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Power in Threes (BLW Contributor)

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Talk- oh, Tuesday...

For the longest period of time, I had been unable to execute certain actions to reform habits in my life. For example, I used to speed all of the time knowing that I would get caught eventually and have to pay another fine, take another driver’s retraining course, and raise my insurance premium some more. Without fail, it always ended up happening. I would be driving through a school zone, going 30, scanning the area, thinking, “How fast am-” and, there’s blues behind me.

Most of the time, these were situations where I wasn’t even intentionally speeding, just on auto-pilot, felt like a 40, was actually a 30, and by the time I looked down I was screwed. Three years ago, I was going down a road in the neighboring town heading to work and was pulled over. 40 in a 30. $100 ticket. Then, two years ago, I was…

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America’s Lies: I Am Not Your NEGRO

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Last Friday (February 3, 2017), I was privileged to watch the documentary called, I am not your Negro featuring James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck.  Baldwin was just getting into a new book titled, Remember This House in 1979 on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and how it affected him during that time.  He was very close friends with each of them and their deaths were particularly hard on him as a black man.  Unfortunately, James Baldwin dies in 1987 and wasn’t able to finish his work…but Raoul Peck decided to bring it alive in 2017.  Thank you, Raoul!  Here are my thoughts on this film.

America’s Lies

America has been lying to all of us for years.  In the film, there was an image of Doris Day with perfect coiffed hair, small waist, beautiful outfit, creamy skin with rosy cheeks…

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Why I hate the phone? (BLW Contributor)

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As a child I was able to mask my weaker auditory processing skills (the process of brain interpreting sound). At school I just filled in the gaps when I didn’t know what was said like copying what others were doing or looking at what I had in front of me. At home I just said the weirdness that I heard and everyone would be like ‘how did you get that?’ However, as an adult my weaker auditory processing skills have become more of a barrier for me. There’s a lot of a higher demand to hear something first time and retain it, like at work someone will start to give you a few instructions to do and though you’ve heard it you haven’t retained or sometimes your brain is unable to translate the sounds into a word in your brain. So you get frustrated.

Something that neurotypical people take for…

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

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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)

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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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What my 20’s have taught me: I think I’m ready to settle down

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Every day I cringe at my Facebook ‘memory’ updates that remind me of what I loser I was 5 years ago.

But overly self indulgent text talk status’ aside, I’m taken back to the carefree, fun 20 year old me.

Having only just turned 25, it’s really quite remarkable how much I’ve changed as a person in just 5 years.

20 year old me was still very much a teenager, with raging hormones and living in a cycle of University studying procrastination, self obsession and all too frequent very drunken nights out.

21 year old me realised that actually, studying isn’t so bad. I suppose I became a swot. I loved Uni and I loved to learn. I suddenly learnt that in school I’d been put into the ‘not so clever’ category and given up on by teachers as a result of such. So I gave up too. But the 21…

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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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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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