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If "gypsies" is a derogatory label for a minority group, why do we use it?
The word "gypsies" been used as a disparaging term for the Roma/Romani/Romany people, also called "Traveling People" and "Tinkers" and many other names. The Roma were mistakenly believed to have come from Egypt, and "gypsies" was slang for dark-haired, dark-skinned people from Egypt. Genetic, linguistic and cultural evidence shows they probably arose from the Indian subcontinent in the first and second centuries A.D.
As a minority group pretty much wherever they've gone, Roma have endured centuries of oppression and marginalization. Roma are a culturally diverse, vibrant and proud people and still live across Central and Eastern Europe. Some Romani groups have settled down in communities and others still travel as their preferred lifestyle.
You might wonder, why do we call ourselves a pejorative term for an ethnic minority? Isn't that...
How many times have you said this to yourself: "I'll never do that again!"
Did you follow that by giving yourself "a good talking to" and/or by depriving yourself of something you wanted as a "consequence" to make sure you never make that mistake again?
Have you heard anyone else say something like that to themselves? Or have you ever told someone else they'd better not make that mistake again? Or punished someone for their mistake? Maybe slammed a door or yelled at them or gave them the silent treatment perhaps? Fired them?
Did any of that really work? Or did that mistake or something similar happen again later, despite your (or their) best efforts?
Why is that? Is it just unwillingness to learn from the mistake, or rebelliousness? Or what?
What if the "common sense" approach to dealing with mistakes is all wrong?
Many people grow up believing things like:
On the third Monday of January, it’s kinda hard to miss all the reminders that it’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No doubt you've heard his "I Have a Dream" speech and read his writings now and then over the years.
After the events of January 6th, not quite two weeks ago now, you may be wondering how in the world we can unite our nation and conquer so much fear and hate with love.
Just what can one person do?
Dr. King had an answer for that:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
Dr. King pointed the way, and it is up to us to figure out how to use light and love to make the dream our reality.
Dr. King's love is not a weak, doormat kind of love.
It's a love that is fierce in its kindness and strong in its pursuit of equity and justice. It's a love based on...
and committed violent trespass while our elected representatives were processing the Electoral College votes.
Today’s events did not just happen in a vacuum.
For a mob to rise up, there must be provocation, regardless of whether it be real, perceived or imagined. There must be extreme grievance, usually for an extended period of time. There must be a perception that there is little alternative to be heard other than to rise up. Peaceful protests become mob riots only when the conditions are ripe.
We can debate who is to blame, who is responsible for what and who should be tried and punished. No doubt that will all happen soon enough.
1. Democracy is a shared agreement, a context for our relationships with each other. We do not construct democracy alone. It is something we must do together, actively, not just once, but day after day after day.
2. Democracies survive when they...
Sometimes you can see them for what they are in the moment, and sometimes you don’t realize what they are until you’re licking your wounds.
I’ve dealt with my share of bullies in my life, and here's what I've learned.
Whether you're the target of a bully or a bystander who wants to be an ally:
1. Don't take anything personally that a bully says. A bully gets the pleasure of power over you by triggering you and making you feel bad about yourself. Remember that the bully's attitude, words and actions say far more about them than they do about you.
2. Be careful how you assign responsibility for what’s happening. A bully will blame you for their own aggression as if you “made” them behave/think/feel that way. Don’t fall for it. When they succeed in making you examine all the fuzz in your navel for what’s “wrong” with you, they’ve deflected all...
Frankly, this is a great time to examine our own fears and insecurities. Maybe that's not a topic you want to read about just now. But hang with me for a moment.
What if emotions like fear and anxiety have vital functions for our minds?
Karla McClaren, a researcher on emotions, has looked at the role that "negative" emotions play in our ability to think and make choices. She's concluded something that you may find very useful: emotion is part of our cognition, and each so-called "negative" emotion helps pose a valuable question for us. If we look at the answers to those questions, we gain power, choice and freedom.
Recorded July 18, 2020 - Uploaded August 10, 2020
We interviewed Dr. Dana K. Wicks, MD on July 18, 2020 for an update on what we can all do to survive the Covid-19 Pandemic. Dr. Wicks covered a lot of ground on actions we can all take today. In this full-length interview, she gives you practical advice on:
Joy Gypsies TV Interview Janine Bolon, Financial First Responder and Money Mystic
Recorded May 15, 2020 - Uploaded May 22, 2020
If you're wondering how to survive the pandemic, financially, spiritually and maybe both at the same time, you're in for a treat! Janine Bolon is no ordinary mystic, scientist, or financial guru. She's a Money Mystic and Financial First Responder, out to help you not just survive but thrive, giving your gifts to the world, while being financially healthy too.
This is our first interview with Janine, and she'll be a regular featured guest on our channel. She's a good friend of ours, our spiritual colleague, and a scholar that successfully found Truth from her inner & outer landscapes. Being a practical mystic, she guides others to financial stability & freedom, including us Joy Gypsies!
Just for being part of the Joy Gypsies community, you can access her special offers for Joy...
Let's bust some cultural myths around sleep! Getting enough good sleep is smart and boosts your immune system.
Why does our culture treat lack of sleep as a badge of honor?? Let's ditch that idea because the truth is, we all deserve a good night's sleep!
In this Transformational Moment with Joy Gypsy, Jackie Ambrow, C.Ht., M.A., you'll discover the myth that lack of sleep proves you are enough and the power you have to change the culture around getting enough sleep. In this time of global pandemic, sleep is more important than ever to your healthy immune system.
Transform your relationship with sleep, and you'll give everyone around you permission to do the same.
Real people. Real tools. Real transformation.
Look for our interviews, cultural myth-busters, transformative conversations and more with your Joy Gypsies Xochitl and Jackie. A daughter and mother on a Transformation Roadtrip.