Discernment is perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding. It is the ability to choose from right or wrong, and to judge between truth or error. Of course, here too, we bring in our tainted perceptions and perspectives, but the act of looking at all options and making decisions, with awareness and acute decision making, is already a step above judgement
Anyone — including homosexuals — can participate in belittling, shaming, and attempting to exert control over another via language or otherwise. I observed a lot of this in the community, especially among those men who stand guarded behind the cover of virtual anonymity and suffer from various levels of discomfort about their own homosexuality.
We reached an agreement. They put their toy guns down. They were full on “shooting” us because war is a distant, but constant reality for these children.
A story that weaves crayons, coffee, divorces, yoga, travel and boxing. For today’s post my best friend and I decided to get a little personal and share a bit about ourselves as we embark on our co-created project, Stega: A Perfect Union.
As a gay man, I am proud. The shame that I carried for many years for being an Armenian gay man has diminished during the past decade as I decided to fully embrace this label and my culturally unaccepted identity. Even years later, during times of great pride, there have been moments where I have caught myself regressing. Then, I quickly… Continue reading Being Gay & Armenian: Shame to Pride
Life works in quite the mysterious way. Sometimes we cross paths with people that we have not seen in a decade or so and it seems like that particular connection was meant to have been severed in the first place for us to realize something: not good, nor bad (but something). That long-awaited interaction was meant to… Continue reading The Mysterious Workings of Life
Sādhus are men who renounce worldly pleasures, dedicating themselves to achieving moksa, liberation through meditation and contemplation of Brahman, God. These photos are taken near Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal, in Kathmandu. Sādhus often wear saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation). Would you be able to renounce your life in search of liberation, in a… Continue reading The Way of the Sadhu
This is how I feel about 2016 as it stands. Fearless about the future of and rejoicing in what came before. Living every moment with the beauty that surrounds us, the possibilities and heights that one may reach with virtuous actions, and respecting all who surround us. Be in the moment. Let your resolutions… Continue reading BE MINDFUL OF THE RESOLUTIONS YOU MAKE
When we decided to take the hike to beautiful Preikestolen, my friends and I knew that the well placed signage and semi challenging but not impossible trail would get us up to a magical and serene vantage point. Enough research had been done. What we didn’t know was the emotions that would be stirred… Continue reading Unfearful of Death; Unfearful of Living.
Now there are hundreds of yoga retreats to choose from, but one that is on an isolated island in Ireland led by a seasoned practitioner and teacher of yoga, who is trained in Los Angeles by names such as Ana Forrest, Maty Ezraty, amongst many others, offers up her diverse training and personality to her students… Continue reading How to get to Heir Island, Ireland for a Yoga Retreat?