About Karen

Bio

Full time belly dance and Bollywood Mujra performer, part time dance and Pilates instructor.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Dance, Middle East Culture, Bollywood Dance, Pilates Instructor

I'm passionate about

Building bridges between people and cultures. Self awareness, growth, integrity. Learning. Kindness.

Comments & conversations

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Karen Best
Posted almost 4 years ago
All Jewish, Christian and Islamic people use the name HAJEAL when they refer to God for an experimental period of 366 days.
While anything that might help is certainly worthy of pursuing, I think it goes much deeper than the name of the God or prophet one believes in. As pointed out this also eliminates belief systems other than mono-theistic. Based on religion, there is fighting over land. There is fighting over freedom of individuals (and gender). There is fighting based on one holy book being "right" over centuries of man kind. I think it will take more than choosing a unified name for a benevolent or non-benevolent being.
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Karen Best
Posted almost 4 years ago
What knowledge changes your perception of whether or not something is beautiful?
I think in simple terms "beauty is in the feelings of the beholder." A simple, child like picture can become beautiful by poignant context, whether that context be provided by outside knowledge (the girls drawing of the flower from the video) or from an individual's personal history. If that picture reminds them of something special or is reminiscent of something evocative in one's past it promotes feelings and those feelings can help one perceive "beauty." On the flip side of course, beautiful bone structure and/or form in a human being can be wholly negated by a personality or character that evokes negative feelings.
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Karen Best
Posted almost 4 years ago
Whose responsibility is it to educate our young people on healthy eating, physical activity, and positive self esteem?
Justin Hainline, your answer is great! I too believe the answer lies primarily with the parents. As many have pointed out that the parents cannot teach that which they don't know. BUT, the information is out there and readily available. It doesn't take that much to sift through the "magic pills," "latest ab or thigh slimmer contraption" or "over do the protein fad" sites and find sound information on sustainable healthy lifestyle. It is the responsibility of the parents to find out this information AND to (within the best of their ability) set the example and share the information. Schools are back up. I remember learning about nutrition in elementary school, but it needs to continue past that. Doctors SHOULD be back up but up until recently many medical schools did not even require nutrition classes for doctors. Health insurance plans should offer coaching and classes, again as back up.