KWANZAA AFTER DARK: DAY 3

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Habari gani?  This is the question you ask your family, friends, and community at the beginning of each day of Kwanzaa.  In the language kiswahili, it translates to “What’s the news?” 

Your response is simply whatever day of Kwanzaa it is.  So this morning, you responded: “Ujima!”  Tomorrow you respond “Ujamaa!”

DAY 3 – UJIMA:  COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY

*Note:  If the images above appear blurry, please visit my previous post for a clearer view.

Peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learned,

Shila Iris

P.S. Divide and conquer has been a very useful tactic in taking from people of Afrikan descent.  We can fight this!  Let the circle be unbroken.  Fix yourself, so that we can all be together.  I’m in my healing flow, you know?

KWANZAA AFTER DARK: DAYS 1 & 2

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I love to say kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-lee-yuh). ♥ ♥  It rolls off my tongue very nicely.  So, here I am, Shila Iris, hey ya’ll!!!!  You know I rocks with Kwanzaa on this blog.  Check it out.

DAY 1 – UMOJA: UNITY

DAY 2 – KUJICHAGULIA:  SELF-DETERMINATION

I am Shila Iris.  I should name myself! 🙂

 

GOODNIGHT: Erykah Badu

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LYRICS: Click here.

Thank you for coming here,

I am Shila Iris
Midnight hour 12:12

P.S. Do you ever feel like the English language doesn’t have the words to express what you are feeling?  Like, it’s not your native tongue?  But it’s your first language, the one you’ve been taught, but somehow, it isn’t fulfilling?  Get at me.

Word is Bond [12]

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Ebb and flow…

What if spirituality was learning how to keep the peace in the face of challenge?
Having been through so much pain, my reaction isn’t the same.
Having been through heartbreak and betrayal,
and having had my life flipped, my reflection isn’t the same.
Having lost and gained, and lost again, I learned what God can do.
My spirit isn’t the same.  Changing faces, shifting perspectives,
these things only made me better.  They made me whole, again.

What if nothing in the world was against you?  Every experience was happening to make you grow?

Modern-day thoughts and proverbs by Shila Iris ♥

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No one ever leaves you…

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All these memories, too much to lose
I don’t need faith, I just want you…

Old man, let me wipe your eyes
I’ve never seen you cry

Old friend, in our own sweet time
We’ll say a good, goodbye
All my life, I know by now

All these memories, too much to lose
No one ever leaves you
I don’t need faith, I don’t need truth
No one ever leaves you

You’d say, this is all there is
And every time you’d blink, you’d miss
another piece of this wondrous world

All I’d ask is why you’d leave so soon
Everybody seems to
I don’t need faith, I just want you
No one ever leaves you

Everybody raise a glass, oh, here’s to a good goodbye
Everybody raise a glass, oh, here’s to a good goodbye
Everybody raise a glass, oh,  here’s to a good goodbye
Oh, everybody raise a glass, oh

All these memories too much to lose
No one ever leaves you
I don’t need faith, I don’t need truth
No one ever leaves you
I don’t need faith, I just want proof

Goodnight and goodbye…

Shila Iris

P.S. Dedicated to everyone who has ever been a part of my life, and for those who have crossed my path. Thank you.

Word is Bond [10]

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The company you keep.
Sucka free.  Drama free.

I am a better friend, a better love, a better sister, a better daughter, a better companion, a better everything!  Every single day, I learn something new about myself, I learn something new about you too.

I am extremely grateful to have people around me who believe in me and say the most wonderful things to me, daily.  I had to find my way back to my people.  For a while, I was distracted!  I am big on loyalty and trust.  I don’t change friends often.  The same people have been with me since middle school, since college, for many years now.  They are my family.

My mom always said, “choose your friends wisely.”  My intuition allowed me to choose the greatest friends, the ones who would be there no matter what.  True love, unconditional.  

When opposites attract and live harmoniously.  

Modern-day proverbs and thoughts by Shila Iris ♥

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6 Fantastically Appealing Women 2019

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These days I am very mindful of the things I consume.  I have sensitive eyes, ears, and tastes.  My heart is seeking purity at the highest level.  With an open spirit, I attract great energy and truth.  In my world, this intelligence knows no boundaries.  With each person I come into contact with, I find a positive vibration, even in the darkest of hearts and even when it’s hard to see from behind the masks that we all wear.  I find the duality in all things.  There are lessons to be learned.  Everyone is a teacher.  Allow the light into your life!

Meditate (to think, to ponder, to fix attention) on this powerful feminine persuasion…


United States Representative Ilhan Omar

Activist Tamika Mallory 

Academic Kaouthar Darmoni 

Spiritual Scholar Kamil Oshundara 

Entrepreneur Dawn Dickson 

Gender Activist & Author Samina Ali 

Stay tuned… I have my eyes fixed on 6 wonderfully appealing men as well.

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I am Shila (shy-lah) Iris

Word is Bond [9]

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… music that inspires higher stages of consciousness…

Modern-day proverbs and thoughts by Shila Iris ♥

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Word is Bond [7]

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Love for self.  When you love yourself, everything changes.

Modern day proverbs and thoughts by Shila Iris

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I See God In You…

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“I want to go to a place where I have nothing and everything, that exists between here and nowhere.  I want to go to a place where I’m suspended in ecstasy… I want to go to a place between dark and light, where wrong becomes right.  I want to go to a place where time has no consequences.  I want to go to a place where I can hold the intangible, and let go of the pain with all my might.  I want to live inside the glow.” 

To my dear family…

… and to anyone who wants to wake up.

Judith, Dalmira, Rosemary, Lesley Marie, Zarina Asha aka Tamika, Kavel, Gregory Wayne, Alexander, Eric Seth, Aaron, Brandon, Bobby, Imhotep, Kitwana, Kwame…

India Arie is on tour ya’ll!

My intentions are pure, I assure you.  I am filled with gratitude, appreciation, and truth.  Peace.

Thank you for visiting.

I am Shila Iris

Word is Bond [5]

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Modern day proverbs and thoughts by Shila Iris

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Word is Bond [4]

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Give me the truth, I give it right back, in many creative forms.  It’s magic.  ♥

Modern day proverbs and thoughts by Shila Iris

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Word is Bond [3]

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His message, her message…

I know there’s a lot to be angry about in this world, but let’s talk about how you feel and why.  When you shout I can’t hear you at all.

It is my mission to keep my cool.   I only raise my voice when I’m speaking passionately, but really, not even then.  I find that as I get deeper into my spiritual practices, the desire to shout has faded.  I just want peace of mind.

Modern day proverbs and thoughts by Shila Iris
(inspired by my favorite Author Ayi Kwei Armah)

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P.S. But I will check you, with a calm tone!  Don’t come for me!  Lol.

Word is Bond [2]

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… and because he knew this, he and I were together for a long time.  Who doesn’t desire freedom?  The freer, the closer.

Modern day proverbs and other thoughts by Shila Iris 

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To suffer a death-like experience and be reborn, a beautiful mind forms…

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A continuous process of spontaneous growth

My thoughts unfold
revealing stories
knowing of enemies
knowing of friends

Having neither,
I abandon the trend of opinion

Throw caution to the wind
for an intimate experience

These mysteries are taboo
I find the voodoo that renews, the truth

is simple when observed from a safe distance
in close quarters, it is hard to define

Possibilities from a point of view
active forces shaping reality

I stare,
into your eye

Choosing life is sometimes goodbye

Walking along the lines of a beautiful mind,
my heart is as light as a feather

I see numbers, red dots and patterns
deciphering while I’m cyphering

I subtract, then add, instead
having nothing, I have it all

This little light of mine, it shines
I praise dance with my hands in the sky

Summoning, the sum total
the evenness of the odds

The electricity, the heartbeat, I am
one plus one, you, two plus two
Six times, I’ve
chosen this life, this form,
the dark heart of a panther
illuminating when penetrated

Indigo golden rod in the hands of, the
magician disappears
a dying god,
brings peace of mind,
eleven times, I’ve
known for two thousand seasons

Through several lives, I’ve
seen the best when it was the worst
is one in the same
The energy can be

can flow

through me, let go
come to, come be

open your eyes and

breathe me.

Thank you for coming!  I am grateful.