PORTFOLIO OF WORK
Past. Present. Future.
CELEBRATING PRIDE AFTER COVID CAN WEIGH ON OUR MENTAL HEALTH
After living a year of pandemic life, we are beginning to resume some normalcy just in time for June, Pride Month. Many states have lifted mask mandates while more than half the country has been vaccinated. Entering the month of June, Pride Month in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc. (LGBTQIA+) community, after a year of social distancing could put a strain on our mental health. I know I have been experiencing anxiety surrounding the idea of gathering with my LGBTQIA+ community after so long apart. Here are a few ways I have been coping with this new way of life while planning to celebrate pride.
OUR LIFE IS BETTERED BY PLATONIC INTIMACY AND RELATIONSHIPS
Every phone call that ends with my friends is sealed by an, “I love you.”
I do not know if we will ever speak again. My friend may get in an accident and forget who I am. A friend may be having the hardest day of their lives and hearing these three words brings some light to the tunnel. Or, maybe a friend is feeling insecure about their position in my life and these words offer comfort and security.
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GO ZERO-WASTE TO PRACTICE LOVING-KINDNESS
Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti. Often this phrase is said at the end of a yoga session to invoke peace with the past, present, and future. To align ourselves with peace in the future sense, it is our duty as yogis to understand the ways in which our habits might affect the planet for future generations.
“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”