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Open to the Grace That Has Been Given (mostly the music) March 11, 2023

Posted by ajoyfulpractice in 19-Day Fast, Baha'i, Bhakti, Changing Perspectives, Faith, Gratitude, Healing Stories, Hope, Lent, Lorraine Hansberry, Meditation, Music, One Hoop, Pain, Philosophy, Religion, Suffering, Wisdom, Yoga.
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Many blessings to all, and especially to those observing Lent, Great Lent, and/or the Baháʼí 19-Day Fast during this “Season for Non-violence” and all other seasons!

“MAMA [YOUNGER]: Crazy ’bout his children! God knows there was plenty wrong with Walter Younger hard-headed, mean, kind of wild with women – plenty wrong with him. But he sure loved his children. Always wanted them to have something be something. That’s where Brother gets all these notions, I reckon. Big Walter used to say, he’d get right wet in the eyes sometimes, lean his head back with the water standing in his eyes and say, ‘Seem like God didn’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams – but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worth while.’”

– quoted from Act I, Scene One of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning play A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, today in 1959. The play’s title came from the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. The plot of the play was inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s life. Dreams (and the possibility of dreams coming true – or not) are at the the heart of both the poem and the play. Click on the embedded links above to read more about the back stories.

Please join me for a 90-minute virtual yoga practice on Zoom today (Saturday, March 11th) at 12:00 PM. Use the link from the “Class Schedules” calendar if you run into any problems checking into the class. You can request an audio recording of this practice via a comment below or by emailing myra (at) ajoyfulpractice.com.

Saturday’s playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify. [Look for “05192021 Being in The Middle”]

NOTE: The before/after music includes different artists performing Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” (with an intro I don’t think I had ever heard): on YouTube it’s Jennifer Hudson; on Spotify it’s Aretha Franklin.

“To Mama:
in gratitude for the dream”

– quoted from the dedication of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


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