Happy New Year! Today, on the seventh and final day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Imani (Faith) which is to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, & the righteousness & victory of our struggle. 

Today’s reflection on Imani comes from our Healing Coordinator, Xan

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  

How Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Expresses Grief Through Action

In Wakanda Forever, we see examples of Faith/Imani in Wakandan grief rituals of burying the dead; going to the ancestor realm, and in Dora Milaje trusting the new Black Panther. These examples remind us to trust the process and honor moments of transition while also staying connected to our people and roots. 

Practice Imani by gathering as a family and commit to one practice you will do individually or as a family regularly. This can look like committing to: drink water, go for a walk, call a relative, read together. 

*Pro Tip: Whatever you think of, cut it in half to start. You can increase over time. This is about building trust in yourself and each other.

Reflect on Faith: Use this affirmation or mantra to ground in Imani.

Trust the process.
Trust the practice.
Trust loving-kindness.