“These days, a premium is being placed on whether White kids might feel bad about their own heritage after learning about things like American genocide, slavery or internment. But no one asks what it’s like for minority kids to learn about these things. When I was growing up inside internment camps, my parents tried to shield me from the horror of what was happening. I even recited the Pledge of Allegiance daily from a classroom inside the barbed wire. ‘With liberty and justice for all,’ I said, not grasping the irony. - George Takei
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” - Zora Neale Hurston
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” -Desmond Tutu
- May Peace Prevail in the New Year. May Peace Prevail On Earth #maypeaceprevailonearth #spreadpositivity #happynewyear2022 #thepeacepoleproject
Hello Monitor readers,
Happy 2022!!!! Yes, happy and will improve 2022! And, sooner than later we will thaw-out on many different levels that seem to be freezing and holding us in challenging situations, patterns, and in uncommon manners. Our New Year greeted me with a bitter bone-chilling reminder of Dr. M. L. King, Jr.’s words that “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” We continue to struggle, hear and see painful truths regarding climate change, the need to transform our health care system, acknowledging North American history without shame, guilt, and/or rage, and on and on, like our current political-stuck-ness of ideologies and the ongoing denial of women’s equality to men or the gift of self-identifying. It is both our minds and hearts that are in need of thawing-out. The thawing-out can be brightly warm with uplifting 21st century truths and respectful values instead of being dreadful with outdated fearful untruths and misleading values.
To start the year, I enlisted two young bright rising sparks of light to share their wisdom and insights to prepare us for an improve year of hope, understanding, self-care and respect, care, and love for others and our planet. I asked Kieran Morris to share insights on environment justice and/or climate change from his generation perspective. The following is the first of three parts from a gifted community artist and urban farmer/gardener:
From Kieran Morris
In her novel, “Parable of The Sower,” Octavia Butler wrote: “All that you touch, you change. All that you change changes you.” The quote speaks to the immense power of small interactions, of proximity and detail, the way that every thread of life is woven together to create a bigger picture that we each interpret in our own way.
We’ve all been given a lot to parse out in the last few years - plague, domestic violence, foreign war and a lack of basic human necessities in a country that names itself First World. And yet, hope is never totally absent. It remains, in people’s joy and dedication to their art and practice, growing unnoticed into our daily lives like blades of grass through blocks of concrete. We often forget our power to cultivate this hope, to create something positive and measurable in the face of great uncertainty.
Zooming into our corner of the Midwest, at our land of lakes and fraternal Twin Cities, the big picture is a little faded, and singed around the edges. In the northwoods, oil pipelines spill poison into the earth, and despair into Indigenous communities. In the cities, the state steals souls and redlines communities. This turmoil has drawn out the bloodthirsty four horsemen of police brutality, educational deficiency, military intervention and public violence, where they’ve rampaged through neighborhoods and communities, shattering the peace for people across the board.
And yet, hope is never totally absent…
Part two of The Green Dawn continues in the February issue.
Kieran can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Theresa Thompson Nix
Theresa Thompson Nix, known as Queen Tea, is a contributor with Breathe Deep Within. She is an artist, advocate, and soul medic for communities served and under-served. Her passion is to rebuild health and wellness in everyBODY one breath at a time. I asked Theresa to share her wisdom for nourishment and community love for 2022:
As a soul medic, I provide rapid response in the community as a bearer of light. I respond as a safe stabilizing presence when people are experiencing high blood pressure, dysregulated nervous systems and confusion.
I spent time in deep meditation for the health of our city at the end of 2021. I observed an overwhelming number of people reported feeling numb or jaded.
My words of focus for 2022 are rejuvenation, recreation and re-establishment.
Healing isn’t simple, but it is available to all of us through community care, self-reflection and cultural practice.
I am encouraging everyone to create an emotional wellness kit or safe zone in their home or community for 2022. If you have felt numb or jaded too, perhaps a theme for your sacred space can mirror the healing properties of jade which include stability, love, nurturing, good luck, friendship, and self- sufficiency.
Transforming any of our deep negative emotions into the pure potential energy of jade restores our personal power.
Creating a self-care kit can be part of your family or self-care journey. This could look like a mobile sacred table or a backpack filled with items of inspiration, healing and truth correlating to the elements of fire, water, air and earth.
Whatever positive intentions you choose are right for you. There is still time to put healthy intentions into practice this month. For example, in numerology, Jan. 11 opens a portal of positive new beginnings. As a love letter to my community, I am declaring my color of inspiration for 2022 is jade green. Jade is an energetic and sacred mineral. The energetic properties of jade include love, nurturing, good luck, friendship, stability and self-sufficiency.
Theresa’s most recent work titled “Soul Travel: Deep Breathing as a Sacred Expedition Toward Black Joy” is published in the Black Literacy Matters Anthology of Minnesota Voices. Her blog space called Soul Sessions with Queen Tea is available at www.breathedeepwithin.com. You can join Queen Tea for free Zoom-based breathwork class with licensed meditation facilitator LaDonna Funderburke Mondays, Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Classes are free, in partnership with the Cultural Wellness Center’s Backyard Community Health Hub. Learn more at www.breathedeepwithin.com.
Keep positive vibrations flowing
I am grateful that Kieran and Theresa were willing and cheerfully accepted my invitation to energize my first column of the year. I wish us all a healthy and grounded year of wellness, joy, abundance, healing, forgiveness, and love as we work, play, and grow together. And, please send a note to our Governor and Lt. Governor to halt and stop operations of Pipeline 3. We have the knowledge, capacity, and abilities of utilizing alternative green and clean energy; our kids, grandchildren, and generations to come will thank us for transforming our sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Keep the positive vibrations flowing and stay optimistic!!!!
May Peace Be In the Rondo, Frogtown, Hamline/Midway, Como, & Surrounding Communities...
May Peace Be In Our Homes & Communities…
May Peace Prevail On Earth (MPPOE)!!!!
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