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Rupi Kaur

Love and Pain, Suffering and Joy

She is one of the most popular poets today. And she's just getting started.

If you spend much time on Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve probably seen one of Rupi Kaur’s poems and illustrations.

She is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the hit poetry collection Milk and Honey, and she just released her second book of poetry this week.

Rupi is not only a brilliant and successful poet and artist, she has learned how to connect deeply with her audience.

By using social media to share her beautiful, raw, honest short poems, Rupi has created a massive following of fans who love and promote her work.

But none of that as important as what Rupi is saying through her work.

"Suffering and joy are the exact same thing."  

Having experienced abuse and trauma in relationships from a young age, Rupi turned to writing as her outlet for pain and healing.

What followed are collections of incredibly powerful writings and drawings that have resonated with millions — because everyone has experienced pain.

When I got to meet Rupi a few months ago, I was immediately impressed with how she spoke and held herself.

But I was even more impressed when we sat down to record a podcast together, and she shared what she has learned about the relationship between suffering and joy (and how they aren’t really different.)

At such a tough time, with so much sorrow and struggle going on, this message is especially important for all of us to hear and take in.

I invite you to open your heart and let healing come in Episode 545.

"The poems write themselves in my mind and my body before they're out on paper."  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How do you handle expectations for your second book to do as well as your first? (6:10)
  • Do you think you’d be able to have as big an impact if you hadn’t gone through so much pain? (18:27)
  • What’s the difference between surviving and living fully? (23:40)
  • Do you think it’s possible to end our suffering? (25:30)
  • How can we love ourselves if we’re stuck in a cycle of self-hatred? (29:10)

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Rupi’s poems come to her (3:01)
  • Why our idea of success is so skewed (7:20)
  • What causes us to become our own enemy (17:40)
  • How to teach yourself to write from a place of love versus pain (20:40)
  • Rupi reading one of her new poems (30:05)
  • Rupi’s message to women who have gone through challenging relationships (39:04)
  • Plus much more…

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Music Credit: Adventures by A Himitsu

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