Haters gonna hate
I actually felt happy for her.
Kim Kardashian announced her new line of shape wear with excitement and that seemed cool to me. I got to know about it from hate news though…
The name of her new line KIMONO seems to have upset the haters of the net, but seriously what are people mad about?
They claim cultural appropriation, but I claim bullshit! This always happens every time someone on the spotlight creates something. She could’ve called the line KIMBODY, KIMSHAPE, KIMFEMME, or whatever else and get the same type of response.
People love to hate on people that create. Haters secretly wish they could be the ones that actually took their ideas and made something with them! instead they sit in their asses complaining about their sucky jobs while they keep scrolling through their feeds and hate.
I don’t think the issue here is that Japanese people are offended, I think more than anyone in the US the Japanese actually have a sense of what it is to live in a global economy where everything belongs to the world. It’s not like she is actually making kimonos!
The issue here is that we don’t like woman being bold and creative, we don’t know how to celebrate a sister that puts her heart into creating something that makes money. I bet you if she was giving away her KIMONO shape wear instead of selling it those same haters would add their name to her email list regardless of the name.
I don’t really know much about Kim Kardashian. I don’t follow her life or know about her past. All I see it’s a woman that made her dream come true. Can we put our hands together and let a woman go on with her business? Let her product speak, and ask yourself really? What are you offended for?
What do you really want?
” Memory is central to the sexual self discovery of all three of her subjects. Until you understand your past experiences of desire you cannot understand yourself.” Lea Carpenter writes on her review of Lisa Taddeo’s new book “Three Women” in TIME magazine.
The quote intrigues me. I wonder if I truly understand the my own underlying desires, if I think I understand myself…
I like to think that I understand the sources of my desire now, like in the moment. It’s something that shifts and evolves. After all who are we without understanding those things that push us into action? Therefore my obsession with presence, mindfulness, philosophy and all things yoga lol…
I also think many things remain hidden. The things we choose to forget. Those things that continue to guide our actions sometimes in unexpected ways. I’d love to see how that plays on this Three Women book.
I knew I always wanted to feel beautiful, and interesting, and powerful, and nowadays I just want to feel stable and smart. I openly talk about what I want in terms of my profession, my relationship, but all the sudden now I am questioning where in my life haven’t I’ve asked: what do I really want?
I’m intrigued to read how Lisa Taddeo channeled the love and sex lives of these three women in her book. Sounds like a refreshing, contentious perspective in a time where we are finally waking up to the complex and exciting ways women experience desire.
Girl crushing on Amanda Palmer
I have a girl crush on this singer and I have never heard her songs. Yet.
I heard her talk about art, and music, but mostly she talks about people and about the truth. She sees how the truth connect us and free us because she is willing to present it whole. Unedited, in the sublime rawness that makes it real.
Amanda Palmer talked about her miscarriage on the Tim Ferris show, she talked about her best friend dying, she talked about looking into the eyes of strangers, and how art is a job.
I love the way she takes her work and shapes it into a act of service for the whole world. It reminds me that in each of us there’s one unique perspective so valuable to everyone. That an idea can bring attention to the parts of us that need healing, in a world where is so easy to forget that the big problems we face are a reflection of what’s broken within us and the many things we are not willing to talk about.
I wish more artists talked about the truth like Amanda Palmer talks about the truth of what it means to be a woman, a mother, and a mortal. What would happen if we talked about our greed, and vanity, and fear?
She makes me feel like is ok to be scared. She challenges me to follow that idea I keep hesitating about because I think is too much or because I think is not good enough. She reminds me the value of what I have to say it’s that is real, she reminds me to stand for it, when it hurts and when it soars.
I like that. Thank you Amanda Palmer.
Now I’ll go, to listen to your songs.
Which one am I?
I ran into this cool website called TRACK THIS for those sick of targeted ads! You get to pick 1 of 4 profiles and the thing will open 100 tabs that will fool the ad trackers…
The choices are Hyperbeast, Filthy Rich, Dommsday and Influencer. I wanna click through all and just find out what type of things people on those categories are into.
Me? First pick: Influencer lol!! Got 100 pages full of travel sites, yoga apps, sustainable clothing, make up, crystals and astrology, and you guess it more yoga clotes and make up… Maybe not so far from the truth for me. I should’ve picked Hyperbeast so advertisers would think I’m obsessed with streetwear, exclusive kicks, and the latest music. Sooo far from the truth…
Anyway.., have fun stepping into someone elses browser check it out here https://trackthis.link/
Should I spend 8 million?
I respect the way different people have different ways to spend their money. Some people like me value not thinking about what they order at a restaurant , some other people value luxury brand clothing, frequent travel, or living in a French style mansion in the heart of River Oaks like the one that just got built by Mirador Builders.
The house has 6 rooms and plenty of outdoor space and I just wonder who will end up there. I imagine a sweet Jewish family with 3 kids and entrepreneur parents… but who knows…
I imagine they like to lit candles on Friday evenings and invite friends to play guitar and chat. I hope someone that values the beauty of an space like that does it because she values the moments, the human connections that can eventually spark.
I imagine Jennifer Hamelet, the house designer, thinking of each room and how the features will bring to life their purpose.
Maybe it’s not so hard for someone who values being at home to think it’s a good idea to spend 8 million on it. I know I don’t think twice to order that $60 lunch… I love food, now you know..
And maybe one day I’ll find myself asking: should I spend 8 million?
The Circle of Influence
I’ve started to read the book “ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. The first habit is to be proactive, and I reflect where in my life I have forgotten what this really means. The author challenges us to listen to our language to discover victimizing language, to focus on making conscious choices in our attitude towards the things we can and cannot control, to honor the commitments we make to ourselves and others, and to learn and correct our mistakes immediately. The main premise is that we are responsible for our destiny.
I couldn’t agree more.
I like the one about focusing on what we can control/ expanding the circle of influence. He tells a story of an executive gaining the influence over his authoritarian boss by finding creative ways of sharing his expertise. It is so easy to forget that no matter the circumstances we do have a choice, and that maintaining focus on what we can do creates positive energy that manifests into positive results.
Choice is power, and that power is yours.
Discipline equals freedom
Today I’m listening to Tim Ferriss’ podcast, Tribe of Mentors. Jocko Willink, a highly decorated retired Navy Seal, shared a life philosophy that stuck with me: “Discipline equals freedom”
At first glance it seems counterintuitive, but I cannot tell you how many times I complained about getting fat after not sticking to eating healthy foods and feeling like I couldn’t take a good picture to post on Instagram. Which in a sense is a lost of freedom. If you wanna have the freedom of moving in a lean, energy filled body you gotta have the discipline to eat well.
It probably also applies to the way we spend our time. I think the only reason I feel I have all the freedom in the world is because I’m super strict about saying no to random commitments with people. That discipline is frees me from feeling overwhelmed or out of control.
I don’t know if I would use the word discipline though, the only reason I’m able to be consistent with the time thing is because I value it. A lot! You never get back the hours you spent in worthless meetings. I’m not sure if I’m disciplined, I think I’m educated, invested, motivated? Not sure… The point is that the decision is now a no brainer.
I don’t know how to get that type of conviction about not eating chili cheese fries and wings. Maybe I need to think more about the impact of having a few pounds really have on me. Half of it is that I refuse to fall into the mind washing marketing trap that wants to make you feel like you are not good enough if you are not model thin. Or so I think…
Anyway… I think Jocko is right, discipline gives you freedom because acting consistently on the principles you believe in will rid you of the clutter, pressure and guilt of acting on the things that don’t matter at all to you.
Battles inside- card reads
Don’t you hate this when the battle is inside? trying to focus on getting your stuff done, and at the end of the day what feels important is to answer whatever existential question you can’t seem to figure you are supposed to ask, less answer.
Apparently that’s what this card means according to the Galaxy Tarot card app. I recently changed my settings to allow for reverse card interpretations and now seems like every card is reversed!
Which you know me.. I think is kind of cool because I get to learn the meanings in a different way…
Today’s card is the Seve of Wands, from the app ” The Seven of Wands reverse appears when there is difficulty standing up for what you believe in … or you may be standing up against negative inner voices in your head, persevering despite private doubts”
Hmmm… Perhaps pretty fitting for today.
Planet over plastic
Maybe in a few years everything will be different. The sun will shine over a vast clean ocean… I don’t know where I’m going with this…
It’s nice to dream.
Today I listened to Wailey’s podcast, he talked about traveling. Mostly about stop taking the easy way, to become aware and responsible for our actions. For the consequences. I never thought taking a flight was like kicking a pregnant woman in the belly… that’s a lot of kicks… I’m sorry Mother Earth.
And we act so surprised to find out she is dying, or stay in denial because if everyone is doing it, then it must not be so bad. I admit I’m too, ignorant and lazy, and too damn used to the easy way out. But if a guy from a small town figured it out, and with his being stands up to demand for more why are we not too demanding for more?
The toxicity of the planet will not end the Earth but it may kill us, and this epoch of life as we know it. Some other beings will find our fossils, but most likely wonder about all the trash that will outlive us. Maybe they’ll romantically think it was art. Some type of dumb obsession that killed us.
It makes me sad to think that’s what we are leaving behind. Corpses and trash.
I’ll think of that next time I think we are so civilized.
Ok… I’ll admit I’ve been slacking on my meditation. For as much as I talk about it I should have the discipline of a Himalayan monk, but that’s not happening this summer.
I wanna blame it in the cardinal energies of the sky, but that would be maybe a lie. I just haven’t.
So I’m jumping back in like usual, and it’s not like riding a bike. It kinda feels like starting from scratch. Well… not like ground zero… I still got the knowledge of the breath, technique, and enough mindfulness to notice being carried away by thought. It just doesn’t feel as simple and my mind feels sluggish and loud, so instead of practicing in silence I play these sounds.
I play them loud so they fill the room and I let the feeling guide me through my own body. The resonance vibrates and when the pitch changes I move to the next chakra. I get distracted but the resonance is always there as long as I’m paying enough attention not to miss the switch.
It’s simple. It works. Now my mind is clear.
Devourer of time
It’s easy to forget that everything that begins has an ending.
Life’s amazing potential of making everything bloom is contrasted by it’s amazing potential to destroy.
It is crazy to think that everything we love will have a crappy end. It will all slowly fade into the mere shadow of what it once was until it won’t exist anymore. It will suffer from losing it’s beauty, it’s youth, and it’s brilliance. It will end rotting underground in a stinky mass of decaying fluids that will feed the bugs.
It’s this macab end what propels life.
Everything will rise and fall on itself because the monster that devours time also makes time it’s body. We hang tight to our ego because the vastness is scary and intangible, and it’s easier being little rather than being nothing in an ocean we can’t understand.
Where the heck are we?
I stumbled across the concept of the brahmic egg, aka. The universe, according to the Puranas.
The egg/universe, floats in the infinite cosmic ocean beyond space-time among a myriad of other universes.
The brahmic egg consist of many multilayered interdimensional planes. The earth plane alone, the bhu-mandala, is vast and hard to wrap your head around.
The bhu-mandala is divided into concentric islands and oceans. The earth lives in the inner most island. Above and below there are layers of heavenly and underworld planes, full with living beings of all types, all bound by the suffering of existence.
Liberation is to escape the egg, by realizing that beyond the vastness of existence there’s still something that permeates everything and that something exists within us. We have never been bounded, our true nature is free.
We can continue living and dying and coming back according to our karma, or we can become enlightened and chill in the ocean of nothingness.
The good news is that eventually the whole egg will be devoured by Kali as an act of benevolence and all of us will merge into this painless non-existence. Enlightened or not. But that womt happen for another 400 billion years… maybe that’s enough time to figure out where the heck are we at?
My darling Angus Please Stay
I had forgotten about the song MAPS by Yeah, Yeah,Yeah… and now it’s playing on repeat.
I watched the video and the singers emotion is beautiful and contagious. I’ve always felt that same way when listening to the song but I never knew what it meant.
Turns out her boyfriend moved for a new job, and MAPS stands for My darling Angus Please Stay.
Now, I just wanna sing.
Obsessed with By the Book Podcast
I’m in love with these two human beings! Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer host the BY THE BOOK podcast: a half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. In each episode they choose a different self help book to live by – following every rule, down to the letter – to find out which ones might actually be life changing.
It’s awesome! There has been some books they read that had been in my list for a while AND now I’m so glad I never wasted my time or money to read them. I’m taking quick notes of what to get out of the books that actually seem life changing and putting things into action for my own tiny experiments! Thanks for the inspiration girls!
I’m also loving the way the whole show runs with audio journals with interactions with their friends and so sweet husbands, that seem to be going for a ride with them. Love this personal touch!
Anyway if you haven’t listened yet. Look it up!!!
A win for labor & yoga
Today the state of California passed a bill that would force gig-economy companies to reclassify their independent contractors as employees. woohoo!
That means a bunch of new people will have rights to benefits like minimum wage and unemployent insurance. That is just amazing!
Of course the bill was meant to affect mostly tech comapnies like Uber and DoorDash, but this is an actual big win for yoga teachers.
Most yoga teachers work at studios as contractors, even though they are treated as employees, they have to show up 15 to 30 min before class even though that time is unpaid, if they fail to show they can lose their class even though as a contractor you should have the right to choose not to get paid for your time, and of course there is nothing like time paid of, health insurance or paid vacation .
Yoga studios has gotten away with this business model for years, and for an industry that claims to be all about love, peace, and unity there is a lot of innovation that needs to be done so they can show those traits to their own people.
“There is nothing innovative about underpaying someone for their labor”- said one of the bill’s co-authors. AMEN!!