In the early hours of the morning on this day twenty years ago, police in Rio de Janeiro murdered eight street children on the steps of Rio’s Candelária Cathedral in what came to be known as the Candelária Massacre.
Official violence in Brazil is nothing new – indeed, the use of brutal forms of both direct and indirect violence against the racially and socio-economically marginalized in Brazil can be traced back to slavery itself. Although Brazil abolished slavery in 1888, like the United States, it did little to address the greater political, social, and economic inequalities that left free blacks at a greater disadvantage within society more broadly, and the poor (and often racially “darker” within Brazil’s own complex matrix of race and ethnicity) faced ongoing challenges. For example, when authorities decided to renovate Rio’s downtown in the 1910s in preparation for a visit from the Belgian royal family…
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But it is not only about looking good, the most important thing is to be healthy! Prolonging our years, have more energy do to do things is the most wise of all. But how we can achieve that with less hassle as possible? And not only that, how to maintain it and forget those bad habits that keeps us unfit leading a unhappy, shy and deprived life?
Well, let me tell you: Change your mind! That’s right. Our minds controls our actions, the way we think, and our likes and dislikes and everything else!
I remember my grandmother used to say: “Looking good, getting fat, strong, very good!” And for years I believed that was the way because my grandmother said it. But why did she said that? And why I followed it so intensively?
Simple: in the past, they worked with cattle, and as much as the cattle eats, the “healthier” they were, better for selling, or eating them right? And they thought this would apply to us. And why did I believe them? She was my grandmother for one, we had to get our education from somewhere and respect her because she was older and “wiser” and we should always listen to the elderly. My big mistake.
And that saying grew in my mind like a seed, that turned intro a tree, and i kept eating believing that i was healthier and that I was making her happy. But the mind of other people evolves, change, and with studies and scientific proofs daily, showed me otherwise.
But how to change the habits you acquired along those years?
The method is simple!
I called this method as ” 9 laps to victory!” ( you can call it anything, I let you modify LOL)
You have to identify your problems,
- Identify the need for change,
- Put in your head that you need this more than winning the lottery, because it will change your life, and in the future you will thank yourself for that,
- Set a date for you to start, so your mind can get ready for it,
- Do it!
- Follow strictly with discipline and loyalty to yourself, because if you cheat, you will be suffering the consequences.
- Whenever you feel that is hard and you “can’t do it anymore” remember the WHY you are doing this, and your overall goal and how happy you would be.
- Have a look around you, see who’s done it, ask them how was for them and how is their life now!
- Ask your real friends to challenge this to see your response to it, and if needs, how to improve your ways to achieve your goals.
And when you least expect it, you did it, and the feeling will be great.
Now how many of you will put up for the task? I would love to hear your thoughts and how are progressing.
Last month, in admiration of the çapullers protesting the planned construction of an Ottoman-style shopping centre at Gezi Park, countering the tear gas and pepper spray with street theatre, yoga classes, and makeshift libraries, I translated Nâzım Hikmet’s Invitation into Maltese. The first stanza of Hikmet’s poem compares the Anatolian peninsula to the head of a mare galloping out of Asia. The poetic Map of Turkey below is inspired by this cartographic image, and by the creative resistance of the çapullers of Gezi. (Click here to read more about the Atlas project.) As was the case for the Orcas Island poem, I wrote it simultaneously in Maltese and English, allowing the two languages to guide each other freely. They should be considered as equal originals. It’s an interesting dynamic; in the Maltese, the images seem to come across more vividly, and more physically, also with the help of alliteration…
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