The Baffled Mind as Third Space
It's filled with love. It's where all the misfits fit perfectly.
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Tell me about the video
I’m currently living far from home. This film reflects my belief that being a better artist and person doesn’t necessary mean that leaving home is required. What is home anyway? I want to be part of a community that gives me the space to grow. I am not myself; back there or here. I don't fit in either place. I want to build and embrace a third space...This video is a combination of my vision, performance, writing, and drawing, with help from my best friend and filmmaker Hashem Ainousa, who filmed, edited, and directed the video.
I've always been free. or at least I always have been in that space called mind...But wait, what is liberty? and what makes me queen of that domain? And where is that place? Is it a sharp corner I discovered in a soft circular room? Did It capture me to the point in which I adopted it as a way of life? Or is it a thought that radiated like a light bulb over my head? A big thought. A very big thought. One that is restricted within many of its kind, despite its profound size...Never ending dimensions. But regardless if I have entered the force field of absolute freedom or not, I am in a state of uncertainty. My belonging to Islam and its possession over me does not rid me of any freedom ...I am who I am. And my spirituality doesn’t stop me as a wandering woman. Pursuing, striving, and making things happen. My Religion is love... Love I found in a room deep in my heart. And from it I transmit love to everything else that exists in this universe.
The Real Work
by Wendell Berry
It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
The Baffled Mind as Sacred Space
One time I asked a student to describe for me her most sacred of spaces. She did not say Mecca or Jerusalem. She did not say this field or that river. She said "my mind." At first I was skeptical, because I was thinking of palpable land. But then I realized that the mind can indeed be a land filled with possibility. This land is most productive, says Wendell Berry, not when it is satisfied and calm, but rather when it is baffled and confused: that is, when impediments get in the way. That's when the creativity emerges. Sarah Taibah, in the video above, helps us understand this.. Thanks to her and to her friend and producer, Haishem Ainousa, for sharing a walk into the third space. In her walking, filled with bewilderment, we hear the singing. (JMcD)