In this week's newsletter I had planned to write about last week's Finding Your Superpowers retreat and I had planned to write about this week's the Premiere of the Huggies commercial that was filmed at The Yoga Room. But as much self-study and as much personal improvement as we cultivated at the retreat, and as much fun as we had at the Huggies commercial Premiere, it all seems insignificant in light of the tragic events that have occurred in Boston and West this week. My heart is heavy as I think of the victims, their families, and friends. And all I can think about is, is there anything I can do to help in some small way?
And that makes me think of how Kalena closed each of her classes at the retreat:
Join your palms in front of your chest. Bringing your thumbs to your forehead, remember to be kind in thought. Bringing your thumbs to your lips, remember to be true in word. Bringing your thumbs to your heart, remember to be loving in deed.
She speaks aloud the words I say silently to myself at the end of each class. And somehow, hearing it aloud several times last week, followed by the events of this week, especially with West being so close to home, makes my heart ache for those who have lost their lives, those who are injured, and for those who love them.
I was really touched by the Helpers quote from Dr. Seuss that has been circulating in social media this week. I didn't really "get" it until I heard a recording of Dr. Seuss reading it on NPR. It made me want to tell my children that if they are ever in scary situation, they should look for the helpers.
And that made me want to be a helper this week. As I write this, I'm waiting in line to donate at the Blood Center of Central Texas donor center in Round Rock. They are sending all donations to West.
According to reports in the news, more than 160 people are injured and they will be needing blood donations for at least 2 weeks.
If you're interested in donating, The Blood Center is located at 2132 N. Mays, next to the movie theater. They will be open today until 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They are not taking appointments, so expect at least an hour wait. Consider bringing a book or project to pass the time, or maybe spend the time meditating.
And at The Yoga Room, we'll be accepting donations of clothing, blankets, baby supplies, and bottled water, until Saturday evening. Drop by anytime, we'll leave covered bins outside our front door. We'll deliver the donations to Waco on Sunday.
Today and always, remember to be kind, spread love, and be a helper whenever you can.