Day 4, Ujamaa, Collective Economics: Gifts from Me for Inspired By The Kwanzaa Tradition

Day 4: Ujamaa, Collective Economics

December 26, 2013

For the next 8 days, I will give you gifts (including some of My Beauty & Wellness Secrets) of My Creative Expressions inspired by the Principles of Kwanzaa!  Why?  Because (1) gift-giving is one of My Fetishes and this is a series of special posts to address many questions I receive about maintaining your wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit; and (2) this venture is part of My continuing gifts to improve the state of the Fetish Scene (and beyond) today, which, as with all things, begins and ends with each of Us.  So, I give you opportunities to expand your awareness and education, and to enjoy being creative!

The Kwanzaa tradition was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga who created a uniquely, African-American and Pan-African holiday which is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. Kwanzaa is related to many African celebrations of the first harvest.  (Read more on Holidays.net.)

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mkeka "the mat"Today, the fourth day of Kwanzaa’s Principles is Ujamaa, Collective Economics: To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.

Pronounced: (oo-jah-MAH)

Symbol: The Mkeka (pronounced mm-KAY-kah) is a mat woven of fabric, raffia, or even paper that the other holiday implements rest upon.  It symbolizes the experiences, culture, achievements and sacrifices of Our ancestors upon which Our lives are built.  CLICK the graphic to download pattern for crafts with kids!  Note:  There are 7 Symbols of Kwanzaa.  I have included them in no specific order.

I make it a habit not to publicly discuss financial situations concerning Myself and/or any of My associates.  So, I approach this post with the concept of wealth and prosperity in terms of emotional and spiritual “currency.”  The concept of currency derived from an exchange of services, goods, needs, desires – things that add to the quality of life.

Ujamaa propels Me to forge forward with My commitment to restoring Fetish to its rightful place of respect, Art, and integrity at its best.  This year, I created 2 community building ventures:

The DommeSalon™ as a cooperative effort to offer valuable resources to not only Dommes, but anyone interested in developing and maintaining healthy, Fetish practices in Her/his life.  I launched the site with the assistance of only 1 Domme that I know only in passing and I began to receive articles from a number of fabulous Divas!  While it has been an extremely challenging year for Me, the contributions continue to come in and I look forward to building the site with Sister Editors in the future.  Check out the resources currently available on The DommeSalon™.

And by all means, if you would like to make a contribution, please contact The DommeSalon™  with what you would like to share!

I was also thrilled to have created EpicuresNYC Private Members Fetish Club where We enjoy communing with like-minds and energies in gorgeous surroundings with delicious delights!  We have regular SWIRL AfterWork ClassicFetish Soirees where We invite the public to check Us out while We do the same.  We’ve met a variety of lovely people who are now part of Our private Play dates!

I offer these values to The Community to build upon the wealth of information that We can all share when We come together to support each other.

So, in what ways can you/do you contribute to and support the wealth of your communities?

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Always MY Pleasure & The Best,
Mistress Didi*

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Being a Lifestyle Dominant for Her entire life, The Mistress Didi* has explored various aspects of the BDSM and D/s Scenes including 24/7 relationships, slave ownership, Professional Domination (before it became synonymous with “hoochies with whips) and Fetish Event Planning.  The Mistress Didi* has benefited from an extensive education in the functions of the human body and psyche, holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Therapy and is currently working on Her PhD.