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A Stranger’s Sahasranama

Vasuḥ: One in whom all beings dwell and one who dwells in all beings. (Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram, 104) Aprameyātmā: One whose nature cannot be grasped by any of the means of knowledge. (Vishnu Sahasranama Strotram, 248) I’ve noticed I always begin these blog posts with a quote, a text to reflect on, though rarely is […]

Semester Goals

Another semester is upon us and this one has started rather differently than the past others. Coming back to campus has not been as easy. It has posed some challenges both expected and unexpected. Whether it be from the winter weather or academics, it certainly had me in a melancholy state for the first few […]

Streaming Consciousness

I can say with complete certainty that I am fortunate. I have a strong support group of family and friends, a safe home to rest my head, and ample food to keep me going.   It has recently become more apparent to me that I must remind myself of this constantly. One “bad” day does […]

Connection with the Divine: What drives my spirituality?

Poetry Reflection on “Listen to the Flute” by Rumi:   My heart aches as I’ve been separated. Torn from my beloved, the One that makes me elated.   The wine calms me for a moment, but this is not enough. A need to return to the exalted One is surely a must.   Enslaved by […]

Christmas is Coming

Last week I walked into my apartment in South Campus to the sound of Christmas music. My roommate and fellow intern TJ was indulging in the classic Christmas tune “Jingle Bell Rock.” As a staunch December-only Christmas music listener, I jokingly cried out, “TJ! It’s only October 16th! Why in the world are you listening […]

A Tribute to a Complicated Man

For the past month I have been working on an extremely laborious work of art that has genuinely pushed me physically and emotionally. Just to give a brief explanation of what it is: the work is a 5 foot by 4 foot canvas that I supported, and stretched by hand. Attached to the canvas are […]

Who Owns my Painting?

As an artist I find myself second guessing my decisions pretty consistently. “Was that the right move? Is this good enough? Am I good enough?” these are the kind of things that I find myself wrestling with in my mind. I have been a creator since I could put crayon on paper and waved that […]

An Impressive Faith

This week I have been thinking a lot about my Grandparents. Specifically, my Grandmother. My Grandmother (dad’s side) is the sweetest and most loving woman I know. Yet how she remains this way boggles my mind. Florence is the mother of three sons and married to a wonderful man (my grandfather) who had a major […]

The Journey of Faith

Until recently, I thought I was doing everything right when it came to my faith. I prayed, went to church on Sunday, and was involved in acolyting and children’s ministry. I thought I had figured out how to be the “perfect” Christian. My faith has been important to me my entire life, and has always […]

Tinotenda

Recently, I have been thinking about my “Ebenezer moments” the big moments that led me here. I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to travel and I’ve realized that most of my piles of stones are around those experiences. They introduced me to my best friends, they stretched me, showed me new opportunities and […]