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Kiki Dee Mariki
05 October 2010 @ 11:17 am
Lately I have noticed a certain type of behavior that the Universe has been calling my attention to. It is the behavior of one trying to do "the right thing" or "doing what is best for others". "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions" as they saying goes & it is sooooo true. I know I am guilty of this, I have said to people many times in my life "you SHOULD do this" or "this WILL fix your problem". I look back on that & wonder at my audacity that I could assume I know what anyone "should" do besides myself. It's hard to look at that in ourselves, the usual defense is "well, I was just trying to help." But, are we REALLY trying to help when we do that? To help someone, REALLY help them, we must KNOW them. To know someone, you have to REALLY listen & if you really listen to someone, you might know what is best for them. But, we never really know what is best for anyone but ourselves, & to assume we know what is best for another person is really taking away their right to choose their own path.

I find this especially comes into play when I'm talking about my healing process. I've noticed that there is a kind of miracle that happens when someone who is sick finds their path to wellness & healing. We tend to attach ourselves to the "cure", whatever that is/was for us. We tend to preach that miracle to others, in the hopes of helping others find health & happiness like ourselves. I find it in every circle in my life, social & professional. Whether it be physical, mental, or emotional wellness, there are a lot of people who think they have THE CURE for what ails us.

This mindset has been rubbing me the wrong way lately, as proselytizing of dogma is by far one of the most difficult things for me to be tolerant of in my life. I notice it mostly when I am handed flyers for Christian groups on campus or PETA flyers warning me about animal abuse. But, it would be hypocritical of me to point the finger at the people who invade my space to fill me with unrequested information if I am doing it myself. So, I am not writing this blog to do that & it is the choice of my friends & colleagues to read this blog or not. I would not print it out & hand it to people on campus, that just sounds silly to me. But, it is exactly what so many people do.

I understand the desire to enlighten & educate the masses. But, the masses don't learn that way & they never have. People are only brainwashed that way. Teaching in this way closes doors to other, equally valid paths to the same goal. So, next time you feel the desire to tell someone else how they could be better before they have even asked you for your opinion, remember to be humble & open to their particular life path. As Buddha said, "There are many paths to enlightenment" & it is up to each of us to find our own. Non of us can develop into our highest potential without room to grow. Giving someone space to be themselves & validation that they are loved unconditionally is the greatest gift we can give another person. It is a well tended garden that yields the most crop, it would be silly to stand over the plants & tell them how they should grow, so why do we do this to the people we care about? Food for thought... ;)
I'm Feeling: mellowmellow
Background Noise: La Roux - Colorless Color
Kiki Dee Mariki
25 August 2010 @ 07:22 pm
That I must blog about it, for it was too much great stuff for a measly ol' facebook status update. ;)

I was nervous this morning, not because I am particularly dreading this semester or anything, just 1st day of school jitters, I guess. Actually, I'm super excited for this semester, both of the classes I'm taking in my major are being taught by awesome teachers & I'm taking a well-balanced range of Academic and Athletic classes, including Dance! :D A friend on facebook mentioned that she was going to bring a parasol with her to school to ward off the sun and that got me thinkin'..."Hey! I like parasols too! And I have a bunch of them!" :D So, I decided to bring my Jagannath umbrella (because it matched my outfit, of course) with me on the walk to school to keep the sun off. My morning went wonderfully well, considering the heat and the chaos that is the first week of school. I was even able to run home on my break to take a cold shower, which made the second half of my day as wonderful as the first. On my way home to shower, a woman driving by told me that she liked my umbrella and did I know it was a Hindu god? I said that yes, I knew, and she gave me a flyer for an Ashram that is apparently two blocks from my house & she invited me to chant & feast! Jagannath is a form of Shree Krishna, the name means "Lord of the World" and he represents Universal Love. I'm not a Hare Krishna, but I'm all for the Loving, Blissed-out look that Jagannath has on his face & I'm all for anyone who supports Universal Love. That my beautiful, colorful umbrella brought me love & free food just made my morning.

The second half of my day was fantastic because I have John Clapp this semester for my Intermediate Illustration class. This teacher is not an easy teacher, in fact, he's the main reason I had jitters this morning. But, this man inspires me to do great things. He creates a desire in me to live up to my highest potential. This semester is no different, after one class (yes, he's the kind of teacher that keeps you in class the entire time on the first day) I am SO inspired to do great work! Of course, stepping outside into the heat subdued the immediate urge to paint a masterpiece, but, nevertheless, today has proven to me that this semester is gonna rock! WooHoo! :D
I'm Feeling: excitedexcited
Background Noise: little birds outside the window
Kiki Dee Mariki
24 June 2010 @ 09:45 pm
For 2wanda, who is in Ecuador missing the show... ;)

Locus: my nest
I'm Feeling: chipperchipper
Background Noise: SYTYCD
Kiki Dee Mariki
Watch this documentary, you will become enlightened. :)

I'm Feeling: contemplativecontemplative
Background Noise: Religulous
Kiki Dee Mariki
22 December 2009 @ 11:14 pm
Courtesy of 2wanda

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Wednesday I invaded Iraq, broke it, and couldn't glue it back together before Mom got home (-1012 points). Last Saturday I ate my brussel sprouts (1 points). Last Tuesday I gave xoloki a Dutch Oven (-10 points). In November I stole dpanov's purse (-30 points). Last Sunday I gave ronebofh a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-1056 points). For Christmas I deserve a lump of coal!


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I'm Feeling: boredbored
Background Noise: Hide & Seek~Imogen Heap
Kiki Dee Mariki
So, I posted a facebook status update a few days ago that was well debated & it got me thinkin'...about the things people say about me & how true those things are...Collapse )
I'm Feeling: amusedamused
Background Noise: Raindrops~Bassment Jaxx
Kiki Dee Mariki
01 July 2009 @ 07:48 am
Hooray for Queers!Collapse )
Locus: my throne
I'm Feeling: anxiousanxious
Background Noise: Blue Eyes~Cary Brothers
Kiki Dee Mariki
06 June 2009 @ 11:49 am
As many of you already know, I found out a while ago that I was suffering from adrenal fatigue. As I read up on how to heal myself, I found several articles about the benefits of jumping on a mini trampoline for at least 40 minutes a day.

Yesterday I finally went out and bought a trampoline. It has turned out to be the best $60 I've ever spent. This morning I put it together and used it for 10 mins. I feel sooooooo good right now! Like I was just injected with a bunch of B-vitamins kinda good. :D

I plan to use my mini trampoline as often as I can from now on and I highly recommend that everyone buy themselves one. It has the least impact on the joints of any form of exercise next to swimming and is one of the best forms of exercise to increase lymph flow and the immune system. You can read more about the many amazing benefits of jumping here.

And of course, it is just so much fun! I was watching the movie Hancock, which has a really groovin' soundtrack, while jumping this morning. I love exercise I can do while watching tv! ;D
I'm Feeling: chipperchipper
Background Noise: Hancock
Kiki Dee Mariki
Tributes to Chaotic Alignment:

Chaotic Good Tribute

Chaotic Neutral Tribute

Chaotic Evil Tribute

Other funny Alignment pix:

Alignment Tribute

And a Lolcat Alignment Table, you know......for the lulz......

Lolcat Alignment Tribute
Locus: my throne
I'm Feeling: awakeawake
Background Noise: Blank & Jones ~ Beyond Time
Kiki Dee Mariki
13 May 2009 @ 02:29 pm
Lalalalalala! Love & Light!Collapse )
I'm Feeling: enthralledloving
Background Noise: Mr. Tambourine Man ~ Bob Dylan