BOOK REVIEW: I Escaped a Chinese Internment Camp by Zumrat Dawut & Anthony Del Col

the !n(tro)verted yogi

I Escaped a Chinese Internment CampI Escaped a Chinese Internment Camp by Zumrat Dawut
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Page
Release Date: April 11, 2023
This short but evocative graphic novella tells the story of a Uyghur woman who is sent away to a reeducation camp and who is also sterilized against her will. It shows the brutality of China’s totalitarianism at its most oppressive. It’s easy to see China as a fairly benign – if autocratic – regime until one learns about the Orwellian nightmare that exists for some minorities deep within the country.

FYI – This book won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for “Illustrated Reporting and Commentary.”

I’d highly recommend reading this work as it shines a light deep down the rabbit hole of Chinese governance.

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कहते हैं, आज़ाद छोड़ दो,

पंछी हो या इंसान।

ग़र वापस आना होगा,

अपने-आप आ जाएगे।

पर सच्चाई तो यह है कि

राह कोई भी, कभी भी भटक सकता है,

फिर ज़माना दोष देगा।

क्यों वापस आने की आदत ना लगाई,

क्यों राह-ए-नीड़ ना सिखलाई।

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#Music – The Cult “She Sells Sanctuary”

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The Cult are an English rock band formed in 1983 in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Before settling on their current name in January 1984, the band performed under the name Death Cult, which was an evolution of the name of lead singer Ian Astbury’s previous band Southern Death Cult. They gained a dedicated following in the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band, with singles such as “She Sells Sanctuary”, before breaking into the mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s establishing themselves as a hard rock band with singles such as “Love Removal Machine”. Since its initial formation in 1983, the band have had various line-ups; the longest-serving members are Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, who are also the band’s two songwriters.

*source: Wikipedia

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ख़ुशियाँ औ सुकून


लोग क्या कहेंगे?

वही कहतें हैं लोग अक्सर,

जो है नज़रिया उनका।

क्या है ज़रूरी, लोगों की राय?

रूह में दहशत? या ख़ुशियाँ औ सुकून?

सुने सब की, गौर करो, पर दिल पर ना लो।

खोना नहीं ख़ुशियों के पल,

ज़िंदगी रखो ख़ुशगवार।

Positive Psychology- “Once you start

making the effort to “wake-yourself up”

that is, be more mindful in your। activities,

you suddenly start appreciating life a lot more

– Robert Biswas-Diener

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Σταματήστε να υπερ-αναλύετε τις καταστάσεις στη ζωή σας

Searching The Meaning Of Life! (S.T.M.O.L)

Skopelos Summer 2020 ~ photo by GTsik

Έχουμε την τάση να υπεραναλύουμε; Μήπως έτσι χάνουμε την ουσία της ζωής και δεν ζούμε πολλές σημαντικές στιγμές;

Η υπερανάλυση ειναι μια διαδιακασία σκέψης που ξεκινάει, τις περισσότερες φορές, από τον φόβο του να μην μείνει κανείς μόνος με τον εαυτό του. Ξεκινάει δηλαδή από μία διάχυτη αίσθηση ανασφάλειας και “μειονεξίας”, και καταλήγει στο να την αναπαράγει.

Ο φόβος ότι δεν έχουμε πλήρη έλεγχο του προσωπικού, ή συλλογικού μας περιβάλλοντος κινητοποιεί τον μηχανισμό της εππίλυσης προβλημάτων μέσα από την διαδικασία της ανάλυσης μιας κατάστασης

Συχνά, ακριβώς επειδή αυτού του είδους η υπερβολική ανάλυση των δεδομένων του νου μας, δεν είναι το αίτημα μιας υγιούς διαδικασίας, αλλά περισσότερο μιας ψυχικής κατάστασης που “τελεί εν ασθενεία”, το αίτημα της επίλυσης ενός προβλήματος, όχι μόνο δεν επιτυγχάνεται, αλλά αντίθετα το προς επίλυση πρόβλημα γίνεται μεγαλύτερο!

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One More Half Step | Heavenletters

Rainbow Wave of Light

God said:

Welcome to the universe. I suggest you welcome it. Do not wait for it to welcome you. Be the first.

Never hesitate to the be the first in anything. You don’t have to be the first, but know that you can be. When you have an impulse that opens your heart, do not look over your shoulder to see who else is coming with you.

Going first means that you don’t look for approval from the eyes of anyone else. You don’t wait to see how what you say or what you do will be thought of. Ahead of time, you cannot know. Those who might scorn your idea may later rise to endorse it. And, so, life is to be lived and not spent so much in thought and considerations.

You may consider all the angles, and may have missed some. Meanwhile, the tide has gone out…

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Desmatamento na Amazônia chega a quase 8 mil km² em 2022, pior acumulado em 15 anos — Ecoamazônia

Barbara Crane Navarro

Apenas em agosto, foram derrubados 1.415 km². Além disso, a degradação florestal causada pela extração de madeira e pelas queimadas cresceu 54 vezes O desmatamento acumulado na Amazônia já chegou a quase 8 mil km² apenas em oito meses, sendo o maior dos últimos 15 anos. 28 morewords

Desmatamento na Amazônia chega a quase 8 mil km² em 2022, pior acumulado em 15 anos — Ecoamazônia

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Nourishing Faith

Big Sky Buckeye

From Isaiah 30:15:  “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:  In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

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Faith’s glowing spark

Tiny to see

Strength filling heart

Grace to foresee


Strength facing tests

Unknown as yet

Nourishing faith

Quieting threats


Challenges come

Darkness creeps in

Boosted in strength

Faith, life’s linchpin


Kneeling to pray

Faith never peaks

Fulfilling strength

Humbleness speaks


Always trust God

Mercy lifts up

Source of faith’s strength

Filling life’s cup


Embers of faith

Fed by courage

Blazing in strength

Shall encourage


From Father’s rock

Spirit connects

Lasting faith grows

His strength protects


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From Psalm 28:7:  “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts; so…

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