Being Happy for two

Es tan dificil ser feliz por dos

como cuando al mismo tiempo

estornudas y te da la tos,

es tan dificil,

es tan dificil,

en todo tipo de amor.

It’s so difficult to be happy for two,

like when at the same time

you cough and sneeze without knowing

which one will go out first,

it is so difficult,

so so difficult,

so let’s simply speak with the truth.

Jesus Guillen, your singing advocate #together#singingadvocate#mentalhealth#happiness#caregiving

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Think about the ones

Think about the ones
who don’t have anyone to come out of the closet;
Think about the ones
that don’t have anyone to tell “I might die tomorrow”;
Think about the ones
who are abandoned in a mental institution or senior place;
Think about the ones
who are bully every day for something they can not change
about themselves;
Think about the ones who are gone,
because they were killed this morning.
NOW, just think about anybody close to you.


Jesus Guillen, just one more survivor.

EMOTIONS!!! MY EMOTIONS, YOUR EMOTIONS, OUR EMOTIONS…EMOCIONES and our health.

EMOTIONS

Definition of emotion- Merrian Webster-.

1a : a conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as a strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the bodyb : a state of feelingc : the affective aspect of consciousness: feeling

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Emotions are what make us more than a machine, and still, society as an entity, train us to hide them.To control our emotions at a certain level, does not mean to hide them, but no doubt society had developed in a way that the heavy manipulation of emotions is part of everyday human interaction.

The reality is that even with a “poker face” description, the expression of emotions is always present, it never disappears completely.Microexpressions might get you away because even if the dictionary definition of the word emotions talks about a conscious decision, our bodies react instinctively to the fight or flight experience.To learn to read our bodies is an incredible tool that not only can help us know ourselves better physically and mentally, but also express ourselves better to health professionals.

One of the things we have to understand is that we can not separate completely every emotion, usually, they intertwine like branches of trees in a dense jungle.Saying that, the next time you feel “sad” or “happy” or even “confuse”, try to “listen” to your body, use all your senses to analyze in some way what the reactions of your body are. Is your body hair standing up? are you more sweaty? is your body temperature hotter or colder? are you tenser? are you blushing? etc, etc, etc. Even culturally, we have the stereotypes of how expressive we are as ethnic groups across the globe, and myself as a Latino, we have been placed on the top, or almost the top of the list. One of the ways you can see these differences is for you to watch soap operas – telenovelas – from different countries. Watch one from USA, or Finland, and compare the way we act and react, in comparison to one from Mexico or other Latinoamerican countries. But, is it just about the expression of these emotions? or is it the way we read them? Of course, both have importance, and both are part of the equation.

This rambling from my heart is of huge importance to understand and comprehend especially if you are a psychologist or therapist, or social worker in a country like the United States where we have people from all over the world. Sending a HUGE hug and a BIG smile to all of you, and let’s keep making an effort to understand our backgrounds, his/herstories, and our journeys.

Jesus Guillen

HIV Pandemic intertwining with the COVID 19 pandemic.

Sharing the UC Berkely News with you, please watch them and share them. In this chapter, I got the honor to be interviewed by Nahima Shaffer, about the HIV Pandemic intertwining with the COVID 19 pandemic. LOVE and THANKS.

Here is a link to our full showcase: https://vimeo.com/511752457/a0502be78a

#COVID19 #hivlongtermsurvivors #hiv #latinotuvales #latinos #vaccines #vacunas

LIFE….when the AND, and AND, and AND….multiplies.

LIFEWhen your doctor tells you that your blood pressure is very high and that you need to do more exercise, but your pain it’s also getting higher, and it’s so intense that sometimes you can not move at all, and also give you chronic fatigue, and you keep moving as much as you can, but then you worry, and your anxiety gets higher so, therefore, you don’t sleep very well….and….and….and….🙂 we still smile and enjoy simple things of life, and maybe, some days, do one thing that makes you feel like you have done something, like simply, going to the supermarket. LOVE YOU GUYS!

HUMAN- ANIMAL BOND and YOUR HEALTH TOWN HALL

Join us if you want to hear stories from long-term survivors and their pets in the AIDS and COVID pandemics.

Time: Feb 20, 2021 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77916603198?pwd=ZkdiL3c1bThzcU00eXBiY0FwMUl6dz09

Meeting ID: 779 1660 3198
Passcode: qpEKR5

No doubt our pet companions, help us in so many ways, every day and every minute of our lives. They motivate us and help us fight isolation and loneliness. We want for most of the event, a place where you can come and show off and tell anecdotes about your pets in correlation to surviving both pandemics, the AIDS, and present COVID19, (for a couple of minutes) to allow space for as many brothers and sister as we can. But we’ll have the honor to have a couple of guests for a few minutes, Ken Gorczyca, one of the founders of PAWS in SF, and Lynette A. Hart, from UCDAVIS. No worries, just enjoy this time with your kitties and pups and any other pets, and if we need more time, we can do event NUMBER 2. Let’s make this event a HAPPY EVENT, tell your friends, and register for space. This event will be recorded for future presentations and help with the healing

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