Sat Nam means ‘true identity’ and it is connected to the life long quest for knowledge. I have adopted it as my personal mantra. It is both a call to keep learning, and a reminder to be genuine in all that I do, say, think, and feel. It recognizes identity and knowledge as a process of evolution not a static state. I believe that wellness is also evolving and changing as we do inside and out. In many ways identity at any moment is a interconnection between our inner and outer experience that reflects itself through our health or illness. Finally, Sat Nam is a pranayama exercise of meditation aimed at focusing the mind and uniting it with the heart. I started Root to Rise out of the concept of Sat Nam: that we must return to our roots, our origins, to understand ourselves fully and from this place of understanding and compassion for who we are as an individual go out into the world and do some good. As the daughter of an orphan, identity will be a source of constant contemplation, and family is those who share companionship and love not only blood.
As a reader, I often find wisdom in the words of others. Here are some of them:
“Because I could not stop for death-.” Emily Dickinson
“I’m out with lanterns, looking for myself.” Emily Dickinson
“Nations are invented. Borders are invisible. Prejudice is learned.” Abby Martin
“To stand against oppression you must stand against it everywhere. Not just where it is politically convenient.” Dr. Jill Stein, 2016
“We teach girls to shrink themselves.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing.” Black Elk, Ogalala Lakota healer
“Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls.” Noam Chomsky, on capitalism
“I went looking for my dreams outside of myself and discovered, it’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.” L. M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Be Honest. Courageous. Inquisitive. Kind. Global.