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Welcome Everyone to the S.I.P Blog Community. We are so excited to have this wonderful opportunity to have you as a visitor. We are currently in the process of establishing our forum and plan to conduct weekly submissions via discussions blogs, webinars, and other outreach activities. Stay tuned my friends but most importantly, stay thirsty!

Art Therapy

Art is my cure to all this madness, sadness, and loss of belonging in the world & through it, I’ll walk myself home.           -Nikki Rowe

At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise form a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrty.                -Rachel Naomi Remen,MD

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Art is therapy, it is freedom at best. Nothing compares to the beauty or liberty we enjoy when given the opportunity to express ourselves. Everyone benefits from art, even when personally, they believe otherwise. We ourselves are art, so how is it that the United States Education system, or any country’s education departments for that matter, rest easy by stripping away those opportunities given to our children.

According to an article in the NY Times’ titled As Schools Trim Budgets, The Arts Lose Their Place, by Susan Chira, two-thirds of public elementary schools have no art or music teachers. These arts are vital in the development of the very skills employers say they want in order to offer lucrative job opportunites and teach sensitivity to other cultures. Yet we continue to see diminished numbers of such growth and stability in the art education departments. How can this be?

Yes, we know that parents are more than capable of purchasing art supplies from any corner Dollar General store or Walmart BUT, where should children be TAUGHT or EXPOSED to the fundamentals of art and its appreciation?

Has art lost its value? Or have we lost ours?

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Let us S.I.P

Unchained Hands (Women’s Liberation)

If you have a voice and must speak, why do I stay silent?  Could it be that mine is louder?

-Nakisha Tarrant

Oftentimes, women have been forced to shut up and put up. We have been taught that it’s not ladylike to speak while others are talking, to sit and not be heard, to listen, to obey and even at times when others are silent, WOMEN must remain unheard. This week’s topic is intended to encourage and inspire men and women to question the logic behind such teachings?  Nothing more, nothing less.

To become more aware of the norm, we must become more aware of the strange. We must become aware of  the illogical, the underlying customs and traditions that have not only caged our voices but also destroyed our spirits.  Our ability to see past the smoke in order to  adequately nurture our unique-ness should not only provoke such curiosity but DEMAND equality in our homes and our professions.

So without further ado, Let’s S.I.P

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5 Simple Ways to Detox Your Life

spring detox“How are you doing today?”

I’m doing well.  Feeling great, thanks for asking.

8 out of 10 people will give this response but how accurate is it?

     Having grown accustomed to simply responding rather than reflecting, we automatically reply with this teleprompt of positivity that doesn’t always agree with our current state or condition. No room is granted for any sort of judgement or misconceptions accounted as some sick desperate plea for attention or perhaps another pity party.  Why the mask?  Simply put, because no one really cares or is it due to the fact we lack the full understanding of what  HEALTH consists of.

       Being in good health pertains to not only your physicalities but also your intellectual, and socioemotional well being. We must be HONEST with ourselves about the things that weigh us down. Most importantly we should be proactive in obtaining the life we really desire. Certainly, we can’t live forever but we can live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives if we STOP ignoring the preventable signs of declining health [wellness].  Prior to signs and symptoms physically appearing, our mind and emotions give warning and alerts. If we slow down, look, listen, and  watch our bodies will point us in the right direction.  In observing ourselves in such a holistic manner, we improve our physicalities and likewise our intellectual and socioemotional well-being. For starters, you’ll need to clean house and get some structure.

 5 Simple Ways to DETOX your Life:

#1      PURSUE YOUR PASSION

Whatever ignites you, drives you. If you feel strongly about a particular cause, project, or person chances are you will feel better once involved . That single spark may lead you on a path you never would have imagined or thought possible if you hadn’t consistently pursued its course. Passion drives purpose, gives hope, and motivates your focus.  Without it, you a ship without a sail.

# 2     PRIORITIZE YOUR TIME

There’s only 24 hours in a day and one of you so why waste precious time doing things that don’t stimulate your mind, body, and soul.  Use a calendar or day planner to organize your day. If it’s not on the agenda, put it off for another day or time until you accomplish those things that’s most important to you.  Spend more time with family, friends,  and associates who share common interest and goals as yourself.

 #3      RECOGNIZE & RELEASE NEGATIVITY

The most detrimental condition upon your health is suppressed emotions, particularly negative ones. Everyone has experienced physical or emotional trauma to some level or degreee in their life. Depending on the level, we may need to disengage or disconnect with certain people or environments in order to gain clarity or peace from the situation. The devastation alone may carry over residuals of doubt, fear, guilt, or shame. We should allow ourselves the right to acknowledge those feelings then release them. By creating a positive channel of constructing that negativity, we will learn what we need in order to grow from it.

#4     GIVE

Sometimes the best way to detox is to simply give. Giving cleanses the heart of greed but also of responsibility. The more treasures you own, the more time, money, and attention you’ll need in order to keep it. It may be best to let some things go.

#5     SHUT DOWN & HIBERNATE

Our brains move faster than our bodies and some seniors will tell you, it’s also the first thing to go. Having said that, we make take time to disconnect from the technoligical world and reconnect with nature. Book a nature trip for a day or a simply sleep for an extra hour two on weekends without any disruptions.

Enjoy Life & S.I.P

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Beauty, Brains, & Bankruptcy

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What makes us smile and sometimes cry is what makes us beautiful. Beauty is life.

-Nakisha Tarrant

When is enough EVER enough? Unfortunately for many, there’s no such thing as ENOUGH. Natural beauty has been forsaken in exchange for silicon breast and fat-injected lips, chiseled abs, and porcelain smiles. Beauty has become defined by  “artist” or better known as the QUEENS that have long lost touch with reality. No longer do  we succumb to inspiration  in nature’s unique qualities.  Beauty is no longer afforded the  opportunity of being seen reverently through the eyes of the beholder.

This psuedo-perception of PERFECT has turned women and  men into robots. Mannequins on display for all the world to behold. America’s $15 billion dollar obsession with beauty in a bottle or immortality offered on a hard, cold slab of metal, has resulted in a lose of authenticity . Is the investment worth the lost? Should our identities be such manufactions? What have we become?

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As if that wasn’t bad enough, we’ve invested our souls into a STANDARD that can never be met based solely on the physical.

Beauty is not merely skin & bones, it is LIFE itself, and what quality of life does one truly have if ALL that MAKES us ALIVE is DEAD?

S.I.P

 

Cultural ENTHUSIASM

There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than ever been seen.

There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.

-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

CULTURAL ENTHUSIASM

Extinguishing Fear to Ignite Love

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Our world is full of differences. Different tribes having different features, speaking different languages in different places, since the beginning of its creation the earth has boast of its diversity. With its many splendors of beauty and power, the world has evolved, but have we?  We change our hair, we change our locations, and even in marriage or other religious customs, we change our names. So how is it that we continually resist differences amongst our fellow earthlings, why do we resist change?  What we were accustomed to doing millions of years ago, may not be necessary today, yet we continue those customs. From infanthood to adulthood, we were taught who we ARE through the eyes of our parents, peers, and teachers. We were taught things about ourselves from others perspective, but how much did we experience and learn about others?How receptive are we of DIFFERENCES? We learned that girls are prettiest with straight blonde hair wearing pretty pink dresses on Easter Sunday prancing and playing with dull but daring young boys in blue slacks and white dress shirts. Our ideas and ideals were taught to us. We learned that our brave but uncivilized native American dwellers savagely danced their spirits free in the War on Independence to establish the Land of the Free except for African slaves.

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We so violently painted brown and black soil with black and white blood. The earth received its return, the dirt we once were and ironically the dirt we’d become. We learned that hip hop is black and opera is white. Gay is a person, not happy or right. We learned to SUSPECT young boys but IGNORE black art. We learned to MAKE AMERICA GREAT again through immigration deports. But have we learned that what we FEAR in ourselves only tears us apart. No headscarf, robe, or banner, no religion, or non-religion is to blame. Rather it is our lack of proper education, our need to “keep it real” and our lack of enthusiasm that extinguishes our zeal. If we learn to embrace, encourage, and motivate our differences then and only then can we accommodate a world so different but reverently the same.

So we challenge you today to acknowledge what makes YOU different and what makes YOU great. Pass this challenge along, watch humanity extinguish fear and set love ablaze.

Yours truly,

S.I.P

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