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Exercise for Joy, Energy, and Happiness

woman-and-scale-shutterstock1Every year I set the same resolutions – lose 15 pounds, cut out refined sugar, meditate daily, exercise 5 times a week – resolutions that seem like nostalgic wishes by mid February. This year I set the intent I am living with the intent to feel energetic, creative, joyful, centered and inspired

And, while I am making a commitment to work out more often and eat more mindfully, I am committing to physical activities that make me feel connected spiritually and full emotionally rather than torturing myself just to shed pounds.

I am discovering a love of yoga (believe it or not, I am not a yogi – read about it here!) through a group class I am doing with other mom friends.  Historically, yoga has been a struggle for me as I have felt like I am “bad” at it.  But this year I am approaching it differently – inspired, as I often am, by the guiding philosophy of my good friend Tara Stiles.

Tara and I recently hosted a SCLA event in San Francisco and as I watched Tara twist and turn in amazing ways to hip hop music during our event, I noticed the intention to find joy, creativity, and challenge by those in her class. Tara’s approach to yoga made it fun, rich and fulfilling for all those in the class, even if they couldn’t keep up with her!

In an interview I did with Tara last year, she talked about the joy she discovered in yoga:  “(As a dancer), everything has to be perfect or you’re not completing the movement. That’s what was so exciting about yoga. You’re going to your own limit and finding the ease in that moment.  From a mental, spiritual and emotional aspect it was definitely key. I was like, ‘I have to do this forever!’”

What I am enjoying about my own weekly yoga class is that I can do it at my own pace.  And its social!  I have as much fun chatting with the other mom friends as I do stretching and breathing. We’ve always been big supporters of yoga here on Intent and encourage all of you to give it a try if you’re looking for a practice that not only works you out but also helps you connect to your body through your mind and spirit.

I’ve also been on a few hikes on the lovely trails here in Santa Monica where I live, not checking my phone for emails, and walking in silence noticing the beauty of nature. 

And, this weekend I plan to start running on the beach again – one of the most emotionally healing things I have done in the past. For my 40th birthday, I ran a half marathon and found a love for running because of how it made me feel emotionally. Working out with an activity that makes you feel happy and better about yourself is much healthier than doing something you hate because it’ll trim fat.

Hopefully my strategy of living with intent this year will help me realize some of the changes I am seeking in my life more effortlessly and with lasting impact.  And more importantly, because I am having fun, feeling connected and inspired, I am anticipating my physical time, rather than feeling burdened by it. This will keep me motivated to stay on the path to healthier living!

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VOD: Batkid Saves Gotham and Charms the Entire Internet

If you were near any digital device with WiFi on Friday you probably heard about Batkid. To his parents he’s known as Miles. He’s five years old and has been battling leukemia since he was a baby. The cancer is currently in remission, but that didn’t stop the Make a Wish Foundation from making Miles’ dream of being the Caped Crusader come true.

Thousands of volunteers in the San Francisco area pitched in to help create Miles’ special day. He started off taking a ride in his Batmobile, saved a damsel in distress from the Riddler, ate a little lunch and still had time to apprehend one of Gotham’s most treacherous villains – the Penguin! For all of his hard work Batkid was awarded a key to the city by San Francisco’s mayor Ed Lee. The police chief Greg Suhr even dressed up as Commissioner Gordon to signal Batkid when new trouble was arising. Gigantic crowds followed the action, filling in as the Gotham populous while everyone at home watched on. Even President Obama chimed in to offer his encouragement to Batkid. Even more impressive is that the San Francisco Chronicle printed a special edition of the paper to document Batkid’s heroic day – with articles by Clark Kent and Lois Lane and pictures taken by Spider-man alter ego Peter Parker.

The most heartwarming thing about this story is the sheer amount of people it took to make this happen. Everyone was there to support the dreams of a little kid, and this is the type of thing that reminds us of the virtues of humanity. What was the latest good deed you performed? Tell us your thoughts and give your support for Batkid in the comments below!

Throwback Thursday: 8 Major US Cities As Seen by Your Great-Grandparents

Here are some of the most iconic American cities, now bustling centers of commerce, entertainment, fashion, and media. They were important in these regards back in the day, too, but by the looks of these photos you’d never know it!

All of these images come from about the late 19th century, which you can tell by the horse-drawn carriages and old-fashioned clothing styles. We live in the 21st century, surrounded by all kinds of cultures and styles and immersed in contemporary issues and concerns. It’s important, though, to remember where we came from, and that we are part of a long line of individuals who have lived in, experienced, and help built this country we call home.

And what’s more, these photographs are just so darn precious. Take a look!

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Philadelphia – Broad Street

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San Francisco – Bay Bridge

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New York – Grand Central Station and Hotel Manhattan

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Chicago – Wabash Avenue

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Detroit – Woodward Avenue

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Los Angeles – South Broadway

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Washington D.C. – Ninth Street

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And one bonus from New York… (Wall Street!)

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Images sourced: Fludit and Los Angeles Past

Return to the “Summer of Love” – World Domination Summit Style

Happiness SprinklingIt’s taken me a few weeks to digest a question I’ve been living with. “What just happened?” It was a two-and-a-half day whirlwind of positive energy and happiness sprinkling of love, peace and community.  An outstanding example of how 2,800 people can come together in authentically supportive community. It was hectic and overwhelming at times, and joyful and inspiring at others. “It” was the yearly World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon, instigated by author and world traveler Chris Guillebeau.

As I’m approaching the launch of my book, Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie, I’ve been sharing with people that we are all hippies at heart. People often turn up their nose and say emphatically, “I’m not a hippie.” I smile. I’m talking less about hippie in a lifestyle sense, and more about hippie at a core value sense. Then it struck me. The people who come to WDS are the hippies of this generation.

The WDS credo of “community, adventure and service” is this generation carrying forward the values the hippies birthed back in the 60s. Hippies were considered counterculture, revolutionaries who stood for peace, love and changing the world for the better. Radical for the time. WDSers stand for living remarkable lives in a conventional world and being of service, as they lovingly plot their world changing. Hippies were known to live alternative lifestyles and many WDSers definitely live alternative lifestyles.

Hippies stood for the very values that are currently part of the popular conversation. Do you live from a place of gratitude, include music and art in your life, and see how being in community and of service, are fulfilling why we all are here? You are a hippie. Do you meditate, do yoga and continue to do inner transformational work? You are a hippie. Are you a seeker, exploring spirituality and contributing to being a co-creator for a conscious planet? You are a hippie. Or maybe you value organic living and sustainability and are compassionate, showing reverence for all living creatures. You are a hippie. At the core of who we are as human beings…we are all hippies.

MarchFourthAs I reflected a bit more, I began to see that WDS is a mini return to the “summer of love”. The 1967 convergence on the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco of up to 100,000 people, is credited for having initiating a major cultural and political shift in the world. It was a revolutionary time, with the energy and excitement of the era translated to the world in many ways, most memorably, through the music of the times. At WDS, music and collective group energy was alive, as we took over the zoo for our love-in opening party. We took over a zoo! 2,800 of us sitting in the open amphitheater Woodstock style, spread out on the grass, dancing, talking and connecting, as we were being entertained by MarchFourth, a colorful marching band whose outfits are a throwback to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band attire.

Back in the 60s, we lived sharing music and art when coming together in community.  Today, WDSers have the power to spread both the individual and group message and energy to millions of people worldwide in a matter of seconds via technology. And they do. One of my unexpected favorite speakers this year was Jia Jiang, whose “rejection therapy” talk demonstrated how powerful stepping outside your comfort zone for fear of being rejected can be, as it often produces the most amazing life affirming results.

For me, the interesting parallel between the 60s to now is actually written in the heavens.  Back in the mid-60s, Uranus (planet of revolution, rebellion and sudden change) was conjunct Pluto (planet of transformation, rebirth and breaking with tradition), igniting an inescapable time-release charge of radical transformation in culture and individuals.  Before this time, the human potential for enlightenment of “all people” had been reserved for an occasional saint or guru. Back then, this taste of expanded consciousness germinated a cultural seed, giving birth to a new kind of individual. Suddenly it became an expansive possibility for everyone, and hippies were the first to get that. Right-on.

In my understanding of astrology, what happened during the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the 60s, would manifest globally as soon as these two planets reached their first square. If you haven’t heard, we are in a period where we are experiencing seven exact squares of Uranus and Pluto, starting in 2012 and ending in 2015! Supercharged times of revolutionary and sudden changes at the core level of both individuals and institutions. Where have you felt this in your own life?

People often wonder where have all the hippies gone? They became lawyers who sued for protecting air and water quality and for damages from chemical pollution. They began changing the world by starting companies that produced products that were Earth-friendly, ecologically-sound, technologically advanced and socially conscious. I see Portland as a progressive hub of this energy, alive and flourishing. And it is spreading out into the world at gatherings of people like the World Domination Summit.

An ageless example of what WDS stands for was 84-year-old Bob Moore, founder of “Bob’s Red Mill”, as his deep understanding of the value of working in community was reflected in his “Put people before profit. Share with those who helped you build it.” Bob MooreThis consciousness allowed this visionary Aquarian to give the company to his employees, handing it over to them on his 81st birthday. Cool.

For those of us WDSers who actually lived in the 60s and got to be part of this shift in consciousness, it’s incredible to see what was known to a relative few worldwide back then, but which is now alive and part of the big earth shifts.  Consciousness and spirituality are embraced as part of who we are. Yoga is done by millions of men and women everywhere daily, and meditation is encouraged for inner peace, the only place world peace can start from. Creativity is the new keyword in education, business and life. Connection and person-to-person sharing are still alive, even in a technological world that is often credited with creating isolation.

This is the real reason people come to Portland each July, to meet face to face with amazing people they want to connect with. WDS is a strong and powerful community. It is a growing community. It is for people of all ages, all ethnicities, from all walks of life. It is a love-in, a peace-in and a groovy way to spend a few days in absolutely, awesomely inspiring company. Power to the people. Until next year’s return to the summer of love. Peace-Out!

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Images of MarchFourth and Bob Moore courtesy of Armosa Studios

Better Breathing for a Better Life (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 1.33.10 PMWhen you find yourself in a situation where you get stressed, frightened or caught off guard, what’s the best thing to do?

Scream? Sometimes. : )

But seriously, what did mom or grandma or your loved one tell you to do?

Breathe.

Yes, it’s as simple as that.

But time and time again, while walking around the streets of San Francisco (and while being in the car with certain eh hem, friends with road rage) I witness screaming and feel their blood boiling. What good does that do?

I try to make it a practice to breathe deeply every morning.

Here’s how:

I love filling up my lungs and expunging all the air and imagining my lungs deflating like a balloon. I do this almost every morning with a 20-30 minute yoga routine.

I’m an early riser, so I like to take in the stillness of the morning silence with a meditation practice. People may get freaked out and discouraged about “not knowing how to meditate.” The truth is, there isn’t a “right way” to meditate. Simple focus on your breath, deep breath in…deep breath out.

Other times when I’m running and gunning, I just take three quick deep breaths. If you’re over-programmed like me and have a busy schedule, set a reminder on your phone to go off three times a day to remind you to breathe.

Here’s a video I made for you that will help you focus on your breathing. This is what I usually see on my morning run at Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Breathe in when the waves come toward the shore. Breathe all the way out when the waves recede. It’s only a minute long, but the effects are long lasting.

Enjoy!

Feel better?

According to Men’s Journal, here are some stats about how deep breathing can be aaah-so-good for your health:

Relax: Breathing is an “accurate and honest barometer” of a person’s emotional state. Train your breathing to maintain your calm and lower stress levels.

Maximize Potential: The average person uses just 50 to 60 percent of his lung capacity. Breath training expands the lungs, and better oxygen intake means higher athletic performance.

Improve Health: Research suggests that developing proper breathing habits can play a role in treating conditions like asthma, acute bronchitis, ADHD and sleep apnea.

Don’t we all feel better after taking a few deep breaths? The next time you feel your panties or boxer briefs getting in a bunch, smile and relax (those butt cheeks). Namaste!

What other breathing exercises help you get through your day? If you follow our @goinspirego Instagram feed, you’ll notice that I often post pictures of beautiful cityscapes and snapshots of nature. Surprisingly, many people tell me the pictures remind them to slow down, be present and breathe. I’d love to hear/see what inspires you to breathe. Please share in the comments below.

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The 8 Best Outfits From New York City’s Pride Parade

The Supreme Court announced their ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act just in time for two of the biggest Pride events in the country – San Francisco and New York City – both of which took place this past weekend. The NYC event was joined by Edith Windsor, the woman whose lawsuit brought DOMA under the Supreme Court’s gaze and ultimately won the rights of same-sex couples around the country to be officially recognized by the federal government. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the fun, as well, amidst rainbows, balloons, painted bodies, and colorful signs.

The month of June has been recognized as LGBT Pride Month since the late 1960s, particularly gaining traction in response to the Stonewall riots. These days Pride festivals take place around the world, both to commemorate the LGBT community’s long and ongoing struggle for equal rights and to celebrate the joy that comes from living in accord with our true, uninhibited selves. Politics aside, Pride parades are also perfect opportunities to see some of the most impressive costumes and decorations you’ll ever come across. Thanks to photographer Victor Jeffreys II, we discovered these eight phenomenal Pride outfits – and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more elaborate!

The winners are:

Did you participate in any Pride events this year? Can you top these outfits?

 

All photos by Victor Jeffreys II

Go Inspire Go: Why YOUth Matter

Zararwadi SmileIf I could choose one quote that defines the ethos of our youth today, it would be, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” Simple but sweet words carefully crafted by my favorite poet, Dr. Maya Angelou.

This is a bold statement, I know, but hear me out.

Before I was invited to develop curriculum at the Academy of Art’s (AAU) Multimedia Department and the University of San Francisco, I too believed that many young folks were apathetic, entitled and not in touch with reality.

Boy, was I wrong. Or as my students would say, “You got moded.”

Reality Check #1: A few years ago, I was given the rare opportunity to build and teach a high school summer bridge program at AAU. I thought that my students would be excited to execute the final I had prepared. “You are going to create a short video on ‘hot spots’ in San Francisco. It could be a cool place to hang out, shop or eat.” I instructed in a sure tone of voice. I thought hands down, students would be stoked.

Instead, hands eagerly went up. The questions they asked changed the trajectory of my stereotypes toward the youth.

One student raised her hand and said, “My mom was so excited that you were teaching us because she follows Go Inspire Go (my nonprofit) on social media.” Another student said, “Yeah my friends follow you on Twitter in Sweden.” A third student said her friends who live in the Midwest follow our stories. Their collective wish: “Can we do our video on a story for GIG and if it’s good enough, would you post it?” My heart skipped a beat. Chills ran from head to my feet.

I was taken aback.

Julian Cohen, a high school junior from Jersey City, N.J., saw an article in his local newspaper about a reverend who wanted to build a high school in Grande Saline, Haiti, following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Cohen was sad that there was no high school in Grande Saline and was inspired to make a video to engage action. This led to two youth movements that eventually sent 32 kids to school for one year in Haiti.

This led me to create a GIG program called GIG Spark, Lesson on Compassion. Students think about a problem and how they could be part of the solution. They create a short 90 second video and send it to us to multiply their message.

Reality Check #2: I’m exited to announce that Go Inspire Go partnered up with The Bayview Hunter’s Point YMCA, YouTube, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation and National Youth Radio to create GIG Sparks with youth at the Bayview Hunter’s Point YMCA. They wanted to make videos that inspire compassion, change and a shift in perspective.

If you watch the local media here in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’d think that this area is only known for its crime, violence and destitution. I found that there was so much hope for the youth living in this area of the City.

Photo Courtesy: Oscar Nilsson/ Interview with Betty Sells-Asberry, YMCA Teen Services Director

When I spent an afternoon training six of these young YMCA change makers, I was filled with pride. Kier Wilson, Tajae Hill, and Jonkia Davis were amazingly inspiring. They were so proud to call the Bayview Hunter’s Point their home, but were deeply saddened their neighborhood is viewed as “the ghetto.” They wanted to do something to change the negative perception of their community.

Thank you to YouTube and the Mayor’s office for inviting us to share our “GIG Spark” as an innovative, organized and fun way to inspire the YMCA kids to accomplish this mission.

* This video was created by four of my students at AAU — youth — who asked to come along on the shoot. Thanks Oscar Nilsson, Marcus Pettersson, Eva Broman, and Hugo Albrektsson for your great work!

Reality Check #3: At the University of San Francisco, my alma mater, I was asked to design and teach a Blogging for Social Change course. On the first day, I asked students, “What is your passion?”

With optimism and determination, one student said, “I want people to get out of their bubble and do something to help the people in their community.”

‘Nuff said! Amen to that.

As a kid, I felt insignificant. I thought I didn’t matter. I didn’t feel like I had a voice. What would a Chinese immigrant boy, growing up in a rough South Sacramento neighborhood, say of any importance? Why would anyone care?

I wonder how many youth feel like that today. What if adults took a moment to listen to the youngsters in their lives and hear them out. With a little guidance, support and inspiration, we too could be a part of inspiring a new generation of people who teach what they learn and give what they get!

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Take Action:
* Check out “I LOVE Bayview” on Improve SF!
* Share their stories on social media and by word of mouth.
* Volunteer at your local YMCA

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Homelessness – Think Globally, Act Locally

Homelessness, a challenge composed of many issues, spans our globe. Because homeless people seem to be everywhere, many of us feel that homelessness is too big an issue to be solved. And because of the complexity of the issues of homelessness, we may feel too overwhelmed to affect change.

Sometimes we use these feelings of powerlessness as excuses for failing to develop plans or to take any action to help homeless people. Thus, our feelings can literally create a paralysis in our thinking and acting to end homelessness.

Actually, we needn’t feel overwhelmed by the challenge of homelessness. We have conquered major issues before.

Do you remember when we felt that the issues of reducing waste and protecting our environment were overwhelming? We adopted the slogan, “Think Globally, Act Locally,” which reminds us to address these global concerns by reducing, reusing and recycling discarded items at a local level. Educational facilities encouraged its students to educate their families. Through common practice, we accepted our civic responsibility to protect our planet.

In much the same way, we have the power and ability to solve other complex global issues, including homelessness. Recognizing the widespread issues of homelessness, each of us can act on a local level, together and individually, to affect real change. Some of us are already thinking globally and acting locally as illustrated by the many participants in conferences about homelessness.

For example, since 1997, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) has been holding conferences twice a year – a national conference each July in Washington, DC on homelessness generally and a West Coast conference specifically about youth and family homelessness. http://www.endhomelessness.org/

On February 9th and 10th, NAEH had its 2012 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness in Los Angeles, CA. At this conference, there were presentations, panel discussions and conversations about:

• Implementing rapid re-housing (and maintaining those programs as HPRP [Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing] funding expires);

• Coordinating with larger ‘mainstream’ anti-poverty programs to multiply impacts, especially by providing help with employment;

• Strengthening families and promoting reunification in order to end homelessness for youth;

• Preventing homelessness for families and youth, including targeting for the maximum impact;

• Getting the most out of the HEARTH Act, and

• Housing families and youth with the most severe challenges, including chronic homelessness” [The NAEH 2012 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness Program, inside cover]

Steve Berg, NAEH Vice President for Programs and Policy, says that these conferences enable people to learn about “good practices and approaches” to help end homelessness. They “teach trends locally and explain what federal funders are looking for” in local programs.

Steve feels that these conferences are very important because they “get people together so they can support each other, energize each other” and encourage people, now “armed with common experiences,” to solve the issues of homelessness. Helping end homelessness, he concludes, “is a movement and conferences are important to keep the movement going.”

In 2004, the City of San Francisco held the first Project Homeless Connect (PHC) as an innovative way to offer necessary services to homeless people. Now held every two months, its mission for PHC is “to provide a single location where nonprofit medical and social service providers collaborate to serve the homeless of San Francisco with comprehensive, holistic services.”

In December 2005, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the National Project Homeless Connect Partnership encouraging mayors and county leadership to hold a one day community event by providing housing support and quality of life resources at a one stop event with the goal of ending homelessness. By 2008, PHC has been offered in more than 200 cities in the United States, Canada and Australia.

In January of this year, the San Diego Housing Commission was the lead organizer for the 6th Annual PHC. With the help of 300 volunteers, more than 65 service providers offered health screenings, housing referrals, legal aid, food, clothing and other supportive services to 941 homeless San Diegans.

Just two months later, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc. presented its 23rd Annual Women’s Resource Fair (WRF) involving over 100 organizations which helped over 600 disadvantaged women and children with medical, legal and social services. As explained by Amy J. Fitzpatrick, Esq., Executive Director of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc., “The purpose of the WRF is to gather lots of resources and services for disadvantaged women (primarily those who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, and those fighting substance abuse) under one roof where that assistance can easily be accessed on one day in one place.”

Rosemary Johnston, Executive Director of the Interfaith Shelter Network, is an active member of the planning committees of both San Diego PHC and WRF. She explains that these events “are important to the homeless community and to the wider community because they increase access to services in a low-demand environment; there are no obstacles to access these services.” Continuing, she shares, “It is very important to put a human face on the homeless population, particularly to people in administration who don’t normally meet with homeless people.”

Rosemary confirms that conferences are important to keep up our momentum in our efforts to help homeless people, “I appreciate the opportunities these events provide because I don’t want to lose touch and it energizes me to return to work with renewed passion to serve these people in need.”

So, please “think globally and act locally” to help end homelessness.

I look forward to your comments.

Thank you,
Christine

photo by: Alex E. Proimos

Speak Your Truth

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at a TEDx talk in San Francisco. The night before my talk I was future tripping because I only had eighteen minutes to speak. Typically I lecture extemporaneously for over an hour. Therefore, this new format was making me anxious. So I did what I always do when my anxiety creeps in. I sat my ass down on a meditation pillow and let my inner guide lead me to a new perception.

After a few minutes of stillness I heard my inner guide loud and clear. She said, “Speak your truth and time will expand.” In that moment my anxiety lifted and I knew exactly what to do. This divine intervention offered me all of the serenity I needed to clear my mind and allow my truth to move through me. Enjoy the video and learn how you too can clear space for your truth to come forward.

The Power of Group Meditation and Intention

 

Growing up, I used to think meditation involved monks, gongs and a lot of chanting. I was sorta right. My paternal Grandma – who I endearingly call “Ah Ma” – inspired spirituality in me since I was a little kid. She’d light incense, close her eyes and sit in silence. To be quite honest, this would freak me out because I thought she was either dead or napping. So, as any little squirt would do, I either tiptoed up to her and held my finger close to her nostrils to make sure she was breathing or I would throw something at her, then run – she had a strong aim and could smack me with her slipper that rotated like a boomerang.

 

 

Through her example, I too would mediate, as a teenager and an adult. As life got more complicated, I would turn to this practice, this moment of silence and stillness, to focus and keep me grounded. To this day, I turn inward in this special space to listen to my breath, which keeps me centered and clears my mind.

 

Recently, I was invited by Mallika Chopra, founder of Intent.com, to participate in a unique experience: group meditation and Yoga in San Francisco’s bustling Union Square. The event, appropriately named “Seren-i-tea in the Square,” was co-hosted by Mallika and Stephanie Snyder, a well-known Yoga instructor.

 

 

More than 100 people showed up with yoga mats in tow. Included in this crowd were the winners of GIG’s first contest. We asked GIGsters to tell us what inspires them, and then we randomly selected 8 to receive a VIP pass to “Seren-i-tea in the Square.”

 

 

The following are the 8 winners with their responses (note: some comments were shortened/edited):

 

 

Adriana G. –

“The positive energy of children inspires me. When I want to give up or something seems frustrating, I think about how we are born with this ability to keep trying until we succeed. We wouldn’t get anywhere if we never tried to learn how to walk or ride a bike or learn to read. That desire fuels a baby to learn how to crawl or stand, and to keep on trying even after the many falls… I think sometimes we forget that we have that desire within us and it takes a child to remind us of that power we have always had within.”

JoAnne L. –

“Love inspires me. Acts that expand the heart, open the mind, turn fear into faith, and judgment into compassion and understanding. Loving ourselves allows us to authentically love others…as a joyful humanity that awakens individuals to BE In Spirit with one another.”

Kim Y. –

“Family & friends inspire me. They make each day worth living and encourage me to lead a good life and to never stop growing.”

Long P. –

“Badminton inspires me to coach – almost 10 years at Wilcox High School. There’s so much to learn from the sport and to gain for myself and students. There’s always a new experience each season, and a new way to be inspired!”

Melissa A. –

“Having the privilege to work with ‘at-risk’ youth and watching them flourish despite the incomprehensible hurdles they must overcome.”

Phuong H. –

“My high school students and fellow teachers from South Central LA inspire me to teach…They are resilient and have taught me a lot about perseverance. My seniors will be the first to either graduate high school or attend college. The teachers are agents of change. They don’t come to work for a paycheck; they invest in the kids and work hard to give the students all the tools they need to be successful in life.”

Sharon B. –

“The resiliency of my students inspires me to move forward with the work of changing an institution that continues to give our students of color, most especially our African-American and Latino students, an education that places them in the peripheries of many people’s minds. Their abilities to persist, grow, and succeed in the face of stereotypes and low expectations inspire me and move me to act.”

Susie S. –

“What inspires me is someone going against all odds- someone following through when the cards are stacked against them. Fighting for what’s right, no matter what the cost is. Sometimes you have to lose to win! Someone who has the insight to see the big picture and hang in there. Someone who has hope to believe when no one else will.”

 

Thank you to all of our viewers/readers for your inspired participation and for being present. Thanks to Mallika and her Intent.com team for reminding us to love ourselves and our community – this inspires us to be serene, to be aware and to set our intentions.

 

 

I meditate regularly, practice yoga and try to operate in the space of consciousness, but this was a unique experience because there was a sense of power when people converge – a feeling words can’t paint – an effervescent vibrational energy of a collective consciousness and overflowing goodness. Apparently, more than 150 people joined in on this event, and more than 500 virtually participated. My one word summation of this special event: Powerful!

 

 

One of the most memorable parts of the group meditation (there were so many) was when Mallika asked us to close our eyes, focus on our breath, to set our intention. She asked us to let these questions flow through you: “Who am I?” and “How am I serving?” This resonated with me as I focused inward to think about what I am doing with my life, my skills, my time to serve the community and others. That’s exactly what my team and I set out to do through storytelling and our Go Inspire Go project. What are your intentions? How are you serving? How are you using your power to help others?

See Also: Meditating With 250 People In San Francisco Union Square: What Is Your Intent To Serve Others? By Mallika Chopra

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