David Baron on TED Talks

With the total solar eclipse only 10 days away, I wanted to share this TED talks video featuring David Baron (author of American Eclipse) and his personal recount of watching a live total solar eclipse. If you had a chance to read my post Total Solar Eclipse ’17 Thoughts then you’ll understand why I want you to watch this video. I can’t sum it up quite like he did so I encourage you guys to open your mind & heart for this 12-minute watch. The best recap I can give it (because I feel somewhat obliged) is a total solar eclipse gives you the ability to see your place in this world and know that you’re apart of something larger than life itself. Enjoy!

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A Coming Identity

There is something astounding you feel within when you share a certain kind of suffering with someone. It was naïve of me to think that there was no one else out there who’d understand my sentiments. Yet here we are. I’m a Nuyorican. And for anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a Puerto Rican from New York. Yup — we have a name. Growing up apart of this community comes with its own way of life… like everyone else on earth.

I was able to really identify with the poem in this video because both the author, Noel Quiñones, and I had struggled with one of the same Nuyorican problems. Not speaking Spanish. All of what he mentions resonated deeply with me, some things more than others. Like for instance… it struck a nerve when he said it was like a countdown when you encountered someone who spoke Spanish to you or when he said, “it’s not lying if I feel something,” when I try to speak my “native” tongue. I hope you guys can enjoy it as thoroughly as I did. The video is below.

And I will say one last thing — people like us do belong. We create the identity of those like us and build our own space to thrive. And we don’t prevail even if it means using Google translator.

Meditation in Under 2 Minutes


I found this super short & funny video about meditation that I wanted to share. I’ve been meditating for a few years and recently it’s gained a lot more attention in society. I think that’s a great, positive thing for people to be excited about though. But from one soul to another, here is a truly simple video for anyone who meditates. From beginner to expert it’s always nice to review the essentials. I just downloaded the app Headspace on my iPhone to help make meditation more apart of my daily regimens. It’s also available for Android and accessible on desktop computers. I’ll be sure to write a review on my use and if it helps me. 😊

Namaskar!