In a sense, Donald Trump is correct that women who have abortions if the procedure is banned should face "some sort of punishment." Before you misconstrue my opinion, please note that I have always been an advocate of pro-choice.
I decided the first step in my relationship with shame was to do again what I was afraid of earlier. Go back out into the world and read my book with the cover that makes me feel vulnerable and if somebody asks what I am reading, share and connect. A combination that is rare today.
Right now, those who hate Atticus Finch don't hate him because he's racist. They dislike him because he's imperfect and because he signals to them and us, mirror-wise, that we are imperfect too. Where is our false perfected idol gone?
Within the creative process of writing and performing this music I found the courage to be vulnerable, and as difficult as it is to share these feelings with the complete unknown, I know it is worth letting go of the fear I have in sharing.
It's now been a year and a half and I am learning to trust myself. That has taken a lot of work on my part and I have cried many tears getting there as the fear of opening myself up to getting hurt again sometimes engulfs me.
I am not always in a perfect place of love and compassion. I'm human and I get frustrated, upset, and angry. Life weighs heavy and at times I don't love myself. But I see the path to love and compassion and how to achieve it even if I must begin again every day.
There was another big reason I felt compelled to be forthright. I can't stand the social stigma that is associated with mental illness and suicide. It bothers me greatly how voices hush and rooms clear at the mere mention of the "S" word.
I live my life as authentically (and honestly) as possible; however, it is not always easy. Being an immigrant, there are always expectations of keeping one foot in each culture. There's the culture of your origin and the culture of your new home.
When MacKenzie does choreograph, the results are often spectacularly rich; she combines an ability to create beautiful and engaging movement designs with an unusually effective understanding of concert dance architecture.
When we are riding the waves of life and feel especially tossed and turned by its storms, Elizabeth Lesser beckons us to drop anchor and root firmly in our emotional center of kindness, compassion and interconnectedness.