Ubuntu – I am because you are.

This February I won a trip to the Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, CA from the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and Propeller. Wisdom 2.0 is an amazing conference bringing together teachers & leaders in the mindfulness movement from all over the country. It was a pretty cool experience.

Honestly, the reason I entered the drawing was because one of the prizes was a signed copy of the Dalai Lama’s & Desmond Tutu’s most recent book – The Book of Joy. The book has been sitting on my shelf all summer.

I packed “The Book of Joy” for our 2-week trip through New England recently. Jim, the dogs & I borrowed my in-laws’ pop-up trailer & drove 2,400 miles exploring, hiking & eating our way through New York, Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine.

Anyway, on my short list of “top 5 people you’d like to have dinner with” are Desmond Tutu & the Dalai Lama. I’m so taken by their presence in the world — & especially their absolute JOY & sense of humor. I highly recommend “The Book of Joy.”

Desmond Tutu facilitated the Truth & Reconciliation Commission after the fall of apartheid in South Africa. He constantly refers to the concept of UBUNTU — the philosophy that “I am because you are.” Here’s Desmond Tutu: What is Ubuntu?

I’m thinking on this Ubuntu in light of the great devastation currently experienced by humans & animals of Texas & Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Harvey (we in southwest PA are only getting a smattering of rain & high winds — Harvey “after-thoughts,” if you will). My friend Emily flew from Seattle to Houston & is currently helping out at an animal shelter — Ubuntu — I am more fully human because Emily is expressing her full human potential in Houston.

I’m thinking on this Ubuntu in light of Jim & my 11th anniversary — thousands of miles of travel & experience across the U.S. together, hundreds of miles of hiking/kayaking/climbing together, with unknown miles ahead … together. Ubuntu — I am more fully human because of who we are.

And I’m thinking on this Ubuntu in light of a new fall schedule — Uniontown schools back in session, a new teaching schedule at Love Yoga Studio, & opportunities to teach yoga at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church & East End United Community Center. Ubuntu — I am more fully human as I encourage others to reach their highest human potential.

Where do you experience Ubuntu?

Here are a few ways I hope to inspire your Ubuntu practice:

  • Donation Class Thursdays at Love Yoga Studio — this month’s donations go to Canine Partners for Life. Join me & fellow Love Yoga teachers Alycia & Kristin … & a CPL puppy-in-training!
  • Lafayette School Garden Open House — Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00-7:30pm. Garden-inspired food by Ethel’s Edibles, kids’ activities & program highlights from East End United Community Center, Fayette County Power Up! Nutrition Education, Canine Partners for Life, & more. See details here: Lafayette Community Garden.
  • Join the Love Yoga Community — No gimmicks, just yoga … time-tested practices to cultivate more energy in your body, calm in your mind, & compassion in your heart. Check out September promotions here: 30 for $30 & more!
  • Share this blog post with a friend or family member — you are because they are. We are here to bring out the best in each other.

Here’s to you, dear one! Thank you for being you today!

Cheers, E

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