Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Call to Prayer...

"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." ~Henry David Thoreau

Received the following email from different friends - thought I'd share - I'll be saying a prayer... sending my thoughts - it's our choice to help in whatever way we can. 
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To All People Around the World

Please send your prayers of love and gratitude to water at the nuclear plants in Fukushima, Japan!

By the massive earthquakes of Magnitude 9 and surreal massive tsunamis, more than 10,000 people are still missing…even now… It has been 16 days already since the disaster happened. What makes it worse is that water at the reactors of Fukushima Nuclear Plants started to leak, and it’s contaminating the ocean, air and water molecule of surrounding areas.

Human wisdom has not been able to do much to solve the problem, but we are only trying to cool down the anger of radioactive materials in the reactors by discharging water to them.

Is there really nothing else to do?

I think there is. During over twenty year research of hado measuring and water crystal photographic technology, I have been witnessing that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration of human prayer no matter how far away it is.

Energy formula of Albert Einstein, E=MC2 really means that Energy = number of people and the square of people’s consciousness.

Now is the time to understand the true meaning. Let us all join the prayer ceremony as fellow citizens of the planet earth. I would like to ask all people, not just in Japan, but all around the world to please help us to find a way out the crisis of this planet!!

The prayer procedure is as follows.

Name of ceremony:
“Let’s send our thoughts of love and gratitude to all water in the nuclear plants in Fukushima”

Day and Time:
March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)
12:00 noon in each time zone

Please say the following phrase:
“The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you, and we love you.”

Please say it aloud or in your mind. Repeat it three times as you put your hands together in a prayer position.
Please offer your sincere prayer.

Thank you very much from my heart.

With love and gratitude,
Messenger of Water


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peace,
Ren

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Question for the masses: If you could live in the time of a great master (past or present) who would it be?

"The soul is here for its own joy." ~Rumi 

 It's a holiday today - I spent the morning half of it reading 'Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment' by Deepak Chopra. I get fixated on books - if there's one that I've started reading that *really* captures my interest - I don't stop reading it till it's done. This is why my entire morning was spent reading about the Buddha and also why I spent the entire evening yesterday reading 'Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment'. There's one more that needs to be read 'Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet' - unfortunately we don't have it (though as soon as I'm able I shall find a book store). It is my belief that, just as events happen when they're supposed too, books are read when they're needed - both of these books have been in my house for some time (I believe my brother bought the one about Buddha and my mom bought the one on Jesus) but I hadn't gotten around to reading them till last evening/this morning. 

I totally recommend. They are fictional tales of what may have been the years/story we do not know of in the lives of the Buddha and Jesus. The storytelling reminds me somewhat of the Avalon series of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxson. The Avalon series - which I dearly love and adore (my favourites being Priestess of Avalon and Ravens of Avalon) - focus on the early history of Britain as told from the viewpoint of women... according to the Wikipedia site, the series: 'Through a set of stories that spans several centuries, it tells of how the mystic isle of Avalon was created, its history, life in Britain under Roman authority, and how Avalon and its ancient traditions faded from the world because of a new religion, Christianity.'

When I read the world slips away such that most of my awareness is focused on the story (perhaps this is why I'm such a bookworm?)... and it is this that has led me to the title of today's post. If you could live in the time of a great master ... who would that person be? ... when would it be? ... would you return to the physical realm again and again with the same master? ... would you be the master?  - I guess I should note that when I say/write 'master' I don't necessarily mean a male being... There is a significant lack of information regarding enlightened females. A google search which in this day and age leads to much information gathering doesn't reveal that much (perhaps I'm using the wrong search terms?) ... what I did find? This most interesting article by Osho who states that:
"A woman cannot be a Master — it is not possible. When a woman arrives she becomes a Mistress, not a Master. The fulfilment of a woman is love. The flowering of a woman is love. Mastery is not the goal of the feminine mind; they don’t become Masters, they become Mistresses. To be a Master is basically a male effort."
Hmm. 

I do not know whether I'm seeking enlightenment. I'm trying to understand my purpose for being. I'm trying to make this world a better place. Sri Vasudeva in his talk today has said that:
"The human experience is one that Nature affords us. Nature has created the physical body so it is not part of our spiritual makeup. It is a vehicle for the experience of this earthly dimension or earthly plane."
Everything I've read and heard recently feels like a reminder to myself - it is all something I know already... something that I can look at and agree within myself that 'this is so'. What more is there to be done? We are all journeying... there always seems to be questions. 

peace,
Ren

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Today we celebrate Earth Hour...

Climate change is the greatest human induced crisis facing our world today. It is totally indiscriminate of race, culture, class, nationality or religious belief. It affects every living organism on the planet – including all of us”. ~ Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
 
Earth Hour is a global grass-roots movement encouraging individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the environment, and celebrating their commitment to the planet by switching off their lights for one designated hour.

Earth Hour 2011 aims to show the actions that people, businesses and governments world-wide are taking to reduce their environmental impact. Thereby establishing and encouraging others to join an interconnected global community engaged in dialogue and resource sharing that generates real solutions to environmental challenges.

Earth Hour 2011 Official Video from WWF on Vimeo.



peace & lights out,
Ren

It's my blog's birthday!

"As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a freedom or a confusion." ~Jasper Johns 

Happy birthday to my blog! Am somewhat amazed... somewhat thrilled that I've made a year - yes there have been periods of inactivity but I believe it's been balanced out... my blog is a year old today. 

I'm not sure what I've learned. Am I more patient? Kind? Knowledgeable? Skilled in some special way? More sane? Less muddled? I'd say yes.. and no.. to all those questions... I'm still in the process of growing into myself. Still trying to figure out my place in the world (anyone with hints/suggestions/ideas - please leave a comment or contact me forthwith). 

It's almost my birthday (be warned - if you read this blog regularly this line will be showing up often). It's also the beginning (the first day) of a forty day period observed by an organisation I belong too (actually I'm not sure whether or not 'belong' is the right word ... but... I do have karma with the Blue Star). I've always thought it interesting that this period ends on May 5th - the day the doctor said I'd be born... If you would like to follow it or just see what it's about you can check out the two links above or Chanmadhavi's blog. The theme for this year's period is 'Secrets to True Well-Being - Tap into the Transforming Power of Consciousness' - sounds interesting yes? I'm gonna try to follow some sort of discipline (or at least read/listen to the messages).

It's been a crazy week - am looking forward to a transformational month and another year of blogging.


night all...


peace,
Ren

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

World Water Day 2011...

"Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water." ~ Albert von Szent-Györgyi de Nagyrápolt

It's World Water Day today - a day that has been celebrated annually since 1993. This year's theme focuses on  Water for Cities – responding to the urban challenge. The objective of this year's Water Day is to focus attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and nautral disasters on urban water systems.  If you'd like to know how it's being celebrated in the Caribbean, I found this post on a really good blog site about sustainable development in the Caribbean.

What will you do today to celebrate/participate? I admit to taking a very abbreviated version of my regular shower today - though that was mostly because I didn't sleep well and then woke up so late that speed was definitely needed in order to reach to work on time. In fact, I wouldn't have known it was World Water Day (shame on me?) if I hadn't heard it on the news this morning - unless an event/important day is clearly marked out on a calendar the chances of me remembering that it's a recurring event is pretty slim. Is there a calendar available with days like this marked off? Hmm.

Water is an important element and worldwide there's currently a crisis... What can you do? Be aware. Educate yourself. Be present when performing tasks where water is involved.



Something else I found that appeals to me (and so maybe to you)...
~ Water teaches ebb and flow, changing pace according to the type of water flowing. Sometimes water is calm and clear and other times it is wild and rushing, or any other possible kind of flow in-between. For greater creation capacity, learn to go with the flow and surrender into the current pace.

~ Water is a highly programmable element that magnetizes to it the same vibration it holds. Pay attention to what you are drawing into your life and adjust your water’s program where needed.

~ Water is the only element you can see yourself in. Use water’s capacity to mirror your feelings and beliefs back to you by noticing what you are experiencing and clearing what is no longer needed.

~ You wash your body, clothes, dishes, and home with water. It is the element you clean with externally and internally. When old emotional energy gets held in the body it often needs water to help it to clear and move. Tears are one way water clears and cleans energy, so watch a movie that helps you cry or schedule a clearing session when old emotional energy needs to move or when you feel blocked.

It's a reminder to me that we should not just focus on the physical. Wishing you a happy world water day 2011!

peace,
Ren











Women can't do anything from water.org on Vimeo.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Five hundred Twenty-five thousand Six hundred Minutes...

"Five hundred twenty-five thousand, Six hundred minutes!| Five hundred twenty-five thousand journeys to plan. | Five hundred twenty-five thousand, Six hundred minutes | How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?" ~Joanne: Seasons of Love: Soundtrack for Rent

We're coming off of a very high-energy weekend... do you breathe easier? think clearer? focus stronger? feel more grounded? I'd never really noticed how many new beginnings one can have until I started blogging... I'd always been aware of the various points of celebration but never really focused on the fact that this beginning period lasts so long - we've had the New Year... and the Chinese New Year thus far. It's another beginning as of yesterday though - time for celebrating the astrological new year - hello Spring (or I guess for those of us in this area of the world - hello Dry Season - you really should be here now). There was also a fabulous full moon this Saturday - according to Tarot.com this full moon joins Uranus in Aries to catalyze sudden change and awareness.

I've been busy this weekend - I find that weekends go by so quickly. Have been trying to be present. What's the point of knowing all that I know about energy shifts and yet not putting it to use? So, whilst doing the mundane - the everyday things such as carrying my car to get the window fixed... or shopping for groceries... or making lunch, I give thanks for what I have and what I'm able to do. I accomplished a lot I think.. and then yesterday I went to see Rent with a friend to celebrate her birthday... new experiences... new people...

It's almost my birthday (and by 'almost' I mean there's still over a month to go)... I'm excited and, as is usual at this time of the year, evaluating myself and my circumstances... what I want to do, be, contribute. The world is entering a phase of change and transformation and so am I.

Wishing you a good week...

peace,
Ren

Friday, March 18, 2011

Memory keepers...

"Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us."  ~Oscar Wilde

I broke my mom's earring this morning. I feel most guilty though it was totally by accident. She lent it to me because it matches the shirt I'd chosen to wear to work today. Did I mention I feel guilty? Ergh. It slipped out of my hand, fell to the floor and broke cleanly in half (it's made of pottery). You know how people talk about time stopping and starting back? That's what it was like... ergh. I picked it up and looked at it then looked up at my brother as he came into the room ... and we both stared at it - frozen in an 'oh no - how do we fix this?' moment... then he started laughing hysterically because my mom came into the room at that time (no time to fix/hide anything - in moments of crisis we sometimes fall back on hysterical laughter) ergh. I'm *really* sorry mom.

Why so much fuss about an earring? For one, it's jewellery (yes... jewellery - I speak [and therefore write] British English not American English)... For another, my mom and I collect earrings from places that we visit. It's a tangible reminder of a special moment/place. This particular earring was from the Hoadley Gallery in Lenox... she bought it in 2009 while she was with me in Massachusetts. *Sigh*

I should let this go... breathe out and let go of guilty feelings because it was an accident. Am sure mom is not fixated on the fact that I broke her earring (I hope? maybe? I'm sorry mom!). Ergh.

On a totally un-related note... every time I hear/think about the word 'memory' I always continue it with 'all alone in the moonlight...' - which is of course the result of another memory of a moment in time (way back in Primary School our teacher taught us this song... am thinking now that she really thought a lot of us if she expected us to carry out this song well...). In case you don't know the song Memory from the musical Cats, this is it:

Hope you all have a happy Friday... go out and make some memories ;)

peace,
Ren

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How short is *too short*?

"Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly." ~Epictetus

I'm talking skirt lengths today. Why? Because there's been a lot of debate amongst some of my guy friends and girl friends. In my opinion, it depends on a lot of factors ranging from the wearer's height/body type to the event/circumstance and research has shown that a lot of people think so as well. I like them at all lengths... it's about choosing what's best for the occasion that makes you feel fabulous.


Harper's Bazaar and eHow both have age appropriate guidelines for one's hemline along with various other articles about style, fit and what's in at the moment. For a quick reference then:
  • Teens: Can get away with denim, unstructured miniskirt, but please watch the shortness of the skirt.
  • 20's: You are old enough to take the mini to the extreme look for skirts with style and flair; don't just stick with the denim because you can.
  • 30's: Look for a skirt with structure, such as an A-line mini or one of the new high waisted styles.
  • 40's: Drop the length of the skirt to below mid-thigh.
  • 50's: Go for skirts that are a bit more conservative and career like. The skirt should probably only be a few inches above the knee.
I'd just like to point out that I'm in my 20's. I can absolutely wear skirts with style and flair... lol...

There are other considerations of course. This site provides tests by which one can determine the most appropriate hemline. I have two main tests - one test which - now that I've checked out other sites - I realise is fairly common. Simply, if I'm standing and my arms are flat at my side then my shortest skirt will be maybe an inch above my middle finger. A comfortable length for me? An inch below my middle finger. The other test? If my dad makes no comment - my dad's a guy right? If he doesn't have a problem then really it should be fine.

Another aspect of our discussion about skirt lengths touches on that last sentence. Do guys think you're easy if you wear a short skirt? Do I think guys are easy when they're topless or wearing shorts or whatever? I wear short skirts. If my skirt is short then my top half is covered appropriately (and vice versa - if I'm showing cleavage etc then my bottom half is covered appropriately). My skirts cover all my essential bits such that I can sit, stand and bend over without anyone getting an eyeful (or even a glimpse of an eyeful). Not my fault if I've got great legs and want to wear a skirt that show them off guys... if you're thinking I'm easy then your mind is dutty. It annoys me a bit that girls get judged on what we wear. I admit that there are girls that go to the extreme (and probably are easy) but the vast majority? Just happy in the clothes we wear and the feeling that we look fabulous.

What do you think?
peace,
Ren 
Edited (March 17th) to add:
I've gotten some feedback on this post so thought I'd stick in a comment or two here:
  • apparently the writer of this post (moi) is biased (towards short skirt lengths)... so says one of the guys referred to in the 1st paragraph... MEH. My blog - My opinion. If you'd like to leave your comment on any matter here feel free to voice your own opinion in the comments section.
  • forgot to include one test used by this same group of persons - if a girl sits in a chair (without legs crossed) and can raise her arms without the world seeing France (or any underpants) then the skirt is judged to be sufficiently long enough... am not sure how common this test is though :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Our world has shifted...

"We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us." ~ Albert Einstein

I haven't blogged since Friday. I have however, spent time with my family, gone to satsang, gone to a tea party (held in honour of my girl cousin's 13th birthday) and gone to Tobago. I've been going about with my own life. In the back of my mind though is the awareness of what is happening in Japan and in the world. The quake which hit Japan on Friday is one of the largest to hit since 1900 (different sites give different stats so I'm not sure whether it's the fourth or fifth largest quake). It has moved the island of Honshu 8 feet to the east and has sped up the earth's rotation by 1.6 microseconds. The tsunamis triggered by this quake has caused damage to Japan, Hawaii and California (am not sure of anywhere else). There is now the threat of a nuclear disaster in Japan. It all boggles the mind. Surreal.

What can one single individual do to help others going through this trauma? I hold you in my thoughts and prayers. I will donate to relief funds. I will talk about what is happening-what has happened-what can still happen in the hopes that persons I talk to can improve on building codes, warning systems, evacuation procedures in my country and elsewhere. I will appreciate what's around me and try to show gratitude and appreiciation just a little bit more.

There is a part of me that wonders if we bring this trauma on ourselves. We have grown so fast, taken up so much space, used up so much resources ... it makes me wonder. Where are we going as a people? What are we meant to do? We cannot expect that everything will remain the same but we can try to ensure that it's somewhat better. This article featured in the Huffington Post speaks about the opportunities that can arise from this devastation. I'm sure there are many persons thinking like the author and hope that they continue to inform and discuss ideas like these. I'm also hopeful that we will try to create these opportunities ourselves - to come up with new ways of doing, creating and living.

peace,
Ren

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sending out some prayers...

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." ~Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,4

If you're reading this then you're connected to the Internet in some way. If you're connected to the Internet then you've probably already read news reports and stories and seen photos and videos about the earthquake and subsequent tsunami which hit Japan today. If you haven't then click here. Take a moment to breathe now.

I check my twitter feed when I wake up in the morning (my phone has wifi). First came shock, then came a moment of prayer, then a moment of mingled relief/gratitude that nothing like this has happened here, then another moment of prayer that nothing like this will happen here. I'm not sure what would happen if there was an earthquake of that magnitude (8.9! OMG!) in/near Trinidad and Tobago. I don't think we're in any way prepared for such an event.

Am glad to see that Japan is though and that the world stands ready to provide support. Saying some prayers... sending love and light to those that were affected by the earthquake... the tsunami... those on watch for tsunamis (Hawaii got hit - hope the damage isn't bad)... those that will have to clean up, rebuild and be strong.

All my love  and good wishes to you,
Ren


Edited to add:
Something interesting that may or may not be involved with this event - the occurence of a 'Super Moon'... read about it here and here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bad Hair Day...

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair." ~Audrey Hepburn

I'm having a bit of a bad hair day. My hair does not usually do what I want it to do on any given day and usually I don't give a hoot. Today though, I saw myself in the mirror of our washroom at work and had a moment of "what's going on with my hair?!". It is now currently twirled up into a clip on my head. I know what's up with it of course - it got washed today... the day it's been washed my hair looks frizzy... the day after that it starts to become somewhat-tame... the day after that I can usually get it to do something close to what I want it to do... then the process starts over.

Ah well. I'm not one to fuss over my hair. I get haircuts usually twice a year... I don't like to put stuff in it... I'm a brush-and-go kinda girl. I've only recently tried my hand at using a flat-iron (though I admit to having both a flat-iron and a curling-iron since... forever).

On days like this I remind myself to be grateful for the hair I have... most times I'm happy with it... when I'm not in the Caribbean it [sometimes] looks like movie-star hair (damn you humidity!). I always remember a story I read in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book (I'm not sure which one... it was a long time ago) in which a girl was having a no-hair day - she had alopecia. I think too about my mom who has lost all her hair on more than one occasion due to chemo. I remember the first time it was happening I asked if she wanted me to shave off mine as well - she didn't like the idea... said that she was losing hers but that didn't mean I had to lose mine as well.

Taking the moment now to be thankful for the hair I have... and for being healthy as well.

peace,
Ren

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I'm having cravings... or A list of The Best Things I Ever Ate

Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress.” ~ Charles Pierre Monselet

It's very strange really... I don't know why I'm having them. Is it hormones? Stress? Time of the year? The fact that I know people who are pregnant (can one have sympathy cravings... hmm)? The fact is though that I'm having food cravings - which come on very suddenly and very strongly. :( I don't know why ... is it because I'm slightly hungry? Aargh! What's worse is that I know exactly where to get what I'm craving... *sigh*

Last month I had a craving for vegetarian spring rolls from Kam Wah - I've only recently been introduced to this restaurant in Maraval - though I've known of its existence for years I'd never actually been - let me tell you: The Best Veg Spring Rolls... Ever! I was leaving Port-of-Spain after having to work the afternoon shift at the Energy Conference when suddenly I could taste and smell the fabulousness that is the spring roll. No, I did not get any... traffic and tiredness after work meant I drove straight home and ended up eating roti and some vegetable I can't remember right now.

After getting back from California in January I found myself craving broccoli-cheese soup. I love broccoli-cheese soup. I believe that craving came to the fore because I had a most excellent cup of it at Panera Bread, CA. I'd first tasted their soup in New Jersey last year. It be the most scrumptious soup... *sigh* There are no Panera Bread outlets in Trinidad and Tobago... and although Panera Bread has recipes on their website - they don't have the broccoli-cheese soup recipe up (WHY???)...

At the moment I'm craving singapore noodles. From a restaurant in Chaguanas called 'Passage to Asia' which means that I can actually get some. I know that there's food at home though... and I sorta am trying not to buy food when there is at home (or when there is stuff that I can make at home). Aargh! WHY do I want these noodles? :s

*sigh* This is a bit of a whiny post so I'm turning it around. Perhaps if I embrace the fact that I've had great food experiences these cravings will go away? One can hope.

A list then ... of The Best Things I Ever Ate! (in no particular order... in fact I'm sure I'll probably miss a few):
  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls (Kam Wah)
  • Broccoli-Cheese Soup (Panera Bread)
  • Very Berry Bread Pudding (The Red Lion Inn) - my mom and I spent a night here last year - we both thought it was totally yum :)
  • Aged Cheddar Baked Macaroni & Cheese (B. B. King Blues Club & Grill) - took my mom to a buffet brunch to see Strawberry Fields (a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute)
  • Carrot Cake (Bryant Park Cafe) - my brother and I spent a weekend in NYC in 2009... it's an expensive place - we only bought dessert ;)
  • Spanakopita (Kripalu) - I spent time here in 2009 - overall the food is amazing. I must add: poached egg over braised vegetables, buckwheat pancakes, olive bread, goat cheese balls (don't knock it till you've tried it) and cheesecake...
  • Callaloo - as made by my mom.
  • Dhal - as made by me (original recipe provided by dad - not sure where he got the measurements from as he does not cook)
  • Crepes / Pancakes / any breakfast-ish item - as made by my brother (who is amazing in the kitchen)
  • French Toast - from a diner somewhere in Chelsea, NY - made with challah bread - simply divine... I can probably find the actual address somewhere...
  • Carrot muffins - from a supermarket in Canada - my mom, brother and I visited Canada in 2001 - my aunt brought these home from the supermarket - I ate most of them and she went back to find more... lol...
I think that's it for now... can't think of anymore at the moment though I'm sure there are many... and surprisingly - I'm no longer craving singapore noodles...

Yay!

peace,
Ren

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Interesting Read: Feminine 2.0

"Women should be the keepers of the conscience of the world. We are keepers of the internal flame -- the light of humanitarian values and the primacy of love -- and our greatest power lies in keeping it lit." ~ Marianne Williamson

Read her article for International Women's Day 2011 here ... it's very good :)

peace,
Ren

International Women's Day today...

"International Women’s Day has been celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women." ~ UNWomen.org

It's Carnival Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago... International Women's Day all over the world (in fact the 100th anniversary of celebrating International Women's Day). Am wondering how many Trinis are aware of the fact... how many of our women are celebrating being a woman and all it entails. Was most interested in the perspective brought forward in this post by Simone Leid, founder of the WomenSpeak Project. Am moved by the messages posted by the Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

I have always been happy to be a woman (except at certain times each month when I'm not happy - but.. tolerant). I am comfortable in my own skin. I have been lucky in that my family is supportive - I am well-fed... well-educated... if there is anything I would like to do or anything that I would like to be I know that I would be supported (whole-heartedly by my mom... somewhat pragmatically by my dad). It is a gift that I appreciate. 

I've always been interested in learning about feminine principles - goddess culture, shakti. As a woman I am attuned to the movements of the moon - the cycles of the seasons. Perhaps it is the mystic in me. For me being a woman is about care-taking... of ourselves, our homes, our families, our work, our world. It is something precious.  

Today I celebrate along with everyone else the beauty of women. Happy International Women's Day 2011 :)

peace,
Ren