I am because we are. This is a proverb that points directly to what the late Dadisi Soyinka called the "I/We Polarity." This polarity describes the dynamic ways in which the individual must sometimes sacrifice for the group and vice versa. As individuals, we absolutely yearn for deep, intimate relationships with the people we trust. We content ourselves with small talk, social media and public places (like concerts, movies, and shopping), but these will never sufficiently enable us to share our authentic selves.
We need people around us who can help us to develop, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. We need other people to help us become better at our professions, better members of our communities and better family members. As such, we know - intellectually - that we also need to be more vulnerable. But somehow, the difficulty and pain that in also endemic to intimacy always seems to get in the way, right? How do we find people who will really protect our best interests and maintain confidentiality? Where can we find the kind of sincerity, depth and support we need in our lives? Trust is a precious thing, indeed. It is, without a doubt, the missing ingredient in building strong relationships that withstand the test of time.
The Orisa Lifestyle Academy is dedicated to helping you to organize and participate in a small group of people with whom you can have in-depth conversation and share intimately about the most important things in your life; your happiness and sadness, your hopes and fears, your beliefs and convictions. We call these groups IJINLE, which means "deep talk" in Yoruba language. IJINLE represents what is most essential in life:
IJINLE represents what who you are at your deepest level. Based upon the work of Obafemi Origunwa, whose work as a teacher, counselor and Ifa priest has led him to the conclusion that most people know their own deep truth, IJINLE is an ongoing invitation for individuals to come together and focus on what matters most. IJINLE addresses our need for a support team to help us during challenging times and to celebrate with us during triumphant times. By bridging the gaps between our personal lives and the communities we serve, IJINLE can helps us find joy and fulfillment. IJINLE is a unique opportunity for us to live the medicine that will heal our lives and the lives of the people we are destined to serve. Learn more at the Orisa Lifestyle & Mental Health Retreat.