essays

What freedom means to me

A little over two years ago, I took the following photo while touring Mount Rushmore on my way to graduate school in Wisconsin. At the time, I marveled at how tiny the destination actually looks in person, and also at how overwhelmingly white the rock features are. (I mean this literally, although of course the… Continue reading What freedom means to me

Interview/Talk

Mask-ulinity (spiritual talk)

In this video, I discuss masculinity, whiteness, mask-wearing, and social distancing in terms of my own experiences with the same topics. I believe this sharing is important because it allows a vulnerable, internal window into the experience of those who may resist social change. In the end, I offer that mask-wearing and social distancing are… Continue reading Mask-ulinity (spiritual talk)

Interview/Talk

Spirituality and Politics (The Spiritual Download)

Here is a conversation I had with Kyle Eric Hilding of The Spiritual Download podcast and Amanda Flores on 7/8/20. The subject was "Spirituality and Politics." https://m.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR19GpiYAXu1CPGL98o7cxD3K7brRqeFg2LBo5aXkaePJpBT4furiIhhrvs&v=h52AWSd90aE

poetry

Tapestry of the oppressor

TW: This poem contains a racial slur. A few days ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico, A young white supremacist broke into and desecrated an Indian restaurant, Putting in an estimated $100,000 worth of damage. “Trump 2020,” and “Fuck sand niggers,” He scrawled in black graffiti. One of these phrases he painted atop a religious… Continue reading Tapestry of the oppressor

Interview/Talk

Politics, karma, and the emptiness of winning (spiritual talk)

What is karma? In what sense is the U.S.'s current political situation evidence of a karmic relationship? How is karma resolved throughout a lifetime? What is the result of "failed" karma? Successfully navigated karma? Given these dynamics, what are some potential outcomes of our current political situation in the U.S.? See these questions and more… Continue reading Politics, karma, and the emptiness of winning (spiritual talk)