmm. (This tea is FIYAH, tho.)
I often feel like an alien in a strange land. I am surrounded by entities, beings, communities and relationships that are driven by expectation when the key to true peace is to have NO expectation. I hear your inner voice saying, "Well how does one do that???" The answer is so simple that it's complex to comprehend. I mean, who the heck knows what it's like to live a simple life anymore? How simple things could be for us in fabulous moments, such as the one I'm having as I write this, if we could just empty our minds. An empty mind simply does not crave to be filled with stuff, nor does it attach itself to frivolous things. Therefore, an empty mind is baggage free and open to receiving the crucial messages that God and the Universe are constantly trying to get through to us. Let's consider the word open. I love circles and spheres. As a jewelry designer many of my signature pieces have healing stones inside of circles to represent manifestation through openness, as well as continuity from one realm to the next. I wear lots of hoops and spheres on my physical temple as a reminder to be open to spirit...to be consistent, compassionate and open to accepting each new experience every day with a fresh set of eyes. An empty mind in Zen Philosophy is called Shoshin, or a beginner's mind. When we do something over and over again we can lose touch with the infinite meaning of a beginner's mind. When I begin a piece of jewelry with all of my tools and materials in arm's reach, my inspiration stems from the fact that the possibilities of what I could create are endless. When I sit down with a picture in my mind often times or an expectation, I tend to sabotage my own creative flow of being in that moment and allowing my spirit, which knows all things, to guide my hands. When I let go of the wheel, I allow my spirit to birth a creation that will attract the right client at the right time and at the right place, for example. The beginner's mind is sufficient within itself. It is nature's finest. When I read, I read with a new mind. When I observe a picture, I observe with a new mind. When I listen to a friend, I listen with a new mind. When I teach, I teach with a new mind. Where do you start? With me, right here...right NOW...

The Beginner's Mind Meditation
(Clear Your Canvas)
"By meditation upon light and upon radiance, 
knowledge of the spirit can be reached 
and peace can be achieved."
Patanjali, 300B.C.

  • Change into loose,comfy clothing so that your sitting is not restricted in any way
  • Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed
  • Sit comfy on the ground, with your legs outstretched or crossed
  • Close your eyes and concentrate on relaxing each part of your body
  • Begin at the tips of your toes and envision the blood flowing throughout your body to the top of  your head, the Crown Chakra (Sanskrit) or your Ori (Yoruba).
  • Once you are focused on your blood flow, tune in to your breathing pattern.
  • Breathe in through your nose (if possible) and out through your mouth, making an "Ohhh"or "Ahhh"sound as you exhale.
  • Once your breathing is regulated, channel your attention towards your thoughts and feelings. Let them roam free for a while in your mind, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Next, capture your thoughts and move them to the outer space of your mind. This is called "Clear Your Canvas" meditation. 
  • Expeditiously push all thoughts that race for the center of your mind to the outer edges, far left/far right,etc.
  • Try to focus on your clear canvas, that is, the pure space in the center of your mind, entertaining no thoughts that try to invade that space.
  • Keeping calm and still, continue this exercise for 2 to 5 minutes. 
  • Once you reach your calm space, begin to envision a circle. Look through the circle and around the circle. Write the words,"I must clear my mind to free my mind" inside of the circle. Focus and meditate on these words for as long as you feel led to. If the words try to fade or disappear, re-write them. Let nothing enter into your mind accept for this mantra.
  • When you are done, give thanks to God, the Universe and the Ancestors and close out/seal your prayers with "Amen," "So shall it be,"  "Ase," or the equivalent.
Peace be unto you.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Paint Your Life

When you begin with a blank canvas, the possibilities are endless. Painting large murals reminds me of the vast potential of the mind. Your world is as big as the parameters you set for yourself and choose to live within. When my friend Lisa and I first began this mural, I remember looking at the top of the wall and feeling completely overwhelmed. I questioned my creative ability to see this project thru to it's completion. Isnt that how life is? We become so preoccupied with the end result of a thing that we lose sight of the invaluable, gravely underrated PROCESS...for it is indeed this process that actually makes us who we are. I remember reading an interview with Will Smith and hearing words that would change my way of thinking forever. I learned that we all desire to build a wall (success), our very own special wall. However, at the thought of what we might gain we become so overwhelmed and inundated with racing to the finish line that we neglect the fine details and fail to realize what it takes to actually build a perfect wall. Instead of focusing on the completed wall, I must focus on each individual brick that make up that wall...working hard each and every day to lay the best possible brick I can lay...taking pride and putting time into laying each brick, and being grateful for the opportunity. I fully embrace the work of every brick, each day as though it were the last. My motivation is that I know I will one day look up(or down) and realize that I have a perfect wall, and that I gained much wisdom in the process. I applied this wisdom to my creative projects, and ultimately my life. Each day my team and I set aside what we wanted to accomplish for that day and focused on nothing else. We worked hard...we laughed, we cried and I even experienced moments where I wanted to give up; some of our debacles seemed insurmountable...but we did it. 
 Each day...little by little over the course of an entire year...we put in the work...smelling the roses along the way..enjoying every new image that colored our wall. We sat in the glory of every triumph while eating sandwiches at break time, perusing our toil and totally amazed at what the mind can do when we set it free from fear and limitations. What a beautiful experience that added color and depth to my life. Through the slow, methodological, creative process of "building" a mural I learned how to live my life. The universe has its own way of teaching us all that we need to know when we are willing pupils. I am eternally grateful.
There is something quite sacred about that middle of the road too. Definitely something quite spiritual to be said about it. Just think. When you look ahead sometimes the road seems dauntingly uphill. Fear grips you, so you look back but you realize that you've come to far to foolishly entertain the thought of quitting. So, with your heart in one hand and your ego in the other, there you stand at the point of no return. By the time we had completed the entire pencil sketch, the thought of now bringing our mural to life through color seemed impossible. I was mentally drained! Soooooooo much work it would take! But a fresh idea (which I was full of, lol) to an Artist is like food for the soul...Chicken soup, infact...hearty and fortifying. So my inner Artist told me to stop and only focus on that which I set aside for myself each day. She told me to breathe and move forward and to take one day at a time. Henceforth, I wrote down my daily tasks as a daily "To Do" list and stuck to it.. I refused to let the BIG PICTURE overwhelm me. Breeeeathe in, Breeeeeeeathe out.
Just like this scaffold that lifted me up so that I could move forward, we must employ life's tools to propel us forward when we find ourselves stuck in a place. There was no way I could have finished this wall without the help of aids. Similarly, it is impossible for me to complete my daily tasks within my family and community without meditation, prayer and focused intention/work. I often wonder how people try to multitask life on their own...without spiritual tools that are available for our learning and growth. Its just not possible.
Oh, how wonderful the feeling of accomplishment!!! It is like food that fulfills even the deepest hunger. From the blank canvas where hope and intention was key, to the completed WALL which gave birth to feelings of gratitude and accomplishment, triumph and testimony and divine manifestation - I am grateful for every minute of my journey. I am grateful for life and her lessons. I embrace my Sankofa moments that allow me to fetch personal lessons of my past in order to move forward with power into my PRESENT and future. 
Happy Painting! <3