Are you ready to UNPLUG?

Are you ready to UNPLUG?

Ever heard of a Social Construct?  If you haven’t, it’s a really interesting topic…
*Concept or perception of something based on the collective views developed and maintained within a society or social group*

I am intrigued by anything to do with social engineering and whatsoever, oppressive which is determined by others, because of an imbalance of power, concerns me.  However, in this case, I use this particular concept for the focus of ourselves. I have been noticing more and more over the last few years that there seems to be a                      ‘Social  Awakening’  a conscious reality, that was once subconscious, is being gently nudged before I our eyes…

Okay, so think about it.. I am no political animal, nor am I a conspiracy theorist or, CIA intelligence officer. I am just a normal woman, who happens to think quite deeply about all things and sometimes comes up with conclusions based on intelligent thought, reading a lot and of which, uses evidence substantiated by google………lol Trustworthy? Who knows….

Stay with me on this, for a moment though!…… I ask you to examine your daily intake of life and consider your daily routine, including what your read, hear and experience or hear about others, in the world. How does it affects the rest of society locally, nationally and even globally?

When was the last time you were able to think for yourself, without being affected by an opinion based on other people’s thinking, thoughts, comments and theories. When did you ever feel like you were FREE from influences or biases based on something else. Yeah…. I had to think hard about that too. Everything I questioned and everything you question, appears to be based on somebody else’s influential take on things. This social construct is deep!

If a collective viewpoint is developed and maintained within a society, that means that, by default it is a tool, depending on how you look at it, in effect to create stereotypes, influencing social markets consumers, points of law, going to war, committing criminal acts. Determining what you wear, ‘how to think’ where to go, even down to choices you think you make freely, is often subtly influenced by this very concept. I suggest when you are conscious of this, as you will inevitably at some point, experience that very said ‘ awakening’ I mentioned earlier. That is when you know it is time to unplug…. to me its a sign of the subconscious, finally recognising what the conscious was trying hard to keep a lid on.  That feeling you have, when you want to be sick, but you are able to use your body to control it from coming up… ( Sorry for the unappealing analogy) lol. But you get what I mean right?

Some say….‘ Something is happening’  while others, lament that that the world is going crazy. I don’t know about you, but whatever your persuasion , belief system or theory. Something is moving and shifting….. the unspoken silence is being broken down. Whatever you do believe, maybe its that time to unplug from the world and get back to yourself. What does that even feel like? Can you remember when you actually had a thought, that was all your own?

I mean the thoughts that govern your choices to do things in the world, having an opinion, to create or make changes.

Can you imagine what you will discover, how infinitely powerful you are and what you could achieve, if it wasn’t for all those social constructs that are planted to take you away from yourself.  What an adventure it would  be don’t you think?

 

So are your ready to unplug yet?

 

 

Comfortable in your ‘ OWN skin?

Comfortable in your ‘ OWN skin?

 

There are many times in a woman’s life, when her femininity is challenged to a point, that it is so easy to lose a sense of her own identity. Not necessarily of her own making, although this can also be the case, if she is not ‘comfortable in her own skin’. Furthermore, inundated by superficial standards placed upon her, in others and their influence by the media. Values learnt and conceived, by perceived perfection, where perfection does not really exist. Hence, the creation of Photoshop –AI. The ultimate weapon, of media narcissists. Comparatively, worldly thinking, thrives on this very notion – illusionary and dysfunctional, are at the core of its general make-up.

It can be quite detrimental for some, who have based their womanhood on such shallow levels. As a result of this, women suffer from insecurities, shaped by the choices she makes, in how she looks and by how she acts. Plastic surgery, one of the most extreme examples of the negative effects, it can have, has seen a sharp rise in female patients, attending private surgeries, to reconstruct and deconstruct the body or facial features, of unconfident women. Often, because of our own readiness, to be all things and look a certain way, at any given time to fit in, like chameleons, subject to this fickle world we live in.

To fit into, somebody else’s boxes? Whose ideals?

Trends, like time changes and seasons fluctuate, to make room for new fads and Women are the first to feel pressured to conform to this, in order to be fully accepted. Vanity is the root, lodged in the epicentre of it all, and perpetuates this constant battle.

‘It’s a real sad state of affairs, for instance, when a woman is easily ‘flattered’ by comparisons or equally compares herself to well known celebrities, or artists in any field –is this a sign of not been comfortable in your own skin’? Seeking justification, within this artificial construct is both damaging and foolish.

Des’ree once sang “Loving self can be so hard, honesty can be demanding. Learn to love yourself; it’s a great, great feeling”

As if being YOURSELF, is not good enough and by looking for validation, allowing other peoples images, personalities to confirm who we are not, seems absurd and should be hugely concerning to our emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

The real beauty of time is an opportunity to examine the truth of the matter! All resolutions come from a place of self- reflection, a connection to the spirit within and a valuable’ inventory’ we should do on ourselves daily. The state of our minds is a sure way of realising where the problem lies, in order to change our thoughts about ourselves.

Remember! There is only one YOU….so go on and get comfortable with the skin you’re in!

 

Petula Hippolyte© December 2016

Behind The Scenes

BehindScenes-10_15-ARTIt is important to value the diligence of anyone, who chooses to work and hone their skills, behind closed doors. The act in doing so, not only prepares you, but also builds on the necessary qualities needed, for you to be accomplished and successful in your particular field.

Often, when we want to prove ourselves to others – a misconception that highlights a vital but negative component  – ‘COMPARISON ’. Comparing what you do with others, stops the natural unction to look inward. However, in a way comparison can be used as a spring board to refocus on yourself!  Sometimes thinking about it too much will mean you miss out on important  learning strategies, without the distractions of other successes or criticisms you can do so much.

Consider this>>>>

Practicing the art of solitary confinement, allows for personal development and gradually adds value to our character and character and integrity is everything!

Did you notice, how having alone time gets us to really focus. Being by yourself gives you the chance to meditate on your plans, skills, goals with the knowledge that it’s really up to you.. Only you can drive the train, its only you that run your race, but at your own pace…finally!

How many times have you and I made the mistake of verbalising our ideas too soon and things that we plan to do? In our eagerness, to prove that we are ‘a mover and a shaker’ in this life. Everyone is talking about what they are doing and how great things are going for them.  Only for the things you all so quickly told them at the beginning was never  completed! The feeling of disappointment and embarrassment are heavily felt and worse, in view of those you have told. Unfortunately, people judge us on what we say and assess our ability to action out the things we have boldly declared.

No more trying to impress anyone else and  besides everyone is running their own race to think too much about what your doing. So do the same!

So to avoid this and protect your sanity, it makes sense to do things in the quiet! Doing things ‘behind the scenes’ has huge advantages, you will discover and once you have perfected your art, it is then, just like the butterfly cocooned in its protective layers, YOU can and will emerge right on time.

So never be anxious to run ahead of yourself, sure mistakes will be made and yes frustration maybe your bed fellow for a time. However, the price you pay in the interim will serve you well and you will be grateful for your time ‘behind the scenes.’

Are you comfortable in your ‘ OWN skin?

Are you comfortable in your ‘ OWN skin?

There are many times in a woman’s life, when her femininity is challenged to a point, that it is so easy to lose a sense of her own identity. Not necessarily of her own making, although this can also be the case, if she is not ‘comfortable in her own skin’. Furthermore, inundated by superficial standards placed upon her, in others and their influence by the media. Values learnt and conceived, by perceived perfection, where perfection does not really exist. Hence, the creation of Photoshop –AI. The ultimate weapon, of media narcissists. Comparatively, worldly thinking, thrives on this very notion – illusionary and dysfunctional, are at the core of its general make-up.

It can be quite detrimental for some, who have based their womanhood on such shallow levels. As a result of this, women suffer from insecurities, shaped by the choices she makes, in how she looks and by how she acts. Plastic surgery, one of the most extreme examples of the negative effects, it can have, has seen a sharp rise in female patients, attending private surgeries, to reconstruct and deconstruct the body or facial features, of unconfident women. Often, because of our own readiness, to be all things and look a certain way, at any given time to fit in, like chameleons, subject to this fickle world we live in.

To fit into, somebody else’s boxes? Whose ideals?

Trends, like time changes and seasons fluctuate, to make room for new fads and Women are the first to feel pressured to conform to this, in order to be fully accepted. Vanity is the root, lodged in the epicentre of it all, and perpetuates this constant battle.

‘It’s a real sad state of affairs, for instance, when a woman is easily ‘flattered’ by comparisons or equally compares herself to well known celebrities, or artists in any field –is this a sign of not been comfortable in your own skin’? Seeking justification, within this artificial construct is both damaging and foolish.

Des’ree once sang “Loving self can be so hard, honesty can be demanding. Learn to love yourself; it’s a great, great feeling…….

As if being YOURSELF, is not good enough and by looking for validation, allowing other peoples images, personalities to confirm who we are not, seems absurd and should be hugely concerning to our emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

The real beauty of time is when fully examine the truth of who you are! All resolutions come from a place of self- reflection, a connection to the spirit within and a ‘ valuable inventory’ we should do on ourselves daily. The state of our minds is a sure way of realising where the problem lies, in order to change our thoughts about ourselves.

Remember! There is only one YOU….so go on and get comfortable with the skin you’re in!

 

Petula Hippolyte© December 2016

 

If music be the food of LOVE…then play on.

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The rift of a guitar and the strum of the base, combined with melodic prose, always project you, into a space in time of pure joy and expressive stimulation. Music, unlike any other form of gratifying leisurely pursuits, a universal language, shared and understood even without words – Instrumental sounds, created for the devoted discerning ear.

It can tear down walls of spiritual strongholds, while evoking you, to praise the most high, amongst excitable believers. The tinkle of piano keys, together with the gentle stroke of the violin, can bring you to a place of spiritual peace, evoking melancholic sentiment. At the same time as you, rise and fall deliciously, into seductive rhythm, hooked on repetitions and catchy phrases, that hopes to edify and empower.

However, deafening shrills of chaotic noise and garbled messages, harsh, hateful mantra sung within smoky atmospheres, only seeks to poison the root of love expressed in its original, sweet – sounding form.

Meanwhile, the staccato beat of earthy organic drums, like the sultry pace of salsa, or rooted African Caribbean Reggae, tells stories of forgotten histories and traditions of a royal lineage – An ensemble of punchy arrangements, measured and creatively executed, resonates deeply in the soul. The heat of’ Funky jazz funk’ and rhythm & blues, provides the source for contemporaries, of modern nuances, generating new sounds, repositioning your body and encouraging enthused, toe tapping in complete unison, with its tempo.

Studio geniuses, creators of sampled plagiarisms, reinvent original masterpieces, deciphered only by ‘old school’ veterans, repeated and recorded in twigh-light hours, from darkened rooms. Alterative melodies make an appearance, produced in private four-walled bedrooms, and along with scribbled down lyrics, penned in indelible ink.

Musical backdrops, to celebrated pastimes, of birthdays and the ‘first candy dance’ at beautiful weddings, while, live bands perform in designated spots, captivating their audiences, to pleasurable physical reactions, at rousing outdoor festivals. In addition to intimate settings, in candlelit hubs or music venues, heaving with fans.

Music provokes a feeling of mixed emotions, depending on its quest from inertia to holy worship, or enlivens you to compassion and peace for your fellow man or woman. Its servitude, in a way can bring about social change throughout nations, full of revulsion and warfare. All we have to do is look at governmental campaigns, where the chosen piece of composition, sings out victoriously of impending revolution or the horror of conflict, momentarily soothed, interrupted by favoured war- time singers, used to’ calm down’ the fear in fighting military soldiers.

 

A part of Love in music resonates in the memories and minds of ‘golden moments’ and ‘childhood innocence’. The’ coming of age’ in teenage odysseys, albeit, adult spiritual awakenings.

Therefore, if music be the food of Love, then play on…play on…

 

 

PetulaHipp©2016

What A Waste!

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I really wonder what goes on in the minds of CEO’s and regional managers of supermarket chains, that allow the daily dumping of enormous amount of food, not even passed the sell by date and if they were –just by one day. What! Does the food suddenly morph into an unidentified gooey mess or lose their taste in a manner of hours? Not from what I’ve seen 99.9% of food wastage is still intact and perfectly edible. Most supermarkets discount their food closer to the expiry dates, but yet a huge amount still gets deposited into their bins at the back of their stores. So why should the food surfers, who are starving, regularly wait until the hours of darkness to rummage through ‘food waste’, be called criminals for alleviating supermarkets of their blatant excess. If they were to walk into a supermarket today and ask for food that was destined for the bin, they’d be turned away.

Do we have a heart problem? I think we do. Are we so heartless that we would rather throw away food, than give it to those, who are the poorest in society? Those who may not eat for a few days at a time, are likely to be sitting outside the very said supermarket, begging for some change, just so they can buy something from that same shop. Oh, the sad irony!

I can imagine what the poorer nations of this world are thinking, when they witness the mountains of unused food piled high, left to rot – by any standards it’s a travesty, whichever way we look at it. Human beings are a strange and perverse bunch. In the 80’s we sang’ feed the world’ and asked the public to give generously, we rolled out advertising fuelled by emotionalism and weak skeletal young children, while we shed tears at the devastation of the problem. In this country the numbers are crying out for food. What is more shocking, are those who are in low paid jobs including zero hours, reliant on food banks to keep them afloat. How much more worse for those who have nothing.

Let those songwriters who cared so much about the millions of families in third world countries, pen a new song for the starving and poor in the UK. It could start something like this….

Where is your heart, for the poorest, which beg and starve on the streets?

Where there is food, but not for them, who are literally dying to eat.

The surplus is there for the taking, but you would rather it go in the bin,

Don’t understand what the problem is, in this world we’re living in.’

 

Let’s hope the current campaign does much to alleviate a common problem, before it becomes an epidemic. The only waste that should fill their bins is the kind that can’t be eaten.