Love Temple Wisdom No. 29

"Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment. The importance of this has been completely forgotten: even religious holidays have been transformed into opportunities to go to the beach or the park or skiing.  There are no more rituals.  Ordinary actions can no longer be transformed into manifestations of the sacred.  We cook and complain that it's a waste of time, when we should be pouring our love into making that food.  We work and believe it's a divine curse, when we should be using our skills to bring pleasure and to spread the energy of the Mother." Paulo Coelho
“Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment.
The importance of this has been completely forgotten: even religious holidays have been transformed into opportunities to go to the beach or the park or skiing. There are no more rituals. Ordinary actions can no longer be transformed into manifestations of the sacred. We cook and complain that it’s a waste of time, when we should be pouring our love into making that food. We work and believe it’s a divine curse, when we should be using our skills to bring pleasure and to spread the energy of the Mother.”
Paulo Coelho

Today’s mantra: I am peace.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

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

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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