The Pursuit Of Peace : Mental Health Wellness

This is the first blog I have written on this Global Fusion Productions site in almost a year because the upkeep, the money put into it and the constant back and forth dealing with others to work on it just became overwhelming in taking away my joy to continue to put my all into it, so I took a mental health break in pursuit of peace and mental wellness. Sometimes the best gift we can give to ourselves is knowing when to tap out right in time to be able to come back healed into a full recovery. This Sunday with great feelings of a “Sunday Kind Of Love”, has brought me back here with a lot of thought about life and mental health wellness.  As I awoke feeling great from a good night sleep in my bed, which I had not slept in for weeks because I chose the couch, or the couch chose me…LOL; I realized how fragile life can be on so many levels in its give and take. Hearing of my Godson’s asthma attack and knowing that I have not seen him in awhile to tell and show him just how much I love him, and replaying in my head last night’s conversations with my lovely New York City teacher girlfriends about people in our inner circles committing suicide and how as teachers they have to make sure to take mental health days as sick days because they have to deal with school systems that do not allow them to find happiness in their work because it is a system that operates as just a daily prison/halfway house for students/inmates all thrown together without getting the proper individual attention, can become mentally overwhelming for anyone, especially those who are entrusted to build the future. Reading  L’Wren Scott’s story in The Post, receiving an announcement from my prep school that one of our own, Jeffrey Corzine had committed suicide, hearing about Adam Lanza’s father’s story about his son, and reading how African descendants are least likely to seek help for mental illness or even have access to help; I realize why many African descendants worldwide are in the state of Sankofa ; reaching back to our global African traditions of faith and healing in building a mental health balance that is centered in peace, while telling the stories of its existence in our past and present.

“I always say luxury is a state of mind,” Scott told The Sunday Times of London last November. “Because for me, it really is. It’s legroom, it’s a beautiful view, it’s great food at a great restaurant you’ve discovered because you obsessively read Zagat, as I do.” L’Wren Scott

Luxury is a state of mind that is affordable to those who have mental peace to shelter them from the storm of chaos in internal and external pulls…Luxury is a state of mind that is relative to the mind. Life in of itself is luxury in our state of living it!

We should all put in the most work toward our mental health wellness because it is the foundation of life. When your mind is not at peace or you are unable to find that balance of having peace as a foundation in times of chaos and mental strain, it can allow inward and outward forces of chaos and strain to destroy you. L’Wren Scott in her full fabulosity world and so many others have shown us that money or the lack of, can not afford one peace when the mind is not at peace. We must have a foundation in some kind of faith to hold onto to shelter our mental peace. Be thankful for having life by putting in the work of building its core in a mental foundation at peace. We  can all find that place of Chi, Zen or peace in consuming ourselves with the things and people that give, receive and represent tangible and honest love in our lives. For me I find mental peace in prayer and meditation as much as in cooking, being surrounded by loved ones and making a clean house and space to lay my head for my mind to rest. I’m thankful for finding my  love back in my work  again, in building foundations and telling our stories. I’m thankful for having peace through faith, knowing that spirits guide and having them to hold onto in times of chaos has gotten me through to move forward instead of giving up!

Today and everyday I wish us all the guidance and shelter of Orula- The Orisha and protective saint against mental illness. May we all find faith to hold on to, to get us through in our times of need.

Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it’s a star shining by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from now. This is called faith. Even when it’s easier to let go, hold on to Great Spirit’s hand…. You will receive everything you need at the right time.” -Shakti Priestess ૐ

 

Orula possesses and personifies wisdom, but he’s also a powerful healer. He works with herbs and roots to cure people.  His colors are yellow and green, and his eleke (beaded necklace) is made of yellow and green beads, alternating.  Men and women who’ve received the mano de Orula or cofá de Orula wear a simple yellow and green beaded bracelet on the left wrist to protect them from premature death.  Orula knows the moment when everyone is destined to die, and those who wear theidé (bracelet) of Orula on the left wrist won’t be carried off by mistake by Ikú (death).  Orula protects against mental illness and insanity. In the Catholic religion, he’s syncretized with St. Francis of Asis, whose feast day is October 4.  On October 4, it’s important for all the godchildren of a Babalawo to visit him and offer him some kind of derecho (money or gift) to honor Orula. The traditional gift is two coconuts and two candles. In the home, Osún is often kept next to Orula as a guardian.  Those who have received cofá or mano de Orula should attend to Orula in a formal way once a month, usually when the moon is new.  He receives red palm oil and honey, and we burn two candles in his honor while we whisper prayers and special requests to him.  In some lineages, Orula’s day of the week is Sunday, but in other houses, every day of the week is Orula’s.READ MORE 

Rest well in an environment that invites Peace. GoodNight! Happy Sunday Kind Of Love!

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