Nejoud Al-Yagout Releases Debut Novel Poet, essayist, and founder of Co-Exist Kuwait releases her first novel Motorbikes and Camels. Kuwait – Nejoud Al-Yagout has released her debut novel from Luminare Press. Threading together the narratives of multiple protagonists during their journey to distinguish between their culture and their true selves, Motorbikes and Camels confronts the need for tolerance and […]Read more "Motorbikes and Camels Press Release"
Being ill (mentally or physically) is not a sign of weakness. There is nothing “wrong” or “misaligned”. All is merely arising. Some of the most evolved gurus had diseases, but they knew they were neither the body nor mind. And some of the most evolved gurus overcame their diseases. The same with people who are unevolved: […]Read more "Coexist With It All"
The other day I read an interesting online article about veganism. The author was a vegan for several years and renounced the lifestyle to go back to eating meat. The comments section was inundated with tirades from readers condemning her for her lack of compassion, though she made it clear that she was never a […]Read more "Can We “Meat” In The Middle?"
The transcript for a sermon in mosques last Friday caused quite the furor. Though it revolved around atheism, the discourse spread its tentacles even further by stating that unveiled women and yoga are examples of people straying from the Islamic faith. As ever, liberals and conservatives reiterated the same arguments, with the former insisting that […]Read more "When Unveiled Women, Yoga Enthusiasts and Atheists Collide"
By the end of 2017, a Hindu temple will be completed in Abu-Dhabi, sponsored entirely by the UAE government. A Hindu temple of worship is nothing new in the Emirates. Dubai already boasts two temples, and the Sikhs had cause for celebration circa seven years ago, when they were also finally granted permission to resurrect […]Read more "When Fear Is Loved, And Love is Feared"
We human beings are a complicated, collective mess. And I have learned so much from hurting others, and so much more from those who have hurt me. I have learned compassion, struggled with forgiveness, become aware of my inability to let go and owned my share of the blame. And I have also remained shell-shocked […]Read more "Why I Always Leave The Door Open"
When people ask whether I support gay rights, I am baffled, because the question – in and of itself – immediately polarizes us against others. Aren’t we tired of discrimination? Non-duality entails that separation is illusory, so if someone asks me whether I support gays, and I see the universe as one body, one may […]Read more "Ask Me Again"