When I went offline 2 weeks ago to get some space, refill my own cup, and try to get clearer on what my work here would be for you, I was taking a pretty myopic of view of that work. Since then, so much has unfolded on our national stage (& in our world — as it does everyday).
The week’s events, with their revelation — once again — of how we listen to, respond to, and feel about women’s stories & women’s pain, simply ROCKED me. It’s that familiar, punch-in-the-gut, ache-in-the-heart feeling I’ve had so many times before. Like two Novembers ago, when I carried with me the promise of being newly pregnant & also the news that my child would be born into a country led by a man who hates women.
Yoga Sutra 2.33 teaches us: “When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite, positive ones should be be thought of.” And over these last few days, as I practiced thinking about the opposite of the hateful, hurtful things around us, I’ve begun to see by the light of a newly reignited flame of activism.
I am a mama to a 14-month-old son. I am a woman, a wife, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a writer, and — like you too — a human yearning for a better world.
This afternoon, a line from one of my favorite Mary Oliver poems slipped into my head: “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention.”
So while I don’t know exactly how to change the world, I do know how to pay attention — how to practice paying attention through meditation and how to guide others in this practice.
Which brings me back to you. With the immediate invitation to join me NOW.
Starting tomorrow morning, October 1, I’ll be posting videos each morning for 40 days, guiding us through 40 days of meditation practice — specifically the Kundalini meditation called the Kirtan Kriya, which is thought to be the highest meditation a woman can practice.
I’ll show up every day, and I hope you will too. We can support each other as we practice radical, spiritual self-care to heal our hurting hearts & bodies.
And if I can figure out how to set this up, I’d love to truly transform this practice of yoga & meditation into “skill in action” (which is what the Bhagavad Gita tells us yoga really is) by raising money for Together Rising.
Stay tuned for link for donations once the page is live — but if even 100 of us can commit to 40-days, at a $1 a day, that’s $4000 for an organization devoted to transforming our heartache into collective action.
I’ll also deliver the videos to your inbox, if you’d like. Just be sure to add your name to our mailing list.
I am honored & uplifted to be here with you. See you bright & early tomorrow morning.