Posted in Helping Persons with Disabilities, Life, Uncategorized

Celebrating Knowledge: How can we help Persons with Disabilities? (Part 1)

The focus of my thesis for my BA Mass Communication at the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Public Relations (KGSOJACS) at COSTAATT (College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago) was ‘The Accessibility of the Internet for persons living with disabilities in Trinidad and Tobago.’
This is a topic I opted to examine because it is a topic I am very passionate about. More so it is a topic that touched my heart then and a topic which continues to do so today.
I have been creating several means of helping persons with disabilities and I have faced several challenges along the way. Having seeing a recent post on Facebook stating, “Being differently abled and young is very challenging,” and this was later followed by a post stating, “We want to feel accepted like everyone else!”

My response to this is as follows:
Having met with several persons living with disabilities in Trinidad and Tobago I know a vast majority of them who face several challenges day in and day out. They do not deserve be unfairly treated or like they are unequal in any way. My modus operandi is to treat others as you would like to be treated and I believe that change comes from a conscious decision to want to change.
Of the people I worked with to get the findings of my thesis I found a group of highly educated and qualified persons living with disabilities. They didn’t have the best start or the easy life but they all have one thing in common: They refuse to give up!
To those who have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit I salute them for making that commitment.

The questions which we need to ask is how can each one of us help someone living with a disability? How can we make information more accessible to them? How can we do our part to enrich their quality of life? Here are 4 pointers:

  1.  Leave ALL Handicapped Parking Spots for persons who are Handicapped. They are called Handicapped Parking Spots for a reason.
  2. Elevators should be available in all buildings that have 2 floors or more. Imagine my horror on hearing that one of the guys who helped me with the findings of my thesis telling me of the unfortunate experience he endured for a job interview. He went for a job interview in a building that no elevators and his interview was being held on the 4th floor. Can you imagine what he went through? To help you understand it better I will shed some light on his dilemma. He lives with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease (CMT), he has a lot of difficulty with his mobility and with the use of his hands but uses assistive technology to get by while he can as his condition has been deteriorating. Can you imagine the difficulty he faced in getting up the stairs? Can you imagine the embarrassment he faced on another occasion when he fell and people laughed at him? Surely we can all agree that none of this is right! For more information on CMT please visit: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/172056.php
  3.  Refrain from giving directions to someone who cannot see if you are unsure about the directions. It is really unfortunate that some people do this and create bigger problems as they person who cannot see may get lost and a predicament like can also result in placing that person in danger. The reality is that I have heard of too many incidents like this happening. Thankfully, many are relying on WAZE and Google Maps and both apps are proving to be quite helpful.
  4.  Use Word Documents as far as possible to post online memes, menus, flyers and advertisements or any document with text for that matter. Or just type them out if you choose not to provide them in word. Photographs cannot be read by any of the assistive technologies and the information provided within them cannot be communicated to someone who is visually impaired unless you are there to read it out to them. A popular screen reader most of them use is JAWS (Job Access with Speech) and these are some ways you can make photographs more accessible to them as visually impaired persons will not be able to understand what they contain:
  • Upload text as Word Documents
  • Provide captions which describe what the picture contains or what it is about

In closing I hope that this information is of help and put to good use! Let us continue to be good and let us continue to do good! A little goes a long way; it costs us nothing to be human! Change begins with a decision to change and making the effort to do so!
As mentioned above this is my first post regarding this topic and I look forward to sharing more information with you soon on how we can be of help to persons with disabilities.

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Posted in Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji

Celebrating Appaji’s Birthday: Happy Birthday Sri Swamiji!

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On May 26, 2018 thousands around the world gathered at various Datta Centres to celebrate the 76th Birthday of His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji.

At Mysuru Ashram it was a week of activities and various ceremonies that were broadcasted to audiences the world over by Yoga Sangeeta, filled with priceless memories that we could all treasure. On May 26th His Holiness received His 9th Guinness World Record. This was for the unveiling of the world’s largest stamp (57.9 inches * 77 inches) which depicted the Vishwam Museum of Avadhoota Datta Peetham. 

 

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Here in Trinidad there were birthday celebrations for Appaji at the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre in Carapichaima, the Sri Sachchidananda Yoga Ashram in Penal and the Pranavananda Ashram located at Temple Street, Beaucarro Village, Carapichaima.

Having a Sadguru like Appaji is a true blessing. As I have said time and time again Appaji has done so much for us and He continues to do so day after day! I mean, can we really measure the number of blessings He has showered on us?

It is in every sense an infinite number of blessings that show His love for us all and His love for all humanity.

Appaji has given us:

1.       Datta Centres and Ashrams around the world

2.      Healing music and Kriya Yoga. He is Nada Brahma.

3.      SGS Posts and on a daily basis He has urged us to, “Be Good, Do Good.”

4.      So many apps we could download to our mobile phones and uplift ourselves spiritually 

5.      Countless opportunities to do Seva

He has:

6.      Embraced us all and He sees no class, no colour, no creed and no race

7.      Lived the life that He talks about through His messages. He is the epitome of Goodness, Purity, Truth, Knowledge and Bliss. Not once does He tell us to do something that He will not do.

8.     Blessed us infinitely with messages. Appaji’s messages are always there for us and they are always ours for the taking!

9.      Committed Himself to so many causes around the world.

10.    Composed  so many bhajans and He has shared them with us in so many ways

11.   Shared so many discourses with us and travelled to Centres and Ashrams around the world to take care of us!

Appaji gives so much to us and this is what we need to do:

1.       Receive His messages

2.      Put His messages into practice

3.      Adopt them as a way of life

4.      Be Good and Do Good

Now is this too much? No it certainly is not!

On the occasion of Appaji’s 76th Birthday I take this opportunity to celebrate our Sadguru by way of sharing these bhajans that have been composed by His Holiness with you.

Appaji thank you for all that You have done for us! We are forever grateful for the abundance of blessings You shower on us and continue to shower on us day after day! Please know that all Datta devotees in Trinidad are eagerly awaiting Your presence and to having You here for Guru Purnima!

 

Posted in Uncategorized, Vegetarian Recipes

Current Book Promo: Tasty Vegetarian Delights

Save! Save! Save!

That’s what this current book promo will allow you to do!

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67% off! Yes! You can get Tasty Vegetarian Delights for just 99c on Amazon from now to tonight at 11pm.
After 11pm tonight the price will be $1.99 till 11am on May 29! That will mean you will get a 34% discount off the original price!

Even after that it will be priced at just $2.99

What can you find in Tasty Vegetarian Delights? Apart from Vegetarian food you can find:

  • A mix of various cuisines: Indian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese
  • A combination of appetizers, main course dishes and a few drinks
  • Some dishes you can bring together as combination meals
  • Tasty vegetarian dishes you can enjoy preparing and having
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Photos of what your dishes will look like when you are done

 

Also have a look at this customer review: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FHN8PM#customerReviews

Special thanks to Tamara Simon for buying the book and providing a review to let others know what she found in the book and how she found the information provided within it. The thing is that potential buyers can hear it from me but it always helps when they get a perspective from someone who bought it.

 

It is yours for the taking as always!

From me to you: Happy Shopping,  Happy Cooking and Happy Eating!
To get your copy today visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FHN8PM

 

Posted in Book Release, Uncategorized

Announcing My Author Page and Book Updates


30730037_1868677273424121_4630183188440809472_oHappy Thursday! Have you visited my Author Page or the links to any of my books?

Maybe you have and maybe you have not! Either way I hope that you can visit soon and that you might be able to share what I am about to share with you!

Please know that I am happy to share some very important information with you.

For starters you can visit my Author Page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRachaelAnnThomasJeremiah/. There you will be able to find the latest updates on my books and current promotions.

For example today my book Eternal Inspiration is priced at $0.99 and tomorrow it will be priced at $1.99. To purchase it today visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C2B84QV

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More so, it is available on Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. What this means is that those with Kindle Unlimited can read at their leisure and those in KOLL can also access the book. 

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The good news is that Tasty Vegetarian Recipes which is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FHN8PM is also available on Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

I hope that the pictures are of help to you! What they provide is some valuable insight into what my books contain!

From me to you as always, Happy Reading and Happy Living!

 

Posted in Book Release, Uncategorized

Book Release: Eternal Inspiration (The Power of Positive Thinking & Learning How You Can)

cover pageGreat news everyone!

This post is dedicated to the launch of my second book. Entitled “Eternal Inspiration: The Power of Positive Thinking and Learning How You Can” was published on Amazon on April 10th 2018. For all those who wish to purchase this book it can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C2B84QV

The even better news is that it is available for FREE for anyone enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Some may ask the question what follows after ‘Learning How You Can’ and here is what it means,  “Learning How You Can ?”

  • Adapt positive thinking in your life
  • Become a positive thinker
  • Celebrate who you are and all that you have achieved
  • Dance to the Music
  • Enjoy life and all that it has to offer!
  • Fight back and be a survivor
  • Give yourself a fighting chance
  • Have Happy Days
  • Invite Positivity in Your Life
  • Join in the Fun
  • Keep it real but smile through it
  • Live and love life
  • Make the most of every moment
  • Notice the finer things in life
  • Open your heart and your mind
  • Put the past where it should be
  • Question things properly (scissors of life)
  • Relax and stop being so hard on yourself
  • Shatter the Illusion
  • Thank God for life and all its experiences
  • Use each day as if it were your last
  • Walk the journey and enjoy it
  • ‘X-ray’ the things you need to- one at a time
  • Yell when you need to but not as a habit
  • Zero in on what you need to do for you

From the very first word to the very last it is filled with positivity and positive messages that are directly from the heart, (my heart). All quotes that are not credited to others are original lines from me to each reader who invests the time to read it.

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Some things worth taking note of is:

• It contains a very special dedication to my parents- my Mr Ramchit Thomas (my Dad) & Mrs Doris Thomas (my Mom).
• The title, “Eternal Inspiration” was chosen by my husband Shiva Jeremiah.
• The cover was chosen to reflect all that the book contains- beauty, hope, serenity, life and positive energy.
• The book is meant to inspire, motivate, strengthen and heal.
• I value my gift as a writer and celebrate this as another chapter of my incredible journey.

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For my author page please visit: amazon.com/author/rachaelathomasjeremiah

Many thanks to all those on my Facebook page who are liking the post on this book, many thanks to those who are loving it and many thanks to those who are sharing it and those who are posting comments on it.  All many thanks to the Caribbean Writers who have been offering their congratulations!

As always, Happy Reading and Happy Living!

 

Posted in Easter, Uncategorized

Celebrating Easter 2018!

Happy Easter everyone!

 

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Today is a day that Christians the world over have been eagerly waiting for! As Pope Francis addressed the tens of thousands in St Peter’s Square he appealed to Mass for world peace. With this call comes a need for an end to war and conflict together with a renewal for hope, faith as well as helping each other and looking out for one another.  More so it means a call for the end of injustice and a plea for humanity to be humane.

The Easter story is that has been shared from generation to another and its message continues to hold relevance in our lives day in and day out. Ideally it means listening, heeding and essentially practicing.

In addition to the Easter story something that piques the interest of many is the way Easter traditions vary around the world. In this article by Sasha Ingber one thing is for sure- there is diversity! For Easter Around the World please visit https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/01/598658289/in-photos-easter-around-the-world

Bringing Easter a little closer to home here are some links that will add to the diversity and lend to the richness of our culture.

Have a look at these links which I have included below. The first is a LoopTT article and the second and third are both from the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian’s journalist Charles Kong Soo.

www.looptt.com/content/six-great-easter-picnic-spots-tt

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2018-03-31/dave-and-family-keep-camping-tradition-alive

www.guardian.co.tt/news/2018-03-31/sarika-and-family-have-good-time

 

Happy Easter
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Posted in Hanuman Jayanti

Celebrating Hanuman Jayanti 2018!

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Happy Hanuman Jayanti! Om Namo Hanumate Namaha! Jai Veer Hanuman!

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As journalist Seeta Persad so rightly said, Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago surely have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of Hanuman Jayanti. (See article http://newsday.co.tt/2018/03/30/hindus-mark-hanuman-jayanti-tomorrow/)

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Lord Hanuman means so much to so many and this is evident not just here in Trinidad but also in the way many the world over regard Him and give praises to Him. For starters He teaches us strength and patience, He teaches us about courage and humility and He offers us protection but He does so much more!  The list can go on and on and will never stray from the essence that Lord Hanuman is our Blessing and He holds special significance for the thousands and more so the millions that pray to Him.

Here in Trinidad we have the 85 ft Hanuman Murti which was consecrated in 2003 but this is not just any Hanuman Murti. In addition to being the tallest Hanuman Murti in the Western World, this is a Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti. In looking at the history of this Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti I found this video that I am sure can provide meaningful insight to many devotees.  It will in many respects help in shedding light on what the Newsday journalist was referring to. On this note I invite you to please have a look at it:

Moving on we can agree that indeed it is a divine blessing to hear the name of Lord Hanuman being glorified and indeed a blessing to be able to offer prayers to Lord Hanuman. Today thousands visited the 85ft Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti at the Dattatreya Yoga Center in Carapichaima. The chanting of Hanuman Chalisa  was scheduled to begin at 6am this morning and it concluded after 7pm this evening. It was followed by Abhishekam, Puja and Homa. 

Rightfully so there is a lot that we can learn from Lord Hanuman and a simple means of accepting these lessons comes from understanding what the Hanuman Chalisa is telling us.  While the visit to the site http://aumamen.com/stotra/hanuman-chalisa can provide some ready assistance with this the link to Hanuman Chalisa for Parayana below will also provide you with peace, comfort and an abundance of postive energy.  

Many present at the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Center today can attest to the fact that hundreds were able to offer their prayers to Lord Hanuman, sing Chalisa, perform Abhishekam, participate in Puja and Homa and also perform Aarti at the feet of Lord Hanuman.  Today’s Hanuman Jayanti celebrations came after 5 nights of Ramayan Discourses delivered during the past week. The week’s sessions began with Pundit Abhedanand Persad Sharma on Monday and continued with Pundit Hardeo Persad on Tuesday, Pundit Jewan Maharaj on Wednesday, Swami Prakashananda on Thursday. It concluded with Pundit Bimal Maharaj on Friday. 

In compiling this post finding bhajans being sung by His Holiness seemed most appropriate as His voice and His presence do more than words can ever fully express. Thankfully this morning I was able to hear and see His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji on Livestream (Click on Yoga Sangeetaand this evening we were able to be at the feet of Lord Hanuman.

I love all of Appaji’s bhajans and this is one of the first I heard. It is followed by some other bhajans that are filled with meaning and positive energy.  Here is my invitation to you to enjoy each of the Bhajans below and immerse yourself in Appaji’s offering! 

As Hanuman Jayanti 2018 draws to an end continue putting into practice the many lessons Lord Hanuman has shared with us. As Appaji reminds us daily, “Be Good, Do Good”. 

Om Namo Hanumate Namaha! Karya Siddhi Hanuman Ki Jai!