051010. (I wrote this last night … but am finishing it this morning because a LO with a stuffy nose and a hard time sleeping needed me to lie down next to her to help her fall asleep, and then I fell asleep, too!)
As my second Mother’s Day as a mother comes to a close, I am reflecting on not only what it means to be someone’s mom, but what it means to be a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend and a partner. As women, we have many different roles. (Men do, too, but I can’t speak from experience on it, so I’m not going to try.)
According to the yoga tradition, women are the “Adi Shakti” … the “primal creative energy” in the world.
(Which is not a hard concept to buy into when one thinks about the idea that the Divine Mother had the power and strength to bring to life God in her womb!)
What occurs to me (and I recognize that this isn’t an original thought): Women have the power to change the world … through the example they set for their children, through the kindness they show to their neighbors, and through the love they give to the world. We have the grace. We have the strength. We have the power. And as President Lincoln said so succinctly, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (I think he said it … at least that’s what I learned in the movie Spiderman, directed by Sam Raimi.)
And I am lucky to have some great examples of women who give generously of their time and energy – with no expectation in return. The SuperMom (of course) is my first and foremost example, who does a ton for me and the LO, but we’re just the tip of the iceberg.
My Master Sergeant Sis in Iraq. My SuperStepSis who volunteers at her son’s school every week, and has kicked some serious butt (including her own!) walking that 60-mile walk for the cure. I have gal-pals who rescue dogs, cook for the homeless, raise money for leukemia, and breast cancer, and for orphanages around the world. The list goes on and on.
So since this is my Commitment Year, I’m going to make one more commitment … for the sake of setting an example for the LO … for the sake of myself … and for the sake of my new Montana community. I’m going to do more Seva (pronounced SAY-VAH – it’s the Gurmukhi word for “volunteer work” or “community service.” And yes, I could have just said I’m going to volunteer more … but then you wouldn’t get to learn a new word today!)
Maybe I’ll find a school where I can volunteer my time teaching yoga. Maybe it will be at the local food bank. Or the neighborhood Goodwill. We’ll see. I’ll keep you posted.
Q: What seva do you do?