Afrofuturism & Spirituality In Our Film, 'Ori Inu: In Search Of Self' Okayafrica.

‘Ori Inu: In Search Of Self’ is an afro-futuristic coming-of-age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion known as Candomblé. The brainchild of Guyanese/Nigerian/American brother-and-sister Emann and Chelsea Odufu, the forthcoming short film stars Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins (All My Children) and Newlyweeds’ Trae Harris, and features performances by Les Nubians and the NYC-based duo OSHUN.

‘Ori Inu: In Search Of Self’ is currently campaigning on Kickstarter to secure post-production funds. On Saturday, September 12, Brooklyn’s MoCADA is holding a trailer release celebration/fundraising event for the film. Keep up with ‘Ori Inu’ on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter.


People ask me all the time how I motivate myself to practice on my own at home. I have days where I feel uninspired, heavy, lethargic and simply do not want to practice. But I do it anyway. The feeling of being on my mat so dramatically changes my day and the quality of my life that it’s just simply worth it. I started this practice out of a sincere desire to live a more peaceful life. I traveled to India to meet Sri K. Pattabhi Jois 15 years ago in search of a steady light on the spiritual path. Guruji told me that I would find what I was looking for in “many years of practice”. Then, he said, “Shantih is coming, no problem.” Since that fortune meeting I have never doubted or wavered from the desire to get on my mat every day. When I’m tired, I get on my mat. When I’m injured, anxious, sad, angry, happy, joyful, jet-lagged, I get on my mat. Whether I’m practicing with my teacher Sharath (Guruji’s grandson) in Mysore, at home in Miami, in a random hotel room while traveling, I get on my at least once a day. Whether it’s a dedicated full 90 minute practice or just five minutes of meditation yoga is so much a part of my lifestyle that it’s not something that I question, it’s just a part of who I am. Today’s #YogiAssignment is Motivation. If I can’t conceptualize the idea of a full practice I just go and stand on my mat. Then I give myself permission to just do five minutes of Sun Salutations. But usually after that I want to do more and end up doing the full practice. When I’m feeling really uninspired to practice all I have to do is hear Guruji’s voice saying the magic words, “Ekam inhale” and my body is suddenly thirsty for the practice. Called Prayukti in Sanskrit, we all need a little positive motivation to drag ourselves out of bed when the alarm goes off and you’re exhausted. You could join a yoga challenge, practice with friends, read yoga books, join a class or watch yoga videos online. Do you want to see my top recommend reading list for spiritual inspiration? How do you motivate yourself to get up and practice? Tag the person who motivates you, share your secret motivation. (at Copenhagen, Denmark)

princessabbae asked:

What's your book about? :)

My book is the story of Bernardo, and young Hippie in the early 70ties. His search leads him to travel to all the various Hippie hot spots of that time in Europe. He meets Anne and together they start an intensive spiritual search for real values and alternative life-styles. “Magic”, “eye-opening”, “passionate”, “fascinating read”, “a classic of the genre”…..These are just some of the comments from those who’ve read it so far. Thanks for your interest!

“Lonely Traveller”, by Sereno Sky, on
Francis Effect
Cardinal Timothy Dolan

The “Francis Effect” – – a renewed interest in the Church by many people and a return to her embrace – – is tangible here in New York these days as we prepare to welcome him in a month.

His sincerity, warmth, simplicity, joy, and humility have captivated a world would even irreligious people admit is spiritually searching.

Thus do we hope that the Holy Father’s impending visit will indeed be an occasion of revival, a spark to our faith, hope and love.

I am especially glad that the press, media, and journalists are fascinated by him, and are eagerly reporting on what he’ll say and do.

One temptation we all face is to presume that the Pope will come with a mainly worldlymessage.  Thus, many wonder what he’ll say to the president, to the congress, or what politicaland economic statements he’ll make.  It’s natural to ponder what he might teach about capitalism, foreign policy, immigration, religious freedom, the equal protection of the life of the unborn baby, the environment, marriage, family, education, the poor.

I am sure he will touch on those important issues, and hope he does, as we can all benefit from seeing the light of the Gospel upon controversial timely topics.

But … Pope Francis is not coming as a politician, an economist, a scientist, an ethicist, a social commentator.

Pope Francis will come as a pastor, an evangelist, an apostle.

He will speak of God and His Son, Jesus

of faith, prayer, eternal life

of God’s lavish grace and mercy,

of the Bible and Revelation,

of the Church and the sacraments,

of conversion of heart, following God,

and turning from sin!

He will speak tenderly and softly to our hearts and souls, where God’s Spirit dwells … and from those words will come clear challenges for the way we live, the way we treat ourselves, one another, and creation.

If you want a model for what Pope Francis will say, or the topics he will address, look to the prophets of Israel like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel; or look to Jesus, Saint Paul, and the apostles.

Most commentators will concentrate on what the Holy Father is saying about this earthly kingdom; he’ll be paying more attention to the next world, conscious of the mandate of Jesus; “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God … .”

[WATCH] Salma Hayek Leads the Spiritual Journey of The Prophet

Honoring her Lebanese heritage, Salma Hayek has turned to one of her favorite books, The Prophet, by Lebanon’s illustrious poet Kahlil Gibran, for inspiration. The result is the unique animation feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which Salma produced and to which she lends the voice of the character Kamila. Yenny Nun-Katz talked to Salma about using animation to inspire gratitude, joy and spiritual search.

Watch here

To be honest...

A part of me wants to be A muslim..but i couldnt do it because im just not accepting of …Allah.. he hasnt shown himself to me..yet..ill say. And if i was to say the shahada and not mean it from the heart..then its meaningless and itd be like i just converted to be with the cool kids and get with a pretty modest girl (i love muslim women SOOOO much…) which is hella its like..ill just admire from afar.

Another Resource Search

Looking for more resources and blogs regarding:

  • energy work (so far, the only organized system I’m even slightly familiar with is reiki… links about that are good too!)
  • beginning astral travel/work
  • building safe connections with a deity (the good, the bad, and the ugly… please send links and message me cautionary tales)

Long story short, there’s a goddess I want to work with and communicate more, but I’m not sure how to prepare my mind and spirit for it. I also don’t want to be too dependent on them and make it a one-sided thing where I’m always asking for protection during non-mundane work. I also want to hear more thoughts on the line between familiarity and respect (culturally, this line has been firm to me @_@)

If you reblog with no commentary, I’m just going to assume you’re signal boosting (which is great, ty). If you have info or links, please comment in your reblog or send me a message. Thanks!

The real meaning of spiritual ~ Lama Yeshe

I hope that you understand what the word ‘spiritual’ really means. It means to search for – to investigate – the true nature of the mind. There’s nothing spiritual outside. My rosary isn’t spiritual; my robes aren’t spiritual. Spiritual means the mind and spiritual people are those who seek its nature.

– Lama Yeshe

from the book “Becoming Your Own Therapist: An Introduction to the Buddhist Way of Thought”
ISBN: 978-1891868139 -

Lama Yeshe on the web:

August 22, 2015-if your body mind spirit needs rest today then indulge, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is tune in to what you need. Do something fun tonight.

The Moon stays in Scorpio until late afternoon, continuing the deep probing of our souls for a bit longer. There is an early morning lunar sextile to Mercury that points to excellent communication in the first half of the day, we get to express how we have been feeling and what we have found on our spiritual search for clarity and enlightenment.

 Mars quincunx Rx Neptune this morning, can have us feeling less than ambitious. We may want to lay around the house all day, even if we have a full day planned. Sometimes you must listen to what your body and mind needs. Pushing too hard today can result in careless mistake that may be difficult to undo. We can be foggy and dreamy eyed which makes us believe anything is possible, but it’s not.

The Moon semi-squares Pluto and aligns with Saturn echoing the feelings of yesterday which can bring us a little angst and unease. We may not be happy with all we find as we continue to explore the depths of our hearts.

Later this afternoon, the Moon enters bright Sagittarius changing the mood considerably, we have more hope for a brighter future and for problems to work themselves out. We become more adventurous and light hearted.

There are two lunar squares this evening with the Sun on its last day in Leo and Jupiter, proving that not all opportunities are worthwhile, this may be the time to stop and observe rather than act, we may feel non-committal, easy going and unable to make a decision even though we are optimistic and quite bold. it’s a better time to explore fun activities and playful interactions rather than any business or work dealings.

We need some root chakra and heart chakra balance today so get out the rose quartz and an onyx or hematite to deflect negativity and make an oil blend of ylang ylang -lemon and lavender with a touch of myrrh.


So, a couple weeks ago I found a cicada carcass in pristine condition. I’ve come across their shells plenty of times, but never their bodies [as far as I can recall]. While in Arkansas last weekend, I stumbled upon yet another two (again, in perfect condition) while hiking off-trail. 

This got me wondering if it was some sort of synchronicity I should take notice of, so I decided to do some brief research on the spiritual significance of cicadas. 

Upon typing in “cicada spiritual” into the Google search bar, this video of an Arkansas cicada emerging from its shell appears on the first page of my results. But after clicking back, it is now longer on the list. I just found this kind of odd and took it as a nudge in the right direction. 

Anyway, I wonder if this could indicate some sort of transformation or change I may be approaching. Bear with me while I post some cicada research…

Disappointment and disillusion with the spiritual search (and life in general) seem to visit me quite often these days. And yet this longing for Wholeness remains, with no visible way forward. So I sit with this aching heart and nowhere to go, sighing, wondering… 

These words help me during this time:
“To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and to trust that, that fulfilment will come, is quite possibly one of the most powerful “magic skills” that human beings are capable of.” - Elizabeth Gilbert

This is what I found for the signification of the name Mark(sorry for my English)

Of charming and elegant appearance, Márk   is refined, eager to please and to be liked in return. Sentimentality, beauty and harmony are the values he seeks, somewhat confusedly; such is the extent of his need for equilibrium. Nevertheless, he is quite secretive, reserved and not particularly demonstrative in his interpersonal relations. He is extremely sensitive although he manages to partially conceal this aspect of his personality with an apparent frostiness or a small ironic smile in the corner of his mouth… He is an active and determined man who is equipped with tremendous practical intelligence, great organizational skills and an analytical mind, although he is inclined to be fastidious. Often a perfectionist (sometimes to the point of obsession), he can´t stand mediocrity or depravity. In fact, he can often be anxious, prone to soul searching and can easily be attracted to spiritualism and the paranormal, whilst remaining a convinced skeptic, and these two trends could occur successively over time (karmic 7). He seeks knowledge and aims to obtain a certain wisdom, although he is equally tempted by Epicureanism and comfort. He tends to oscillate between the two tendencies, but in any case, hesitation is one of his main characteristics. As a child he is a kind, helpful, responsible and endearing young man who is rather focused on himself. Márk   dreams of occupying first place in his parents´ hearts as well as at school where he wants to be the best, and he won´t hesitate to assert himself to prove his worth.
What does he like?
He is attracted to all that glitters and all that is beautiful, while he wishes to succeed, to be in charge and to be admired. Somewhat narcissistic, Márk   is a bit of a ladies man who isn´t lacking in tact and gallantry. In love, he is an aesthete and is often first attracted by a woman´s beauty, although deep and meaningful exchanges are just as important to him. Therefore, his choices in love could be complex, often hesitating between the beauty of one and the magnanimity of the other or the reassuring presence of so-and-so…

Resources and Reference Search #3: Body and Spirit

Lately, I’ve been thinking A LOT about my body and it’s connection to other spiritual stuff.

Long story short, after being bad to my body and dealing with a lot of mental health stuff, I decided “hey, I’m going to to live and not try that again, so I’ll do my best to live well”.

Lately, I’ve been really trying to take a holistic approach to my health and thinking about what I eat and how I stretch in a good way, not a relapse-into-systems-of-self-hate way.

It’s basically just thinking things like “hey, this ankle hurts so let me look up some more videos on dorsiflexion and stuff” and “hey, I felt good after eating this - let me eat more of it and replace some less-healthy stuff with it”.

What practices do you do that seem to help synch your mind, body, and spirit together in a healthy way? Are there specific foods and drinks that you like to consume on a regular basis? Do you say prayers before meals and exercises?

Let me know! I’ve been trying to live a more holistic life, without going back to unhealthy habits. The main message in my mind has been “I only have one lifetime like this, and one body; so I want to make the best of it”.