Gifts ideas for your Conscious friend 

It’s time for the holidays, and you’re going down your list of people to shop for when you come across that one “woke” or “conscious” friend. They’re the ones on the front lines of protests, forging hunger strikes for climate change, and rambling on about GMOs. If you have this friend, they probably don’t want for much other than, of course, a better and more just world.They’re probably boycotting the holidays for the cause of Justice or Else or maybe they’re just tired of the custom holidays. But, something in you still wants get them something as a “thank you for being a constant force in my life” (blunt or not), so you decide to get them a symbol of your appreciation. Whether they are socially conscious, spiritually conscious, or somewhere in between, here are a few gift ideas for your friend who wants for nothing.
DONATE TO A CHARITY IN THEIR NAME

 What causes do they support? Black Lives Matter, climate change, world hunger? Make a contribution to a cause they care about in their name. If they run their own nonprofit, contribute to their organization. Any support of their mission, whether big or small, will mean the world to them.
HEALING CRYSTALS


Your friend spends so much time saving the world, they rarely make time for themselves. Help them recharge by giving them a few healing crystals this year. Certain crystals and gemstones are known to have properties that facilitate healing. And they make for great decor.
HOUSE PLANTS


Plants make great gifts and they typically are less maintenance than a new puppy. Some houseplants are known to not only purify the air, but also to reduce stress levels.
HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP


Himalayan salt lamps work similarly to houseplants in that they help purify the air. They are made from pure, food grade, Himalayan salt crystals and can even be powdered to use as salt in recipes if you’re ever in a crunch.
AROMATHERAPY OILS


Conscious folk love their oils and Essential oils are multi-functional. You can diffuse them in a room, take them orally with a cup of water, or apply to skin as a fragrance. However your friend is using his or her oils, they can be pricey, so getting them a bottle of their favorite oil would be much appreciated.
A JOURNAL (MADE WITH RECYCLED MATERIAL)


Many revolutionaries are great writers! Journals are always great and easy gifts. And eco-friendly ones can be found at almost any store that sells stationary.
GIFT CARD TO GROCERY STORE


Let’s face it: eating consciously can cost more upfront. Whether it’s Sprouts, Whole Foods, or another chain or local market that specializes in organic produce, save your friend some dough at checkout.
Nas- Untitled Album


For the sake of the hip-hop/music lovers, the most underrated album from 2008 — because songs like “Louis Farrakhan” & “Fear of Mandingo” would be every modern day revolutionary soundtrack.
REVOLUTIONARY CLOTHES


Revolutionaries need revolutionary clothing right? Get them something that can scream who they are and what they represent, without they themselves having to say a word!
COCONUT OIL


Who doesn’t use coconut oil in this day and age? It’s practical, saves them a trip to the store, AND they get a reusable glass jar as an added bonus.
A BOOK ON KNOWLEDGE OF SELF


And what would be a better book than and a book that delivers an education on melanin. True knowledge of self begins with knowing what makes us who we are. Trust me, even if your conscious friend may already own a book on melanin, they’ll be thrilled by the fact that you even thought to get it for them. It is the thought that counts right?
VOLUNTEER TOGETHER


One surefire way to say “thank you” to your conscious friend is to physically show your support of their cause. Be a change agent with them. You’ll find yourself getting a lot more out of this gift than you could have ever imagined.


 

Altered from original article “Gifts for your woke friend” @  http://blavity.com/christmas-gift-ideas-for-your-woke-friend/

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Brotherhood & Love : As Religion 

There will be a day, that for everything now that we waste, squander, & take advantage of, people all over the world will be killing each other and going to war for.
Water… Food… Clothing, no matter what name brand or design… Fresh air… Transportation….
All the things that now, receives no true value because money keeps it coming endlessly. People of all religions will find themselves under the same destruction, fighting to have the same freedom. They will see that everything they thought they were living for, was indeed a lie. But it will be too late.
Brotherhood & Love as Religion
 
Peace and blessings everyone. First I would like to say that this blog post is not a proposal against any religion; it’s rather a proposal for humanity to focus their practices on the same gospels that every mans religion teaches; “Brotherhood and Love”. 
 
Jesus gave two great commandments to his disciples that was meant for all persons who inhabit the Earth to follow. They were, 
 
1st– Love God with all of your heart, mind and soul.
2nd– love your neighbors as you love yourself. 
 
Jesus was not of any specific religion. He never claimed to be of Islam, ChristianityBuddhism, or any other religion. Jesus said himself that he was a prophet of love & brotherhood. He was to teach this to all of mankind. His mission was to speak truth for the ears that listened and the eyes that saw. 
 
Why is this world in threat of destruction? Why is there poor & Why do the poor weep? Why are children confused? Turning enemy’s amongst themselves as they are still in childhood, receiving parenthood from outside the home. Why are the rich unhappy, and although have enough money to fulfill their desires, still among the unlucky? Why are parents turning away from their children and the children turning away from their parents? 
 
Instead of love, there is competition. There is hate when one person or a team, is not higher ranks than another.
 
Instead of peace, there is war. There are court cases, unlawful settlements, death due to disagreement. 
 
Instead of family, there is separation when needs are not meant to someone’s satisfaction. There is backstabbing, there is betrayal. There is a need for an empire, instead of a home first. 
 
Instead of sisterhood, there is the need to conquer each other, although all who are women should stand together to be caregivers to not only one another, but to the Earth and the men and children which they breed. 
 
Instead of brotherhood, there is falsehood. There is always a need for competition, a cause for separation, and the result is always war. There is the need to betray a brothers heart and his faith in his own brother, when that brother desires his brothers woman. There is the need to have what is not yours, for pride and ego fulfillment. 
  
These are the answers for every “Why there are’s”
 
In the great book it warned, 
Zephaniah 2:1-2 
 “Gather yourselves together,yea,gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you.”
 
We are all to face the same judgement, yet we act as if there are going to be many Gods besides the one who is almighty, the one who forgives each and everyone of us for every night he decides to allow all us all to sleep through, so that we may see a new morning. But we fight, and we kill, and then ask God in our prayers, “Oh lord, why is the world this way?”. God has ears for all, but not for those who know yet still continue to trash his commandments. 
 
It is not about race, it is not about color. It is about humanity suffering because of humanities doings. Protesting does nothing, shouting does nothing but creates noise that will soon fade. All people must get the freedom and justice they desire by sacrificing their fear of being defeated. Fear of anything that is not by the power of God is a sin towards God. Be firm to those who are unlawful, as they have been firm towards you. 
 
It starts by saying No
 
  • Say no to going against your brother, striking him, desiring his woman, desiring his possessions, and desiring his status in life to yours. 
 
  • Say no to hate against your fellow women, striking them, putting them beneath you, calling them the same names the oppressors have called them, enslaving them to your command as your ancestors have been slaved to another command. 
 
  • Say no against not being parents and not teaching your children in the home, but sending them to institutions to be taught by teachers who you have not even tried yourself to see if their teachings were worthy for your children. 
 
Take the responsibility that is yours, and do not pass it on to another because of your fear of handling. 
 
Brotherhood and love, should be a religion of itself, practiced by all of mankind. It is the separation of faith, that has divided mankind and has caused this world to be in the order that it is in. 
 
  • Start by giving, when you have to give. 
  • Start by not judging, when you are in no such authority. 
  • Start by lending, when you know you can afford it. 
  • Start by teaching, when you have been given the knowledge to pass on. 
  • Start by being truthful, so that those around you can feel comfortable, and adopt the practice of  honesty as well. 
  • Start by putting down your own wall; for you are no china. God will not allow you to be broken. He only puts you through lessons so that you will learn, and you will be repaired from the person you were before. 
  • Start by loving just to love, as you love yourself and love God. Stop being persuaded to love and love sincerely. If you find yourself having to be persuaded to love someone else, look into your own heart to answer why, and ask God to guide you. 
  • Start by protecting even those who are strangers. Show off the practices of Brotherhood and Love, so that others will see the fault in their injustice ways, and adopt those practices. 
 
Be a brother to your brother, and a sister to your sister. 
 
Be a faithful husband, and be a faithful wife. 
 
Be faithful parents. 
 
Be faithful children. 
 
Be faithful friends.
 
This is how the world can be changed into a beautiful place. 
 
Start by passing this on…

Fourth Instruction- UNITY

INSTRUCTIONS OF UNITY

1. The gifts of the understanding are greatly valued in the eyes of God; and He appoints to everyone his portion, in what he as well measures to be good unto Himself.
2. Has God furnished you with wisdom? Has He enlightened your mind with the knowledge of truth? Communicate it to the ignorant, for their instruction; communicate it to the wise, you will find there will be improvement upon yourself.
3. True wisdom is less followed on than is foolishness. The wise man doubts often, and has change in his mind; the fool is stubbornly adhering to one’s purpose, he agrees with everything and doubts nothing; he states that he knows all things, but his own ignorance.
4. Having so much pride to the point where you are in denial of your own lack of, is shameful; and to talk much, is the foolishness of the fool; nevertheless, it is the part of wisdom to hear with patience their absurdity, and to pity their senselessness.
5. Do not be stuck up in your own fancy, neither should you boast of superior understanding; the clearest human knowledge is but blindness and foolishness.
6. The wise man has knowledge of his own flaws, and he is humbled; he works on his own vanity for his own approval but the fool peeps from the shadow stream of his own mind, and is pleased with the pebbles which he see at the bottom; he brings these pebbles up into the light to show them as pearls and with desires an applause for his own satisfaction.
7. Do not be too proud to be of aid to another, to not be so vein to where you feel as if you are better than the person who may have a lack of pride.
8. Accept the hand of another, accept the smile of a stranger, and return the favor with honest giving of appreciation. For when people can come together, bond their ideas, with either brotherly or sisterly love for each other, than a “Master Mind” is formed.
9. Cultivate your mind with knowledge; Feed the utility of your knowledge to the public and honor will be received.
10. Allow your fellow folk to know that it is ok to live life without fear, that they can find love without having denial of it or being afraid of the harm which people have said it brings. For when people feel safe to bong with others, destruction decreases; death decreases, pain decreases, hurt decreases, and tears will be no more.
11. Love thy brother as if thy mother birthed him, love thy sister as if she was yours to protect, and love thy neighbor, because although not connected through a line of blood, you are each others family.

Take Your Life Back

Happy Saturday!!!

Stop looking down and Start Looking Up!

There is a world out there that you are missing, and I promise that it’s a beautiful one too! Although we live in a world where many of success stories derive from the use of mobile phones and tablets, just imagine the opportunities of happiness that you are missing by investing more time into your mobile life, than the life where nights come and days pass so quickly that by the time you do look up, you ask yourself, “Where did all the time go?”  Time left you when you stopped paying attention.

Stop looking down and Look up!

Want to know why most relationships whether intimate or friendship fail? Someone tried to give me an answer to this question by saying, “no trust”. Yet, how can trust properly exist to be seen and appreciated, when you have more trust in what you hold in your hands 24’7. Honestly, people still look into their phones both while walking and driving, trusting that they wont crash or they wont run into a pole… Instead of waking up and greeting their partner, most couples today when they wake up, immediately go grabbbing for their phone rather than greeting the person laying beside them (their significant other).

Your relationship has grown distant in your blind eye, you didn’t even notice her leaving.

You txt,post & like pics so often by the minute girl, you didn’t even see when he cheated and it was right in front of your face…

Pay attention to your real time line until it reaches to the point that when you finally look up, you realize you haven’t even lived, and you notice that the people who were once so important to you, have completely vanished…

When was the last time you had a real date? When was tthe last time you and your girls had a proper night out? When was the last time you and your boys sat around and really enjoyed a game? When was the last time you and your friends all got together and decided to just go out and have fun? I bet you can remember the last time you turned down an offer to go out and instead you just stayed at home on your phone posting miserable status updates and liking random pics…

Go out! And leave your phone at home! Or keep it in your pocket and don’t use it unless it’s for an emergency…

Take back your life!

Feel the feeling of love again and just dedicate the day to you and your partner

It’s Saturday! The sun is out, the sky is clear, and life is just waiting for you to come back and enjoy it again

"I Can Breathe" – Brotherhood Matters

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Brotherhood matters…. I know the current protests are that black lives matter which is true indeed and it is a blessing to have the world unite for such cause… But why have these protests started? Eric Gardner… Mike Brown…. Two cases that have struct an uproar in not only black communities, but amongst varios races worldwide… Who were these two men? These two men were young black brothers who were brought to their final breath, by the hands of police officers…  No they were not related, but they were indeed brothers, as we all are. Yet there is this belief that, if one is not blood, he cannot be my brother and I cannot have the same care or have affection towards him as I would my own flesh and blood… 

 

For that is why I say, Brotherhood Matters.. Why? Now this is to my fellow black communities, look with me.  Are my eyes alone in seeing a common consistency in our black men fighting each other rather than “holding each other down”? The jealousy, the hate, the animosity, the injury brothers cause brothers. A black man pointing a gun at another black man, who may be a father, a husband, looking into a mothers childs eyes,  and taking his life… It’s been happening for years.. How do you not get sick? When you have knowledge of what our people gone though, what we have came up from, what we have survived! How do you not get sick when you use your own hands till kill one of your own? To take the life of your own brother and then have the nerve to call out a so called “enemy”….

There was once upon a time when we were kids and our only enemy’s were The Grinch, Plankton (Spongebob), Frieza (DBZ) , Mojo Jojo (powerpuff girls), or even Bison (Street Fighter). As kids we would come together in the video games with the goal to beat these villains or watching the cartoons rooting for the villain to be put down by the hero… (How does it feel to reflect back on your childhood? Yeah.. Those times existed). The point I’m making here is that we all had a common enemy, whether black or white, we were together on the same team, but now our common enemy is each other. Now obviously we have grown up and we cannot carry on as children believing that these villains are our real enemies today, but it seems to me that we had more sense as children, because no matter what, we saw each other as family. Now I question black men, how can you call the white man the true enemy when you still can’t trust your own color? The sense in that fails to come out to me as being commonly correct.. Look in the mirror and ask yurself, why are black people dying so consistently? Who is killing them? Who is aiding in adding to the graveyards another black body in a casket? Is it me? 

I cannot afford.. We cannot afford for a continuation of black men being against black men to keep on years down the road. I need.. We need, our brothers to understand the concept and importance of brotherly love. Only then is when we can all proudly call ourselves, Strong Black Men! 

So love thy brother. Feed thy brother. Take care of thy brother. Unite with thy brother.. If not for me, if not for the women, if not even for yourselves, do it for the children. The children need to grow up seeing that love conquers over anything hate has to offer. Create a future that is safe for them, because most importantly, they also matter..

I can still hear my brother crying

I Can’t Breathe

See my people in the struggle and

They Can’t Breathe

Now I’m talking to my people like

All we need

Is for us to come together so

We Can Breathe