A Child’s Song
By Alan Dana Cohen
There is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come.
And after she’s heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child’s father, and teaches it to him. And then, when they make love to physically conceive the child, some of that time they sing the song of the child, as a way to invite it.
And then, when the mother is pregnant, the mother teaches that child’s song to the midwives and the old women of the village, so that when the child is born, the old women and the people around her sing the child’s song to welcome it. And then, as the child grows up, the other villagers are taught the child’s song.
If the child falls, or hurts its knee, someone picks it up and sings its song to it. Or perhaps the child does something wonderful, or goes through the rites of puberty, then as a way of honoring this person, the people of the village sing his or her song.
In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.
The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. And it goes this way through their life.
In marriage, the songs are sung, together. And finally, when this child is lying in bed, ready to die, all the villagers know his or her song, and they sing—for the last time—the song to that person.
You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn’t In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well.
You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you’ll find your way home.
Taken from www.purplebalancesuperfoods.com
I was shocked to hear that certain products such as bread contain E920 L-Cysteine but in the same breath not that shocked as food with any additive in this world has now got so much things we are aware and not aware of that is not good for us.
E920 IS obtained from human hair, pig hair and duck feathers (there is a synthetic form rarely used) due to the additive some breads and biscuits should be avoided, I choose not to eat pork and found this shocking that it is not clearly indicated on bread and biscuit packets.
Also the thought of human hair is off putting and I feel strongly that food should be labeled so everyone can choose for themselves.
I have since checked the label of breads here in the UK and I have found that some do contain it, I also researched various websites.
I have been wanting to get back into baking my bread and I will most defiantly take the time to do so as well as visit the bakery.
Here is some more information followed by useful links below
E920 : L-Cysteine
An essential amino acid, present in all protein (essential indicates that it is needed by the human body). Derived from proteins, including animal protein and hair.
Function & Characteristics:
Bread enhancer. It stabilises the structure of leavened bread.
Acceptable daily intake (ADI) :
None. E920 can be obtained from animal sources, including pork. It should thus be avoided by Muslims, Jews, Hindus and vegans.
There are some useful links below with more research and information
Article by Dr Yunes Teinaz
Fed up of these if I get 100000 likes this person said I can have this or that. In case you did not know Facebook now charges for Facebook pages to post and promote status up dates.
Without paying these silly fees our post and updates only reach a few followers! Yes Facebook has started charging and it started with our pages.
Also for some accounts when an image reaches a certain amount of likes then they start monetizing their videos and images meaning they get paid for your likes.
Any way why like an image so someone can get a puppy or make a decision in their lives that is just crazy to me.
We are a society that feels the need to now involve social media in raising our children or making decisions in life?