Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Thoughts of a diaspora-mom, woman of color, American, South Asian, Indian, maternal feminist & humanist---1
It’s when we travel/meet people different & diverse from us, that some of the titles/nomenclatures we read/or hear about when we were growing up, about other women, and their experiences, or terms and theoretical constructions employed in literature, history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economics, STEM disciplines, and add to these the events and movements of contemporary times, the most recent being the Women's March in DC and other cities, and also add to it our personal lives, stories, histories, experiences that we can just about begin to think about who we are... For what do we stand? What or for whom do we speak? What is it that represents us? And how much, and to what extent are we going to let things and others define us? At the end of it all, if we can begin to understand, discuss, learn, question, analyze, and most critically have conversations with ourselves, on how to improve ourselves within or without, whatever definitions we wish to hold ourselves, then perhaps there is hope for us…
And while I write this from the perspective of a woman, however, it is applicable to all, for as a historian by training, I visualize everything, especially history, from a tunnel aspect...our beginning point being A with Z being the end, which we don’t know when and how that will be. Thus if we are looking backwards, and try to connect the dots, there are some misses, some gains, sometimes one or the other being more….but if we can connect those dots well enough to keep the connections/processes going, it means we can have a reasonable level of understanding of ourselves and others, those in our life and not (public figures). Try it…in your mind…look backwards and connect the dots of your life. Also try to visualize the tunnel forward to “Z” and plan where you would like to be at the end…having done that then plan things backwards from “Z” to where you are currently. This will help you to plan a reasonable level of satisfied and peaceful life from now onward.
You can have sparkles or none, sufficient lights or blaring, darkness or dimness, smooth ground to walk upon or not, shouting or not….quiet, calm, laughter, freedom, breaths to take and those that take your breath away…it depends upon us…
And one final thought, if in our journeys, from and to, and back, if we have people in our life who make us feel warm, protected, safe, strong, and peaceful…that is the real sparkle in life…
Me, a diaspora, woman of color, American, South Asian, Indian, maternal feminist & humanist, on the journey to making my life better, thankful for my son, family and friends who make all of the above a possibility and reality…
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Some food for thought....
What is meditation? In the traditional sense setting some time aside, in the quiet, ridding one's mind of any thoughts and just being calm, doing deep breathing, allows oneself to transcend to a place where one can feel the stresses of life soothing down. However, doing meditation is not easy and not for everyone.
I truly believe that doing the daily rituals of life as best as we can, is meditation. It is a privilege of daily meditation to be able to distance oneself from the clutter, noise, irritations, pressures, impossibilities, and challenges of life and living, and still produce something every single day…that is meditation... a positive thought about oneself and others, loving, helping someone, going to office or any work (doctor, lawyer, engineer, financier, fashion designer etc..) and working well, spending quality time with our loved ones, teaching, mentoring, writing, cooking, exercising, bathing, reading, playing sports, visiting or having visitors over, enjoying watching a loved television program or movie, allowing our ears to listen to a favorite song, earning and shopping for survival and sometimes for special occasions, people watching, doing nothing, being able to sleep .... anything positive that can touch the soul, touches our body, mind and heart too, heals us and others who come in contact with us, and allows everyone to breathe deeply, taking in daily life.....that is meditation...the privilege of daily Meditation...
Best of luck to everyone in whichever meditation they chose to do...
Quote by: Frederick Philip Lenz, III, Ph.D., American Philosopher
Born: February 9, 1950, San Diego, CA
Died: April 12, 1998, Old Field, NY
Friday, October 7, 2016
Let's never forget the privileges God gives us every single day and moment that we might consider ordinary and instead keep waiting for something big!! And let's also credit ourselves for the efforts we make toward accepting the privileges and dealing with their challenges, if any!
#privilege #notright #accept #acknowledge #creditourselves #improveourselves
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Life is not easy, life is not simple. Its complicated with numerous ups and downs. Sometimes we smile and, sometimes, we cry. Through all that, its important to try to "be"... not just only enjoy the moment, which is good, however, to know oneself, understand oneself and what is going on in our life.
#life #learn #understand #self
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
In just one click, life's
diversities call us, look,
open mind, see, grasp
Restaurant, plants, lights, liquor, parking and hotel signs, bicycle-cab- other cars-cycles reflected in the rear view mirror of the car, flags, building, pavement, road…..
#empire #nyc #newyorkcity #diversities #life #look #see #instahaiku #lights #flags
@empiresteakhouse your restaurant window with the lights and liquor bottles inspired me to take this shot and then saw the diversities reflected in the shot! Hope to visit your restaurant one day!
Monday, June 20, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
It’s another sad, sad day in human collective life and history and will remain in our collective memories. Killing of almost 50 and injuring another 50 or more at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, Florida once again makes it immediately imperative that in D&I conversations the need is to focus more on inclusion. Are we a diverse country with diverse individuals residing here? Yes, and becoming more so each day. Are we an inclusive country? Not always. We try. And this “trying” falls through the cracks when we have individuals who harbor prejudice and hate against those who are different from them, to an extent that they kill them. Micro or macro triggers, be it due to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, physical attributes, marital status, children, education, socio-economic class, and veteran status among other myriad reasons that people employ to distinguish themselves from others, can lead as seen so many times, to the harboring of unconscious bias which turns into prejudice and then hate, and finally into violence. And in the senseless violence that follows, the innocents lost do not even know the perpetrators or vice versa…have no personal or direct connection with them…strangers…and yet, they became the sad target of someone’s hate.
Therefore, focusing on self-reflection, self-change, getting to know those who are different is what D&I training needs to focus upon. That might lead to an environment of tolerance and inclusion wherein those harboring hate might change their opinion and not end up killing others they don’t know, or know and don’t understand or appreciate. Be who you are and let others be who they are. What difference does it make to you how different others are in any way, as long as they are not troubling you? Live and let live. Peace.
Image of a rainbow from: http://www.freshshare.com/Desktop-Enhancements/Screensavers/rainbow-in-the-sky-screensaver-download-16844.htm
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
#quote #quoteoninstagram #memories #hugs #refusetoleave
Sometimes, some memories just don't go away...good and bad ones...they linger with us as fresh as the time they were real...and sometimes these bring tears and sometimes, smiles. For our own sake, we need to keep the good memories with us and let the bad ones leave us...
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
People have to let othres be, especially in the closest of relationships. Sometimes, some people will place you on a pedestal, and give you too much importance because they need you, not necessarily love you in a healthy normal relationship. We need to avoid being in such relationships.
#haiku #haikuonistagram #drum #drums #play #pedestal #need #yourneeds