“I don’t even know what it means. No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative. No it’s not.  It’s gross (Gets the people going.)” Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Ni**as in Paris, Interlude from “Blades of Glory”, Watch the Throne, 2011.

JUSTICE. Sometimes watching the news can clog my mind.  Between the (non) reality shows and the news, I can’t seem to catch a mental break unless I just totally unplug from the matrix.  Yesterday I posted a couple of stories about African American men knowingly spreading the HIV virus.  Who does that?  Obviously these two.  And I thought to myself, “Another reason to FREE MY MIND SO MY ASS WILL FOLLOW”.  Then I was on the phone with my mom and she was tuned in to a story about a 7-year old child who went missing in Georgia, but has since been found fatally beaten and sexually assaulted.  You know what I told her?  “Mom, this is when I believe in capital punishment.  Whoever harms children should be lynched and burned.”  Again, it’s my attempt to FREE MY MIND from the negativity that seems to pervade our worlds on a constant basis.

FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW. This message was sent to me in an e-mail last week by a mentor because I was upset by a move made by a former employer. While I was looking at it as a slight against me, he was looking at it as a favor.  He wrote, Good dear Joycelyn. I’m glad this happened to you.  Now, in the great words of George Clinton and the Funkadelic, you can free your mind so your ass will follow.”  In other words, let go of what they – or anyone – might have done. It is the only way to move towards capital-D Destiny. To achieve “the Kingdom within” so to speak. My former employer did me a favor. And when I let it go God stepped in, aligned his soldiers, and today I got the news that my residency here at Harvard will be extended through the Spring semester.  (cue in the Angels: ♫ Ahhhhhhhh…).

The DDR: What if we told ourselves this everyday several times a day?  When we hear something negative on the news, or witness something negative on TV.  Perhaps something at work got you up in arms. Maybe the anxieties of not knowing what lies ahead got you down. Maybe you’ve recently lost a loved one.  There are a host of things that can stop-up our minds like a bunch of Charmin trying to go down a toilet drain.  It’s a hard thing to do, yes. But in order to walk in the direction of the Light we must acknowledge the Darkness, but never stay in it.  First things first is remove all negative thinking, energies, and people from around you.  If your thought are not lifting you up, get on your knees, open a Bible, or listen to classical musical to help get your mind out of that space.  If it’s the people around you? Well, I’ve addressed this in several DDRs.  They gotta go.  And if it’s energies, well revert to tip #1. Have a happy Tuesday.

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