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Dark Ecology: Race, Gender & the Environment

English 252 @ Hunter College

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Soul-Body Relation

What do you think about when you consider the relation between soul and body? You probably know that these two substances are connected but not necessarily how… According to G.W Leibniz, the body and soul share a pre-established harmony. In other words, they do not have an affect on each other, but instead they embody one another. There is no causal connection between the body and soul because they correspond, they do not interact. Both of these substances represent each other while still following their own law. 

“GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE SOUL AND THE BODY, EACH ACTING ACCORDING TO ITS LAWS, AGREE IN THEIR PHENOMENA” – G.W LEIBNIZ

There are many reasons as to why these profound ideas resonate with me. I am passionate about sacred geometry, therefore I appreciate Leibniz’s view that all substances reflect the whole universe. This can easily be observed when looking at fractals… Not only do all aspects of a fractal represent each other, but they also mirror a Universal Divine Law.


As much as I value Leibniz’s view on the soul-body relation, I can’t help but ponder on my own ideas. First off, how do we know that the mind and soul are one? Does the mind come from the soul or does the soul come from the mind? I mean, only things with minds have souls… right? Did God create sacred geometry or is sacred geometry, God? Regardless of this, it’s safe to believe that we mirror the entire universe. God is perfect and self organizing. We may not always see his perfection, but only because our minds are finite and cannot comprehend such Divine Love.

Please share your thoughts below! XOXO

Mindful Eating

Becoming more health conscious this year has been beyond empowering. Even though I have such a long way to go, I’ve been feeling like the ultimate cleansed goddess underneath my skin… What we choose to consume makes such a difference in our quality of life. Food was once for fuel and now we have it for solely pleasure. It’s no surprise that so many people have a ton of health issues. Instead of eating foods that heal their body, they are eating foods that only provide pleasure.

When I was 19 years old, I had completely stopped eating most of the foods I grew up around. Rice, fried chicken, McDonald’s, artificial salt, packaged seasoning, juice, soda…. I let it all go. I went from getting out of bed at noon feeling sluggish, to waking up at 8am feeling more alive than ever before. I still consumed some of those things occasionally, but it was no longer a daily routine. After beginning my yoga practice and eating healthier, I lost nearly 20 pounds. What I experienced was a rebirth. A mind, body and soul awakening.

I was made fun of by my family and old friends. They called me anorexic and said that I looked better when I was thicker. They were so stuck on who I was, that they couldn’t see my growth as growth. I was viewed as a weirdo for a long period of time. However, I never allowed that to phase me. I understood that I couldn’t judge them for not having the level of awareness that I had. I needed to forgive them and love them regardless. 

In 2016, I slowly began to let go. I disconnected from my health once again. I lost the drive and spark for healthy eating and all that did was cause more bad habits. Yes, I still ate healthy, but not enough to balance out the garbage I had began consuming again. I wanted to change, I wanted to go back to the awakening I had in the beginning of my journey. I knew that in order to reach the level of spirituality that I wanted to reach, I needed to control my diet.

I set a goal for 2017 to be more health conscious and give my body more nurturing foods. One month into the new year and I completely let go of dairy. I was exposed to the truth about the dairy industry and was absolutely mind blown! It’s been about 3 weeks of eating healthy and being dairy free and I can honestly say I feel UNSTOPPABLE. The desire I had for those unhealthy foods is completely gone. I’ve been riding this powerful, productive wave and I couldn’t be anymore grateful for where I am in life right now. My spiritual encounters are more frequent and I can feel my mental clarity expanding.

“The greatest wealth is health”-Virgil

The foods you eat can either give you life or deplete it. At some point in time, we ate food for energy and now most people eat and fall asleep. The complete opposite of what should be happening is happening… You don’t have to alter your diet if you aren’t ready but trust me when I say that the discipline required to do so, can truly change your life. My partner has always told me, if your way of thinking and acting has changed since you were a teenager, then why hasn’t your diet? Here’s a powerful idea to ponder on. 

How do the foods you eat make you feel? Your body is constantly sending you signals and it will tell you when something isn’t right. Being bloated, gassy or sleepy after eating, are all signs that something is off balance. Listen to your body. Honor this physical tool where your soul resides. Bring more quality into your life through the foods that you eat. It will feel like a mission at first. You will come across bumpy roads, but nothing will be more fulfilling than the purity you soak in after.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”-Hippocrates

 

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Sade, Women and Nature

There is power in music. Which is one of the reasons why I admire Sade. Her words vibrate through my soul and feed my subconscious pure goodness. One’s choice of music can truly have an impact on their character and overall life. As a young teenager, listening to Sade, I learned the significance of nature. I began to understand that there was no separation between me and my environment. With this awareness, I acknowledged my true power.

Sade recognizes the connection between women and nature. In many of her videos, she portrays herself as Mother Earth. She is either under the sea, on top of a mountain or in the middle of the desert. No matter where she is, it’s most likely amongst nature. There is no separation between her and her surroundings. Sade humanizes nature. Reminding us that Mother Nature is alive, she is here and present with us, at all times.

THE ESSENCE OF NATURE IS FEMININE

The term “Mother Nature” is not used by coincidence… A female’s womb creates life and so does nature. The ways in which a nurturing mother supports her child, through pregnancy, breast feeding and pure affection, is closely linked to the support nature provides for us and all other species. From fruits, vegetables, to the air that we breathe, nature is always here to be our loving mother. She responds to us and is constantly evolving with us.

“WHEN WOMEN REASSERT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WILDISH NATURE, THEY ARE GIFTED WITH A PERMANENT AND INTERNAL WATCHER, A KNOWER, A VISIONARY, AN ORACLE, AN INSPIRATRICE, AN INTUITIVE, A MAKER, A CREATOR, AN INVENTOR, AND A LISTENER WHO GUIDES, SUGGESTS AND URGES LIFE IN THE INNER AND OUTER WORLD.” – CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES

Below I added two of my favorite music videos by Sade. In the first video, she represents herself as Mother Earth. In the second video, she reveals herself as a nurturing mother. Aside from this, her words are influential and soulful. I hope these videos resonate with you as they do with me. Xoxo

Insights from Mother Nature

It was a breezy, Spring day. Roaming around with my lover amongst trees, birds and fresh air. We had been walking for the past 30 minutes and I felt my heart beat slowly increasing. We knew where we were going and we couldn’t wait to get there. The water fall at the Botanical Gardens. It had pretty much become our backyard. Our favorite place within the whole garden. We walked, we climbed, we laughed and we embraced. The fresh air kissed our face. By the time we made it, I felt a weight on my shoulders. A sense of heaviness… I was exhausted. It was about 10:30 in the morning and I hadn’t had any breakfast. Perhaps my energy was depleted. As I sat on the bench, admiring the water fall while observing the tree bunches move to the hidden waves of the wind,  I couldn’t tell what was wrong with me.

After a few minutes of subtle discomfort, my partner handed me a peeled tangerine. I began savoring a piece I had removed from the bunch. The flavors bursted in my mouth and in my body. My senses began to heighten and my vision became more clear. Life was being given to me in that moment. As I ate more, I felt myself becoming more alive through my mind, body and spirit. It’s a feeling that was truly unexplainable, however it made sense in every way. In that moment, I understood a truth I had never grasped before. The divine connection. The feedback loop of giving and receiving. The ubiquitous duality that resides in all things. I understood nature in a way I never had before. I felt alive, connected and exactly where I was supposed to be in that moment within the infinite universe. The chirping birds sang as I listened. They fed my ears and soul. All motion being experienced through my senses were pure bliss. I reflected, and as I did, I felt like an animal, in its natural habitat. Before the city, before the artificial noise, before the destruction. This was my home. And in that moment, there was nothing more important. The magical insight given to me, left me with intense awe. This was more than just a nourishing fruit, more than just sightseeing. This was life, youthfulness, joy and gratitude. I knew I was healing. Nature had kissed me with its Universal Intelligence and I was present to receive it.

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