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Dick Gregory, from the bottom of my heart — THANK YOU.

Oh, how do I begin?

Few people truly shine bright on many levels, & Dick Gregory is one of those people. He has shone inside & out, as well as across the board since the late 1950′s. And even now in 2012, you can see him at almost every major event that speaks on behalf of people’s rights.

His list of achievements is too long to list here. We are talking about almost 80 years of living fully. And when I say living fully, I don’t mean living a full life — I mean putting your life on the line! Living out loud & speaking your mind; doing all you can to find the truth; standing up for yourself & others; experimenting & testing & investigating; being an artist (first black comedian to break the color barrier); being an author (of 13 books, as either writer or co-writer); being an athlete (ran from California to New York City, averaging 50 miles per day for 71 days); being vegetarian since the 1960′s, and in more recent years raw vegan (he chose to not eat animals or animal products, because of his dedication to non-violence); fasting on water for 70 days straight (Dick Gregory is well known for his hunger strikes); running for president in 1968 (garnered 47,097 votes, including one from Hunter S. Thompson); feeding the hungry (shipped 10,000 pounds of beans to feed people in Marks, Mississippi); cancer survivor (cured himself of lymphoma with natural methods); I can go on & on.

Peter Barry Chowka summed it up perfectly when he said, “Gregory’s name, is synonymous with progressive social and political causes. He is that rare combination (like Gandhi) of activist and healer, one whose own life illustrates how real change first must come from within oneself.”

Thank you, Dick Gregory. Thank you for taking a stand. Thank you for having the courage to think for yourself. Thank you for putting yourself on the line. Thank you for looking deeper. Thank you for leading the way. Thank you for teaching others how beautiful & powerful they are. Thank you for reminding us to love & to be fearless. Thank you for showing us how much can be accomplished in one lifetime. Thank you for being you. Thank you, thank you, thank you…

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What I learned from the Murder of Troy Davis

I mentioned it on a previous blog post, & I can’t help but to raise it again. I was really affected by the death of Troy Davis. I had a hard time sleeping that night. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. I went through feelings of anger, of hopelessness, & of disgust. It was amazing how someone I had just heard of that week had opened my eyes & heart. I never heard of Troy Davis & his case, I only found out about him days before he was executed. In my mind I didn’t think it would happen. I heard that he was innocent & people, prominent people, as well as thousands of people around the globe were fighting for his life. I just knew the courts would change their mind & his life would be saved.

On September 21, the night of his execution (I call it murder) I watched the whole thing unfold on Twitter, watching updates on everything that was happening tweet by tweet. There were tweets from lawyers, celebrities, scholars, protesters, bloggers, news reporters, family & friends. It seemed like everyone was doing whatever they could at that moment. Then things started to look bleak. I’m not going to go into the whole series of events (you can find out more by watching this video), I’m just going to say that he was executed by lethal injection at 11:08pm. When I saw that flash on my computer screen, my heart stopped. I thought, What?! Is this really happening?

There are several things that I learned from all of this.
The thoughts & points I will share are not things that I didn’t know before. They just needed to be acknowledged & brought again into my awareness. The same thing can be said for the videos about Troy Davis that I will present. Everything I heard about him was new to me, but the knowledge that innocent people are being killed by the government is not new. Neither is the idea that people know this, yet do nothing to stop it.

“All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

An eye for an eye & we all go blind.
I watched Alec Baldwin go at it ruthlessly with Michelle Malkin on twitter the night of Tory Davis’ execution. Their Twitter followers did the same & followed their lead – but in their own way. Tweets were sent to Alex Baldwin about him being an idiot, & racist tweets were sent to Michelle Malkin about her Asian heritage. I watched the the whole thing unfold tweet after tweet.

Michelle Malkin stood for the cop who was killed & Alec Baldwin stood for the life he wanted saved. Who was right? And would going at each other’s throats & pinning one against the other help matters at all? In my opinion it made it worse. It drowned out the many voices of both sides & turned everyone’s attention to a completely different topic. It was foolish.

The same “me against you” thinking can be said for the desire to kill someone because someone was murdered. Let’s add into that, that one of the people that are to be killed for the death of another might be innocent! How does this solve anything? It doesn’t bring back the life of the one that was lost & it doesn’t bring justice. How is anyone in their right mind able to carry out something like this & not see it as nonsensical thinking? It’s absurd. – And how do the rest of us justify allowing something like this to take place? Not just once, but ongoingly!

“All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.”
Marshall Rosenberg

Only you can attain peace & end your own suffering.
The change we need is a change in thinking – in our own consciousness. The same people I saw rejoicing over the presidential election of Barack Obama were the same ones condemning him (for not speaking out about the execution of Troy Davis) on Twitter.

Do not look outside of yourself for a solution. One minute you will think you found it, & the next minute you will be searching again. Don’t put your hopes in anyone but yourself. You are responsible for the change you want to see in the world.

“Truth lies within ourselves: it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness and to Know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape than in effecting entry for light supposed to be without.”
Robert Browning

Today would have been Troy’s 43rd birthday had he not been executed at 11:08pm on September 21, 2011. This Sunday, October 9th 2011, he would have been celebrating another year of life.

May everyone remember this day, as a day of not only love, but of awareness. Think for yourself, open your heart, look within, show compassion, do something for the greater good of all, & learn the truth.

I’m sure Troy Davis would understand that considering part of his last words were “Dig deeper”. I’m sure he was referring to lack of evidence & that they (those that wanted him dead) should explore further so that they could see he was innocent. But when I read his final statement about digging deeper, it made me think (& others too) that we are all operating on such a shallow & superficial level. Not only in the actions we take & how we passively participate in society (as we allow it to keep us dependent on it & spoon feed us what it wants us to know & how we are content being a hamster in a wheel as the government turns it around for us), but in how we think. What happened to our capacity to reason? To design our lives freely, to create our own communities & standards. But more importantly, what happened to our ability to love & stand up for one another? These are questions we can only ask ourselves.

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”
- Thomas Kempis

My liberation will be in this moment as it is.
I will not wish for things to be different in order to find solace.
I will continue to look within myself for the love, peace & freedom I wish for all beings.
The way out is always in.

“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

For information on Troy Davis & the death penalty, please view videos posted below….

[Troy Davis photo & protest video by Exercise Compassion. Troy Davis news videos by Russia Today.]

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My Hot ‘n’ Sweaty Winter

“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.” -Albert Camus

This winter I was at it again. The classic “Aimee stuff”. So-called crazy projects (-Not that crazy to people who are crazier then me! My projects are quite simple & easy if you ask them.) I have been known to take on, like diving head first into some sort of thing for a while & not coming up for air until it’s over. Most of these challenges I either make-up for myself or find out about & want to try. I live for this stuff! It’s so much fun. This time I repeated what I did last year, I signed up for another 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge. (Yoga classes in a heated room for 90 minutes. I must complete 30 classes in 30 days. It has to be done daily at the Brooklyn Bikram studio I practice at. I can’t double up on classes & then skip a day. I must practice there for 90 minutes everyday.) I blogged about my experience with it last year. The post was called, “HOT, Sweaty & STICKY“. Last year I became really dehydrated by the third week, (-still completed the challenge though), this time I had a new game plan & a new lifestyle.

I’ve been eating a raw, mostly fruit & greens diet for over a year now. I also did a fast (18 days, water only) over the holidays 3 months ago. So my body is less toxic, has less excess fat/weight & is more hydrated then it was when I did the challenge last year. I was definitely off to a better start this time around. I also decided to eat lots of citrus for a few weeks to start off the challenge. (-I drank lots lime-orange juice. So good! The colors were a feast for the eyes & that sweet ‘n’ sour taste is perfection!) To my surprise the challenge was a breeze. So easy & it flew by. The heat barely bothered me, my body was able to get much deeper in the poses now that it carries less weight & cleaned out a bit. I also needed to drink less water (or even no water) during the classes because I wasn’t thirsty. I felt really good from beginning to end of the 90 minutes for almost every class.

Half Tortoise Pose

The only rough-patch I hit was on the last week. Maybe days 26-30. I started to have an emotional release, or some sort of ‘shake-up’. When I would do certain poses, I would start to ‘bubble-up’ emotionally. On one or two occasions I even started to cry during class. (No one saw me luckily. Everyone has sweat dripping down the sides of their faces & their eyes are red. So I blended in Beautifully. Yay!) The Bikram poses that triggered these were, Half Tortoise & Rabbit pose. Oh and before I forget, there were two more things that weren’t so pleasant. This is a bit of TMI, but I will share it anyway. I was going through some sort of detox the whole time. I had excess mucus in my lungs (-that I had to cough-up) & bloat/gas. (You can read about the blood gas theory here. I think this is what my excess gas was about. It happened last time on the challenge too.) My energy was great the whole time, but it definitely felt like my body was going through a deep elimination of unwanted stuff.

Rabbit Pose

Today is day 37. I’ve completed the 30 day challenge & now I will continue to 60. The emotional wave, excess mucus & gassiness is much much better. (-Thank goodness!) Pretty much gone. My skin has improved so much. I also feel more centered & relaxed on a daily basis. My spine feels longer & straighter. I’m also loving the routine of doing something daily without fail. There is so much strength & devotion there. It feels really beautiful. For the remaining 3 weeks I will work on being even more hydrated & support my body while it flushes out waste. I want to try a few days (or weeks) of mostly liquid meals (-like raw soups, smoothies & juices) and see if it changes things. (I will post it on my Nasty Fruit Blog.) I have a feeling it will & I’m eager to try it before the challenge ends. I know the rest of it will fly by. But I’m sure I will have some new wacky adventure lined up for myself. I really do live for this stuff.

“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus (-I love Albert! Such a poet.)

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