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Friday, August 7, 2015
- Being on a (my) path means that i have a general sense of the impact i want to make and how i want to show up in and with my family and community. And in the course of doing this, i am guided by a general set of principles that include reciprocity, justice, kindness and compassion, propriety and so on. My questions to you are: What did you come to this earth to do in your lifetime? What do you see as your destiny? What is the impact you want to have in the spaces you define?
- Being on a (my) path entails many things, including self-reflection, a commitment to learning from my and other's mistakes, loving myself, being non-judgmental, hard work and discipline, and a willingness to be flexible. My questions to you are: What does walking on your path entail? What is your commitment, in practice, to fulfilling your destiny? How does it look on a daily basis?
- Being on a (my) path requires disciplined, daily practice. Each person is different. But observation and experience has taught me that "discipline makes things easier." (Thank Dead Prez for this track).
- Being on a (my) path has implications for those around me. The choices i make, the things i do, how i care for myself (or not), what i say, etc., impact those around me. And vice versa. For example, i've recently closed my facebook account as part of an effort to focus my time and energy a bit differently. This has put me and a couple of close friends and family in the position where we now have to communicate differently. There are other examples that have far more significant implications i can point to, as can you perhaps. The bottom line is that regardless of the implications, living honestly, in alignment with your heart/your highest self and moving in the direction of fulfilling your destiny is the right thing to do. Relationships and situations will change, shift, evolve as you do...sometimes that can be hard. But it won't always be.
Friday, July 31, 2015
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- Self-care must be defined by each person for her/him/themself, but should always include rest. There is no shortage of studies that speak to the beneficial impacts of sleep and the harmful impacts of *not sleeping.* What may be considered other forms of care, however, vary vastly and can range from doing certain things to not doing certain things; being alone or being in community; spreading moments of care throughout the day or concentrating care in one day; fasting or indulging; and so on. Another important thing to note is that what self-care looks like one day may change another day...and that is OK. The key thing is to define what care means for you and make time to do it.
- Self-care helps create the conditions in people's bodies and lives that support and sustains them in the long run. Further, as a person remains firm to the commitment of care, she/he/they sends a message to family, friends, comrades and co-workers that her/his/their well-being matters and the practices to maintain well-being should be respected. People may agree with you or not; they may support you or not. The key thing is that you institutionalize your commitment to care through consistent practice.
- Having an accountability partner is often quite helpful when a person hits emotional lows, becomes especially busy and/or encounters moments when self-care gets the boot. This partner may be a friend, co-worker, family member, and/or someone with whom one crosses paths on a regular basis (at the gym, work, park, online, via email etc.). The key thing is that you are able to check in on a regular basis about your self-care practices and how you are doing.
Monday, July 27, 2015
There is nothing like being in a place where judgments are truly left at the door. Where showing up however i look, dress, feel is OK and i will be embraced and loved regardless. It is in these spaces that the deepest parts of the soul receive nourishment. And where one is steeled, reinforced and prepared for the ongoing work that leads us along the paths toward fulfillment of our destinies.
That experience - those experiences - followed by time spent with one of my Mothers, my Mom, niece and nephew, as well as valuable time spent alone in meditation and reflection in the quiet of my home inspired me to begin writing in this venue again.
A lot has transpired in the almost 2 years that this blog has sat in dormancy. My hope in this moment is that the blog will hold space for the articulation of meaningful thoughts, insights, analyses and reflections on a variety of topics from a philosophical and spiritual orientation.
Until next time.
Monday, October 14, 2013
- Don't get caught up in judging people when they go through things, but rather look for the lessons that their mistakes, decisions, etc. reveal. Though clearly an important lesson that can be applied in many situations, Ms. Vanzant offered this specifically in reference to a person who she interviewed for an upcoming show. (I don't remember his name).
- Don't underestimate the impact of "how" you were raised impacts your consciousness, how you view yourself, what you consider as possibilities/choices in life and more.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Recently i was asked to articulate my vision for the environmental movement. Such a question gave me pause as I searched my mind and heart for the content and form of an appropriate response.
What is the EJ movement? What are it's parameters? What is it's race/class/gender/cultural character? What strands exist among so-called moment actors? Toward what ends are their efforts directed?
I haven't yet done my research to answer these questions, hence my response, admittedly, was idealistic: To unite with other movements to end the systematic exploitation to and harmful treatment of people and the environment toward the creation of a new society that values life; values that are reflected in policies, laws and practices.
Yet to advance this, or any other vision, we have to lay the groundwork, do our studies on the development of industrial societies and the human and environmental degradation that evolved simultaneously; identify the fundamental contradictions of capitalism and the resource intensive industrial production, distribution, exchange, consumption and reproduction and trace their growth and transformation over time; map the faces and places harmed and/or destroyed directly and indirectly through practices and policies; and work with those moving in a similar direction to end this destruction while planting seeds of creation. This is no small task.
These are the conversations that must be had...difficult and time consuming as they are. And through this work we can know clearly where we stand, what we are fighting for and who is with us.