After Pride Month ends, many of us start to feel bored or blue and this is often a sign of needing to dig deep and take time for some much needed introspection.
We all know that it is so easy to get caught up in fun and festivities instead of really deeply examining what we really and want. Though us celebrating who we are should be fun, it can deceiving because our actions aren’t from a place of malice, it is just that we ought to dig deeper to penetrate the issues that ae just below the surface. It’s as if we’ve washed and shined the surface of our car without taking the time to check under the hood. We may appear to be in great shape, but if we aren’t engaging in the deep, inner work of self-examination, the chances are good that we are not deeply aware of the real substance of our lives and communities.
We live in a very appearance-oriented, externally focused world, so it makes sense that we place a lot of value on how our lives look, sometimes to the detriment of noticing how our lives really feel. When we get too caught up in what we are doing and lose track of our core, we sometimes begin to feel dissociated, as if we are not fully awake, alive, and grounded. This is a sure sign that it’s time to engage in the hard work of going deep within to rediscover the foundation of our lives. Without the substance that comes from looking at ourselves deeply, and working through the difficult things we find, our spiritual lives can start to feel hollow or shallow, as if there’s nothing at the center holding it all together.