It's heartbreaking to read the news. To not know the solutions, or even to know them and have them feel so far out of reach. To feel afraid, to search for hope, and to hold our children tight. I can't always turn my feelings into words, but this poem by Mason Bolton captures most of it.
I do know this - we need each other. We need to see and be seen, to offer support free of judgement, to believe in peace and change, and take action.
So as much as we want more time, to automate our tasks, to let technology take some of the burden, what we really need is community. I see it every week in my mamas circle - the reaching out, the tears, the love that fills a room when we make real connections and truly support each other. It's like the weight of the world has been lifted off of our shoulders, the load distributed. I see it in yoga classes when students return week after week, not just for the asana practice but to be together and breathe together.
I believe that if we are to have a bright and wonderful future we need to be WITH each other. Re-create the village we've replaced with technology and make true connections. So, in addition to teaching and coaching, I'm leading a Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training to teach other women how to bring yoga, mindfulness, and community to moms and their newborns. It's been a labor of love 2 years in the making and I can't wait to share it with you early next year.
And in the meantime, I hope you'll find ways to be together - with your communities and families, or even those new friends you made last month. Because we truly need each other.