I recently attended a lecture given by Deepak Chopra in which an attendee asked how Deepak suggests someone respond to the political circumstances. Deepak simply responded, “If you want peace, be peace… if you want love, be love…it's not effective to be an 'angry peacemaker.'"
During a time of turbulence and uncertainty it is challenging to not dwell in negativity, but today is the start of a new month. If you were consumed with angst in January, dare to find love in February… to live love… to be love...to give love.
If you’ve practiced yoga, you’re probably familiar with the basic principles which emphasize a “oneness” in the universe — in this belief system, we are all responsible for one another’s fate. Our energy and actions (small or large) affect our neighbors, our country, and our world. Depending on who you are, this could sound scary or it could be empowering and you have to ask yourself, what vibration do you want to make? Perhaps, in light of the negativity you may see around you, you'll challenge yourself to shift your thought patterns and look for ways to direct your energy in a positive way.
My intention for Tyawear is to create something to bring awareness to charities, to tie people to a cause, and to help them build a lasting conversation and commitment to giving and change.
Continue reading and you will find stories of the ways four charities share love. Maybe you will feel inspired to volunteer at God’s Love We Deliver, participate in a race for Semper FI Fund, donate to Minding Your Mind, or start your own fundraiser for Action Against Hunger… whatever it is, I hope that this month you challenge yourself to add to the vibrations of love and peace that do exist.
Julia Berkeley Heck
Nine years ago, Francisco developed a sevee neurological condition that caused him to fall into a coma. When he woke up, his whole world had changed. He could no longer walk and speaking was almost impossible.
After several years in a rehabilitation home, Francisco moved into his own apartment. For the first time in years, Francisco was on his own, and now had to learn to navigate life in a small NYC apartment in a wheelchair. Shopping and cooking became impossible because of muscle deterioration and constant shaking. He often resorted to eating fast food, rarely eating meals with good nutritional value.
Francisco says, "I was unhealthy and felt miserable. And there was nothing I could do about that until God's Love came along."
By having delicious and nutritious food prepared by caring staff and volunteers delivered right to his door, Francisco no longer has to worry about where his next meal is coming from. He's also learned more about good nutrition, and has a wonderful working relationship with our RDNs. He says, "Now, I know to stay away from salt. I always knew the importance of balanced meals but it was so difficult to get them. Fast food restaurants don't specialize in good, balanced meals the way that God's Love does!"
“Once the explosions went off, it was slow motion, like what you see in the movies,” Dan recalls. “Boom! And then everything sped back up again. I tried to get up, but I couldn’t. I looked down and my leg was just mangled. It was pretty brutal. They flew me back to Kandahar, and from there to Germany, cleaned me up a little bit, and then from Germany to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.”
Dan recalls that representatives of the Semper Fi Fund were among the very first people to greet him in Bethesda.
“The ladies were all wearing their red shirts and said, ‘If we can do anything for you, let us know.’ Right then and there I knew that I’d be well taken care of. My fiancée came up to visit me from Penn State, and they took care of her and made sure she had a place to stay. They let me focus on my recovery, and anything else beyond that they took care of for me.”
From running marathons to being featured in tv commercials, Semper Fi Fund has been with him the whole way and they’re not going anywhere…
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Semper Fi Fund,” Dan adds. “It’s been 12 years since my injury, and they’re still with me, making sure I have everything I need and making sure me and my family are comfortable. That means the most to me. When they call and check up on me, they ask about my family. I’m a family guy, that’s something I really love.”
Drew Bergman is a senior at Temple University, majoring in Business Marketing. While Drew is a successful full-time student with a bright future ahead, this was not always the case. Drew’s early teenage years were filled with tremendous sadness resulting from a severe case of depression. In 7th grade when his parents decided to separate, Drew began to use coping skills that were detrimental to his well-being, and he began to self-harm. For a brief time, he was able to hide his depression and cutting and continue to perform as an outstanding athlete and solid student. However, Drew’s depression continued to intensify, and it was not until his sophomore year of high school that Drew experienced a turning point in his recovery when he attempted suicide for the second time.
As things began to improve for Drew, he delivered a speech at his high school about his battle with depression, hoping to increase mental health awareness among his peers. The reception to his presentation was remarkable and sparked Drew’s desire to engage other students and to continue to be a mental health advocate and public speaker. Drew acknowledges that his recovery is a journey with peaks and valleys. He is grateful to Minding Your Mind for giving him the opportunity to reaffirm his resilience and inner strength while allowing him to inform others that they are not alone in facing their struggles and that recovery is indeed possible.
Three of Rukaiya’s four children were kidnapped by Boko Haram, following an early morning attack two years ago. She was devastated. She fled to the forest, carrying her youngest child, still a baby, and escaped into Niger, before eventually being repatriated back to Maiduguri. She has no information on the safety or whereabouts of her three missing children, but she says she has hope and a strong belief that they will be reunited in the future. With the Porridge Moms group, Rukaiya has enjoyed the responsibility that comes with being a group leader. She appreciated the joy and the smiles from all of the children while they eat their porridge. She says this is a stark contrast to their lives fleeing Boko Haram, before they found refuge. During that time, the children had to beg for food. Action Against Hunger's team in Maiduguri is committed to being a safety net for mothers like Rukaiya, and providing them with a sense of community, support, and good nutrition for their children.