“I help people to work on myself and I work on myself to help people.” — Ram Dass
One of the life lessons i’ve learned is that placing the needs of Others before the interests of myself (also read: my “self”) has allowed me to feel more at peace and more satisfied with how i’m living. Also, i’ve come to realize the sheer significance of Others, since without Others, who would i be? How would i be able to distinguish myself? After pondering these questions, i’ve realized that in a way, i owe my life to Other people.
By now you may have noticed the unconventional capitalization and may have thought: “This is weird…” Well, first i’d like to assert that i don’t believe anything is weird…things are just different from the norms we have been socially conditioned to accept as such. Simply put, i’ve come to understand the inherent value of “We the People” and recognize that it’s not all about me. It’s more about We.
And so i live my life accordingly, for i now feel that by serving Others, i am in essence serving myself. It doesn’t seem to me to be a mutually exclusive situation where “i can help him/her or i can help myself”. i see a mutually interdependent relationship with all things. i feel better when i help others because they feel better having been helped. Win-win!
i maintain this state in mind to the written, printed, typed dimension as well. Presently i prefer not to capitalize my name or the “i” when referring to myself, and instead capitalize, and thus emphasize the importance of, Others. What i write and publish is a reflection – a testament – of who i Am and how i live.
i’m well aware of the public perception this may create, but i choose not to be afraid of speaking my truth to Others. i invite you to create the world you want to see and no longer live in fear either.
An old soul, story untold,
Born with a heart of gold,
Among stares ice cold,
Tryin’ to break the mold,
Reject what’s being sold,
Which is hard to do
When we’re programmed to fold,
Influenced by the ‘sheeple’ being polled,
Have cops attending every party, rolled.
What’s really going on?
Well, the truth is, we’re being controlled.
So question everything you’ve been told,
Think for yourself; Love Others; dare to be bold.
And never stop seeking the Truth,
For that is how you f r e e y o u r s e l f
From Big Brother’s hold.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” — Edmund Burke
Today marks 11 years after the infamous and seemingly unforgettable 9/11 atrocity. Reflecting on this catastrophic event and the arguably chaotic aftermath that has ensued, i would like to pose nine questions now, eleven years later…
In no particular order:
- What have We learned (as a nation, as a community, as an individual)?
- In what ways/to what extent have We moved on/grown (or not) since?
- Where do We go from ‘here’, and how do we get ‘there’?
- Are We really that much better off, in (non-exclusive) terms of liberty and security, than We were before?
- How might We take active, effective steps toward resolving any residual feelings of resentment and discrimination on a daily basis?
- What are We doing/willing to do (read: sacrifice), individually and collectively, to ensure such an unfortunate event happens no more?
- What does it mean to be a modern-day “American”?
- Am i completely satisfied with and wholeheartedly supportive of the current state of affairs?
- What can i do to help change, improve, redefine the status quo?
As We recall where We were on this tragic day over a decade ago, i invite you all to perhaps consider where (and who) you are today because of it. Are you learning from the past, living accordingly in the Present, so that you may intentionally create the future? If not, i recommend spending some time (even if it’s a seemingly insignificant five minutes) in contemplative solitude, for i find the answers to my deepest, most puzzling questions often (surprisingly) come from within, not without.
Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting and welcome to mindfullmatters, a unique blog that seeks to provide perspective(s), thus broadening the scope of the lens through which we view this fantastic, funky phenomena we call “life”.
Some things worth noting:
- i wish for you, the reader-participant, to gain something positive from your experience with this site
- Blogging is a new endeavor for me, and i’m very much looking forward to exploring this uncharted territory
- i do not claim to have “figured it all out”; i simply speak my truth in perpetual pursuit of Truth
i invite you all to join/help me on this journey. i ask of you to not necessarily agree/disagree with what’s express herein, but rather to consider different views, and question everything for yourselves. If nothing more, i encourage you all to become more energetically engaged in our daily interactions, to have both a ravenous appetite and reverent appreciation for life, so that we may perhaps each play a significant role in shifting the paradigm from the transient illusion of fear to the eternal illustration of freedom.