Chapter 9 – C.S. Lewis said, ‘We are what we believe we are.’ We can go one further and say ‘We are in the mess we believe we’re in.’ So, dear Reader, when we feel pushed to ask ‘How can I reshape the mess I’m in?’ the 4-pronged answer goes along those lines: First stride
Chapter 10 Resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and significant sources of stress. Adversity is painful. It is challenging, but it doesn’t need to influence our choices on a day-to-day basis. We always have the option to rethink and modify for the greater good
Chapter 11 Off on to yet another mind-meandering meander, dear Reader. 😊 Very happy to share it with you as I go hoping that you, too, will enjoy meandering with it. Reality check: Though references to anxiety and depression have escalated under the reign of C-19, our forever increasing level of emotional discomfort was already
Background for the ‘Warriors, We Are’ series of mind-meanders We cannot have a healed society, we cannot have change, we cannot have justice, if we do not reclaim and repair the human spirit – Angel Kyodo Williams The bulk of this series was drafted throughout 2019. It was a year referenced worldwide as one
Here is a truism: breasts attract eyes as honey attracts bees. And here is another: What the eye does not admire, the heart does not covet. There is much wisdom in this ancient idiom but sexual desire, the coming together of several different neural mechanisms within our limbic system, has a mind of its own. So, we might be nearer to the truth of the matter if we agree that whatever the heart does not covet doesn’t trigger urges.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed in 1948 and translated into more than 500 languages guarantees among several others the rights to equal wages for equal work, respect and personal safety to all persons. However, in some countries, it is said ‘life is cheap’, that self-control is not a cultural expectation, that men are violent towards other men and, often, that violence is directed towards women and children. Their hurt, pain and death are simply considered unfortunate by-products of these volatile cultures in flux.
Since keys and locks appeared in ancient Egypt and Assyria, Man has gone to great lengths to keep himself as well as his compassionate heart – behind locked gates in a bid to protect himself and all that he considers his ‘possessions’.These days, personal experience shapes neither our emotions nor our thoughts nor our actions. Like never before, our judgement is zapped by the relentless and manipulative energy of posts, tweets, and retweets on the back of TV or Facebook ‘news’ and media reports.
Here, at the start of this new mind-meander, is as good a place as any to ponder why to this day, despite his inherent height and muscle advantage, Man has relied on his wardrobe to give him the enhanced masculine edge he feels he needs to boost his natural endowments. While in search of inspiration, intrigue and visual titillation, Man has denuded Woman and he, himself, has had to endure life swathed in archetypal garments intended to give him a more commanding, robust allure.
October 12, 2016 – It has just been announced that Wonder Woman, the actual comic book character [not Lynda Carter, actress in the 1975 TV series] would become an honorary ambassador in support of the UN’s sustainable development goal number five which is “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.Not surprisingly, the announcement was met with a silent protest, mostly from women, who voiced concerns over WW’s ‘overtly sexualised image’ that is not ‘culturally encompassing or sensitive.’