RESPECTING OUR FAMILIAL ROOTS AND THEIR LEGACIES
Our futures shine brightest when we acknowledge our past.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Ever catch yourself sipping on your nana’s favorite stress relief elixir or telling your friends the tough love advice your teenage self swore you’d never repeat? Preserving our rituals is a way to sustain a connection to the past and promote a sense of identity through shared values. Old rituals from our community can inspire our present and future, nurturing a legacy of greatness and well-being.
Rituals are the framework for coping with life’s challenges and honoring important events and transitions. They are echoes of wisdom and community filtered through personal experiences that keep us tethered and affirm our limitless light. Keep reading if you’re ready for a joy-scroll that’s generations in the making. Here’s how a few lightworkers are carrying the torch of tradition and paying homage to their roots.
Nurture your nature.
Many traditions are a reminder to reconnect to our planet. Lightworker Amy Yeung‘s daily devotional honors indigenous Dinétah wisdom through ancestral lands.
“Each day, I set my intentions at sunrise. I listen to Father Sky and Mother Earth. It’s the connection to this land — my ancestral land — that drives me, who I am, and what I do.” — Amy Yeung, activist, and fashion designer
Control the narrative.
When Lightworker Lily Li began her work with Send Chinatown Love, she knew it was important to drive attention to the richness and beauty of the neighborhood she called home. The grassroots organization was founded to support and advocate for business owners in NYC’s Chinatown after the devastating impact of 2020.
“Living in Chinatown has built my understanding of what home is. This is where my parents and my grandparents could feel comfortable in their own skin. I experienced Chinatown as a lived-in place full of loving memories versus a place of transaction, exoticism, or a photo-op. Our work is storytelling what’s here — not the rebranding of it.” — Lily Li, Digital Designer
Welcome your ancestors.
Lightworker Xoài Pham is a stunning speaker and activist for underserved voices on the margins of our community. Through her writing and presence, she continues to offer safer spaces for others, but when it comes to soulcare, Xoài has a tradition of relying on the divine feminine power of her lineage.
“When I feel anxious, I place both hands on my heart and imagine the hands of my mother, her mother, and all of my ancestors, holding me.” — Xoài Pham, activist, writer, model
Let us know what rituals you’re passing down. Share your traditions in the comments!