When we are united, anything is possible.
When a disaster occurs, our first reactions are often feelings of sadness and despair.
On the flip side, we also experience gratitude and feel the need to help. The practice of yoga enables us to identify these feelings while channeling them into positive energy that empowers us to take our practice into the world.
Yoga teaches us to open our hearts with love and truth, thereby empowering us to make a difference in the world. It also teaches us to be mindful of our thoughts and our bodies—a lesson that can be used every day with everything from our actions and words to what is happening around us.
As a yogini, writer and activist I see a connection between yoga and activism. Yoga gives us the tools to be conscious spiritual activists by enabling us to deal with our own issues before we help those in need.
It also helps us discover and define our purpose while developing a plan of action.
My mentor and native Jersey girl, Seane Corn, is empowered to help her home state recover from Hurricane Sandy. Along with Off The Mat Into The World she is joining fellow yogis to hold a benefit to raise money for affected areas.
The event is on December 22, 2012 at The Revel in Atlantic City from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will be three hours of inspiring yoga.
It is amazing how in a short time we can band together to make a positive impact; when we are united, anything is possible.
For more information, check out Seane on Facebook.
Carrie Barrespski is living her truth as a yogini, writer and activists with passion and purpose. She lives with multiple disabilities including cerebral palsy, hearing loss and blindness. As a result of these disabilities and the experiences she’s encountered, she developed a strong passion for disability rights and advocating for the disable. She graduated with a BSW from Madonna University in 1996. Having always been interested in writing since childhood, she began writing columns online in 2000 on topics affecting the disabled community. She was married in 2005 after meeting her husband online in a chat room for people with hearing loss. When she moved to Massachusetts, the Springfield Republican began publishing her column,Carrie Writes, every Wednesday in the Metro Plus section. It is her hope that as a result of her columns, people will be more aware of disability issues and she will have a positive impact on the disabled community.
Ed: Stephanie V.