Thursday, October 16, 2014

Goodness

I'm home on October break!!! And it feels so good!!!!!! I mean, I'm not doing much. I seriously have watched like 3 hours of Once Upon a Time. But it's all good. This show is so enlightening, in a TV drama sort of way. But I was just thinking, people are good. There is some good everywhere, we just have to find it. WE ARE NOT PERFECT, WE ARE HUMAN. But naturally, we are good and we want to do good. And if we do nothing more than this, if there is no other purpose, I'm okay with that.

God bless,

SN

Monday, October 13, 2014

Compassionate living

Posting again, because studying is boring. I really need to study though. My Christian and Muslim midterm is going to kill me.

I've just had a lot of thoughts lately, as one does when things are rough. I had a mini identity crisis in the last few weeks. I started questioning my whole moral system. Being on a college campus and participating in the 'weekend scene' does not lend itself to making the best decisions. And some decisions just made me ask: who am I? Of course I can't answer this question fully, but I have come to realize even when I feel lost and confused, it will be okay. This might be preachy so just a heads up. I realized I am who I most want to be when God is placed at the center of my life. For me this just means living as God wants me to. I'm so not into preaching and trying to convert people, but I will say that I want to show God's love through my actions and my life. A large task, I know. But alas, I am only human and I have many flaws. I have found that being aware of these flaws and admitting to mistakes is the best thing we can do.

Throughout the two years I have been meditating in a formal setting, the best thing I have learned is to just be aware, be present, and be compassionate (especially to yourself). It does wonders whenever I can do these things.

On that note, I had someone say today that they were feeling stressed out and unappreciated yesterday. Just wanted share someone compassionate words for that person and for anyone who is feeling this way: You are appreciated! You are the only you there is, and you are needed and loved.

Peace.

SN

Just Be You

These are such inspirational pictures to empower women to be who they are! These are the ones that really spoke to me:




And here is the link more about the project and all the images: http://www.boredpanda.com/powerful-illustrations-showing-women-how-to-fight-against-society-prejudices/

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

For the love of Dogs...

Amidst my insanely busy schedule, I have started volunteering at a local dog shelter. It has been the highlight of my week to spend time with these beautiful and terribly misunderstood dogs. Most of the dogs are pit bulls and they have a hard time being adopted because of their breeds reputation. It's so sad because they are all so sweet and rather timid. Also very hyper, but wouldn't you be if kept inside a shelter most of the day? There have been studies done that show that a humans touch can calm down another human, and the same is true of dogs. It's just incredible how far a half an hour walk can go for a dog that is learning to trust and love. And walking a dog has been such a stress reliever for me. Being focused on someone or something else that needs you really helps you put it all in perspective.

Maggie!!! Such a good dog.


 I miss my baby, Sparky!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tattoos

I'm addicted (I'm also procrastinating) Here's my up to date tattoo collection.
The lotus flower has my grandmothers initials. She passed away this Christmas. The heart design is a symbol for adoption that me and my sister both got. The top one in Cyrillic is says "Lubov" meaning love in Russian. This was the name of my triplet brother who died shortly afterbirth.