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Wear “identity” loosely and enjoyably, like clothing. Many options may hang in your closet; none is you, or even “yours.” Just passing designs, trends, styles, forms, traditions (and yes, even stories, histories and legacies) that allow you to experience and express your infinite essence, without becoming confused, confounded or conflated with it.

P.S. Skintight is rarely comfortable or attractive. Launder regularly, and make sure to check fit every now and again. Even skin is sloughed off in nature.

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220px-Namak_Halaal_1982_film_posterAlthough I am no expert on the history of Indian or Bengali cinema, like many of us, it has touched my life in innumerable, and many a times, in profound ways – whether as a creative person, as an active member of society, or simply as a human.

Film has a uniquely subliminal storytelling power; it can immerse and transport us in time and space in ways little other art can do.  And while on one end it can be sublime art, on the other end it can be crass, vapid entertainment. So when we consider the incredibly complex nature of Indian cinema – born in the wake of a ravaged political history, broken socio-economic structure, an incredibly complex cultural / religious palimpsest – it is a contradictory mix of deeply humane, relevant themes and incredibly misguided constructs projected on big screen to help millions in poverty or otherwise floundering despair escape for 2-3 hours into a world far from their own; and so, it is at best a questionable influence. But powerful it is. (more…)

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As an ardent lover of Krishna and a fan of the sophisticated epic Mahabharata and its seminal core, The Bhagvad Gita, I’d spent most of my life dismissing the Ramayana as a decidedly lesser thing. Not only did it appear primitive in comparison, but it was also disturbing that its vacillating male God falls prey to his people’s questioning and ends up unfairly discarding his pure and faithful wife. It all seemed to smack of something gone terribly wrong, but rather than analyze it very much, I was content to conclude that even God Himself as Vishnu must have been evolving through his various human avatars, and that Rama was therefore, simply a lesser form than Krishna. (more…)

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Personally having transcended constructs of identity, whether professional, vocational, social, cultural, or personal, and living in ‘creative being-ness,’ it is poignant that an opportunity presented itself, to reflect on the astitva of two extraordinary queens of history from the Indian subcontinent  – poetess and saint Meerabai, and warrior queen Laxmibai – and their relevance to modern day existence. In its most rudimentary form, astitva is often taken to mean ‘identity.’ But, in truth the word has complex meanings from its Sanskrit lineage, also connoting ‘existence,’ ‘is-ness,’ ‘being-ness,’ and so on.

Meerabai, the queen-turned- poet saint who (more…)

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The December 2010 issue of Courageous Creativity is here! Through our six-month journey, we’ve often been asked if members of the Courageous Creativity team will also contribute stories. Inspired by this, we decided that the year end – a festive and rejuvenating time, and also one of taking stock – might be a good time for us to share insights from our own individual and intersecting paths this year. We hope you enjoy this retrospective issue, and we look forward to continuing our journey of courage, creativity and change with our readers and contributors in 2011.

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The November 2010 issue of Courageous Creativity is hot off the press! This important issue focuses on “Authenticity” – the foundation for original and transformative thought and action. Read on as multiple entrepreneurs, published authors, professionals, artists and even our youngest contributors reveal essential insights from their inspiring journeys of finding their own authenticity!

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The October issue of Courageous Creativity features stories from contributors who have cultivated the important ability to find alternative ways of looking at life events or situations, which is fundamental to creative, transformative thinking and action. They are … a Phd student of science education, a bread-winning mother, an artist-activist currently living with a disability, a social worker who translates the troubles she witnesses into poetry, a budding social entrepreneur, a Colorado artist and photographer, and a language enthusiast who reaches a million people around the world every day. Read and send your responses to info@flyingchickadee.com!

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