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Watch the trailer for M.I.A.’s controversial unreleased documentary before it’s pulled from the internet again. Reblog the shit out of this.

YES YES YES YES

M.I.A. being who she is made it possible for me to be who I am.

M.I.A. refusing to be conflict-free made it possible for me to escape conflict.

M.I.A. living her identity without apology made it possible for me to come to terms with my own identity.  All of my own identities.

Never underestimate the importance of this woman’s work.

THIS IS THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATIONAL ARTS. “Where is freedom of speech and where is democracy? If it’s in this country then I want to see it, starting with me!” -M.I.A.

Book #22 Peel my Love like an Onion by Ana Castillo. 

This is just an aspirational picture though because I have not been reading as much as I’d like to. Spending hours trying to decide what novel I would like to have students read, but not reading myself. But then again, I’m at a new job site, meditating more, and doing an arts residency. Oh and somehow still looking like I’m thirteen. Yay?

… and finally, she did develop faith, based not on an institution but on the bits and pieces of the souls and knowledge of the wise teachers that she met along the way.

from So Far From God, by Ana Castillo.

i sit here drinking coffee at 10pm, chilling with Tracy Chapman, grading student work, thinking about my meditation practice, and time. so much time and discipline it takes to make these things happen— art, spiritual growth, writing, confidence, social movement, who i am becoming as a person. and compassion for all the times i am impatient, and myself, and undisciplined, and so damn human.

"decide to be still," said my teacher. so, i sit here observing.