|Stephanie Rose Bird "Change in Direction" Watercolor and Ink on Paper|
Nature has the power to heal. It uplifts our spirits, particularly when we move from one season to the next. This movement and transformation, in terms of how we perceive our world, brings to mind the traditional Yoruban word 'ashe'. Sometimes you will see this word used with an exclamation point, though whether or not one is required is debatable.
|Stephanie Rose Bird, "Nugget of Truth" Mixed Media on Paper|
I am starting the 2015 April A to Z Challenge with ashe representing A. Ashe is many things. The one I will focus on, is ashe representing the invisible power of nature. Ashe is present in the shift we feel, as dormant leaves, bulbs and flowers awaken, showing their vibrant colors. Further, healing medicines created from nature, for example, teas, incense, powders, washes, soaps and balms, are all imbued with ashe.
Ashe is nature at its most powerful. It lends itself to daily spiritual living. Even the purposefully spoken word, ones that deserve but don't necessarily need an exclamation point behind them, contain ashe.
Notes on my Theme:
This post is written for the 2015 A to Z Challenge. During this challenge, participating bloggers post once a day, in alphabetical order. This is done 6 days per week. Sundays are off. My theme presents words that are exciting. These words serve as thematic motifs in my writing. My theme also revolves around exclamation points. The words I've chosen can replace the dreaded exclamation point, which writers are urged to avoid.