It seems to be the topic of the month, this month.
At the very end of July, I got the pleasure of attending Brighton Yoga Festival and had the opportunity to talk to a lovely bunch of ladies about how yoga helped them heal. Previously, I always thought yoga to be something of a trendy prescription. The new “in thing”, the new mindfulness, running, pilates. How wrong could I have been? Yoga, I learned, was actually the practise of creating unity between the mind and body. When theres a disconnection between mind and body, our lives move out of balance. When we unify both the mind and the body (through yoga) we can learn to heal and rebalance that disconnection helping us create lasting health and wellness.
I have a lot to learn about the body/mind connection, and I think this is only the start.
Then there was Brighton Pride.
Im a pride virgin, and like with Yoga, I had previous assumptions that were so very wrong.
Historically, LGBT people would march to the beat of social and political change as they campaigned for the repeal of Section 28, better care for people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, and the right to marry someone of the same gender. But as we’ve won equal rights and greater freedoms, Pride has inevitably become less impassioned and more celebratory in nature. It’s no longer just a load of topless kids drinking gin in a can from Tesco on St James Street, but more about love, unity, connection and togetherness.
In the wake of June’s senseless homophobic terrorist attack in Orlando, in which 49 people were killed and many more were injured simply for congregating in a gay club, Pride in Brighton gained a greater weight. In addition to the local businesses, charities and support groups, East Sussex fire, police, and ambulance service, that paraded through Brighton and Hove, an incredibly moving act of remembrance took place on the main stage in Preston Park and I couldn’t help but well up. I felt immensely proud of Brighton (and its defiantly united LGBT+ community). Never in my life have I experienced such an overwhelming sense of connection, unity, tolerance, respect and love for all human beings in once place.
Have you ever been to Pride? Did you also feel an overwhelming sense of unity and community or was your experience different?