Trigger Warning: This Post Is About Trigger Warnings

It seems like there is a lot of misunderstanding around the concept of trigger warnings. The idea behind trigger warnings is that before a piece of writing or a video or show or movie, etc. you would let people know if the content includes difficult subject matter that may be a trigger for someone who has experienced related trauma.The criticism of it that I hear most is that it coddles people and the general moaning about our society getting so weak and full of people who crumble with any … [Read More...]

Hindu Mystery Bag!

When my parents were visiting we brought them to see the new age shop in town. It's called The Crystal Fox and it's Brad's favorite shop to go to (of course!). Not only does it have all the crystals and incense and pendulums but it also has some board games and role playing supplies. So pretty much everything Brad loves. My parents have visited us so many times but we have actually never taken them to the local town center where The Crystal Fox is located. There are newer, more exciting areas of … [Read More...]

The Real Difference Between Rachel Dolezal and Caitlyn Jenner

You all know that I'm fascinated by the case of Rachel Dolezal, a woman claiming to be "trans race" in the sense of born the wrong race and not in the sense of having adoptive parents of a different race. She claims that she was born white when she should have been born Black. And she went to lengths to present herself as Black. Of course believing in reincarnation, as I do, it's possible that Rachel Dolezal was Black in a recent past life. I have come to believe that about myself, that I was … [Read More...]

Riding the Wave

[I will be doing more Hindu Worship posts soon. I'm working on tweaking the format!]One of the benefits of being in my 30s is coming to a pretty good knowledge of myself and an acceptance of my quirks. I have a thing where I get extremely intense and obsessive about something and then it kind of burns out and another thing becomes all I'm interested in. And these go in cycles. So, like, I'll be super into knitting and doing it constantly and thinking of nothing else for six months. And then … [Read More...]

Hindu Worship Tuesday July 4th, 2017

Hindu Worship for Tuesday July 4, 2017 Tuesdays are dedicated to Sri Hanuman and Muruga/Kartikeya, the brother of Sri Ganesha. Hanuman is a very special deity. He is most known for his incredible selfless devotion to Lord Rama. It is said that at one point he tears open his chest to reveal that Rama and Sita actually reside literally in his heart. At one point Sri Hanuman says that in the world of maya Lord Rama is his master, but in reality Lord Rama and he are one. How to Worship Sri … [Read More...]

Hindu Worship for Monday July 3, 2017

I was talking with my brother and my husband and an idea came up that I wanted to test out. (I am always getting wacky ideas and I tend to dive in and try to do them without thinking it all the way through so we'll see how this goes. Temple Buddy was a failure, though I think it could be great if it has a stronger network and was run by someone with a different skill set).Anyway, my current idea is to make this a space where you can check in and get a daily reminder (okay, that's ambitious, … [Read More...]

Am I A Hindu? Book Review

I've seen the book Am I A Hindu? on Amazon before but I didn't give it much attention. After all, I know the answer to that question for myself. I am most definitely a Hindu!But my mom found it in a sale recently and brought it to me. So now that I look at it, it is so much more than the title suggests! I am impressed with how much information is packed into this book and how many questions and answers. The table of contents is three pages long. Here is the first page of it:Not … [Read More...]

Anxiety and Perception

Over the last few days I have been feeling intense levels of anxiety and I don't know why. You know that feeling of something important you are supposed to do, something that's nagging you and hanging over you, something you have forgotten? It's like that. For several days I've had a foreboding anxiety, which is starting to trigger feelings of depression.What's really interesting about this experience is to see how one's entire perception of the world is changed based on what's going on in … [Read More...]

Hinduism Is Different

I'm getting rather frustrated by people dismissing all religions as being basically the same. What I mean is that many of my friends are atheists. They are all wonderful. They are respectful of different points of view and they are highly moral people. I adore them. But I've noticed that many of them and the other Americans around me have a very binary view on religion. Either you believe in the Abrahamic conception of God or you don't believe at all. I was having a conversation with some … [Read More...]

Are Montessori Schools Christian?

Are Montessori schools Christian? This is a question that someone asked me when she was looking for schools for her daughter. My husband is a teacher at a Montessori school and went through the full Montessori training four years ago. The Montessori method of schooling is quite a unique one, very different from what most Americans experience in school.Having watched as my husband went through the training, I'm very impressed with the system. It has a lot of great ideas and a lot going for … [Read More...]