“I believe you can speak your reality into existence,” Erika had smiled at me as we walked to my apartment, sunlight beaming over the flowers in her hair. The California wildfires had upset her throat that morning, so she had worn a crown of sunflowers to make herself feel better — it also made her radiant.
On Thursday, April 12, The Beautiful Mind Project (BMP) and Al-Talib presented Speak Your Truth, a night of art, music, and poetry performed by students in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) as part of the Art of Self-Care Week.
The real issue is not that individuals don’t take care of themselves, but that society does not take care of individuals. The heightened interest in self care is simply a result of this fact.
To those readers who are of a more progressive nature, let me reiterate that it is not your job to constantly actualize activism and cure everyone, primarily those with whom you are close, of the aspects of their principles which you may find distasteful.
Solange’s newest album, “A Seat at the Table,” is an album full of references to her struggles with mental wellness, but also what the black community needs in order to encourage discussion about mental health.
One of the hardest aspects of recovering from an eating disorder is the fact that negative thoughts don’t go away overnight. Admittedly some days are better than others, and that’s okay. You slowly realize that you are human, not some cookie-cutter ideal of “perfection.”
From a young and impressionable age we are presented with a false dichotomy: be weak and give into the super sized, yummy fries and forever be ridiculed and unlovable in your disgustingly fat body; or be strong and don’t eat anything so you can be thin, and therefore disciplined, beautiful, and worthy of acceptance and attention.
What we do not realize is how much our body does for us. Society engulfs us with so many expectations, leaving us to put a lot of hate into our bodies. Our bodies keep us running, breathing, living, yet every day, we face another negative thought that depreciates our image of ourselves.