Sunday, November 23, 2008

an affirmation for Sunday (or anyday)

The simplest and most obvious prayer is a request to God that the adversity end and that one be restored to health. Such prayers often involve "affirmations." There is a considerable psychological literature on the healing power of affirmations, and many cancer patients use them. Here is a beautiful Navajo prayer that uses affirmation:

O you who dwell In the house made of the dawn,
In the house made of the evening twilight . . .
Where the dark mist curtains the doorway,
The path to which is on the rainbow . . .
I have made your sacrifice.
I have prepared a smoke for you.

My feet restore for me.
My limbs restore for me.
My body restore for me.
My mind restore for me.
My voice restore for me.

Today, take away your spell from me.
Away from me you have taken it.
Far Off from me you have taken it.

Happily I recover.
Happily my interior becomes cool.
Happily my eyes regain their power.
Happily my head becomes cool.
Happily my limbs regain their power.
Happily I hear again.
Happily for me the spell is taken Off.

Happily I walk.
Impervious to pain, I walk.
Feeling light within, I walk . . .
In beauty I walk.
With beauty before me, I walk.
With beauty behind me, I walk.
With beauty below me, I walk.
With beauty all around me, I walk.

It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Finding your purpose in the midst of stress and chaos

Somedays I wake up and it is hard to find my place or purpose. These are days filled with self doubt and fear and they'renot good days, but the plus is having the faith, strength, courage and belief that God will guide me through it. Everyday, my faith is deepened or better yet my understanding about faith is deepening. Simply, I understand now that these days will occur but if you have faith you believe that you will get through the tought times. Here are a few excerpts of words of encouragement from our Soul Purpose coach April Robinson. She is a glimmer of hope and she is always right on time. I hope you find some encouragement in April's words.

Good evening Nadine
I pray all is well, I know you are busy but you are my sister and i want to make sure all things are well. Just want to send an encouraging to you tonight, "Stay Encourage and Keep your eyes on the prize". I was reflecting on last year around this time and I how God was aligning things up for my life and continues to- only a daily basis. Nadine, I realize more and more, that it essential to trust God's promise in Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of whose who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.". It is a good feeling to know that whatever may come in our way that God causes them to work together for His purpose. Nadine we do not have to overload ourselves with things (especially the ones out of our contol) with worry and stress.
Just wanted to send love and encouragement.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Miriam Makeba

I absolutely adored Miriam Makeba and was saddened to hear that she passed earlier this week. I wanted to share with my community this email that I just sent to to reflect on her value in my life.

Dear Sean,
I am so delighted to read your email, I was so personally saddened to learn of the news of Miriam Makeba's death. I was so touched and sad.
I was born in Trinidad with parents of Grenadian decent. My mother loved Miriam's music and it is probably the only music that I clearly remember from my childhood. Miriam Makeba's music is the music of my soul, its melodies, rhythms and lyrics touch my heart and my soul in a way that no other music ever has. I can still remember that "click-click' song. She is an icon for me, maybe the way African American's may love Billie Holiday, Miriam Makeba was my icon, my vision of beauty. She was a positive beautiful black woman and it made me proud and comforted me to think of her.
I am actually going to go on Amazon and search for those recordings of my childhood today. I believe that my brother gifted me with her book a few years ago. I am committed to finding it and reading it.
Thank you for asking,

Afropop Encourages You to Reflect on life & times of Miriam Makeba

As you probably know, Miriam Makeba, one of Africa’s all-time great artists, ambassador for the continent, and pioneering political activist, died on Sunday. There are dozens of career summaries and press reports published (google “Miriam Makeba Dies at 76”). We are asking the SVN community to send in your own reflections or memories of this extraordinary artist. We will publish them later in the week on and send them to the Makeba family. For the story of her life in her own words, I highly recommend her autobiography “Makeba, My Story.” Two of my favorite albums from the latter part of her career are “Sangoma” and “Homeland.”

Sean Barlow, Exec. Producer: “The last time I saw Miriam perform was in Soweto on Easter Monday 2004. I was in South Africa reporting on the tenth anniversary of the end of apartheid and the beginning of the new non-racial democracy spotlighted by the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. The theme of the concert in Soweto that day was “South African Divas” and featured the greats of South African women singers. The crowd was almost entirely black and we felt very much welcomed. I felt so lucky to be there. One by one the ladies took the stage and gave stellar performances—Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Dorothy Masuka & Dolly Rathebe, (who along with Miriam were the fabulously successful Skylarks in the 1950’s), the Mahotella Queens, Brenda Fassie (her last performance), Thandiswa, and to cap the evening, Miriam. The audience up front pressing against the fence were mostly teenage girls. Despite their two generation age gap, these girls were transfixed, their faces glowing. To bridge a 50 something age difference is no small feat. I wondered what was going through their heads—enjoyment of the songs, an electric feeling of being close to an icon who meant so much for the anti-apartheid struggle internationally and nationally, a role model of how a woman could rise to the top of her field. Probably all the above. For the girls in Soweto that day and for everyone whose music and life she touched, thank you Mama Africa!! Please add your own reflections:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hold another sister's hand.

Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller.

We all travel on personal journeys in search of realizing our visions, pursuing our dreams and defining our purpose. As women these journeys can be overwhelming as we try to juggle the demands of family, children, community and personal care, struggling to achieve balance. What many women have realized globally is that supporting each other and collaborating often makes the challenges a little easier and much more “do-able’. I encourage you today to reach out to another sister in your community, lend a helping hand on her journey, you might be amazed at the blessing it can be in your own life.
Mu Soul Purpose is to help other women along the way on my journey, because I believe that we will all be blessed if we live "right" in our communities.
Much love today,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Yes we can, yes we did!

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Dear Soul Purpose Community,
We are so blessed to be in the water together and to be blessed to be alive on this day in history. We have made history in electing Barak Obama, what a wonderful time to be alive.
Barak Obama is an example to us all and beacon of light and hope for the future.
I feel hopeful more than ever that we can be and will be successful at Soul Purpose; yes we can!
Much love in celebration,