Juneteenth a time to celebrate a moment in time of liberation. A time to lament what the ancestors endured and the ancestral pain that is carried.
Take 15-30 minutes (longer time for practice is even better) for some Spiritual,
Self Care/Meditation practice to be in your body and get in tune with the energy of emotions that reside within.
First prepare the space you will do this. Part of practice is setting the intention and preparation. It is like cooking. You need the ingredients, right?
Light a candle or incense. Lower the lights. Or open windows. See what you need to have a calming/sacred space.
Sit and take 3 deep cleansing breaths.
Click the link below to listen to the poem "Emancipation" as your mantra and focus. Listen intently to each word and see what arises.
Then close your eyes and visualize a white light washing over your whole body.
Then take 3 cleansing breaths.
Ask for forgiveness of creating suffering in others. You may express this out loud or say it in your mind.
Take 3 cleansing breaths. If sound will come out allow that as well.
Then picture a white light washing over your body again.
Ask forgiveness of yourself for harming yourself when you engage in oppressive behavior. You may express this out loud or say it in your mind.
Then stay in that quiet space and see what arises.
If you need to cry do so this means your body is cleaning itself. When waves of feelings come up to greet you take a deep cleansing breath and dispel.
When you are finished think of one behavior trait you will work on to relieve other's and your suffering.
Anti Racism Ideas- For white individuals think of words or behaviors of policing, perfectionism, putting down, selfishness.
Healing Inner Oppression- For Black and POC think of feeling hostile, rage, not trusting, feeling inadequate.
Put your hands over your heart picturing white light sending love and healing. It may feel cool or warm. You may feel sensations. (Bring forth the feeling of when you have felt love or happiness) Remember to Smile while doing this. (their is science behind this)
Finally, If you feel called to play music and dance do so.
If you feel tender and sad. Go take a shower. Drink water. Take a nap.
Blow out your candle restore the room back.
Priscilla Jane Thompson
‘Tis a time for much rejoicing;
Let each heart be lured away;
Let each tongue, its thanks be voicing
For Emancipation Day.
Day of victory, day of glory,
For thee, many a field was gory!
Many a time in days now ended,
Hath our fathers’ courage failed,
Patiently their tears they blended;
Ne’er they to their, Maker, railed,
Well we know their groans, He numbered,
When dominions fell, asundered.
As of old the Red Sea parted,
And oppressed passed safely through,
Back from the North, the bold South, started,
And a fissure wide she drew;
Drew a cleft of Liberty,
Through it, marched our people free.
And, in memory, ever grateful,
Of the day they reached the shore,
Meet we now, with hearts e’er faithful,
Joyous that the storm is o’er.
Storm of Torture! May grim Past,
Hurl thee down his torrents fast.
Bring your harpers, bring your sages,
Bid each one the story tell;
Waft it on to future ages,
Bid descendants learn it well.
Kept it bright in minds now tender,
Teach the young their thanks to render.
Come with hearts all firm united,
In the union of a race;
With your loyalty well plighted,
Look your brother in the face,
Stand by him, forsake him never,
God is with us now, forever.
Priscilla Jane Thompson was born in 1871 in Rossmoyne, Ohio. A poet and lecturer, she taught at Sunday school at Zion Baptist Church and self-published two books of poetry, Ethiope Lays (1900) and Gleanings of Quiet Hours (1907). Her work inspired the Harlem Renaissance. She died on May 4, 1942.