WHO DO YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR?
By Journey Guide AnkhAmunet
2nd January 2014
New Year. New You. But is it really you that you see in the mirror? Or are you reflecting what the global media has prescribed, delivered via billboard and other visual injections?
Ask yourself these three questions: 1) what grounds me? 2) Do I embrace my cultural heritage? 3) Do I celebrate the shade of my skin, the kink in my hair and my very essence?
If you have answered truthfully to these questions, the adage “A picture paints a thousand words” should give you an answer. Who is the image in the mirror? The one that stares right back at you – eye to eye? The one you see before leaving to engage with the public and face the world? Where have the guidelines come from and what is the intention? Globalization has very skilfully advanced a notion of individuality framed within the boundary of established European notions of beauty, adornment and etiquette. The extent to which success is achieved and convincing results produced is another issue entirely. However, in an attempt to reclaim values which are more aligned to each individual’s own traditions, one has to stop and take stock, regularly, not only during the new year.
And so in the search for mind, body spirit alignment, it is necessary to go through a process of homeostasis. African heritage people continue to find ways to mitigate the “culture shock” which we have experienced over several centuries. The fact that all areas of life have been and continue to be dominated by European values, gives us an indication of the enormity of the task ahead of us.
The goal of returning to self can be achieved step by step or in leaps and bounds. It all depends on you. Identifying who we are and where we are on our journey into wellbeing is the first step in the healing process. The idea is that when we know better we can do better: My new years’ message to you, is to reflect and take action.
See next month’s feature “Why are you here?”
AnkhAmunet is a Journey Guide providing Talking Therapies, Healing Services and is available for Speaking Engagements. Follow her on Twitter @AnkhAmunet3000. See Testimonials on www.NubianHeritageMe.WordPress.com