I’ve spent the last 34 years using the “but I’m a good person” defense or silently avoiding confrontation. Now I can see that I’ve been using good intentions as a crutch to uphold systemic racism and white privilege.
Niyamas from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras). It’s the yogi’s version of the Ten Commandments, except that they are not as black and white. They are practices that might fit into each person’s life a little bit differently, but are there as a means of freeing yourself from the common reasons we experience suffering.
One of the five Yamas is called Asteya, which translates to “nonstealing.” The idea can be read quite literally – a person shouldn’t take something that isn’t theirs. However, it can also be viewed in less tangible terms: don’t take what isn’t freely given. Don’t steal people’s time, don’t steal their energy, don’t steal someone’s idea.
I’ve never been a spectacular drawer and, growing up, I looked to my best friend’s completely natural and utterly original talent and decided maybe illustration wasn’t going to be my trade. However, as I’ve gotten older, my views have changed. Every person has a unique perspective and there is no reason to compare my style to […]
It’s been months since my trip to the stunning British Virgin Islands. My family spent a week on Virgin Gorda, where we drank pinà coladas, visited the Baths, and floated in the salty, salty water for hours. While I still intend to write a full post about the experience, I wanted to share some of […]