Flight of Freedom!!

June 28, 2012

Source: wwwcastlescrownscottages.blogspot.com.au via Melissa on Pinterest

 

I saw this beautiful image and it made me think about what elevates my thoughts – What give me mental flights of freedom? Sometimes it is just the way the sun shines in the window…sometimes a gooood home cooked meal and sometimes it is a piece of music that sets me free. I am lifted away from the challenges of the day, moment or hour and transformed to a better state.

Prayer and meditation are able to set me free also. As I connect with The Most High God I am lifted away from the troubles of this world to better space that reminds me there is more to this existence than what is physically before me. How blessed I am to have this knowledge and be able to touch this higher space!

What do you do to find freedom? What thoughts and activities “take you away”? I would love to hear about your Visions of Freedom!!

 

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Freedom I See!

June 20, 2012

Freedom is What I see

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I am learning to live free

Living and learning all the meanings of me

As I grow and find inner peace

Stress,  anxiety all making a decrease

I’m Lookin’ inside

 And Gaining a new pride!!

 

On the path 2 find truth in MY universe

Can’t look back, gotta remove reverse

 

’cause there IS hope yes light up ahead

Finding beautiful Grace is where I am led.

Visions of Freedom

It is the beautiful visions of Freedom that will change the world!

Burmese poetry protest, October 2011. Photo: EnglishPen, Creative Commons Licensed

 

As I march onward through this Freedom Season I am reminded that the work is not done.  There are so many around the globe that continue to fight for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to advance in society.  These are things we sometimes take for granted but they are rights that many around the globe are inhibited from expressing.   We must all take time and use our freedom of expression to speak for those who can not!!  I pray that one day we will live in a world that is fair and just where Freedom reigns.  What are your visions of freedom? 

 

Adinkra symbol for Freedom, Independence

Fawohodie Adinkra symbol that represents FREEDOM

 

I encourage you to visit the English Pen website to see all the great work they are doing there to further freedom of speech. Be sure to check out their current campaigns to learn how you can support freedom of speech around the world.

 

This blog post is part of the Visions of Freedom  Blog project.  Be sure to stop by the main page and visit other blogs offering their visions of freedom

Visions of Freedom

June 13, 2012

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Visions of Freedom Blog Hop

Memorial Day, Juneteenth and Fourth of July are all American Holidays that commemorate historically significant days in our country centered around freedom. I have labeled this time of year Freedom Season because of all the celebrations and talk about freedom during this time of the year. Freedom is what our country was founded upon. This is sometimes incomprehensible because it is also the period in history that many Africans had their freedom taken.  There are so many historical dates around the globe that show what people have given to stand for freedom.  As we reflect on these amazing people and moments we can come together and share in the strength shown.  We can take the lessons learned and proceed into a future full of freedom for all persons around the world.

Over at KiaraBlu we have established a special place in celebration of “Freedom Season”. Kiarablu has partnered with Goddess Angelika to sponser a Blog Hop and ongoing conversation on twitter about Freedom. We would love to have you join the hop and conversation. What do you think Freedom looks like? What does it mean to you?

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Ok so here we are at the end and I had a really hard time with Z!!!   So I leave you with a ZoomDo – a  craft to create your very own Adinkra t-shirt to sport this summer.   It is a pretty simple activity and over at PBS kids they have instructions for creating a  an Adinkra stamp and then use fabric paint to design your t-shirt.    The design process can be used for other creative projects like wall art.    Enjoy!!

 

 

Adinkra t-shirt craft

Zoom Do

I came across this cute Adinkra Magnet  craft over at the blog  Sacred Arts.  I love that it is simple but allows the crafter to create a colorful  Adinkra magnet as beautiful dimensional expressions.   Cori Lynn  offers a great tutorial with pictures on how to create these magnets using inexpensive coasters glue and a magnetic sheet.   The most time-consuming part of this project is allowing the glue to dry.  I have put this one on our list of crafts to include when we study West Africa!!  I think you could take this craft and use it to create many different unique magnets…Chineese letters, Yoruba numbers,  Swahili words and sooooo much more.  So head over to Sacred Arts and get started !  Please share the pics of all your beautiful creations and I promise to update here as we create our magnets too!!

Adinkra symbol Magnets

Adinkra Magnets from Sacred Arts

africa

africa (Photo credit: qudsiya k)

The letter X was the hardest letter to find a topic to post about ….all I could think about was X marks the spot.  This is because my children love hiding and hunting for items…..detctive games and archeology adventures abound here.   Lots of sneaky, peaky walking and giggles abound!  Maps are truly part of our households idea of fun!

We have been studying the map of Africa during our Africa School lessons.   I think it is important for my children to understand that Africa is not a country!  Our first lesson was to study the five regions.  We colored and “puzzled” together the entire continent.  Our last lesson was about the Northern part of the continent.  We have idetified all the countries in North Africa and  the next session will be to create and label a pin map.

There is a wonderful site called Mega Maps  which  offers maps of the world availble for  download. The site offers visitors the option of creating maps of any size from 1 page to 7 ft across.   They are great to  use for teaching the children in your life about world geography.  Helping them to understand the many countries of the world and where they are located expands the world view of youth.   One great hands on activity my children loved was to  take the African map  – cut each region apart and glue them back together.  This can be done for all the contients and put into a goeography book for them to review and enjoy.  

 Teach the Children about the world

A Unique Map of Africa Design

I love scarves!!  Wrapping one around my head or neck is such a great feeling for me!  It just adds that little touch of duafe for me!   I am always on the hunt for new ways to drape or wear a scarf.   Some of this probably is rooted in being a native of the state of New York where we have soooo many cold days.  As a young girl I always admired how the beautiful women in my life would make winter scarfs look GOOD!!  I think it has become a quiet obsession for me.

So with all that said when I came across the video below  I was soooo happy!!  It is like scarf heaven for me.   So much duafe to imitate and try!!  I just love the presentation … how did she synchronize these blocks?????

 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  Are you a scarf lover?  What is your favorite way to display your scarf Duafe??

War Horn

Akoben represents vigilance

As the A to Z Challenge draws to a close I would like to take this space to extend a challenge to my readers.  Become vigilant for opportunities to promote positive energy.  I think we can all help  make the world the positive place we want it to be  by actively working to find ways to do good through our words and actions!    

Akoben is the adinkra symbol that represents vigilance.  It is the war horn that reminds us to be ready…..I think we all can become more vigilant about  where we can make positive change.  If we actively look for opportunities in our everyday lives to promote positive words, thoughts and actions we will collectively move the ball forward in the right direction.

 

 

So my friends take up the positive “war horn” as you go to work, school and shopping.   Let me know where you found opportunities to promote the positive!!