Maybe Cause You Don’t Understand Eastern Philosophy

I happened to be watching the fun series "Everything Wrong With..." on Youtube and in the Return of the Jedi one there was a moment where he saw a "sin" that to me is just the basic Hindu philosophy that a lot of Star Wars is based on.(start at 13:32 for just this "sin") How does Luke become dark side if he kills the bad guy? The commentator wonders. Why is giving in to his anger bad when he is facing the evil emperor? How can the light side win if the bad guy is not killed?And here … [Read more...]


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Emotional Masochism

Note: We know that there are problems with the comment system and I'm quite frustrated as I want to hear your thoughts very much! One thing that may help is to pause any adblocker you may have for this site. Please do feel free to go to the "about" tab and contact me to tell me your experiences with the comment section. All information helps us work towards fixing the problem.Over the last several years I have become much more emotionally healthy. I think a lot of us have issues with … [Read more...]


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Where To Find Me On The Web

I thought it would be nice to gather my usernames on various social media sites and get them all in one place! In case you want to follow me elsewhere and maybe see other little tidbits and aspects of my life...YouTubeMy YouTube channel is here. I post videos occasionally, but I'm planning to do a bunch more. My husband and I are starting a video series where we playfully debate with each other on various philosophical issues. I'd like to turn it into a podcast eventually. I'm thinking … [Read more...]


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Making Connections

This past weekend I was at a conference in Massachusetts. One of the talks that I went to was about cultural misappropriation, which is always a good topic for me to engage with. There wasn't a lot of new information for me, but it was good to talk about it with new people and get new perspectives.One thing the moderator brought up was the idea that if you are taking something from traditions that aren't yours (or your ancestors') then you have to give back to the tradition in some way. And … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Conversations Part Six

Someone on Facebook in a Hindu group posts a chart of Hinduism and for modern philosophies it includes only Advaita. A man comments that he's a born Hindu and doesn't see himself represented. I note that the chart seems to be missing quite a few sects, branches, and philosophies.His response? Hindu is group of sects and sect are not rigid like abrahamic religions So I'm agreeing with him that he doesn't seem to be represented but his response is to make enormous assumptions about me and my … [Read more...]


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Hindu Names for American Babies

We have been thinking a lot about baby names recently. Hindu tradition is that you wait to name a baby until after it is born. The astrological chart is used to determine the best syllable to start the name with. We have decided, however, to follow American tradition of having names picked out and ready.I want my children to have a Hindu name. They don't necessarily have to go by it but I'd like them to have the option. I also decided that I would pick Hindu names that are easy for Americans … [Read more...]


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I Know You Mean Well

I'm pretty tired of getting comments and messages from people who have just discovered the blog and immediately feel the need to tell me that it's wrong for me to call myself the White Hindu.I suspect these people are new because I think that if you spend time with me and read my blog then you understand that this is not just the story of being Hindu, it is also the story of what it's like to be a Hindu who doesn't look like anyone expects a Hindu to look. It is about religion and it is also … [Read more...]


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Updates

How have I been doing on my plans? Pretty well!1) Flylady. We're still going strong with keeping the house tidy. I'm not doing everything on Flylady yet, but I go easy on myself and stick with the basics. My kitchen has been clear most evenings (and when it isn't I get it done first thing the next morning). I'm feeling really good about it.2) Doing the extra step. Also going well. For example, at work I saw a piece of lettuce on the floor across the aisle from me. Ordinarily I'd see it … [Read more...]


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Routine is the Enemy of the Present Moment

I have been trying to figure out why I have the pattern I do with jobs. When I first start a new job, I love it. Doesn't matter what it is. It can be data entry and I love it. A few months down the road I start getting bored and then resentful and eventually I'm dreading going into work and having intense anxiety during all of my free time. This pattern has repeated over and over and over. I've rarely stayed at jobs longer than a year (though I'm proud of myself for four years at my previous … [Read more...]


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