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While Sheltering in Place (A Guide and Workbook) During the Time of Dread, the Corona Virus Global Pandemic

This workbook is designed as a hands-on interactive tool to help us create ways and activities that intentionally guide our focus on being well. It is formatted as multiple strategies (five Star Zola up on Enhancing our Family; eight point Resurrecting our Community; ten Principles of Personhood Right Conduct; two Fundamental Rules of Culture; and Living the Virtuous Life). Try to complete some of the suggested activities in each cluster.

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This workbook is designed as a hands-on interactive tool to help us create ways and activities that intentionally guide our focus on being well. It is formatted as multiple strategies (five Star Zola up on Enhancing our Family; eight point Resurrecting our Community; ten Principles of Personhood Right Conduct; two Fundamental Rules of Culture; and Living the Virtuous Life). Try to complete some of the suggested activities in each cluster.

 

The first and main strategy is the “Zola up on Us Five Star Family Enhancement Plan.” The esteemed, Nganga, Kimbwandende Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau, taught us the BâNtu-Kôngo term Zola that means “love.” Our African ancestors knew and understood that Zola (“love”) is an energy/power that can and does “activate” our self-healing power (potential) which is called “Ngolo.”

 

We pray that you will first review the entire workbook and then select one of the clustered strategies to work through with your family. Be creative. Be fearless and unapologetic and unashamed in your Zola “uppin” on Us. What do any of the strategies look like through your family’s and your eyes? How do you do Zola as a dance, spoken word, game or other performance? Then as follow up and follow through, share what you have created with the rest of our family on our hash tag, #ZolaUpOnUs and send your special creativity to our restoring wellness archive to lawfordg@gmail.com

 

Remember only we can save ourselves. We must heal we and not just me.

 

Enjoy this workbook and value the time in creating ways to not only survive the Corona Virus Global Pandemic but to thrive in the post COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond.

 

#ZolaUpOnUs

 

 

The Corona Virus Global Pandemic

 

Some negative impacts of COV-19 Pandemic are listed below. Pay attention to what you are feeling and experiencing. Behaviors to attend to are:

  1. Impatience

2.     Anger

  1. Fear

4.     Agitation

  1. Dis-belief

6.     Confusion

  1. Unforgiving

 

This is a time when we must control the above seven, especially “Impatience,” “anger,” and “fear” by honoring and encouraging our ability to be well and to see our personal needs as the mirror of the needs of our family and community.

 

 

Contending with the Moment

 

Myers L. (2020) “Culturally-Grounded Conceptualizing and Contending with COVID19”, ABPSi, Culturally-Grounding and Supporting Our Communities During COVID-19 Worldwide Pandemic DC

 

  • Use the time to learn more about ourselves, one another, building trust and
  • Establishing and strengthening our relationship to the Divine within
  • Learning to love our true Divine selves by showing ourselves the same forgiveness, mercy and grace we would want extended to us and which we would extend to
  • Increase authentic, non- judgmental communication with ourselves and
  • increase courage and commitment to stand up for what is right, what is just, and what fulfills the role we have played historically as the moral and spiritual leaders of our time.
  • Create and do rituals that demonstrate respect for all life flowing with music and
  • Do not to speak that which we do not wish to create. Food is medicine. Sleep and exercise are essential. Seek fellowship with those that uplift you, and stand for

 

 

Enhancing Family During and After this Time of Dread

 

Nobles, W. (2020) ““Zola Up on Us” Five Star Family Enhancement Plan” ABPSi, Culturally-Grounding and Supporting Our Communities During COVID-19 Worldwide Pandemic

 

In our African traditional beliefs, “love” (KiKongo) is called “Zola” and “Zola” activates our “self- healing capacity.” We should “Zola Up On” our families, each other and everyone we cherish. Consider each of the five stars as a “living star.” As we engage in the five-star plan, we engage in activities that activate our life capacity to heal and be well. For each star, be creative and try to make up different things, dances, drama (play), word puzzles, proverbs, etc., that represents and brings to life the particular star.

 

“Zola Up on Us:” Five Star Family Enhancement Plan

(Remember, Remind, Reframe, Revitalize and Reward)

 

  1. Remember: Remember who we are and whose we are. We should remember that we are a magnificent people birthed from the womb of Mother Africa. We are African people living in the diaspora (USA). From Kemet (Egypt) to Kansas City, from Sudan to Suriname, from Ouagadugou to West Oakland, from South Africa to South Carolina, from St. Croix to St. Louis, from Mali to Mississippi, from Brixton to Brooklyn, we have been visionaries and have borne visionaries and the valiant, peacemakers, powerbrokers, scholars and seers scientists, business magnates, and healers. We are awesome beyond measure and as ancient as the origins of humanity itself. We belong to a people deeply rooted in spirit that is expressed in our bodies, traditions of family-hood and kinship.

Zola (Love) has healing power. Think about and discuss the many forms of Zola (love) expressed in our daily lives and strengthen and inspires us

 

  1. Remind: Sometimes thinking about the terror our people have endured angers us and we don’t want to talk about it. Even though many of us wish it were not so, White supremacy/racism is still the underbelly of Western society; and, when it comes to Black people (Diasporan and Continental), regardless of socio-economic status, we live in a toxic and hostile environment. We should remind ourselves that during the Ebola virus outbreak, the underbelly of white supremacy in this country facilitated the ease of outdooring more racial assaults, profiling and anti-Black sentiments based on skin color. Syphilis testing was done on our ancestors and Black women suffered the forced sterilization. We are experiencing massive government sanctioned police killings of our youths. Being suspicious about what is really going on is good to do. Just don’t be unduly alarmed, fearful, and immobilized in your

Think about and discuss ways to “Zola Up On” each other as a reminder of who we are and whose we are. Focus on the love.

 

  1. Reframe: In response to the various orders to shelter-in-place, selected areas being quarantine, etc., re-caste these directives according to our way. Shelter-in- place should not be a call for us to create and defend “family (man) caves” that are created for only the few to survive. Don’t slip and slide into individualism, selfishness and fear. Our way honors the collective, the elevation, and enhancement of us

Think about and discuss ways to Zola Up On” each other as ways to redefine the various survival strategies to bring safety and protection to us all. How can we use this time, as an “incubation period,” to create new ways of being family and community.

 

  1. Revitalize: What is “vital” (absolutely necessary for life)? It is very very important that we take this time to hold up in high regard and deep respect the idea of family and communiy. We have an opportunity to examine our life and living as family centered and community located. We can use this time to recall and/or recreate the ways we enjoy and learn from being together. This can be a time to restructure our living space so that we have areas for honoring our ancestors, being quiet, having a family repository of memorabilia, building a library of the twenty books Black children should read and the twenty books every Black parent should read. With the renovation of the living space, this would be a good time to also engage in family revitalizing activities. We could read to our children and have them read to us. We can co-create family games that inspire and elevate through imagination. We could co-author a family victorious play with everyone playing a role. Use this time to co-create that most delicious and nutritious meal using immune strengthening and antiviral ingredients such as cayenne, garlic, oregano, passionflower, turmeric, honey, Echinacea, chamomile, fruits and green vegetables. This could be a perfect time to interview and record the life stories of the oldest members of the family. We could have our children call (FaceTime) absent members and simply say, “I love you”

Think about and discuss ways to Zola Up On” each other that inspires us to be even better at living and doing what we

 

  1. Reward: Giving thanks for doing good is key to enhancing the fabric of family. We should do good because it is good to do good. Rewarding our goodness in words, songs and deeds is a best practice that acknowledges our worth and value. Little girls dancing with their fathers or little boys dancing with their mothers is rewarding and restorative. Seeing our parents dancing and laughing together is healing. Saying I am better because of you or that my life goes better with you is

Collectively think about and discuss ways in which we can acknowledge and reward the good that is a “Zola Up On” our families, each other and everyone we cherish.

 

Neighborhood (Resurrecting) Community

Karenga, M (2020) “Black People Rising and Reaffirming: Resurrection, Repair, Renewal and Remaking Ourselves and the World.” KIPAS NEWS & NOTES, LA

The central teachings of our traditional spiritual, psychological and social systems for living (renewal and resurrection) was to:

  1. Seek and speak truth of ourselves and the world;
  2. Do and demand justice in our relationships, society and the world;
  3. Remember and revere our elders and ancestors;
  4. Cherish and challenge our children to have and demonstrate ethical and expansive conceptions of themselves;
  5. Care for and struggle with the vulnerable in their efforts to raise and liberate themselves;
  6. Have a rightful relationship with the environment;
  7. Love each other, AND respect each other
  8. Constantly struggle to bring, increase and sustain good in the

 

Do this and do it righteously and together as Black men and women, then we can “stand up in the social coffins” constructed for us, as survivors of our intended burial, and as builders of a new world where life and love and the happiness they bring are cherished in an honored, deeply devoted and daily practice.

How can you and your family practice each one of these? Collectively create specific activities that inspires us to be even better at living and doing what we do.

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Personhood (Revitalizing) Conduct

 

The Ten Principles of Initiatory Mastery

 

  1. Mastery of one’s thoughts
  2. Mastery of one’s behavior/actions
  3. Devotion to a higher purpose
  4. Faith in the ability of the teacher to teach the truth
  5. Faith that one can know/recognize the truth
  6. Faith that one can use the truth
  7. Freedom from resentment when punished
  8. Freedom from resentment when wronged
  9. Ability to tell right from wrong
  10. Ability to tell the difference between the real and the unreal

 

Think about and discuss ways to do and show mastery of each so as to be and do that which is life affirming.

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Two Rules of Culture
  1. Sense of Appropriateness: The rule of culture wherein behavior is governed by its purpose and directed by notions of formality, deference and
  2. Sense of Excellence: The rule of culture wherein behavior is governed by the synthesis between personal style and character and the desire for perfection, affirmation and ascension

 

Think about and discuss ways that you or how you can teach your children to conduct themselves in appropriate ways that demonstrated your (their) best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Living the Virtuous (Society) Life

Goddard, L and Patricia Nunley, “Corona Pandemic: Suggestions for Maintaining Health and Wellness” (Submitted to Oakland Post Newspaper Group (2020) Oak, Ca.

 

Our Ancestors in ancient Kemet, believed that the cardinal virtues of Ma’at were designed to achieve human perfectibility and to keep order, maintain respect, and bring oneness with the Creator. Ma’at represents the ethical and moral principle that everyone was expected to follow throughout their daily lives. The virtues are interdependent and inseparable.

 

During and after this time of dread, we should think about and discuss ways to practice living the “virtuous life“ wherein we act with honor and truth in matters that involve family, the community, the world, the environment, and the Divine.

Truth – This is the perfect environment for rumors to spread like wildfire.

Be especially mindful of this reality and diligently seek to ascertain the truth to avoid allowing reckless panic to drive your decisions.

How can you and your family speak and do truth? Create specific activities that inspire us practice truth telling, especially to power.

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Justice – The reality is during times like this, we as a people, will collectively be negatively impacted. Do not fall prey to participating in or encouraging behaviors that are unfair or unjust. Even if you have the power and authority. Do not be a bully. Share your power; allow others to practice having a “voice”.

How can you and your family create specific activities that allow you to practice being just and fair?

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Prepared (V.5.2020) by                                                                                      13

Baba Dr. Wade W. Nobles

Ifágbemì Sàngódáre, Nana Kwaku Berko I, Bejana, Onebunne

 

 

Righteousness – Engage in behaviors that demonstrate acts of kindness and consideration. Do unto others as you would like them to do to you. Heaping loving kindness on others keeps you in a positive state.

Think about and discuss ways you and your family can practice behaviors that demonstrate acts of kindness, even when it is not desired or warranted

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Reciprocity – Make sure everyone has a role in helping the family during this time. Engage in activities that are mutually beneficial to everyone. Do not blast music that only you like; do not hog shared spaces or items, etc.

Think about and discuss ways you and your family can model volunteering to do things for each other and the whole family.

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Balance – This principle relates directly to the strategies noted below in Harmony. Balance being in your “own space” with being “together in the space.” Balance also is important as it relates to EVERYTHING the family consumes during this time.

Think about and discuss ways you and your family can find the right mix in everything you do (work, play, sleep time awake time, reading, watching TV, etc.)

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Harmony – As time passes getting along with each other can become more challenging. Schedule intentional breaks from each other. Call it meditation time, reading time, or journaling time.

Think about and discuss ways you and your family can find harmony in doing what you do beyond trying to balance “my time/space” and “our time/space.”

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Order – Predictably the current chaos that some are experiencing can be worse. Remember to stay in control of the things that you can control.

Think about and discuss ways you and your family can intentionally establish and maintain order, include eating, sleeping, and playing.

 

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Each virtue, as interdependent and inseparable concepts, should also be used personally and collectively to address the emotional effects of this worldwide pandemic about the way we be we in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared (V.5.2020) by                                                                                     16

Baba Dr. Wade W. Nobles

Ifágbemì Sàngódáre, Nana Kwaku Berko I, Bejana, Onebunne

 

Follow Up and Follow Through #ZolaUpOnUs

Which “activity” did you choose to try?

 

 

 

 

 

What did you and your family do? be specific, describe what you did or are doing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did the activity show Zola (love)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did it make you and/or members of your family feel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared (V.5.2020) by                                                                                      17

Baba Dr. Wade W. Nobles

Ifágbemì Sàngódáre, Nana Kwaku Berko I, Bejana, Onebunne

 

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Dr. Lawford Goddard at lawfordg@gmail.com

 

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Prepared (V.5.2020) by                                                                                      18

Baba Dr. Wade W. Nobles

Ifágbemì Sàngódáre, Nana Kwaku Berko I, Bejana, Onebunne

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