THE COMMUNITY, THE GIFT WE GIVE OURSELVES

By acting as mirrors, our various communities can help us define who we are by reflecting our selves back to us.  Our varied queer communities enrich our lives in so many ways. Through a magical combination of similarities and differences, we get the opportunity to know ourselves as we are and help us grow into…

LGBTQ FOLKS THAT DON’T GET IT (LIVING WITH THEM)

When dealing with people who seem very unaware, remember that everyone must find their own way to awakening. You may be someone who understands the true nature of reality, perceiving deeply that we all emanate from the same source, that we are all essentially one, and that we are here on earth to love one…

KEEPING THE COMMUNITY’S SUN

Keep the sun inside of you, when you are missing it on the outside, is a way to say hello to the sun and let it warm your soul. Anyone who has endured a long, dark winter can attest to the power the sun has to both invigorate and relax body, mind, and soul. It can be…

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS…

A turtle carries its home on its back, as humans we carry our home in our heart. The word “home” has a wide variety of connotations. To some, home is merely a place where basic needs are addressed. To others, home is the foundation from which they draw their strength and tranquility. Still, others view…

MEETING OF THE SOULS (FRAGMENTS OF THE COMMUNITY)

We all have many aspects to ourselves – integrating these parts into wholeness is an important step in healing. Sometimes it feels as if we have many different people living inside of us, expressing themselves in voices that seem distinct from one another. There is the inner child with its wants and needs, the angry…

HIV: BRINGING THE COMMUNITY OUT OF THE FOGGY HAZE

The community has fallen into a fog because of HIV and we are still waiting for the the sun to shine bright for us all.  For far too long we’ve been muddled and unfocused, unsure of which way to turn. HIV has been a fog that prevented us from seeing where we’re going or where we’ve…

THE GOOD IN THE COMMUNITY…

​ We need to encourage ourselves to look deeply into all things in our communities to see the inherent goodness of everything. Sometimes we find it difficult to see the good in people, places, or situations that aren’t to our liking. We focus on the things we don’t like in our lives as a way…

RELEASING YOUR EXPECTATIONS & FINDING JOY IN THE COMMUNITY

The further you distance yourself from your expectations, the more exhilarating your life will become. As we endeavor to find personal fulfillment and realize our individual ideals, we naturally form emotional attachments to those outcomes we hope will come to pass. These expectations can serve as a source of stability, allowing us to draft plans…

ENTERING OUR COMMUNITIES & FINDING OUR OWN PATHS

Beginning our spiritual path is highly personal and we all enter a path that speaks to us, even if it is different than our neighbor. Each of us will be drawn to a different gateway to begin on our personal path to awakening to a greater experience of ourselves & communities. Even though we may…

DIMMING YOUR LIGHT & NEGLECTING YOUR COMMUNITY

When we dim our lights, we sell ourselves short and lose an opportunity to shed light where it is needed. The ability to go into any social situation and sense the level of consciousness in that situation is a gift. It enables us to move considerately in a world that holds people of all levels…