I am a soon-to-be first generation, Latina college graduate. From a very young age I knew that my purpose in life was to help others. First, I looked to politics to fulfill this
mission, but after re-examining this path I decided to delve into the area of languages. Learning a language as a foreign language or a second language serves as a vehicle to compassion, love, and tolerance. I’m currently working on a publication titled “Language Awareness in Spanish Heritage Language Learners” with another student and faculty member. I will receive a B.A. in Spanish and I am preparing to embark on the path to graduate school to further my research and serve as an example to all young women.
In our journeys we often encounter resistance, doubt, and rejection. As women, we often self-impose ideas of inadequacies as a result of a patriarchal system which permeates nearly all facets of our lives. It is imperative that in this day and age of rapid change that one thing remain constant: our search for Truth, which regardless of which god we may worship, Truth is the ultimate end to our spirituality. Some may call this power God, Mother Earth, the Source, or Energy. In the end, the process to reach such a power source is the key to keep us grounded to what is important: human interaction, relationships, and the positive energy that emanates from everything around us.
I am the President of the Ahimsa Club at California State Polytechnic University. Ahimsa (a Hindi word) is nonviolence rooted in compassion, fearlessness and forgiveness. It connotes reverence for all life. It evokes civility and trust, and promotes lasting peace in society. It requires a vast amount of discipline, meditation and study. Rosa Parks, who recently would have turned 100, is an excellent example of these characteristics.
Nonviolence is not simply the absence of violence. It is the presence of respect, compassion and love for your fellow human being. When you strip away all the social constructs that our civilization has created, we are human beings.
In an era where people, regardless of social constructed groups that we belong to, are uncertain about the future, we look for something more. I have come to understand that the future we fear, whether it be finals next week or the policy being written by our “servants on capitol hill,” are external factors that cannot be in control. What CAN we control? What CAN we not fear?
Ourselves. Me. You. I am still learning and I am in the process. I would like to invite others who are searching for a similar path to lead to consciousness, an awakening. Ahimsa is living life nonviolently and this is one of the most important foundations to reach living life beyond external constraints. I am enthusiastic to work with a motivated team who are not necessarily here to put something on their resume but who are similarly intrigued and inspired by the possibility of such a world where people opt for nonviolent approaches instead of reaching for words or actions of hate.