International Space Station astronaut Alexander Gerst has posted his “saddest photo yet.” From all the way up in the thermosphere, ISS personnel orbiting 200 miles over the Middle East can see bombs and missiles exploding in Gaza and Israel as the two sides go to war.
When I talk to people about a meditation practice, it is usually met with, “I don’t really know what meditation is,” “I can’t sit still,” “I tried and could not do it right.”
So let’s start by clarifying that there are many types of meditation from walking meditation to primordial sound meditation to guided meditation. Many people have the idea that meditation is only sitting cross-legged on a floor pillow, repeating Om a zillion times. It’s not. Meditation is not a religion rather it is a practice of becoming passively aware of your thoughts and your feelings."
It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “Black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the Black and [Latin@] and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” –
I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.
So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something."
I feel this so fucking hard
My stance on both gender identity/expression, relationship with food, and why i dress certain ways vs another, why I don’t identify as butch (although i have more to elaborate on that) and all the things I wish I could tell people but I couldn’t explain well enough for them to understand (like how I would not be able be smaller than a size 7/8 due to bone structure)
Really good read.