4/21 Ponder This

Mindfulness and spirituality are awesome, but they’re even more beneficial when you research their roots.  Our current concept of “mindfulness” is based largely on equanimity, which is actually a guiding principle of Buddhism. Bhikkhu Bodhi defines equanimity as “a balanced reaction to joy and misery, which protects one from emotional agitation.”  As I continue exploringContinue reading “4/21 Ponder This”

Stop sleeping on America’s anti-Asian past… and present

TW: This piece discusses racism and assault which may be triggering. American policies and people have historically painted “American” to be synonymous with “white.”  This cognitive shortcut has led us to shut out, enslave, and imprison those who don’t fit our Anglo-Saxon depiction of “Americanness” and who therefore “don’t belong” here. Yet, we still haveContinue reading “Stop sleeping on America’s anti-Asian past… and present”

March 24 Ponder This

I must’ve been too busy braiding Grace’s and my hair together during Government class and missed the lesson on D.C. because holy moly have I been misinformed. Did you know DC isn’t part of any state? It’s run by Congress. There’s a local government and mayor (who seems DOPE) which make decisions regarding D.C. schools,Continue reading “March 24 Ponder This”

March 10 Ponder This

You might not think about America’s federal minimum wage often, but it’s actually pretty important. Most states have higher minimum wages than the federal standard ($7.25/hr). But five states still don’t have a mandated minimum wage, and two states have minimum wages lower than the federal standard.  In both cases, people are paid the federalContinue reading “March 10 Ponder This”