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It's Shanti, your queer baby sister here! 

Ashanti Marshall is a digital archivist, experiential writer and staff scribe at For The Scribes, spearheading Recovering Softcover, an advice column catering to writers and their inner woes within their craft and themselves. Based in Chicago, being a fat, black queer and femme moment in time. Their relationship to the practice of understanding makes room for explorations, experimentations, mistakes, failures and curiosities in their writing. Connect with them on Twitter and Instagram asking you all the right, real, riveting questions.

 

MINDFULNESS

MINDFULNESS

There are rules to being present. Why? Because Divine Order regulates even the fluidity of free will. You can not dismiss moderation by any means. I remember these rules coming to me, by accident on purpose.

Here’s some rules, in no particular order, although they should be followed:

  1. Acknowledge what you are and how you influence and impact the environment you are entering.

Study yourself, thoroughly and constantly. You are never the same Self twice. You are always different, depending on how variable your environment is. Live within different environments, do not try to conquer the change but embrace what it is. You leave marks, you leave marks on this world. On hearts, on minds, on systems. You are a graffiti that stains the very essence of being.

2. Surrender to whatever the moment is. Let it change you, you don’t have to stay that way. Just respect and understand that you can be that way.

Do not avoid trust. You can become confined and defined by the abundance or the lack of it. Open up yourself to the possibility of nudity, being without your guards and protection. Don’t they crush against your delicate savoring skin? Don’t they press you up against a past that’s been traveled and a present uncertainty of what’s to come? Why are you afraid of not knowing? Once you face the unknown, you look it in the eye and notice a familiar. A fragment of you to call home through the travelling of such a newness. You are never alone, even in difference and indifference. There’s always an understanding of presence, take expansion in the same breath. Live richly but be willing to earn this.

3. Adopt the idea of exhibiting limitlessness.
We administer boundaries out of fear. You are everything and everything is you. There is nothing for you to fear and so much for you to discover. You existed through so much already, you are a mighty and fearless entity. You have survived plenty of selves, circumstances and sacrifices. Celebrate the victory of your movement on your journey and continue moving forward. There’s nowhere to be but here, no way to be but present.

EX-FACTOR

EX-FACTOR

GENERATIONAL PRAXIS

GENERATIONAL PRAXIS

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