by Jemitra Hairston
Below is a manifesto I wrote a year ago. It’s a combination of things I’ve discovered during my 36 years on the planet and the words of some wise, wise women–Heathyre, Tazima, Takeyah, Simone, Ayo, and more.
Living well is about having the healthiest body, mind and spirit that you can have. Health is important because health promotes longevity and with longevity comes wisdom. Living well is also knowing that happiness is not something you’re supposed to strive for. It’s something you’re supposed to let in.
Find ways to reconnect with your authentic self. Become your own favorite subject and find ways to turn yourself on.
When we connect with ourselves, we realize that we are the nature we have been looking for. We are the nature wherever we are. We are air. We are earth. We are fire. We are water. But as long as we don’t know that, we will be synthetic and technology will be more attractive than unifying with the divine and tuning in to our own psychic abilities.
Every living and non-living thing has a story. We are a bunch of interconnected stories, interacting and reinforcing each other. Don’t merely try to connect with another person, realize that the connection is already there.
Recognize that every relationship is an incredible opportunity for you to grow. Learn how to tune in to yourself and watch the quality of your relationships transform. When you acknowledge your desires and tap into your juiciness, you will find a partner who supports you in doing so.
Figure out what your core values are. Then let everything you do be an extension of those values. Your values will help you establish standards. When you have standards in place, it is easier to make decisions about what is happening in your life. As a result, you won’t go through your days doing things that are radically different from your vision of them.
We have a purpose that we were born into this life to do. There’s only one person who can deliver that special gift to the world. That person is you.
Success is about much more than having the job, the car, the house, the husband and cash. Those things are fleeting. Create a new definition of success that is based on something more permanent, but less tangible. As you redefine what success means keep in mind that you are much more than what you do to earn a living. Also, it is possible for you to earn your kale and quinoa by living the fullest expression of yourself.
You are the sole expert on who you are and what you should be doing at any given moment in time. Instead of listening to what goes on externally come within and see what’s going on in there. In accepting responsibility for your life, you lose the ability to blame other people when things go wrong. Also, no one else gets the credit when things go right.
Trust is truth in action. Start walking and the path will appear. Your internal compass will guide you and the divine will nudge you back on track if you get stuck.
Junk any form of media that makes you feel fearful, anxious or inadequate. Have propaganda which supports your ideals and your purpose rather than allowing someone to come in and dump garbage in your living room.
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