Leah D🕸ris Winston

𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘩: לאה : 𝘛𝘰 𝘎𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘈 𝘞𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘺

𝘋𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘴: 𝘈𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘺 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳

𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘯: 𝘎𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘉𝘺 𝘔𝘺 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴

I was born on the full moon of December 23rd. I’m a current college student studying the human soul. I’m a supporter of the death positivity movement, suicide prevention and ecotherapy. I’m interested in storytelling for healing purposes, the laying of hands and my African American roots. I consider myself to be a keeper of family heirlooms, a good ancestor and a Christian. I’m a lover of plants, symbolism, Shepards pie, a good Irish pub & movies.

𝗜𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵, 𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻 & 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻

𝒥𝑜𝒽𝓃 𝟣𝟨:𝟥𝟥
𝟤 𝒯𝒾𝓂𝑜𝓉𝒽𝓎 𝟣:𝟩

𝐁.𝐀: 𝙿𝚜𝚢𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚘𝚐𝚢/𝙼𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜
𝐌.𝐒.𝐖

The Bible

—Genesis NLT 1:11-9:16

🌈“Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.”

🌈“Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.”

🌈“So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.”

🌈“Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened.”

🌈“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”

🌈“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.”

🌈“The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.”

• God created Earth in 7 days & everything in it, he created the seasons, the 4 cardinal direction & he made man (us) in his image from the dust of the Earth & his first commandment to us was to tend & watch over the land (his creation). Take care of the planet as intended.

🌈”I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.”

🌈“When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.”

• Although the rainbow in modern times has taken on new meanings, the rainbow remains a symbol from the beginning of times. A sign for the Earth & everything on it that there may be peace & hope. Whenever you see a rainbow may you be reminded that there is peace & hope in this world and re-enchant your rainbow.

— Exodus NLT 1:8 -7:12

🔮“Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.”

• Have you ever wondered what would have happened to the Israelites had the descendants of Abraham passed along the stories of their ancestors? The stories of Joseph, Israel/Jacob, his brothers, Pharaoh & the famine that Joseph had prepared them for with the help of God. Would they have respected the Israelites? Not made them slaves ? Not murdered their sons ?

• Honor your ancestors & share their stories. I know so much about my ancestors their likes, their dislikes, the impact they had on my grandmother and so.. they continue to live on, in my heart & in the future. My grandmother has passed on the family stories to me and I am the keeper till I can pass them on just the same. They are not forgotten because of my grandma. Because someone like me took an interest to listen & retell their stories & keep them alive.
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🔮 “But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “ I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.””

• When you say the words “ I am..” you are really referencing one of God’s many names and asking for his attention. When using “I am” in a sentence try to not pair it with negativity. For example: I am weak, I am poor, I am a failure, I am sick. God doesn’t know what to do with that. Instead speak positivity into existence in Gods name. Say things such as “I am strong, I am blessed, I am working, I am healing.”

🔮 “Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh will demand, ‘Show me a miracle.’ When he does this, say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharaoh, and it will become a serpent. So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did what the Lord had commanded them. Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a serpent! “Then Pharaoh called in his own wise men and sorcerers, and these Egyptian magicians did the same thing with their magic. They threw down their staffs, which also became serpents! But then Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.”

• There is record of magic and sorcerers in the beginning of times. It existed and we’d do best to remember and not forget as Joseph’s ancestors did. Forgetting lead the Israelites to their enslavement and shielded them from the true glory of God. Despite Pharaoh having sorcerers and magic on his side the glory of God was revealed in the fact that they were no match for HIM. Each performance made by God demonstrated HIS power ultimately leading to the Israelites freedom. In comparison to today, the story of Moses and the escape from Egypt through the help of God has made its ways into the foundation of America. The story of Moses often is associated with African American enslavement due to the correlation made between Africans and the Israelites. African Americans took to this connection in the Gospel and leaned on the word of God for hope and for strength. Christianity was their life line and it was known so therefore as a means to oppress them they were banned from hosting their own church services. This came shortly after Nat Turner’s (a former pastor) revolt and the idea that church was a means to people of color plotting a violent rebellion. Africans refused to let this religious oppression stop them and put soul into their spirituals often singing them in the fields. Spirituals were songs/hymns utilized during the abolition movement to guide individuals to the Underground Railroad. Tubman herself used spirituals/hymns to warn the enslaved of her presence and guide them to freedom. Tubman, also referred to as “the Moses of her people” attributes her successes traveling the Underground Railroad to God, to HIS POWER and HIS PRESCENCE in her life. Gods power is greater than the enemy every day. It was then and it is now.

Leviticus 19:3-19:34

• The last few chapters of Exodus and the beginning of Leviticus has been difficult to read. I think it’s important to note that the Old Testament is only part* of the complete story and that what is read now may be subject to change later. There will be many changes with the arrival of Jesus, who DIED FOR OUR SINS and who has given us opportunity. When reading through I think this is important to remember.

☁️ “Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father.”

• Your mother and father should never be subject to negativity. Honor your mother and father as you do your elders and as you should your ancestors.

☁️ “Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.”

• “Jesus is the OG social worker” I’ve heard this connection made quiet a few times in the beginning of my MSW program. And I see the connection made, he wants what is fair and what is right and just. However, I think it’s important to note that HE does not condone unethical matters as a means of getting there.

☁️ “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord.”

• I share a great interest in the elderly, the stories they share & the years they seen. I think a common issue that I notice today is the idea that the elderly are incapable of their own autonomy and yes, people face a significant amount of complications in old age however, I think there is something to be said for just listening to them and considering that they know themselves best.

☁️ “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

• Remember that your ancestors were once foreigners in a strange land. Prevalent today is the mistreatment of foreigners and people of color. The idea that foreigners are “dumb” is evident in society. I’ve noticed by watching the manipulation that occurs in conversations between an individual who is English speaking and an individual who speaks a different language or with an accent. I have noticed this occur to my Spanish family members who struggle with speaking the English language and observe expressed entitlement and superiority. Embarrassingly and unintentionally I have found myself passing along the same message working at the outlets over the years. I’ve found myself frustrated trying to communicate with someone who speaks a different language than me and at times doing poorly to hide my frustration. I was wrong, I was quick to anger and I think we all would benefit from doing better, being intentional, active in justice and considering the fact that somewhere in our history and in our blood we also were foreign.

Suggestions:

—The Bible: The Epic Miniseries:
A 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures.

— The Shack:
A grieving man who’s daughter is presumed murdered after abduction receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack."

—YouVersion: NLT: Bible App

— Christian Tiktok

— Podcast: Bible Project, by Tim Mackie & John Collins

Being a good ancestor

What are you passing on?

Marion

You are a child of many women before you, with mtDNA passed on through generations. MtDNA can only be passed through your mother and goes on unchanged allowing you to process the air you breathe today. Therefore every time you breathe you are using the same mtDNA that helped your ancestors breathe, connecting you and your ancestors not only by blood but breath by breath. Breathe with respect for your elders 🌬

Eco - Psychology

Tips Toward Enchanting Your Natural World

Why Should We Become Aquainted With Our Natural World ?

Besides the obvious “Its where you are now, how well do you know the place you occupy? Its history, ecology, geology, climate, traditions, social systems, and local lore? Do you feel like you belong there? collect resources for encouraging profound and lasting cultural change through inspiration and storytelling.
Our surroundings, including objects, landscapes, and even Earth, get into our psyches, learn more about yourself and the space you occupy: Earth.”

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Sit spot

Take 5 minutes a week or more and pick a spot outdoors to just sit & analyze your 5 senses. This will help you understand the meaning of place & help with being present & mindful.

Meditate

Now that you understand the meaning of place, being mindful & present perhaps you can incorporate practicing a meditation in your sit spot.

Mythologies, Folklore & Fairytales

Mythologies, Folklore & Fairytales, include some interesting perspectives about the importance of the environment. I encourage you to read through the list of some of the mythologies, folk & fairytales I provided in the link below and make your OWN connection to the environment, your heritage and reconsider the importance the environment holds in both your life and others . In addition, I recommend reading “Women Who Run With The Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Through this, I hope that you build a better connection to the environment and once again re-enchant your natural world 🧚‍♂️

Storytelling & Emotion

Why storytelling & what does it do for you? Well it helps with the release of dopamine, supports creativity, engages the right part of your brain & supports the human need for order. I encourage you to take note of how you feel both before and after watching the link provided below.

Movies

• Frozen 2:
— “The enchanted forest will bring transformation.”

• Onward:
— “Long ago, the world was full of wonder. It was adventurous, exciting and best of all, there was magic. And that magic helped all in need. But it wasn’t easy to master. And so the world found a simpler way to get by. Over time, magic faded away….”

• The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe:
— “I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it.”

• Artemis Fowl:
—“Thankfully the rest of the world assumed that the Irish were crazy, a theory that the Irish themselves did nothing to debunk.”

• Black Panther:
—“We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.”

Death Positivity Movement

Accepting death as a part of life to alleviate anxiety, ease the grieving process & confidently face the unknown.

My Top Plants

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera symbolizes healing and protection. Aloe Vera produces oxygen at night time while taking in carbon dioxide. In addition, Aloe can be used to heal burns, moisturize, on hair, to clear acne and for digestive and oral health.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily’s symbolize a soul at rest, free of any earthly pain & concerns. Peace Lily’s filter out harmful toxins & clears the air of toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Also, can help you get rid of toluene and xylene.

Snake Plant

In chinese culture this plant was placed close to the entrance within their home for the purpose of enabling the eight virtues: prosperity, beauty, long life, intelligence, health, art, strength and poetry. The Snake Plant purifies air by absorbing toxins through the leaves and producing pure oxygen.

Lavender

Lavender represents itself as a symbol for:
purity, silence, devotion serenity, grace and calmness. Lavender has been used for anxiety, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress. According to “The Language of Flowers” by Odessa Begay, Queen Elizabeth would drink lavender tea as treatment for migraines and requested that her table always be set with lavender jam. In addition, lavender oils were used in ancient Egypt to clean and preserve bodies for mummification.

German Thyme

The word “thyme” is derived from the Greek word thymus meaning "courage." Thyme symbolized elegance and in the Middle Ages was a symbol of chivalry. Thyme contains antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, and expectorant properties which supports healing throughout the entire body.

Foxglove

Foxglove symbolizes wishfulness. One given to you as a gift represents wishes for ones healing from an ailment or trauma, and to regain a happy and youthful vitality. According to “The Language of Flowers” by Odessa Begay alternative names for Foxglove include: folks’ glove, witches’ bells and witches’ thimble. All of which are referenced by Nordic and European folklore in which
“fairies would use the flowers as thimbles to mend their clothes or witches would decorate their fingers with the blooms.” “In Welsh folklore, foxgloves were thought to be used by fairies as musical bells. Because foxgloves commonly grow in areas that foxes are known to frequent drawing a general connection between the music of the fairies and the music of the foxes”

Daisies

Daisies grows as a wildflower and holds many meanings. Daisies symbolize innocence and purity and in Norse mythology was Freya, the goddess of love, beauty and fertility’s sacred flower symbolizing childbirth, motherhood, and new beginnings. Daisies are sometimes given to congratulate new mothers and also symbolize chastity and transformation in relation to a Roman myth in which Vertumnus, god of seasons and gardens, became enamored with Belides, a nymph. Belides, in order to escape turned herself into a daisy. In addition, according to “The Language of Flowers” by Odessa Begay “European maidens would put daisy roots under their pillows to induce dreams of their would-be suitors. Daisies were also used in an old game that by plucking the petals off a daisy, one by one, alternating the phrases loves me and loves me not, lovestruck youths can predict whether an object of affection returns their feelings. The phrase that falls on the last remaining petal reveals the answer. Daisies’ long stems can be threaded into garlands or daisy chains, and made into crowns or bracelets. In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice contemplates “the pleasure of making a daisy-chain” to keep herself busy.”

Iris

The word Iris in Ancient Greek means rainbow and represents faith, hope, courage and admiration. According to “The Language of Flowers” by Odessa Begay in Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods, wherever she appears, radiant light and the sweet scent of spring flowers fill the air. Greeks placed iris’s on tombs because the goddess Iris was believed to guide the souls of dead women to their last resting-place.”

Plant Reads:

• “The Language of Flowers” by Odessa Begay

Plant Accounts

Instagram —

• @theplantydropper
• @alohashii & @amongthejunglepodcast
• @thebigflowerfight
• @kristengvy
• @thejordiejourney
• @yanskates

Fredi Washington

— “Why pass? I’m mighty proud & can’t stand inscincerity or shams .”

“Washington, of European & African decent had green eyes & light skin that belied the eras common expectations of what an African-American “looked like.”

Mulatto

“The one-drop rule is a social and legal principle of racial classification that was historically prominent in the United States in the 20th century. It asserted that any person with even one ancestor of black ancestry is considered black.”

“Mulatto” Portrayl & History

Achievements

“Washington was an American stage and film actress, civil rights activist, performer, and writer. Washington was one of the first people of color to gain recognition for their film and stage work back in the 1920s and 30s.”

Interracial Movies & Shows

— Loving: Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case fight the state law prohibiting interracial marriage.

— Belle: A British period drama inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Little is known about Dido Belle, born in the West Indies an illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Sir John Lindsay.

— Underground: Plantation slaves in 1850s band together to escape. The fight for their lives, their futures and their freedom is featured throughout the series.

Tubman

“It was late fall, sometime between 1834 and 1836, when Tubman was nearly killed by a blow to her head from an iron weight, thrown by an angry overseer at another fleeing slave. Tubman had been hired out as a field hand to a neighboring farmer, and one evening she was called to accompany the plantation cook to the local dry goods store to purchase items for the kitchen.

When they arrived at the store, Tubman attempted to block the path of the overseer who was in pursuit of a defiant slave boy. The overseer picked up a weight from the store counter and threw it, intending to fell the fleeing young man, but it struck Tubman with such crushing force that it fractured her skull and drove fragments of her shawl into her head. Near-death, she was forced to return to work in the fields.

Seventy years later Tubman told a friend, Emma Telford, “I went to work again and there I worked with the blood and sweat rolling down my face till I couldn’t see.” She was quickly sent back to Brodess [her owner], who attempted to sell her, but no buyer was interested in purchasing a sick and wounded slave.

“They said they wouldn’t give a sixpence for me,” Tubman later told Sarah Bradford, another friend and early biographer. The severe injury left her suffering from headaches, seizures, and periods of semi-consciousness, probably Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, which plagued her for the rest of her life.

This injury caused her great pain and suffering. The head injury also coincided with an explosion of religious enthusiasm and vivid visions, which eventually took on an important role in Tubman’s life. This intense spirituality, punctuated by potent dreams that she claimed foretold the future, influenced not only her own courses of action but also the way other people viewed her. Tubman’s religiosity was a deeply personal spiritual experience, unquestionably rooted in powerful evangelical teachings, but also reinforced and nurtured through strong African cultural traditions.”

http://www.harriettubmanbiography.com/harriet-tubman-biography.html

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“All of our organs of perception, be they our eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, are “wounds” or healed openings in the body. The development of the subtle spiritual senses requires “wounding” as well. This is the point of formal rites of initiation in tribal cultures, and this is the point of the ongoing initiation experiences in our lives.

Recovering from the traumas that crack our minds open and expose us to searing pain, sometimes every day, requires a durable and intimate relationship with Something Greater than pain.

Relationship to Spirit gains urgency when we are faced with the daily challenge of surviving our lives. People who have suffered greatly, those so often deemed not worth a sixpence by our materialistic, paternalistic, white supremacist society, are among our prospective ancestors of Spirit.

Thomas Garrett, a famous Underground Railroad agent, wrote of Tubman that he “never met with any person, of any color, who had more confidence in the voice of God, as spoken direct to her soul.”

That confidence in God was honed through years of having nothing else to hang on to. You don’t just miraculously develop the ability to “see” the pathways of escape ahead without experiencing Spirit as a daily necessity long before.

You don’t develop an unshakable trust in the voice of God without repeatedly experiencing the value of the relationship for physical survival. And you don’t start leading others out of bondage without finding your way along the moonlit pathways of liberation from fear within yourself first.

The heights to which Harriet Tubman rose suggest the depths of pain and despair into which she was plunged by the overseer consciousness that still rules our world

Whenever I meet someone whose life has been marked by grave difficulty, I am aware of standing in the presence of an ambitious soul. A soul ambitious not only for the things of this world but for the things of Spirit as well.”

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