Happy New Year! If your resolutions fail, there’s always Chinese New Year in February and Thai/Khmer/Lao New Year in April and well... you can pick any day to be a new you. 💕 Here are my learning lessons from 2018.
Happy Loy Krathong!! 🇺🇸🙏🏾🇹🇭 “Loy” means to float. ”Krathong” is what we use to float our wishes on down the stream toward the mythical Nagas (sacred water serpents) by candlelight, traditionally made from banana leaves. We honor the spirit of water on this day, releasing any stagnation (grudges, anger, regrets, etc) we’re holding onto in our minds and bodies so that we can allow gratitude, joy, and peace to flow into our lives. But how do I celebrate this Southeast Asian Buddhist holiday while being in the United States?
With the holidays approaching, I know that this time can be incredibly difficult for people who are far from their loved ones. Many may also choose to protest Thanksgiving altogether to show their solidarity with people indigenous to this land. How will you be celebrating? And if you grew up with immigrant parents, what were you feasting on this time of the year?
“In a world that profits from your insecurities, loving yourself is a radical act. Your joy is a revolutionary and radical act; anger can be a beautiful thing until it manifests into sickness. Tears are a sign of strength. Stay woke, but not to the point where there’s no room for those who have yet to awaken. And while those who came before you have experienced struggle, remember you come from a long line of resiliency. You are a beautiful badass.”
Some of my succulents didn’t survive, and what felt like a reflection of my life were the resilient plantains growing in this pot gifted to me by Green Wisdom that gave up their fight and wilted away. I dreaded looking at them as I walked up to my doorstep, but still I watered them. Like watering a graveyard, hoping they would reincarnate from the dead to greet me again...