All Photography Shola Bashorun
On Sunday, 45 brothers and sisters gathered at Prospect Park to experience a whole lot of love, healing, and joy.
There was a hiccup in our schedule due to an untrustworthy drop pin (thanks google maps). When arriving participants were asked to answer on a piece of paper "what do you do to practice self-love". They were also asked to write how they were feeling on a name tag, instead of their names.
It was an interesting task for a few of the facilitators
However, the beautiful weather coupled with being at the park made it the perfect day to open up and challenge ourselves. As everyone waited oh so patiently. We began around 4:30pm.
Brittany Josephina; writer and healer, opened the group with an icebreaker, "Compliment Him". Everyone excitedly exchanged compliments. One sister's beautiful smile was recognized, another brother's genuine eyes. Brittany lastly prompted everyone to share their vision with someone of the opposite sex. Everyone fell into place and you can witness the giddiness among these adults. How often do you get to share your vision to an eager stranger excited to listen.
The shared enthusiasm was felt from person to person and you can see how everyone comfortably accepted the task.
It was beautiful.
The day was followed by too many hugs to count, an aching face from smiling, and a familiar spirit from your loving and nurturing grandparent's home. It was an ode to the black family reunion. Except, it was new, modern, and adjusted to today's generation.
Participants were asked earlier to share their self-love practices. Each facilitator read them out loud. During an exercise called, Moving Forward, participants linked arms and discussed if they had all practiced the shared practice. In the end we promised to drink more wine and meditate in a dark bathroom. If you're improving the way you take care of yourself, remember to invite your brothers and sisters to join you.
We want to thank Brittany Josephina, of Brittspiration, your transformative and affirming words was our Sunday sermon. Ausara-yah Kokayi, who helped us to not only acknowledge our murdered brothers and sisters but she also reminded us that they didn't die in vain. Shola Bashorun, of aQut, for capturing the day with your keen eye for stories with your photography. Marquelle Turner Gilchrist, the creator of #TheNewStereotype, thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony. Thank you Taylor for recording the essence of all that we did, with your videography. And lastly thank you to all the facilitators for believing in the vision and putting your energy and time into this project. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
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