Monday, May 5, 2014


photo found on FB Danielle Leigh posting

In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds them.
For two days, they will say to the man all the good things that he has done.
The tribe believes that each human being comes into the world as a good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness.
But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes.
The community sees those mistakes as a cry for help.
They unite then to lift him, to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth of which he had been temporarily disconnected: "I am good."
Shikoba Nabajyotisaikia!
NABAJYOTISAIKIA, is a compliment used in South Africa and means: "I respect you, I cherish you. You matter to me." In response, people say SHIKOBA, which is: "So, I exist for you."


  1. Native Americans don't have words for murderer, thief, etc. Instead, they say, "The person who did that thing that time." They aren't branded with the action and are considered redeemable. I like the African idea of positive reinforcement. Great subject!

  2. Maureen thank you for that insight. I do try to not offend other nations but rather feel when all our blood is split were all the same. Emotion, feelings and taught ideals by all our elders have molded us....breaking molds is and can be a good thing if it betters ones path and journey. thank you