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Yoga:What’s your mirror image saying? (Hot Bikram Yoga)

Thoughts from a Black Girl's Diary

mirror-983427_1280It’s hard to look at yourself; I mean REALLY look at yourself. However twice a week this is what I do when I pitch up to do some Hot Bikram Yoga.

Sometimes the mirror image I see under these circumstances is really difficult to face. I often scrutinise the big belly I have, or even in a yoga studio full of men and women, I’m always convinced I stand out as being the only one who isn’t flexible enough; or even if I match up to the other yogis and their brilliant yoga poses.

Last week was one of those moments. Everything I did in the class felt wrong. I was hard on myself and it hurt. No; it wasn’t so much a physical hurt, it was a mental hurt. I went into the class feeling really disjointed and emotional.

It was no big surprise as I couldn’t kick away…

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With No Words (BLW Contributor)

A Momma's View

Sometimes it doesn’t need any words. Sometimes what’s been felt and thought can’t be put in words but expressed in an entirely different way. Sometimes it’s the connection that says it all.

Today I felt this connection.

I don’t want to go into details as of why there were no words. I just want to stress that we not always have to listen with our ears but rather with our heart to get the message.

Some might call it telepathy, some a deeper connection. Whatever it is, it’s there. We just need to open ourselves up to find the connection.

So often do we try to find the right words, the right sentences to explain what’s going on inside of us. In doing so we might “kill off” the real message.

If something, or someone, is really important to you, take your time. Connect. Open your heart. Receive. No words…

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I step back in time to explore my roots

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My Random Musings

The waves crash in the distance as my friend and I board the train to Jaffna. Still half asleep at 5 am, we settle into our seats for the 8-hour train ride.

I am anxious and excited about this trip for many reasons. I have never visited this part of Sri Lanka due to the civil war that was on for more than 20 years. However I am excited because I have heard so many stories of this area from my mother who was originally from there.

The Northern and Eastern  part of the country was out-of-bounds for many years because of the war. The Tamil Tigers, the terrorist organization was fighting for a separate state claiming discrimination. Most often the heavy fighting was confined to that part making it hard or almost impossible for anyone to get their. While the rest of the country did their best to carry…

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Acquaintances yet Unacquainted (BLW Contributor)

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SK writes life

In life, we come across a lot of people, as friends or just acquaintances, Most of the time we are not able to feel the level of comfort required in a close friendship with everyone.We also end up being judged harshly by them because of not being rightly understood due to this lack of comfort.

Usually, people only understand us as much as the limitation of their mind allow them to.They judge us on the level of their mentality , thinking, opinions and backgrounds.Not everyone belongs to the same mindset as us, Not everyone is at the same level of maturity in life.Mostly their perceptions about others reflect their own personalities in many ways.

With such people most of the time our words and actions are taken wrongly and explaining ourselves or proving our reality becomes pointless, as for them an image of us is already formed based on their assumptions of…

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The Circle of Life (BLW Contributor)

Ricardo Hanley Jr.

The Circle of Life

“Who has mastered time to avoid decay, to grow without fear of the grave? To age and gauge their full potential, preserving their physical and their mental. Life propels everything that dwells within the binds of time to excel, in order to find soils of new truths where it may dwell. We as seeds must grow to a root, which in time, will stretch forth becoming the foundation, the force and source of a new lineage, a family tree, birthed through the cycle of eternity. Finally when the root has given its last bit of energy, it is then reincarnated in the first fruits and their seeds, generations may generate eternally. All life has the right to sovereign living, to receive the time they have been given and to grieve, when the time comes, to watch the tears of the ones they love, as their soul…

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February: Affirming a Smart Legacy

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arturo_alfonso_schomburg Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, born and raised in Puerto Rico and grew to prove that African Americans and African Carribeans have a history, a relevance, and have unleashed countless contributions to their adoptive societies. A great collector of historical documents. Established the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

tubman-on-slaves Soldiering, spying, and slave resistance in a time without technology. A wonder.

By:  E. R. Smith

In our early history there was no Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn;

Facebook was church.

Social media was all religions and therein movements grew; after decades became televised.

Tweets; kept everyone off the city bus one year.

Instant Message; was the Jim Crow signs in our neighborhoods.

Ping back by reminding everybody; “What preacher said Sunday?”

james-weldon-johnson-poet-quote-as-yet-the-negroes-themselves-do-notLinkedIn was a community barber; or hair salon.

eHarmony was socials, bible study, and family picnics.

What is now thought of as soft, old, corny; schooled the toughest and most tenacious fighters.

Call it dull…

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Who has an opinion? (BLW Contributor)

MJ

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Do you have an opinion? Well, yeah, who doesn’t? Opinions are important, and we actually need them. Without opinions, how could we make up our minds about things? For instance, when I have an opinion about something I hear, I learn more about it, then I draw a conclusion about the validity of it. Is it true? Is it right? Do I agree or disagree with it?

With social media such as it is, opinions are flung around like fleas from a shaking hound dog. Opinions come from our perspective of the world around us, and social media allows us to be more aware of that world than we were in the past. When I was a kid I knew nothing about politics and didn’t care. The subject was rarely discussed in our home, so the only time I was exposed to a political conversation was in the Social Studies class…

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