Posted in Africa Yoga Project Blog, on August 12, 2012
Tonight, I taught my first yoga class since returning from Africa. The question of the night was definitely, "How was Africa?"
As I fumbled though an answer to this question, I realized that there was a reason why we practiced our response during one of our last evening meetings before we left. I have NO idea how to answer this question. How do I describe an indescribable experience? How do I put words to the faces and hearts of the people there?
The truth is that my response will continue to evolve as I process the last two weeks. My time with Africa Yoga Project taught me:
-that service isn't something that we have to do, it is something that we get to do. When we serve from a place of passion and love, the outcome is beautiful and uplifting.
-that a common language is not necessary to communicate love and acceptance.
-to both share and listen with equal vigor.
-to remember and embrace simplicity wherever I can.
-that I am a part of many communities, all of which love and support me.
-to show up and shine in a BIG way!
These two weeks have been some of the best weeks of my life. I have been challenged, embraced, loved, encouraged, and supported. I have smiled, laughed (often with a snort), and cried. I have felt my world and perspective shift in every way possible.
If you are reading this and you have a desire to go, the answer is "yes." You are ready right now. And when you get overwhelmed with fundraising or using a pit latrine, know that you have a HUGE group of people around you to help you through it.
-Mel McGovern, Seva Safari participant