Love the Trees

Longwood Trees Sign 12.14.13

I was so inspired by this sign on a recent trip to the magnificent Longwood Gardens with my brother, a fellow nature-lover. Trees are very dear to me and I view them as our ancestors – filled with wisdom and so many earth stories. I give them my respect and love.

Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times.

Photograph by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright Ajua Hawkins 2013-2014

Sunday Church No. 13

Lock eyes with the Sun and spark your inner fire.
Lock eyes with the Sun…

As I sat on a stump in the valley and hummed the ohm, my spirit told me to stand up and look into the Sun. Once my eyes adjusted, rainbow rings radiated from its exquisite form.  I began to feel warm. I discovered that if you lock eyes with the Sun, He will spark your inner fire.

Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

How I Keep Menses Sacred

Waterfall

For most of my life, because my menses was never regular, and honestly because I wasn’t very aware of my body, I was unable to connect some of the turmoil occurring in my life to my unnatural menstrual cycle.  It wasn’t until my husband (at the time boyfriend) began asking all sorts of questions about the female body and its processes that I gave it any serious thought.  In fact he was the one, after watching a morning news show on menstruation, who informed me that I was indeed not “crazy” but just under the influence of hormones.  Once I began getting serious about my spiritual journey and more in tune with my body, I started to research the sacredness of this natural ritual and why I should protect myself at this very vulnerable time of the month.

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Basic Goodness

Buddha at the Butterfly Farm, Aruba

In my first Contentment in Everyday Life class, a prerequisite to The Way of Shambhala series of courses, our teacher Jude Robison spoke about “basic goodness.”  Her explanation of this phrase immediately brought up within me a flurry of ideas – hell and damnation, fire and brimstone, original sin, guilt, fear, repentance, atonement, the cloaked-in-red-pitchfork-carrying-devil…  Jude’s eternally optimistic face and oozing basic goodness snapped me back to the present.  She taught us that basic goodness is something we all share.  However, sometimes we can become disconnected from it.

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