My name is Lisa, and I am very glad to meet you!
Here at Zen and Pi, I talk a lot about positivity, mindfulness, and compassion. I also talk a lot about failure, suffering, depression, and injustice. Sometimes I even talk about math, science, and philosophy. I strive to understand who we all are by better understanding who I am. I hope to help you understand yourself too.
In everything I do and say I try to remember:
We all have to take the time to examine our own views and values and keep what is useful and helpful, and discard whatever is outdated and holding us back. Question everything!
We all have to take responsibility for our part in what has gone wrong in society. Especially in the treatment of People of Color, the poor, women and children, and members of the LGBTQ community. Doing nothing makes you guilty too.
It’s important we never lose our childlike curiosity. We should strive to learn and to improve our minds throughout our lives.
We all should remember to be grateful for all that we have and the privileges we enjoy that other people might not. Be kind and generous when you can and use your privilege to help others wherever you are.
Practice radical self-care and acceptance, every day. Forgive yourself, see the good in yourself, and let yourself be happy. Learn to treat yourself the way you would someone you love. Encourage others to do the same.
Each of us is only human and to hold ourselves to impossible standards and ideals is cruel. We don’t know everything. We mess up. We hurt one another. We hurt ourselves. It’s all part of life and it’s all normal.
We should all tell our stories and our truths. Life is hard, and we should not go through it ashamed or fearful. Never lie to yourself and never hide any part of yourself from others.
I’m here to get people thinking about why the world works the way it does and to remind them that it doesn’t have to work that way at all. We can make changes in our personal lives, and we can make global changes too.
We should all do our best to live happy and comfortable lives and let others do the same.
If you agree with that then I am very pleased you have found me.
I started this blog because I was depressed, I was lost, I was confused, and I was afraid, and I still am. I think we all are. I had it rough growing up, and I have it rough as an adult now too. I grew up poor, my father left, my mother was alone, and she had no idea how to raise me. Mistakes were made by me more than anyone else though and long story short, I dropped out of school and moved out when I was 17. I met the love of my life shortly after and 14 years later we are still going strong. We have our ups and downs, and I write about that too.
I started this blog because I wanted to try to make things better in my life and I wanted to share and document that. I wanted to see the world in a new light and find out this world is such a sad place. I wanted to find productive ways to explore feelings like anger, and frustration without stifling them. I wanted to meet others like myself, or maybe different from myself, and talk about what it all means.
I started this blog because I wanted to be a writer. I have things to say and stories to tell, and I need a way to practice and meet other who love to write too. I want to try different things, find my voice, and figure out a way to write that works for me. I wanted to get the wheels turning in my head and build a writing habit. I wanted a place for writing that wasn’t novel worthy but was nonetheless important to me.
Zen and Pi means being present in your life even the boring, mundane, mindless parts, and also keeping one eye on the world outside of yourself. Zen and Pi means having a healthy interest in what we have learned about the universe, how it works, and how we got here. Zen and Pi means being yourself, not matter how dorky, goofy, awkward or scared you might be.
Zen and Pi is about me, and about you, and about everyone who came before us.
Zen and Pi is all of that and nothing at all.
If that sounds like something you are interested in please, take a look around and read a few posts. Check out what I am working on now, what I’ve worked on elsewhere, or check out my weekly-ish newsletter.
Don’t forget to introduce yourself and let me know what you think by either leaving a comment or contacting me.
And if you like what you see make sure to follow, the journey is more fun together :)
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