One curated meditation a day / "The chance to experience all the beautiful aspects of nature and exist fully"



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I am becoming much more aware of the process involved with thinking, really deep thinking I mean. I'll admit: I've been having some trouble with writing lately. Facebook, text messaging, emailing, and any other opportunity to stream my consciousness aren't a problem at all. It's the deeper, more introspective writing that I am struggling with. I guess there is a certain seriousness associated with deep thinking that is kind of intimidating. Taking time to be silent, to sit with myself and my thoughts -- uninterrupted -- can be frightening even.

My good Brother Achali encouraged me to conceptualize it as an opportunity to curate a meditation. To take a deep thought, frame it and develop it, patiently bringing it to fruition.

I took a 2-mile walk last week, on one of those nice, warm days we had in the upper east coast. During that walk, it seemed as though everything spoke to me: the trees, the river (Oshun), even the wind blowing. Everything had a voice and I had the chance to hear those voices loud and clear. It occurred to me that I've been missing that, the chance to experience all the beautiful aspects of nature and exist fully in the natural world. It also made me think about how connected my Ancestors were to earth and the planets. They had so many opportunities to consistently engage the cosmic earth and outer space, and it seems that they were able to think very deeply about many things. Subsequently, the "writings" produced by these people -- on walls and in lived experience -- seem to be among the most profound components of humanity.

These ideas have literally framed every component of our existence: from our spirituality to our culture and community structure. There is no denying that their world was less distracted. In addition, there were ample opportunities to engage spirit from within and without. Of course, history confirms that none of the Ancient societies of this earth were ever perfect in design or in practice. However, it is clear from what they left behind, that they there was a commitment to deep thought.

When I say deep thought, I am referring to the term as it is defined by Dr. Jacob Carruthers in Mdw Ntr Divine Speech: A Historiographical Reflection of African Deep Thought from the Time of the Pharaohs to the Present. In this text, Dr. Carruthers spends a great deal of time explaining the Ancient Kemetic concept of thinking and "speaking" in actions and words. What I find so fascinating (still) is how incredibly precise the Ancestors were, how much time they spent connecting their lived experiences with the order and direction of the universe. Every aspect of life was organized in a way that allowed every person to not only connect to the natural earthly world, but also to engage the universe itself. To examine all that is here for us to explore, and to feed off of the divine brilliance of the Creator as well as the creations. Deep thought or Mdw Ntr, is essentially our highest state of being in the world. It is informed by the be-ing of the trees, the waters, the mountains and of course, Ra(Re) -- the Sun. I would go so far as to say it is everything, and it is the oldest organized (and documented) methodology in the world. It has influenced and inspired a plethora of the world's most treasured ideologies (and religions). Mdw Ntr manifested itself in the cultures and societies of the children and grandchildren of Ancient Kemet and continues to shows its face in the great methodologies and philosophies produced by Africa.

These facts are explicitly explained and cited in Mdw Ntr Divine Speech and Intellectual Warfare by Jacob Carruthers, in The Eloquence of the Scribes by Ayi Kwei Armah and in other books by Cheikh Anta Diop, Theophile Obenga and many other African scholars. It is so interesting how something so simple and natural can have so very many dimensions. How thinking, speaking, doing, being, and creating has ultimately fostered the most profound moments of humankind. And knowing how to engage the highest forms of these processes, the highest order of thinking and creating, is a Divine science.

I am challenging myself to curate meditations, as my good Brother Achali suggested. To embrace the science of thinking, being and creating. To approach it as deeply as my Ancestors did and to examine the ways that they did it much more closely so that I too may experience the depth of the universe, the depth of our existence and the full purpose of life on this earth.

Slowly but surely.