May 31tth, 2015 – Gratitude Log –

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I know I haven’t been on here in awhile. I do apologize to all of the fans of this blog. I was hospitalized from stress. I’m back and much better now with much more to be grateful for. A few words before I begin with today’s gratitude. In these stressful times it is always important to remember that we are all people. And that to help each other and improve communities, we must let go of bias and think and act with love. With that being said, today, I am most grateful for community.

The riots in Baltimore have been highly televised with many stations taking a limited view on the issue at hand. What I have witnessed from stations like WJZ, ABC NEWS, and many radio stations, is that their views are very black and white and fail to address the systematic problems that led up to the riots. They also portray African American citizens of the city of Baltimore as ‘other’. We are depicted as the problem and seldom have we been included in the solution. Some of the instances of violence were aggravated or perpetrated by racists in the city and people who live in different parts of the country but this fact, in most cases, has been avoided.

The rest, the burning of the Penn-north station’s CVS and other places like it are the people’s responses to prevalent tactics to gentrify, segregate and render the A.A. population, without power, without community and without hope. This has been boiling in the backdrop of urban advancement for years but as more people are being forced from their homes onto the streets or into the county we see stuff like this happening. The riots were much more than a response to gentrification. This was about the mysterious death of another young African American in which the city police department had no real answers. It isn’t just the rioting that is the problem and we can’t view the issue as white against black or vice versa anymore. This is a problem caused by injustice. Baltimore, calls itself Charm City but it is only charming if you have the money and power to enjoy it (not to mention the skin tone to bypass police brutality). In the poor communities, their options are slim, for healthy food, for healthy lives and for livable conditions. When you try and make the best out of what you have in a bad situation and no matter how hard you try it still isn’t good enough, wouldn’t you be mad as well?

I am not saying that burning buildings, looting or harming city officials is okay. I would never say that, but I do think that treating said officials like demi-gods is a problem. These things could be fixed. If we stopped allowing big businesses and the media to force feed us their agendas and help the little guy. for a lack of better words. Also, we need to hold the government and the officials to the same standards that we ourselves are held to by those officials. We cannot continue to turn a blind while others die. We must fight for equality and justice together or we all risk become Freddie Gray to some extent, no matter what color you are or what tier of the socioeconomic statues pyramid that you fit into.  We must fight to build and keep their communities together and fight against drugs and crime together, the community or communities and the public officials.

Community is more important now than it has ever been with Jade Helm 15 just around the corner and mounting global economic tensions, we all need to stand together as a nation. I am so thankful for the community that I have, for my family, friends and you dear readers. I am even thankful for the strong new leaders who leave this city each year to change the world. I hope that they are able to make a great contribution to our larger society. I also hope that we are all able to transcend into a higher and more positive state of consciousness together.

Quote for Thought: 

“We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”
― Haile Selassie, Former Emperor of Ethiopia

-Namaste!

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Daily Gratitude Log – April Fools Day 2015

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Love

As the world moves into a greater state of consciousness and as I move into a greater state of consciousness, I find myself contemplating love and life more. Both things have been capitalized on, quantified and morphed in American culture and reduced to include only things that can be counted in physical wealth. For example, love is what everyone is looking for. It has been mystified, demonized in its truest form and corporate America has done everything possible to disconnect us from the simple truths of this element of life.

If you are a person living in America than you are privy to the ideology that people of greater social status are somehow more glamorous and spectacular than regular people and thus…somehow!…more worthy of affection and reverence. It’s all a lie. These people are no more worthy of love than you or me. Who decided that they were better than you? Why do those people matter? 

They are still human at the end of the day, despite the copious amounts of makeup  that may make us think otherwise. We are all loving and worthy of love. I am not just talking about loving one another but also loving life and what you do to get by.

On my journey, one of the first things that I had to let go of was this notion that love was only good if the person met this or that or if the position met a certain salary range. (I am not telling you that you shouldn’t have standards)  But deep down, I had issues loving myself. I didn’t feel like I was worthy of love because I didn’t have the dream position or the Prince Harry human replica that I always wanted. To get to this point of happiness I had to let go of the notion that these things made or broke my life and that I wouldn’t be good enough until I got them. I have since, re-evaluated what it means to love, to be loved and to live lovingly..for me! But I am very grateful to have had love in my life through each stage of this transformation. I am grateful to be able to cultivate self love. It is the paint that color’s the canvas of life. So, today I would like you all to take a moment and think about what you are most grateful for and why? Write it down and start keeping a journal of these things.

What are you grateful for today?

Quote to consider:

“Be not the slave of your own past,

Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall comeback with self-respect,with new power, with an advanced experience that will explain and overlook the old.”

By Ralph Waldo Emerson