Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Author: Lola Morgan
In lieu of the release of Kanye West’s new album, “ye”, a lot inspired this piece which is much more what I would consider therapy. Over the last few years, we’ve seen Kanye’s rants, mental breakthroughs and adjustments based on his loss, the feeling of defeat, and much success. Although most of us don’t have the wealth of Kanye, the most common thing society can relate to is depression.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO),” 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is a leading cause of disability.”
Dually noted this is probably something that wouldn’t be considered a “fun fact”, but it’s definitely a message most cringe when hearing.
The African American community does not host an open platform for the talk of DEPRESSION. The word has a strong stigma, which is commonly believed that you are weak, or incapable of uplifting yourself, and own responsibilities on a day-to-day basis. To lead you through the rest of this post I’d like for you to continuously ask yourself, “Who am I, in a room full of ego’s”?
1. Get in Control of Your Life By Asking These Questions In order to heal and truly dig into ourselves questions are usually a great icebreaker to allow your mind to flow, and discern between truth and the things we should deliver upon.
Are there things that you've been hiding behind and not vocalizing to friends, a relative, or a mate?What does the first hour of your day consist of? Checking your phone as soon as you wake up can be very detrimental to the development of your daily thoughts. Jot down five things that will assist you in having a more productive filled day where you are performing your normal duties but still catering to yourself. (Time can always be made, get creative and never tell yourself “NO”.)
2. Get in Control of Your ThoughtsFind out what truly brings you peace, including your values. Once you are able to cipher between the things that make you happy and the things that don’t, you’ll be able to match that up with your inner circle and work from there.Catering to things outside of ourselves early in the day becomes a pattern that is hard to break out of. Are you leaving time for meditation, prayer, mental digression from the night or day before? Silence is where the mind is able to break free from the bustle.FORGIVE YOURSELF! Whatever that means to you.
3. The Art of Letting Go Although you may be on the fence regarding what you need to weed out of your life, the one person that knows is you. A chant that helps me in the art of releasing things is:
“I release __________________ from all areas of my life. All things work for my greater good and I wish ________________ much success and love from afar. May I be healed and all that ______________ has given return tenfold.”
During a conversation with an old friend, the one thing that stood out was the mention of not being delusional. More times than none we want the outcome to always be in our favor so bad that our expectation becomes our reality, although that reality can be a figment of our imagination. If we are not aware of how our emotions play an important role in dictating what we feed our energy to it can indeed can consume us. Although Kanye is shamed for a lot of his erratic behavior, one thing for sure is his consistency. The art of knowing who you are in a room full of egos.
Lola B. Morgan
Content writer, Influencer, and Creator of A GRIOT'S CORNER, are just minor details to this young woman's story. Creatively captivating her audience, Lola proclaims using her voice to reveal untold stories and pushing content that allows reflection. Looking to ride her coattail? She's just a click away: @oooh_lo_lah