Gynecology Invented Through The Torture of Black Women
In the 19th century, the father of modern gynecology, J. Marion Sims, conducted his research experiments on enslaved Black women. Sims performed the invasive and torturous procedures without anesthesia. J….
They said I’d be safe here As long as I didn’t go back The words they used Made it seem like I was hunted Their promises to me Seemed hollow at best That they would protect me And that I would not be harmed But all that seems silly Because my new name Doesn’t suit me at all I’m not me anymore I’m a secret I’m off the grid I’m forgotten.
“When we lose connection with feeling, life becomes discombobulated. We dive into our speedy routine and become myopic and self-effacing, just trying to get by. Before we know it, we are participating in the creation of a world where there’s more and more paranoia and less and less security for the human mind and heart. We’ve got to be very determined people in order to carry our openness and compassion into daily life. As well as kindness, we need to develop wisdom and strength.”—Sakyong Mipham on maintaining a daily spiritual connection with ourselves through meditation…
When the guy driving the late-model Volvo with a “War Is Not the Answer” bumper sticker gave me the finger, I knew America had taken a wrong turn. The behavior of this hostile L.A. hippie represented more than a traffic kerfuffle. A Volvo with that kind of bumper sticker is a signifier: college graduate, votes Democratic, listens to NPR, and will think about moving to Canada if a Republican becomes president, or at least attend a dinner party where another guest will talk about it. In other words, we are not dissimilar, and we’re reasonable people, aren’t we, this paragon of liberalism and I? And here he was, my sociocultural doppelgänger, thrusting his middle finger at me, bespectacled, professorial face contorted in rage.
“The morning sits were grinds. Instead of observing them, I was intent on resisting my obsessive thoughts. Instead of listening to the entombed fear, I wanted to numb myself. I was falling into the trap of using meditation as a form of avoidance instead of acknowledgement and healing. I cannot conceive of a less skillful strategy for a meditation practice.”—
When we bear witness, when we become the situation — homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death — the right action arises by itself. We don’t have to worry about what to do. We don’t have to figure out solutions ahead of time. Peacemaking is the functioning of bearing witness. Once we…
“Mind itself is luminous and clear, like immeasurable space, and any feeling, thought, or memory within it is like a cloud in a clear sky. Clouds have many shapes and qualities, and so do our thoughts and emotions. But clouds do not change the sky.”—
“Even the smallest glimpse of freedom heightens our awareness of the pain we have created by our ego-fixation. Seeing the contrast is what inspires us to go forward on the path. In particular, each time we sit on the cushion and meditate, we relax and let go a little bit more. The notion we’ve held onto—that if we don’t keep up our ego-momentum something bad is going to happen—dissolves bit by bit.”—Judy Lief, “Letting Go” (via happinessandfruit)
more vertical gardens. More community gardens. safer sidewalks and bike lanes protecting pedestrians from traffic with trees and plants, etc.
More playscapes for children (indoors in malls,etc as well as outdoors covered and protected from the sun and heat).
more herbal and holistic practitioners. a kinfolk meetup group.
North Youree Drive by Peace of Mind Center, should support local family owned business and discourage corporate businesses north of Pierremont. (revamping all the older houses along North Youree with gardens and art, and affordable produce, services and goods) all the families in Broadmoor can walk from their homes to get produce and goods from family owned businesses, keeping more of the money circulating in Shreveport)
Kings by Centenary, Day Old Blues and Naked Bean can also utilize some vertical gardens and local produce stands, market style. The businesses by Centenary should cater more to college students (for example the Hancock Sewing store should offer reduced rates to students as well as offer cheap sewing classes for students).
The local businesses need to unite, and not be in competitition with eachother. Locally owned businesses can promote shopping local by connecting with other locally owned businesses and hosting events that bring them together and show the community that they support other locally owned businesses.
More free yoga in the park.
free meditation groups.
more family yoga
more childrens yoga and meditation
“B-Cycle, the bike sharing company that I first mentioned last May, is up and running in Denver today with 360 bikes and 40 stations. This is America’s first full-scale bike-sharing system. To see how it works, check this GOOD video about B-Cycle. On their website you can see a real-time map of where the Denver stations are and how many bikes each has. You can lobby to get your town considered for a B-Cycle program here.”—