Love Saves the Day is Laughing Lotus San Francisco’s Non-Prophet Selfless Service foundation Benefitting Non-Profits locally, nationally and internationally through volunteer programs and benefit classes. 50% of proceeds from our daily 2:30 community classes and Jasmine’s Saturday 10am class goes to benefit a different monthly non-profit serving the community and world. It’s Love that make the world go round and Love that saves the Day!
Love Saves the Day ~ Border Angels
May is Meditation Month at Laughing Lotus! Dhyana, or meditation, is the seventh limb of Patanjali’s Eightfold path of Yoga leading to Samadhi, complete union with Spirit. Through the mental practice of meditation the mind eventually becomes settled. By sitting, standing, or walking in focused silence, the heart relaxes and the brain is at ease. It is in this silence that we can find ourselves at peace, no matter what strife and stress the outside world brings. And now, more than ever, we could all use a little peace, especially those who are being most oppressed in the current political environment.
In seeking to spread such well-being beyond the individual mind , this month Laughing Lotus supports Border Angels (Angeles de la Frontera). Border Angels is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, founded in 1986 by Enrique Morones, that focuses upon migrant outreach, immigration consulting, and education and advocacy.
Among their projects to support those who risk life and limb at the Mexico-U.S. border are:
•Desert Water Drops: Since 1994, when the U.S. governmen t began stricter border enforcement policy and practice, over 11,000 mothers, fathers, siblings, and children have lost their lives in the desert (a terrain the U.S. government effectively uses as a way to control and kill would-be Americans). The main cause of these deaths is dehydration. By leaving gallon jugs of water, electrolytes, and snacks in these areas, Border Angels saves the lives of those travelers seeking to escape the poverty and violence of their home communities.
•Educational Programs such as Day Labor Outreach engages students and helps build understanding by providing supplies and immigration consults to day laborers looking for work outside of The Home Depot; decorating crosses for the unmarked graves at Holtsville Cemetery of the unknown migrants who did not survive the journey reminds us of the risk these women, children, and men take to seek a better life.
In the words of spiritual teacher Sri Chimoy:
Silence is not silent.
It speaks most eloquently.
Silence is not still.
It leads most perfectly.
As we embrace silence this month at Laughing Lotus, we may come to the profound realization that without mindfulness practices, we are all, in the words of Bo Lozoff, “all doing time.” So, sit and find silence. And then, get involved ,and help others also find freedom and safety . Please click HERE to see how to help Border Angels or to VOLUNTEER and remember, Love really does Save the Day
In Love and Service,