Thoughts can be powerful in fact so powerful that they create the world around us. What we focus on and think about most is attracted towards us i.e. the law of attraction holds true universally. Like attracts like and we are all akin to transmission tower that transmits different frequencies that reach beyond cities, countries into the universe. The pictures we receive from the transmission are not shown over the television screen – they are the pictures of our life.
Connecting with children through nature has become somewhat of a myth. In fact, the entire definition of ‘connecting’ has changed in the modern era. In the face of technological abundance, why hand your child a flower when you can hand over an iPad with Google images bringing forth far more than you ever could? It’s phenomenal – a simple search may produce images that you may never witness first hand. Rather, images which you never feel the need to witness first hand. The scent of these flowers, one can only hypothesise. No wonder it is theorised that the coming generation will, for the first time in history, die younger than their predecessors. Experience the world, but don’t move a muscle. Our children know everything about the planet, everything about the ecosystem and its integral role amongst our forests – yet so few are venturing out there. Die, adventure, die.
Much has been said about Ahmed Mohamed. Oh, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of him by now. You know, the skinny yet dangerous Muslim teenager who was arrested in front of his peers while wearing a NASA t-shirt for building and bringing a homemade clock to school to impress his teacher.
The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recently passed, and it has been in the news a lot these days. There have been stories following up with people, highlighting the state of Louisiana and the aftermath of one of the worst Hurricanes in United States history. Hurricane Katrina was notorious, not only because of the damage sustained, but because of the government’s delay in getting help to the people who were stranded and whose homes were destroyed. People had to live in airports for several days, even weeks before emergency assistance came to the state.
I used to write poetry to clear my mind. I haven’t done it in a very long time. After a hiatus – I wrote what I felt is a piece living the last few days, and tried to share some of the emotions of what it mean for me to be a refugee, living in a generation of struggling to overcome our cultural dichotomy. I hope it speaks to you, too.
“All that we are is the result of all that we have thought. The Mind is everything. What you think is what you become.” ~ Gautam Buddha
One of the things that have gone viral in our society nowadays is that people in every category of life lack happiness. We see students that consider their education a burden, keeping relationships a burden, jobs a burden and so on. We have also seen that with the passage of time, our knowledge and understanding of the world has increased greatly. On the contrary, our lives have become much more complicated and unhappier than ever before. So clearly increasing our knowledge of the world will not benefit us in this regard. Happiness and sufferings are therefore two different states of minds and hence to understand that we need to understand our mind. What is growth? It is when you become mature. When do you become mature? It is when we understand what life is.
If you follow Brothers Nader and Raz on their YouTube accounts, you’ll know they both recently uploaded 2 raw, real and truthful videos about what it’s like to have kids. While I laughed and nodded my head in agreement to almost everything they had to say, I couldn’t help but think a woman’s perspective was needed in this ongoing series of “the realties of having children”. I’m not quite that ambitious to put myself out there on YouTube, so I figured a blog post would suffice instead. This is what I feel about having kids: