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Sacred Musing #68 Love Comes More Naturally ~ Modupe’ Mr. Mandela

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 0 comments

Sacred Musing #68 Love Comes More Naturally ~ Modupe’ Mr. Mandela

Love Comes More Naturally ~ Modupe’ Mr. Mandela Sacred Musing #68 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013 It is an honor and a blessing to have witnessed the life of dearly beloved President Nelson Mandela or Madiba as he is affectionately known in his home country of South Africa. One of my favorite sayings of his is featured in the image that’s attached to this post: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they...

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Sacred Musing #67 ~ Two Thumbs Up!

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 2 comments

Sacred Musing #67 ~ Two Thumbs Up!

Two Thumbs Up! Sacred Musing #67 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013 When was the last time you got excited? I mean really jazzed? I’m talking about the kind that lights you up. The kind that makes you stop and take notice.  For me, this happens when I see something I desire. It could be a sister strutting her stuff in a pair of gorgeous pumps. Or my dream car. Or a breathtaking sunset. Or some simply divine eye candy who just happened to pass my way. Sometimes it’s something totally unexpected, like a happy baby. For a moment, consider your...

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Sacred Musing #66 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 5: Staying the Course

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 0 comments

Sacred Musing #66 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 5: Staying the Course

Doing Our Work, Part 5: Staying the Course Sacred Musing #66 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013  The $64,000 question is, are you truly ready to do YOUR work? New York Times bestselling author, Iyanla Vanzant, my mentor, teacher and friend, said in a recent Facebook message:   ”As we strive through life, we are warned and cautioned about what we cannot do, should not do, better not do. Rarely are we encouraged about the things we can do, must do, because God needs them done and has chosen us to do it. That thing you have come to life to be,...

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Sacred Musing #65 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 4: Overcoming Resistance

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 1 comment

Sacred Musing #65 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 4: Overcoming Resistance

Doing Our Work, Part 3: 5 Steps for Success Sacred Musing #64 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013 So far in this series we’ve discussed that each of us has work to do, that there are hints we can follow to discover what our specific work is, and 5 steps I’ve used to be consistently successful in doing my work. With all of this, I’ve found the biggest challenge I have is managing and overcoming Resistance. In fact, Resistance did everything it possibly could to keep me from completing this post today. Fortunately, I’ve learned to be...

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Sacred Musing #64 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 3: 5 Steps for Success

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 1 comment

Sacred Musing #64 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 3: 5 Steps for Success

Doing Our Work, Part 3: 5 Steps for Success Sacred Musing #64  ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013 Earlier in this series, we learned that each of us has work to do and that there are hints we can follow to discover what our specific work is. I’ve found that having this information is not enough. What’s been useful for me is to identify steps to make sure the work gets done. Author Steven Pressfield in The War of Art teaches us that our biggest obstacle for getting our work done is Resistance.   Since I’m as prone to Resistance as everyone...

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Sacred Musing #63 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 2: Hints for Discovering Yours

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 0 comments

Sacred Musing #63 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 2: Hints for Discovering Yours

Doing Our Work, Part 2: Hints for Discovering Yours Sacred Musing #63 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013  Each of us knows we have work to do. Many of us are reminded constantly. The reminders often come in the form of something that we desire to experience that doesn’t yet exist. For example, I want to read a book on…  I sure would like to eat…  I wonder where I can find…  It would be nice if there were a place I could go to… Toni Morrison, author of the highly-acclaimed novel Beloved has been awarded the Nobel and Pulitzer...

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Sacred Musing #62 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 0 comments

Sacred Musing #62 ~ Doing Our Work, Part 1

Doing Our Work, Part 1 Sacred Musing #62 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013 I know I have work to do. I also know each of us does. How about you? Everyday my heart, my mind, my Spirit is pulled to write. At the core of my being I am a linguistic alchemist. I arrange words into a harmonic symphony that creates, sustains and transforms thoughts, beliefs and ideas by using rhythm and tone and color and pulse and meter and sound and flow. Through my writing I examine, seek to understand and challenge “accepted wisdom”, the status quo, unexamined...

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Sacred Musing #61 ~ Giving

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 0 comments

Sacred Musing #61 ~ Giving

Giving Sacred Musing #61 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013 It’s Sunday Morning (perhaps not by the time you’re reading this ~ smile)!! Sundays, particularly the mornings, are my favorite times of the week. Early on this blessed and bright Sunday morning I was brought to tears by the message in this video. Watching it reminded me that my life was saved almost 40 years ago by my music teacher, Frances. Frances, for no other reason than because she is an amazing women, cared enough to give me the most precious gift possible, her presence....

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Sacred Musing #60 ~ Always Remember!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 0 comments

Sacred Musing #60 ~ Always Remember!

Always Remember! Sacred Musing #60 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013  Think about it. Have you ever seen an angel downtrodden? Sad-faced? Unhappy? There’s a reason for this. Angels, ancestors, guardians, guides, non-physical beings get it. They understand the secret to life, to happiness, to manifestation is to lighten up. To enjoy. To celebrate the good that is and all that is good. Let us, on this day which has been set aside to “never forget,” choose to always remember. What if, rather than lamenting the unfortunate incidents that occurred...

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Sacred Musing #59 ~ Happy New Year!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Sacred Musings | 2 comments

Sacred Musing #59 ~ Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Sacred Musing #59 ©Candas Ifama Barnes, 2013 It is that time again…Back to school. This is my absolute favorite time of year. It always has been. Growing up with a mom who taught school, loving school myself and working in educational institutions my entire life, this has always been my new year much more than in January.  I was blessed and excited several years ago to learn this time of year is when my Jewish friends and family members mark the beginning of their new year. Knowing that a whole culture celebrates the...

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