Recently, I had the privilege of doing a podcast interview about Self-Love on Valeria Teles‘ podcast, “Fit for Joy”! Here’s an animated snippet of our interview with the full podcast available on apple podcasts here or on “Fit for Joy”. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much for having me, Valeria
I just published the e-book version of my poetry book, “Loving Yourself into Being” (amazon.com/Loving-Yourself-Into-Being-Compassion-ebook/dp/B08B3BF9SB)!!! I’m donating 100% of book profits from both e-book and paperback to the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund for the month of June. It was a steep learning curve as I was trying to combine two different types of e-books into one (fixed and reflowable), add a navigational Table of Contents, make it legible on different devices, etc. but I’m SO happy it’s done, and I can now share different formats with you! If you have questions about the e-book or paperback book making process, I’m happy to share my tips/experience with the self-publishing route. I hope you enjoy it
I’ll be donating 100% of profits from my poetry book “Loving Yourself Into Being” (amazon.com/dp/1734614307) to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund for all of June. NAACP LDF “seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice” (www.naacpldf.org) and has had a fantastic track record in creating change in this space.
I’ve been reflecting and feeling the weight of my own privileges as an Asian-American—that I don’t face the same multi-faceted discrimination as other POC, that I have the space, safety and resources to educate myself on how to be anti-racist and un-learn old biases. I hesitated on sharing this post because I feared diluting the Black Lives Matter movement and felt that I wasn’t helping “enough” or in the “right” way. But then I was reminded that we can all contribute to social change in our own way—by speaking out with our art, passion and livelihood—which is better than being silent out of fear of being criticized or mis-judged. It is important that we be courageous by sharing what’s on our minds, and equally important to be open to constructive feedback—this is how we learn and grow. The commitment of this post is just one step of many in supporting change that is long overdue.
I believe these poems can help bring us back to our own humanity, back to ourselves, and back to the beauty and love that is innate within each and every one of us. May they recharge and heal you so that you have greater energy to contribute to a better, united, more just and loving world.