On St. Croix, we missed the wrath of Hurricane Dorian.
As you know, our brothers and sisters in The Bahamas were not as lucky. Hurricane Dorian showed them no mercy at all.
A friend of mine lost a cousin in Hurricane Dorian. She drowned – she was only 24.
“What we have seen in the past few days has been sublime in its horror,” says Erica Moiah James in an article for the New York Times “We need everyone’s help and kindness,” writes Erica. “We need tarps, tents, sleeping bags, batteries, flashlights, heavy equipment, generators, chain saws, electrical workers, and people capable of rebuilding communication towers and homes. We need nonperishable food, wipes, adult and children’s diapers, bug spray.”
Although Dorian spared my island, I’ll never forget how lonely I felt as the skies darkened. Dorian was only a storm when it passed over us. I was home alone with my sick Mom. As light rain fell, I wondered what I would do if strong winds ripped the roof off my house and exposed me and Mom to the elements.
Climate change is no stranger to my people. We are on the front lines. Dorian, Maria, Irma, Hugo – the names of monster hurricanes linger in our memories long after the storms and camera crews have gone. We think about what life was like before and after each storm.
I dedicated a chapter to climate change in my book, Meditations Across The River because I felt I had no choice. The reality of climate change is staring my people in the face. While working on my book, Hurricanes Irma and Maria demolished the Virgin Islands and other island nations. We have not fully recovered. There’s still so much work ahead of us.
Climate change is one of the great issues of our generation. It’s an urgent human and civil rights issue. We cannot ignore it and we cannot be silent.
We can all help in some way. Even before Dorian formed in the Atlantic, my friend Maria, a local activist on St. Croix was challenging folks to commit to planting at least ten trees. She’s ambitious. Not sure I’ll plant ten trees this year, but I’ll do my best to plant at least five.
There are dozens of ways to make a difference and I shared a few of them in my book. These are challenging times. Take care of yourself emotionally, spiritually and physically. Ask for help if you need it. Offer help when you can. We are not meant to fight this battle alone. Have to run, but I would love to hear from you. If you write, I’ll respond as soon as I can.
Still available for spiritual readings if you need one.
As you know, taking care of the elderly is no easy
task, and it’s expensive. I have tough decisions to make.
Anyway, before I came, my good friend from Nigeria
reminded me that Spirit will help me as I work though the challenges of
It was comforting to hear him say that…
And so I wanted to pass those words on to you…
I don’t know what you’re facing these days, but I know
how life is.
And life has consistently shown me that there’s always
a challenge, or tough test waiting for us around the corner. Sometimes you see
it coming but many times you don’t.
When challenges come from all directions, it’s easy to
feel overwhelmed, or like there’s no way out.
Fortunately, that’s when Spirit steps in to help us
out. You might feel alone, but the key is to remember you’re not alone.
Yes, my friend, your prayers are being heard in the
Each challenge is an an opportunity to grow and to
consider options we might not have discovered on our own.
As you call on your ancestors or spirit guides for
support, be sure to do your part by staying positive and active physically,
mentally and spiritually.
On St. Croix, I’ve been walking and going to the beach
every day. It helps me to look at task ahead of me and Mom in a different ways.
If you’ve been feeling supported by Spirit lately, I would love to hear about it. If you haven’t been feeling supported, I would love to hear from you too. So, reply to this blog, and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
Anyways, on a recent trip to perform a spiritual ceremony in Hawaii, my friend Nicole said something I want to share with you.
She learned it from one of her mentors. It’s about planting and harvesting. You don’t always harvest in the same season you plant. The harvest might come much, much later.
I love this reminder….
Too often we’re impatient. I wrote about impatience in my book, Meditations Across The King’s River.
About how our society conditions us to think every dream, every vision, and every thing we plant should come to fruition right away. Then, of course, we get mad when it doesn’t or assume that something must be wrong.
Well, it just isn’t so… Your harvest will come. If you keep planting consistently; if you decide your dream is more powerful than any obstacle you might face. Here’s how I keep myself grounded as I continue to plant the seeds of my projects around the world.
By taking time out for daily spiritual practice.
By taking time out for daily exercise.
By staying connected to people who inspire me.
By continuing to learn from my many mentors.
I would love to know what you’re planting these days. If you reply to this blog,
I’ll respond as quickly as I can.
Until then, all my love.
James Weeks P.S. If you would like a signed copy of my book, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know if you prefer to purchase a softcover cover or a hard cover. James Weeks Meditations Across The King’s River
During my last trip home to St. Croix to visit Mom, I went for walks every single morning, and was blessed to do three book signings for Meditations Across The King’s River.
And during one of my morning walks, two words came to me that I want to share with you.
These are important word. Remember them. You can’t move forward if you make excuses for why you should stay where you are.
And you shouldn’t apologize to anyone who judges you because you’ve decided you want a better life for yourself.
The only one who needs to approve of your vision is you..
Be careful with excuses. They pop up in many ways and often seem like valid, logical reasons.
Do any of these reasons sounds familiar to you ?
I’ll do it but not right now.
I need more information.
Takes too long.
Not sure I have what it takes.
What if it does’t work out?
But I’ll miss Game of Thrones
After the kids are grown.
After the Raiders game.
What will others think?
Here’s a tip. Instead of finding comfort in excuses, think of the number one reason why you need to move forward. In the business world we call this knowing your WHY.
Let me tell you something, my friend. There is another world waiting for you, and I believe you have more options than you think. You do not have to stay where you are. You can live a more empowered life.
Talk soon. Until then, no excuses.
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Of course we all know this, but we often forget — until something happens that snaps us back to this reality.
For me, that something happened recently while traveling.
I got a text from a dear friend from St. Croix. It wasn’t good news. Her son-in-law, a bright young man I had the pleasure of meeting during my last trip home to the Virgin Islands is no longer with us.
A car accident ended his life..
I’ve been thinking about him every day since then.
I liked his energy and admired his vision for the future. He had plans to build a home and raise a family.
One moment he was here and the next moment he was gone. Less than 45 days after we met.
Life is unpredictable. You know this and I know it. Yet we often act as though we have all the time in the world to do or say what really matters to us.
Each moment counts, each moment is precious, each moment is a rare gift.
I’m sharing this message because it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important and who’s important in our lives.
Life is a mystery and who knows how much time we have on this journey to earth. But we can decide to celebrate this gift we have been given, we can decide to live life to your fullest, we can decide to love.
We can decide to live our best life…
…That’s what I plan to do. I am praying you will too!
Would love to hear your thought so please reply, and I will respond as soon as I can. And if you’re struggling with anything please feel free to write as well.
Until then, all my love.
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One of the first things Julie mentioned is how tough it is to deal with adversity, and how easy it is to forget that facing adversity is part of the challenge of following your purpose.
I talk about this in my book too…
While I think it’s true that the universe will support you as you speak your truth and attempt to live a life of meaning and purpose.
It’s also true that you will face opposition sooner or later. Not everyone will support who you are and what you’re about.
Sometimes the people you think you can count on the most, will let you down. Has this happened to me? Yes, of course. Will it happen to you? Count on it. (But remember that it’s normal).
So how do you get through what you’re going through right now, and stay on track withwhat at you feel called to do or what you promised you would do?
Here’s what works for me…
Focus on who you feel called to serve instead of yourself. The mission must be greater than yourself.
Take one step at at time and enjoy each step of the journey. You can’t do it all at once.
Understand that the people who won’t support you will help you understand and and appreciate who DOES support you.
Maintain a daily spiritual practice and eat a sensible diet. You can’t function with a broke down body or a broke down spirit.
Here’s what I want you get as you listen to the interview, Barbara. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Stay in the game. You can get through this.
Challenges will come and challenges will go. Haters will come and haters will go.
But you can get through this. Now is not the time to give up. Feel free to write to tell me what you’re going through and I will respond as soon as possible.
Talk soon! P.S. Don’t forget to download the interview. You’ll find it helpful. P.S. If you would like a signed copy of my book, email me at email@example.com, and let me know if you prefer to purchase a softcover cover or a hard cover.
All my love! James WeeksMeditations Across The King’s River
Three words came to me from my ancestors this morning, and I was told to share them with you.
…Focus, Faith @ Follow Through.
I hope you remember these words. I plan to remember them.
I believe that if you can remember these words on a daily basis for at least 90 days, amazing things can happen for you. There can be a tremendous shift not only in your life but in your lifestyle.
And some things you’re struggling with right now will become distant memories.
You can go from feeling stuck to feeling free…
And from feeling unsure to feeling empowered. And from barely surviving to thriving.
How does this sound to you? What would a more empowered life look like or feel like for you?
Focus, Faith and Follow Through is important to me right now because I’m on an international book tour to promote my book, Meditations Across The King’s River.
However, I’m still doing spiritual consultations for clients, and I’m still working on my film bit by bit.
This month, April, I’ll be doing book signings in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As I work with clients, sometimes it becomes clear that what’s holding them back is lack of focus. It’s not that they don’t have good ideas; sometime the real issue is that they are chasing too many good ideas.
Here’s the thing. If everything is your focus, then nothing is your focus. Narrow your goals down to one or two things.
And faith? Without faith it’s hard to stay energized, or draw the right resources or people to you. And without faith you’ll give up when you should keep going, even if you’re on the verge of success.
And follow through? Nothing can happen without it.
I hope you can remember these words — focus, faith and follow-through, for at least 90 days, my friend. I don’t know what your aspirations are but I know you deserve better. We all do.
What you envision for your life is possible.
I would love to know what you would like to achieve in the next 90 days. Feel free to write and I will respond as soon as possible.
Until then, may the ancestors continue to guide and protect you.
A few weeks ago I attended a workshop with one of my mentors…
He believes there are only nine things that could hold you back from rising to the top in 2019.
Well, I’ll be honest…
He said there are ten things that could hold you back, but I’ve decided to share nine of them.
Being paralyzed by fear is first on the list.
Thinking but not taking action.
Being too comfortable with your present situation.
Acting from a state of desperation instead of working from a plan.
Being too concerned with the opinions of others.
Being obsessed with results instead of taking action.
Short term thinking instead of long term thinking.
Lack of belief in yourself and your vision.
I love the framework of potential stumbling blocks my mentor provided, because it’s easy to grasp.
…And the beautiful thing is that if you are feeling stuck right now I challenge you to review this list to see if any of these nine items apply to you. If so, address it, deal with it. Don’t let 2019 end up being just like 2018 unless you’re happy with how 2018 turned out.
I review this list weekly as I plan my next steps for promoting my book and working on my film.
Would love to hear what you’re struggling with. So please comment on this blog, and I’ll be sure to respond with tips to help you out.
That’s what my mentor, Dr. Afolabi Epega used to say. His Spirit follows me around everywhere I go, and that’s why I had to share some of his wisdom in my book, Meditations Across The King’s River.
Some Spirits never leave you alone. LoL!
The photo of Baba in this newsletter was taken when he was a very young man. Baba was a scientist as well as a fifth generation Ifa priest. He taught me the science and the art of Ifa divination.
And he died way too soon…
But his legacy and wisdom lives on. When Baba talks about keeping your doors open, he’s talking about relationships and friendships.
Pay close attention. His message applies to you — it applies to all of us.
Baba strongly felt we should not cling to people who want to leave us. “Never fight to stay in an unproductive relationship or friendship,” he said. If someone close to you wants to leave for any reason, by all means let her or him go. That’s right! Open your doors.
Here’s the thing.
By opening your doors, you make room for a new blessing, or a new relationship or friendship to enter your life. Blessings can’t enter a closed door.
Look! I know it’s not easy to let people go. But sometimes you have to, in order to grow. Like you, I’ve had to say goodbye to some folks. In many cases, I still love and miss them.
It’s painful at times, to be honest…
But then Baba’s words come back to me with clarity and warmth, and I realize that learning how to move on is one of the most important life lessons we all have to learn.
I would love to hear about your experiences in letting go…
So write me and I’ll be sure to write back as soon as time permits.
Until we talk again. All my love to you and your family!