Showing up On Purpose – Global Change Makers

What if I told you there’s a community who felt passionately about changing the world by coming together, accepting each other’s differences, really listening to understand the struggles of others, and having the courage to exploring our own issues, prejudices and privileges and then sharing and owning our gifts, voices and shame all in the name to be the change we want to see in the world? Well, there is!

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This community is called Off the Mat into The World and they held their first Global Action Summit July 16-17, 2013 in Squaw Valley, CA. Off the Mat (OTM) was founded by Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling and Hala Khouri, and the summit was the vision of their Executive Director, Kerri Kelly

During the two day summit, I had the opportunity to meet, share with and learn from many amazing change makers such as Melody Moore, PhD, founder of Embody Love Movement, Terri Cooper, founder of Yoga Gangsters, and Nikki Myers, founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery.

Melody defines dignity as, “Knowing your best is good enough.” Nikki believes that “The issues live in our tissues.” And after witnessing huge budget cuts to low income area elementary schools re-allocated to building new prisons in her home state of Florida, Terri says, “The personal is political.” 

Mike De La Rocha, a musician, writer, speaker and activist was also in attendance at the summit and left us with Four Steps to Help to change culture:

1. Improve yourself.

2. Share your story. (healing)

3. On the other side of pain is our gift (i.e. the only way out is through)

4. Continue to build loving spaces of community.

This community believes in being in service to something larger than yourself and Seane Corn shares that “the revolution begins within.” This community believes that all voices matter, that the faces, bodies, cultures, backgrounds and stories look different and that each one of these faces, bodies, cultures, backgrounds and stories matter. For if we believe that we don’t matter, than we can’t show up on purpose in the world. Let go of the paradigm of control and bow into service. 

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We Teach What We Have To Learn

“We teach what we have to learn.” This is a quote I’ve loved for years and years because it’s so true for me.

I doubt myself all the time. I don’t do things that I know I should. I beat myself up after for knowing better, and then I start again. I move through this process much more quickly now a days with the tools of yoga and the years of life experiences. However, the learning never ends and there is always more work to be done. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Learning, growing, experiencing and sharing is what lights me up; it’s what inspires me to inspire others and fills me in a way nothing else ever has.

Right now, I am in the midst of a huge project. It’s a project that I feel like I have been working my way up to for the last 13 years! I didn’t know I was doing this, but the preparation of the last 13 years has led me to this point, this place and time right now to do what I know is a part of my life’s purpose.

Do you know how exciting this is? Do you know how overwhelming this is? I’m moving too quickly. I want to scream this exciting news from the rooftops. But…it’s not quite time yet. It’s almost there, but not quite.

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I know what I have to do and I know the time to share is very near. For now, I will go inside myself and find the stillness. I will come back to my breath and touch that inner space of knowing. I will sit on my patio tantalized by the hummingbirds, the bees, the dragonflys and the birds. I will climb a rock wall. I will practice my yoga and I will birth this creation into the world to share. Coming soon…

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Hallelujah!

There’s A Hole in My Sidewalk

This poem was first introduced to me in my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and I’ve loved it ever since.

Have you ever come across it before? Did it resonate? To me, it is just another reminder on our paths of finding inner peace and personal freedom.

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I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost…
I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I’m in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in…it’s a habit
My eyes are open; I know where I am;
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.

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