Visiting a Mosque

I often end up throwing myself into situations outside of my comfort zone because the growth of my soul is so important to me. Also I'm impulsive so I decide I'm going to do a thing and then I wonder why I ever signed myself up for such a thing! Visiting a mosque might be the boldest thing I've done yet.I told some of my friends that I would like to find more Muslim friends, people I can know locally and not through the Internet. People who can help me connect with the human beings behind … [Read More...]

Hindu Festivals in August

Finally what feels like a dry spell on festivals is coming to an end and the major Hindu festivals season will soon begin! August sees the first few well-known and widely-celebrated Hindu festivals... Raksha Bandhan Raksha Bandhan is on August 7th this year.This is a day when sisters and brothers acknowledge the special relationship they share.I made some nail wraps for this holiday:See more … [Read More...]

Why Do Hindus Hate Muslims? [Google Questions Answered]

I hate this title. I would not choose this title. "Hate" is such a strong word. But Google tells me that people are searching for the phrase "why do Hindus hate Muslims" and so I want to address it. This post is basically a transcript of this video:https://youtu.be/h5PdogqnMaY Do Hindus Hate Muslims? First of all, Hindus are peaceful people. Hindu philosophy emphasizes peace, kindness, and seeing others as an extension of yourself. The vast majority of Hindus don't hate Muslims or anyone … [Read More...]

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...]