Rising above to give a hug

By Erin Anderson
Posted in The Real Deal, on September 25, 2013

Well it's been a crappy week in the world. 

It's all I can do to prevent my small self from taking charge and shutting down. I'm doing all I can to stay open and to keep my belief that good will prevail. It's all I can do to not say "fuck it" and turn the tv on with a bottle of wine and stay home...forever. I look at my kids and cringe at the possibility of something happening to them. Worry, it's a dark and smothering place to be.

Alas, I persevere. I am stepping out and against my small self's quivering. I'm getting on a plane to give some very special people a hug. I'm going to Washington DC to be with five of the Africa Yoga Project teachers and support them along their US tour. Along their Handstands, Hugs and Highways tour they have watched, as we all have, helpless, as some horrific violence was inflicted on their home. What would be truly horrible is if we turned our backs on them now. 

I am committed to empowering and elevating Africa Yoga Project, now more than ever. 

I'm reminded of the people in the dark corners, the places that are forgotten and lost. I'm reminded of the children's eyes, bright with hope and open to love. I'm reminded of the natural joy and playfulness of the Kenyan people. I'm remembering my hear exploding feelings when I was there with them. 

Nothing can ever take that away. No amount of terror or fear can ever take away the genuine feelings of love and purpose that I have felt while in Kenya. I realize, even as I type, that nothing has changed. Horrible things happened, yes....and we go on. I rise above my fear and stay on course to what I'm committed to. 

That's my daily practice. 

I'm committed to empowering others. What are you committed to? Does it helpyou to declare it? Does it help squash fear? The world needs people who are up to big things, people who are the keepers of the flame. Let it burn bright in your heart and share it.



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