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5 ways to live into your name

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Kujichagulia is the practice of naming ourselves and the struggle to do so. It's a way to get out of the way of our lives, so we can know ourselves and name our struggles. We want others to see us as we see ourselves; we want them to realize our humanity and greatness, as we do. Kujichagulia shows us how to live into our own names, to develop a presence guided by a deep understanding of our own selves.

Kujichagulia is about self-recognition, it's about knowing who you are, and being known as yourself in your communities — feeling like you belong in your relationships with others, being known and seen as yourself in your community and family— by yourself, for yourself.

So here are five ways for living into your own name:

1. Self-determination is your birthright.

2. You have the right to name yourself, and you have the duty to do so.

3. Narration — what you say about yourself — has power and consequence, so use it properly and deliberately.

4. Freedom comes with power; you must have a purpose for your freedom and power, but it's up to you to choose it.

5. Take responsibility for naming yourself in order to define the world around you.

The struggle for Kujichagulia is about living as who we are, as people with value and dignity. It's about building a community where our humanity is seen and valued, a space where we can flourish and be known for ourselves. It's not just about speaking our names; it's about feeling the belonging that comes from being known in our own spaces so that we can engage with the world from a place of strength. This is the vision of Kujichagulia that we have been working towards in Gye-Nyame Journey — this is what we are growing that bears fruit.

Of course we have to leave you with some questions to wrestle with:

What does Kujichagulia mean to you?

What does being able to name yourself mean to you?

Tell us about the first time you remember being seen as yourself?

How would you describe yourself to a stranger?

How would others describe you?

Here is your Proverb:

"A man who cries all the time is not heard."

Here is a sample page from #NguzoSabaChallenge SelfMastery Journal:

Kujichagulia Toast Podcast


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