What My World's Like

Seeking the shadow

Apr
30

ego persona shadow

“I looked, and looked, and this I came to see: that what I thought was you and you was really me and me.”
– Unknown

In light of Wednesday’s question, the concept of the shadow has reigned heavy on my mind. So far, it’s had a mildly profound effect on me. As I learn more about it and truly begin the process of self-integration, I’m anticipating benefits of even greater profundity.

For the benefit of helping others in this process of self-development, I’m including some links on the shadow so we can learn together, if you’re so inclined.

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What My World Sounds Like: “I’m Beaming”

Apr
29

“I get my energy from my inner G
I be in outer space, but I got inner peace
So tell my enemies that they can’t injure me
I know that irritates, you have my sympathies
Well, you should protest, yeah you should picket me
I’m on a losing strike, I’m on a winning streak”

– Lupe Fiasco

Dog rescues another dog

Apr
29

This video is about a year and half old, but new to me, and so amazing I had to share with you. This story was reported in December of 2008 in Chile.

CHALLENGE: what’s behind the light?

Apr
28

yin yang
The seed of darkness is in the light; the seed of light is in the darkness.

Please consider the following: do you need to see the worst of yourself in order to be the best of yourself?

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Is your love love?

Apr
27

black-couple-arguing

So much of our worlds are inherited. Often times, what we think about ourselves, about others, how we behave and cope with emotional stress, our expectations as it relates to career, love, and life in general, and so much more are all passed down to us from the people we interact with and from what we read or hear. Children are perfect little recorders of their environments. They pick up the vocabulary, the dialect, and all the subtleties of the human behavior surrounding them. Because of that, the emotional space a child grows up in plays a major role in how they experience and demonstrate their emotions throughout life.

My last relationship was my first adult relationship, and I went into it stumbling, wanting this love, yet very fearful. Much of the time we were together, instead of placing my trust in my partner and what we were building, I was afraid to really open myself up and let him in, let him know where I’d been and what I battled with. In being dishonest with myself, I was dishonest with him. I thought I knew how to love, but I didn’t. The reality was that I didn’t know how to love myself, so I didn’t know how to love him and I felt sort of inept the whole time we were together. Why couldn’t I open up? Why couldn’t I articulate my feelings? Why was I so afraid to be vulnerable and discuss my emotions? Why couldn’t I treat him the way he deserved to be treated?

One word: dysfunction. I was dysfunctional.

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Value: Look Deeper

Apr
26

SkinDeep

by Khalilah Yasmin

I woke up today and remembered a dream that I have frequently. I dream about someone that mattered to me and was taken from me. And that dream got me to thinking about ‘value’. As I look around me and the world we live in, a lot of our values are distorted.

The way in which we judge our significant others, our friends, and the people we choose to entertain, is taken very lightly. It saddens me. While it is not uncommon anymore to see a woman with a man just for his finances, what about when they run out? The same can be said about a man for a woman. Many people place value on things that are not constant and everlasting. I’m not about to give you the paddy cake riddle that ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts’.

Allow me to go deeper.

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What My World Sounds Like: new (to me)

Apr
25

Just a few words. Really, names. Osunlade. Damien Yazz. B.o.B.

Osunlade almost always feels good, if not great.  “The Day We Met for Coffee” was one of the first draws. I had to have listened to that song on repeat for 2 hours that day.

Then I heard this…

Osunlade – “Flow”

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What My World Sounds Like: Cesaria Evora

Apr
23


Carnaval De Sao Vicente (jazzy carnaval mix)

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Don’t quit.

Apr
23

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit –
rest if you must,
but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man;
often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor’s cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seem so far;
so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
it’s when things seem worse,
that you must not quit.

– Anonymous

Food, Inc.

Apr
22

food, inc


I was all over Twitter with it, but everyone doesn’t use Twitter, so I decided to share some of the information, reminders and thoughts I had while watching Food, Inc., on PBS. Food, Inc. is an incredibly eye-opening film everyone who eats should see. PBS believes this so strongly that it’s airing the film on national television and streaming it in its entirety online from April 22 – April 29. Check your local listings for television viewing.

  • Even if you don’t eat at a fast food restaurant, you’re still eating food made for/within that system. [If you haven’t already, read Fast Food Nation.]
  • “Chickens never see sunlight. They’re pretty much in the dark all the time.”
  • “This isn’t farming, this is just mass production.”
  • “It doesn’t matter if the chickens get sick, all of the chickens will be sent for processing.”
  • Learn about the industrial food system.
  • 30% of the land in the US is used to produce corn.
  • Farm-raised fish is eating corn.
  • Average American eats over 200 lbs. of meat a year. Ugh. Do you know how long it takes for meat to leave your body??
  • Reminder: there’s manure in your meat! Bon appetit!

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