February Love Saves the Day ~ Breathe For Change
Bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion, is pure, unselfish, free of expectation and often expressed through the written word. From Mary Oliver to Hafiz to W.S. Merwin to Kabir, the poet, with her unwavering commitment and fearless love of the Divine in all beings remind us that we are one; as Rumi writes, “All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. Sunlight looks slightly different on this wall than it does on that, but it is still one light.” Such words move and motivate; says Sufi poet Hafiz, “Look at what good poetry can do: Untie the knot in the burlap sack and lift the golden falcon out.” Whether we write poems or read them, make stories or listen to them, when done with love, understanding, and a striving for realness and connection, such devotional expression can help us in our quest for Oneness both individually and collectively.
In celebrating the many ways creative expression can connect us to ourselves and others, this February, Love Saves the Day supports Breathe For Change www.breatheforchange.org, an organization founded in 2004 by former classroom teacher, teacher educator AND Lotus student Ilana Nankin that seeks to change the world by improving the health and well-being of students, teachers, and school communities through practices like mindfulness and yoga. By focusing upon trainings for educators in mind-body practices like yoga and meditation, and by offering wellness programs for teachers and staff, Breathe For Change seeks to transform teachers, teaching, and school communities. In their own words, Breathe For Change uses "education as a vehicle for social change," giving life to the adage that if one wishes to transform the world, s/he must start with herself. In 2016, along with our very own teacher, Erica Martin, they will expand their trainings to include the Bay Area and NYC. They will train 120 educators and serve 30-50 schools across the country to change the world, one teacher at a time. Their mission is for millions of educators across the globe uniting to transform the education system from the inside out and see this worldwide community working together to collectively humanize education, based on an understanding of their own selves and that of their students.
As we enter what for some is the coldest month, let’s warm our internal fires through devotion to truth, to change, to each other. As Novalis once wrote, “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” If you’d like to support the healing work of the Breathe For Change, please Click Here and remember Love (and a dash of poetry) Saves the Day!
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