This post started out as plea for folks to stop caring about what others think and live with the passion and abandon like you no longer give a sh*t about what others think. Only you. You and your maker. I was to ask about your moment of clarity when you decided YOU ARE IMPORTANT. Important enough to honor and cherish until death. Like you do everyone else. I wanted to know when you decided it was okay to get a tattoo, take that class, get on the airplane, step into that hot tub, show-off that scar like the art it is, dance like no one is watching or any other thing outside your normal comfort zone that pricks at the fire inside. Deep, deep inside. We all have it, the flame for a life of authenticity and joy. God wants us to experience JOY in life. Complete. Absolute. Joy. It makes God happy!
But things changed: I received an email from a Yoga friend inviting me to sit Sastung or in communal, respectful truth in powerful acceptance of differences and complete accepting authenticity. The theme of the day was to be ‘Feminine Energy’. She had recently seen Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues during her ‘V-Day’ tour. My friend was inspired to help facilitate the flow of feminine energy as it is much needed in our world today, more than ever. Besides awakening the beauty and power of feminine awareness, Eve Ensler is about a cause.
What is V-Day? It’s a play and so, so much more.
V-Day, a nonprofit grass roots movement dedicated to ending violence against women around the world. In three years, V-Day has spread to over 300 colleges, where students and faculty have performed The Vagina Monologues on V-Day, February 14th, as part of a movement to stop violence against women. V-Day has raised over 3 million dollars which it has given to organizations fighting for the rights of women in Afghanistan, to stop genital mutilation in Kenya, and rape crisis centers in Bosnia, Croatia, and Chechnya, as well as hundreds of domestic programs to combat rape and abuse. Thanks to V-Day, The Vagina Monologues has been taken to 20 countries, including China, South Africa, The Philippines, Brazil and Turkey.
To learn more about V-Day, please visit www.vday.org.
And so, in acclaiming who we are – who we are created to be, men and women alike. We do so much more than we think. We can’t single-handedly change the world but one moment at a time we can enter the current of the energy we have and in partnership manifest change in our life, our community – one moment at a time.
And no, the ceiling can’t hold us.
Can we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
— Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
There. Is. No. Time. Like. Now.
Meet Macklemore, lyricist from the above tune, Can’t Hold Us.
Don’t hold back. Be authentic and you can change the world. What’s bigger than you think?