Have you ever assessed your source of unhappiness and found it to be something rather ridiculous? Even when it’s something real? If we deepen our mindfulness practice – or simply use this reminder – we can experience more freedom and lightness, even when we’re in pain.
On Pride Month or any other month, I invite you to choose a part of your legacy to be to create a society (a community!) that is a bit more open, a bit more inclusive, and a bit more compassionate. But I hope that legacy involves speaking out for our LGBTQ community. That is nothing “in addition” to our compassion, kindness, and courage. That’s what they look like in action.
Discomfort oftentimes is a price we have to pay for the lives we want to live. They don’t have to involve politics or prisons, but it’s good to know that “a good life” will probably never mean zero discomfort. So we either try to avoid it or normalise it and see it as the price we pay for a life of integrity.
Could there be more dimensions to our liberation? This was the question that came to mind as I was watching an interview with ALOK. ALOK (Alok Vaid-Menon) is a writer, public speaker, and artist whose very existence seems threatening to some. Why? You’ll see it in this interview.
When how to express our needs is never taught, and a direct question is considered rude, learning how to ask for what we need is no small task. So how do we start asking better questions? How do we empower ourselves and cut through confusion in conversations with others?