Paying Homage to the Ancestors

Lavendar for Oshun
Lavender for Oshun

As a teenager, I always admired the way my Indian friend’s family paid respect to their ancestors and religious deities.  Her family had an entire room dedicated to worship, and beautiful, elaborate religious paintings hung throughout their home. In recent years I’ve come up with my own way of acknowledging and paying respect to my ancestors which include, deceased family members of direct lineage, cultural kin such as Malcolm X and Harriet Tubman, and spiritual guides like Oshun, the Elements, and angels. I like to pay homage to Oshun, very appropriately at the river bank, by bringing a token of gratitude and verbally expressing thankfulness. This practice reminds me that we are not alone and that our ancestors watch over and guide us daily.

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

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

Sunday Church No. 24: Happy Father’s Day!

One who is ready to go on the exploration called truth has to be ready also to commit many errors, mistakes – has to be able to risk.  One may go astray, but that is how one arrives.  Going many, many times astray, one learns how not to go astray.  Committing many mistakes one learns what is a mistake and how not to commit it.  Knowing what is error, one comes closer and closer to what is truth.  It is an individual exploration; you cannot depend on other’s conclusions. – Osho
One who is ready to go on the exploration called truth has to be ready also to commit many errors, mistakes – has to be able to risk. One may go astray, but that is how one arrives. Going many, many times astray, one learns how not to go astray. Committing many mistakes one learns what is a mistake and how not to commit it. Knowing what is error, one comes closer and closer to what is truth. It is an individual exploration; you cannot depend on other’s conclusions. – Osho

Dedicated to my father Dr. Edward James McNeil.
Thank you for loving me through it all!

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2013 Ajua Hawkins