Weirdos. Will. Slay.

I've written here before about feeling like I don't belong to any one group or identity. Actually, I am most comfortable in hyper–multicultural spaces — places where mixed–race couples and gender–illusionists abound. Luckily, those are the worlds through which I...

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Practice Possibility: See Your–Self

Journal or reflect: What parts of yourself have you learned to see through meditation or  self–exploration? What parts of yourself do you not want to see? What parts of yourself are you trying to get rid of? Can you look at all of you? Can you make space for all of...

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Just This: Multitude of Selves

KNOWN (and adored) David Bowie was a master of self exploration. He saw (and shared) parts of himself to remind us that we all contain multitudes. I think he would have said "Each of you, see your–selves." HEARD Just when you got it out of your heads... Every tween I...

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The Narcissistic Paradox: See Your–Self

To study the buddha way is to study the self.  ~Dogen .............................. Like most tweens, my nephew is often glued to his gadgets playing games. A few years ago, he went through a phase where he insisted you sit behind him and watch while his avatar...

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Just This: Cosmos

KNOWN The above image was taken recently by the Hubble Space Telescope and is part of The Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) which is studying particular areas in space. This is a small area pictured and even the smallest dots in this image are galaxies (click on the...

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Practice Possibility: Open to Mystery

Neil deGrasse Tyson says that there are "as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in a galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe." Can you allow yourself to open to mystery of you? Your everyday life? What stops you? Are you too rushed?...

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Practice Possibility: Drop Things

That's all. That's the practice this month: Drop Things. Go ahead. Cancel some stuff. Get rid of some not-crucial demands. Let go of some people. Not so easy is it? Especially for you competent, nicey–nice, doing types. Well, space is not going to make itself happen....

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Just This: A Year to Live

KNOWN In his powerful book, A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as If It Were Your Last, Stephen Levine asks us to investigate the inevitability of death as a way to live life with more awareness, vibrancy, and love. This book guides the reader through heartfelt...

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Just This: The Systems Stink

KNOWN Buddhist Peace Fellowship created The System Stinks training to help "the arc of history bend towards liberation." The curriculum explores the roots of suffering from both the personal and political perspectives. HEARD In this talk on the Reclamation of the...

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Practice Possibility: Get Curious

  If you're anything like me, you move through the routine moments of your day with the (largely unconscious) idea to get to the next thing. What if we approached more things as ritual rather than routine? This would require we get curious about everything. That...

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Just This: Creativity

  KNOWN I own a print of the above image by Antonio Benjamin (best. title. ever. — Lots of Black People). I got it from Creativity Explored, an organization that provide artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art...

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Just This: Citizen(s)

  KNOWN Claudine Rankine's book Citizen: An American Lyric is a profound meditation on race. Her form (poetry that investigates like essay interspersed with striking images/typeset) is as incredible as her content (scenes and dialogue from her life that evoke the...

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Practice Possibility: Belong

A stand of aspen trees is actually one large organism where the roots are a single life force. From a standing position, imagine all the people and beings in your life as a field of aspen trees. Locating yourself among this field, sense your feet rooted into the earth...

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Just This: Every Atom

SEEN My very talented friend, Felicia Megginson, produced the self–portrait above — a meditation on the natural world and her place in it. This photo and her series remind us how few creative explorations there are of black womanhood in relationship with the rest of...

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