Binding Up My Blues

My Ritual

Follow the Ribbon Skirt Teachings Of Tala Tootoosis >> YouTube 01 >> All About Ribbon Skirts

Perform the Smudging Ritual

Say a Prayer

Drum and/or Sing a Water Song >> Pura Fe

Sit with your feet on the Earth to ground you to the land.  Let the land absorb your Blues, i.e. physical pain, sorrow, broken heart, despair, loneliness, and intergenerational trauma.

Do deep breathing to center yourself.  Relax.  Let go of yesterday.  Focus all your energies (physical, mental, spiritual, emotional) on being in the present moment.

To create Water Is Life indigo medicine cloth listen to nature sounds of water. Visualize being water. For me I visualize being at Currituck in the Atlantic Ocean.


My Reflections

My Strong Indigenous Woman Outfit

This ritual and indigo dying process are about transformation and healing.  My Momma said, “if we can witness transformation, we can believe that we can transform ourselves no matter our circumstance.”  We all are broken and suffer from The Blues.  But here is where art imitates life in listening to Blues music.  The Blues are about a “Stormy Monday,” “Goin’ Crazy With The Blues,” and “Poor Man Blues.” Blues music is about raw feelings that tear at our flesh.  My indigo blue colors are rooted in my walking out The Blues in real life.  Not only for myself but for Doris, Minnie, Mat, and for intergenerational trauma.

My brokenness manifests itself through my waking dreams and what my mind says to my heart.  These waking dreams and my mind talk compounded by the isolation of Covid almost killed me.  Now my focus is sharp with a laser focus on living with courage, choosing to be happy, and making things with my hands. My reality of transforming my brokenness and healing myself is letting go of yesterday.  My grandmother, Minnie, always taught me this truth, but it’s a hard lesson for me to learn.

My Spiritual Guidance Verse For Today

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Galatians 5:16 NIV

Published by Carola Jones, Artist

Indigenous Artist, Writer, Designer | Internet Techie | Pow Wow Dancer | Lover of Dyeing Cloth Especially With Indigo, Madder & Marigold | 4th Generation Hand Embroidery & Sewing Enthusiastic | Working Traveler | NC Toisnot & Mattamuskeet Tuscarora & FL Seminole | Algonquin Gullah Mixed Blood

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