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Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by thoughts on a regular basis? By thoughts, I mean the deeper ones that leave you questioning why certain things are how they are, that leave you feeling eager to find answers to. Join me, Agrita, on the Mind Full of Everything podcast, where I will be discussing the very thoughts that leave me, and could be making you, feel mind-full of everything, from global issues such as climate change all the way down to self-improvement and everything else in between!
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Veganism has sky-rocketed globally in the past few years, as we begin to evolve into more eco-conscious beings through being hyperaware of our impact on the planet. Although, the fundamental principle of intersectionality, along with the culturally rich history of vegetarianism and veganism, is being erased as quickly as the belief is gaining popularity. This is a massive issue because veganism has gradually become into a radical ideology, often perpetuated by the white, privileged, hipster image of an ideal vegan, that favours animal rights and livelihoods over human ones. Instead of remaining a philosophical belief rooted in equality for all walks of life, it has become, yet again, a breeding ground for white saviourism that fails to embrace diversity and inclusivity, especially for those non-white communities that don't engage in industrial meat and dairy farming but are sanctioned for going about their "non-vegan" ways that not only are a significant part of their culture but are also not environmentally damaging.This episode aims to redefine veganism by emphasising on the importance of intersectionality through decolonising the philosophy, and reconnecting it back to it's non-colonial roots as a way to say that all lives really do matter, whether human or non-human.
We very quickly synonymise stigmatised issues, particularly those concerning the female body, to developing countries' problems. This only belittles the painful experiences of women living in western countries that aren't able to get access to basic needs like period products. Period poverty is a massive issue in the UK, where 40% of women use materials like toilet paper as makeshift pads and 1 in 4 teenage girls don't know what to do on their first periods. Freedom4Girls helps to tackle the issue of period poverty through making reusable sanitary products available to vulnerable menstruating females free of cost, aswell as removing period stigma through education of the menstrual cycle in the UK, Kenya and Uganda.When talking to Victoria Abrahams, the operations manager and lead for the Uganda project, it is evident that women still view periods in a negative light, often punishing themselves for undergoing a completely normal and non-preventable process. Until we don't normalise periods, desexualise the female body and encourage women to openly discuss their sexual health, issues like period poverty will continue to persist.
Native American communities have faced brutalisation by US constitutions for more than 500 years, yet nothing has changed, in fact things worsen every day. Genocide, rape and incarceration of the Indigenous constantly happen but all that mainstream media will cover is the environmental issues aspect of their struggles, often diluting the intensity of the problem.The Indigenous communities can't keep fighting on their own, they need the allegiance and support of allies to ensure that future generations don't face the same torture that previous generations have experienced. Black Americans, facing extreme levels of racism and hate crimes too, have always stood by natives, so now it's everyone else's duty to join the fight for justice and peace. Silence only enables white supremacy that affects all ethnic minorities.REMINDER: You can now buy 100% recycled acrylic pin badges from my website, an eco-friendly alternative to enamel badges. This will help to fund Mind Full of Everything and ensure the podcast continues delivering content you want to hear for longer!
Amy had always wanted to pursue a musical theatre career and ending up at Broadway some day. So when Amy experienced the pain of sexual abuse and the trauma of entering coma and having her entire digestive system removed due to a blood clot, achieving her dream seemed impossible.Despite having 30 surgeries, being unable to eat, drink or even walk properly for years, Amy is now a playwright and actress for her own one-woman theatre shows, a Tedx speaker, teaching artist and PTSD specialist. Amy is the true definition of "never giving up", who not only overcame her trauma but has used her creative talent to encourage other trauma survivors to tell their stories and allow their pain to transform into hope and resilience.
New Season!

New Season!

2020-08-0518:18

This episode gives a review of the last season and what listeners can expect to hear in Season 2 (spoiler alert: it's going to get deeper).
This episode finishes off the Beautiful Planet series by putting an emphasis on the importance and success of indigenous stewardship as a form of conservation. Despite making up less than 5% of the human population, indigenous communities support up to 80% of the world's biodiversity through powerful techniques that have been used across generations. However, their conservational efforts have been largely dismissed, resulting in the indigenous being evicted from their own ancestral lands, mostly through lethal force by governments.Listen to this episode to explore the ways in which the indigenous boost environmental value of landscapes and why protection of indigenous rights means protection of the vitality of planet Earth, especially during the climate crisis.
Nature, the entire planet in fact, provides us with an exceptional amount of resources and ecosystem services that we fully depend on to survive. Everything we consume and utilise is of natural origin, so when we talk about the healing powers of nature, it should not surprise us when we see the variety of ways nature supports our wellbeing/health.This episode discusses the medicinal, economic, social and mental health benefits nature brings to us all, with an emphasis on the importance of protecting the "free" services and products that we have so taken granted for.
Deconstructing Racism

Deconstructing Racism

2020-06-1301:14:18

The death of George Floyd has sparked a revolution of change, as the whole world fights for elimination of systemic racism in the US and beyond. What began as a protest has now become a movement to challenge those systems that allow for innocent black people to be killed and brutalised, just for the colour of their skin.As a woman of colour myself, I am very familiar with racism, but never to the extent to which the black community experience it every day. Therefore, this episode aims to discuss not just how systemic racism can be eliminated but also being able to overcome differences within yourself. The Black Lives Matter movement is NOT a trend, therefore Mind Full of Everything pledges to make all future episodes more inclusive and diverse than they already are. 
Migration for many organisms is a vital aspect of their lives, yet one phenomenon that continues to perplex scientists, in terms of the magnitude, duration and intensity. Whilst most reduce these annual migrations to just a survival strategy, there is perhaps a deeper meaning and purpose behind the treacherous journeys so many organisms take. Listen to this episode that discusses the beauty and enigma of these mass movements taking place across kingdoms!
Elephants have and continue to be glorified in the animal kingdom. However, it's not just their majestic, unique and strong build that makes them beautiful. These animals, although probably having no idea of their positive benefit on the planet, have a lot to teach us all in many ways. Listen to this second episode of the BeautifulPlanet series on how we can all be more human by adopting the elephant way of living. 
What we know language to be is very much based off of what we as humans interpret as communication, rather than what it truly may be. We identify sound and mobility to be key aspects of communication, whereas the plant kingdom contradict this through communicating in an entirely different way. This episode is the start of a new Mind Full of Everything episode series called Beautiful Planet (BP), where each episode discusses an aspect of our wonderful world to remind us of the beauty that we aren't able to access right now during lockdown but can appreciate and support nevertheless. Listen to this episode to hear about the importance and uniqueness of the language of trees!
Staying Positive

Staying Positive

2020-04-1238:27

As efficient and relatively easy modern life has become, it has become even harder to keep your wellbeing in check. Staying positive, a segment to long-term happiness, is indeed very difficult to maintain when surrounded by constantly negativity, whether in the form of the current COVID-19 pandemic or hurdles in daily life. Listen to this episode to hear about the four key habits/traits I focus on, and many others, to maintain long-term positivity in practically every situation. 
Living In A Loud World

Living In A Loud World

2020-03-0548:48

Talk louder. Stop being so shy. You don't speak much, do you? If you stay this quiet you won't get anywhere. These statements/questions have been asked to a particular part of society for as long as any member of this part of society can remember. The part that is always looked down upon by their louder counterparts, the introverted part of society. We all know, or should know, that just like sexuality can never be a choice, how introverted or extraverted you are can also not be chosen. It's an inherent part of your genetic makeup. Yet extraverted individuals are deemed as better employees, romantic partners, friends and just better humans. If you have been faced with such questions and been looked down upon for your quieter ways, or if you just want to find out more about the struggles of an introvert, listen to this episode on how it's like living in a world that's just too loud for many of us.
It's safe to say, the fashion industry has exploded over the past few decades. Blame social media, influencers or the modern way of living, our habit of renewing our wardrobes with the latest fashion trends has resulted in the rapid production and consumption of clothes well known as "fast fashion".Fashion for many, including myself, is a means to express yourself and to feel confident in the way you present yourself. However, our unhealthy addiction to overconsumption of fast fashion items has taken a massive toll on the planet and wellbeing of textile workers. Listen to this episode to hear why fast fashion is both unsustainable and unethical and why we all need to reduce our contribution to the industry.
We understand that humans have a dominating role in causing the climate crisis, therefore a great deal of emphasis has been made on mitigating the effects of anthropogenic climate change. One such tactic is reforestation, which acts to both compensate for the dramatic human-induced loss of trees and to create more carbon sinks to offset anthropogenic emissions. However, it isn't as simple as it seems; this notion of extensive tree planting being the solution to mitigating climate change is infact harmful for ecosystems and functionality of forests in the long-term, including their ability to sequester carbon. Listen to this episode to hear why tree planting is really as complex of a process as is climate change itself. 
Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues of our society today, so much so that it has become an epidemic on a global scale, affecting anyone and everyone. However, it continues to remain a taboo topic, one that many still find too uncomfortable to talk about, especially when suffering it themselves. This has only made it worse for those going through mental health issues, resulting in the records of self-harm and suicide to rapidly increase in the past years. This episode is not a guide to dealing with mental health problems, but rather a plea for you to understand the importance of removing the stigma around mental health. It's an urgent appeal for you to listen to others' pain with an open heart and mind, and to make valuable relationships where you also can freely express your suffering without fearing judgement. 
We are all well aware of the phrase "Don't have any expectations" when it comes relationships, people and situations. Yet we are all so quick in describing our ideal types and our "dream" lives.Expectations and necessities, or standards, are two distinct layers in relationships but in daily life, we tend to confuse the two, which can lead to serious problems in the health of your relationships. Listen to "Expectations vs Necessities" to hear how you can separate your expectations and standards better to sustain healthier and happier relationships.
Homeschooling is not a modern concept; it began to grow dramatically in the 1980s, particularly because Christian/Catholic parents wanted their children to be educated in a religious environment. Then why does the stigma around homeschooling exist today?Listen to "Should You Homeschool Your Children" to find out about why homeschooling provides as high of a quality of education, perhaps even better, than formal education and why many families have opted to educate their children for themselves.
Have you ever felt the rush of excitement, the burst of adrenalin rush and immense contentment after a "great" conversation? Now think back to what it was about the talk that made you feel so happy, and you will probably realise it was because it was big talk.Big talk is what everyone enjoys engaging in, be it frequently or whenever opportunity arises yet we all fail to have meaningful conversations regularly due to the nature of life. Listen to this episode to hear about the power of big talk, its importance and the four simple ways you can incorporate it in your life to make your relationships feel more alive and intimate. 
The Problem of FGM

The Problem of FGM

2019-10-2940:29

WARNING: This episode is on a sensitive topic and may be upsetting for those that have experienced/been at risk of FGM. This episode however will not be discussing graphic details of the procedure nor will it be sharing any personal accounts of victims. Female inequality continues to impact societies today and FGM is a product of such gender inequality that affects females from certain regions of the world. FGM has no health benefits yet it's deemed necessary by many communities. Listen to this episode to find out why communities undergo FGM and what we can do to help eliminate this practice. 
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