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“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

Ghandi’s words still ring true today, maybe even more so with all that is going on in the world – COVID, racial injustice, climate warming and the upcoming elections along with so much more.

What changes are you working on? I am holding on to HOPE for change and creating purpose in my work and life.  I am trying to be a part of the solution and not the problem. However, as I thought about this and my hope for my personal future, the future of my son, those close to me and every other human being on this planet, I began to question the validity of hope.

I am trying hard these days to be hopeful but if I am honest, it is hard. This has been a hard year and I recognize I am one of the fortunate ones. I have a job, I have supportive family and friends.  I have an amazing partner and I live in a place that is stepping up to take care of things like COVID in a way that feels right.  But some days, I am not hopeful.  I feel down, I feel sad, I feel discouraged and without hope.

Did you know that HOPE was put into Pandora’s box from Zeus? It was considered a poisonous gift which she opened on Zeus’s orders and closed on Zeus’s orders.  A 6th Century poet said that, “hope is the only good left to mankind to battle evil.”  I had to ask myself if this is how I feel about hope right now. I definitely feel there is a lot of evil in the world and we created it. Just like Pandora letting evil out of her box. Can hope undo what has been done?

Aristotle believed that hope was empty and no good. Plato said there are two types of hope – VAIN HOPE which is the passion of the uneducated and TRUE HOPE which says that with philosophy and love we rise above this body. The Jewish faith says hope is the end – the fulfillment of a promise. The Christian faith teaches hope to be part of the belief that there is more than human existence.

I have read that you can only hope for things that aren’t necessarily possible. Here is my dilemma – do I HOPE for change – does that mean it isn’t possible?  

My answer?

I am hoping to be the change I want to see in the world. And to know that I can make a difference doing the work I am passionate about – yoga therapy, yoga and thai yoga massage.  I realize my effort is grassroots and that is what I can contribute.  I am working to do better and be better.  I want to believe in the good of hoping.  I want to keep hoping even if things don’t turn out exactly as I planned.  I have my purpose and plan to keep moving it forward.

The online yoga and well-being studio I created in September was part of this work.  I wanted to create a place where individuals could find community and no one would be turned away from taking care of themselves through yoga or fitness due to financial issues.  Yoga and fitness have long been out of reach for many.  I don’t want that to be the case any longer.

What are you hoping for this month and how are you creating change?

Here are a few ways you can work with hope this month:

  1. Donate to organizations working to make a difference
  2. Donate your time to helping your political party campaign
  3. Educate yourself on current events – look at all sides
  4. Lean into fear – don’t let it control you
  5. Use yoga, meditation, and fitness to support your well-being