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Afternoon Dreams was born out of a desire to make sense of who we are and who we are becoming in a moment of historical change and awakening. It is a space to write possible futures into being by dissecting the ways our culture and systems reflect back to us what we care about, what we want and how we co-exist. And it is a place to be in dialogue with the questions that occupy our heart and inner worlds as we navigate the dismantling and transformation of our reality as we know it - all while celebrating the weird magic and holding the harrowing reality of being human right now.


A short bio

Hi! I’m Hima.

One of my healers told me that I was a seer in my past life, which means I see for a living. My dreams are really windows into possible futures that I can read in between our breaths and lines.

I like to think of myself as a polymath that expresses itself as a writer, multi-disciplinary artist, community facilitator, experience designer and curator.

My practice focuses on embodying cultural values that orient us towards possible futures and social systems defined by interconnectedness, care and well-being.

I want our collective liberation, which is as much about internal barriers as is it about the external barriers that prevent us from feeling safe to fully express, embody and love the expanse of who we are.

Astrologically, I am a Taurus sun, Libra rising and Leo moon - which makes me a cozy comfort creature, who is indignant about injustice and likes the limelight under controlled circumstances.

My raison d’etre is to heal the trauma that has followed my ancestors through generations, stand more firmly in the truth and being-ness of my soul and spirit, and rewrite the story of who I am and who we are.

I either flow with reality or resist with the intention to birth a new reality. My greatest aspiration is to welcome the emergence and mystery of unfolding and becoming while living on a mango farm.


Positionality

I identify as a South Asian, medium brown skin, cis-gender, able-bodied, straight woman living as a settler on the Indigenous lands, T’karonto. I was born in Scarborough, raised Gujarati-Jain, middle-class, with English as my first language. My father is an accountant and my mother was a domestic engineer but ran a flower shop and side gift basket business for some years. My parents immigrated by choice via London and East Africa and are still together. I have two sisters and no extended family living locally. I experience ADHD symptoms. Much of what I write is informed by some of these lived experiences.


What to expect

Afternoon Dreams arrives every Friday in your inbox. Journal entries vary in form, and I like to experiment with essays, stories, poetry, imagery, lists.

In 2022, every month I will share a science fiction novel I am reading and invite you to join me to unpack the prophetic lessons weaved inside of them.

I share invitations and links to conversations and experiences I am hosting, and occasionally, I share links of artists and work I am vibing with, articles and resources to encourage political awakening and analysis, and other things on the Internet that are truly delightful.


My DMs are open

Feel free to write me if something resonates with you. If I deeply offend you. Or if I am totally off-base. I am here for productive love, feedback, and dialogue.

Thank you for being here. I hope I elevate and bring care to the time you give this space.

Hima xx


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Hima Batavia
I am a multi-disciplinary artist and community designer based in T'karonto on a journey of reckoning and remaking between this world and the next.