The beautiful Esperanza Spalding covers Lauryn Hill’s Tell Him.
And then there’s the spoken word of Mayda de Valle. There’s something about de Valle that reminds me of the talented Alessandra Naccarato. In my eyes, they’re embodiments of nagyel, the Tibetan term sometimes translated as “divine pride”. It’s a reminder that there’s no reason to act small. It’s a reminder that pride (the kind that revolves around preserving our small selves, limiting egos + artificial labels drawn around us in sand) as well as reverse pride (that belief that we are not good enough, and again protecting our small selves, limiting egos + labels but in a self-deprecating way) serves no one.
Abuela, how did you pray before someone told you who your God should be? How did you hold the Earth in your hands and thank Her for it’s fecundity that the sea wash away your sadness? How did you humble yourself before your architect? Did you lower yourself to your knees or rock to the rhythm of ocean waves like I do. Grandma, some say faith is for the weak but I search for faith everywhere…We are all truly miraculous. – Mayda de Valle
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