ONE BILLION RISING ::.. INDIA
Greetings to all of you beautiful and divine beings!
This year, already, has been powerful. 2012 was a big one. 2013 SO POWERful. 2014... WOW.
After returning from India in December, I retreated to the warmth and comfort of my nest here in southern California. I became so filled from the array of emotions, thoughts and experiences that I needed to just stop.. and breathe.. and feel it.
So, I've been feeling it. I'm still feeling it. In some ways, I don't even know that I have begun the process of feeling it. It's crazy.
India is an incredible country, with incredible people. The kindest people I have ever met. My family there are some of the kindest people I know. My aunts and cousins and uncles and nieces and nephews are absolutely incredible. It was so amazing to travel around India with the One Billion Rising movement, then end in Delhi with my family. Again, I am still feeling it all.
Interwoven with the Indian heartfelt kindness is some of the most painful destruction, poverty and pollution I have ever witnessed.. all woven into one. India is painfully beautiful. Absolutely stunning. Absolutely profound.
India is powerful, but traveling through India promoting equality and women's rights: beyond. It was SO moving. SO powerful. SO incredible. Our team consisted of Eve (most incredible woman I know/founder of One Billion Rising/V-Day/Vagina Monologues), Monique Wilson (truly the kindest person you'll ever meet/Global director of One Billion Rising), Tony Stroebel (incredible filmmaker from South Africa), and myself.
Together we traveled around India, from tropical Chennai in the south, to Delhi then up to the Himalayan Dharam Masala in the north. We attended women's rights rallies, spoke (& sang) at events, made appearances at numerous press conferences (Eve spoke) and gathered together with thousands of people (both female and male, including the Delhi police force) to talk, sing and cry out for change. Together, we all met our eyes, voices and hearts and agreed: we believe in change, we must speak up and speak out. Everyone deserves freedom, peace and respect. No one deserves to be abused or hurt. Though it may not be an issue in your individual life, it is a huge issue that is affecting millions of people in this world and they need our help. Those that have not found their voice need our support. By speaking up, you set an example for others to do the same.
One Billion Rising is a movement. It's a vision. It's an offering. It's a demand. You may be a woman, you may not. You may have been abused (verbally, emotionally, physically) in your lifetime, you may not have. 1 in 3 women have or will be. That's insanity. Truly insane. It's not ok. We have to each make the commitment to do something about it. Whether it means standing up for yourself or standing up for someone else, we each have the ability to do something. Abusive tendencies and addictions are often times passed from generation to generation, they can be taught from a destructive culture or society, they are learned. I have dealt with abuse in my life and I must make the commitment to find another way. Instead of hurting another (or myself) i must choose Love and compassion. I must rise up and be part of the change. Each of us must, the world depends on it.. the survival of the World depends on us. Sometimes it's easy to not take something seriously. If it doesn't effect us, it doesn't effect us. The truth is, it all effects us. Everything effects all of us. We are all connected, divinely, physically and emotionally. When we send out waves of pain, others feel it. When we send out waves of Love, others feel it. You making a difference in your life may not seem big, but when added to everyone else making a difference in their life, it eventually becomes big. Whether you feel you have time, courage or desire to get involved, I thoroughly encourage you to consider it. By joining together, we can build something so powerful and so strong. On February 14th, millions of people around the world, in every country, are joining together. We are rising, we are dancing, we are believing. Please, join us.
I love you all so much. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Featured in this photo is Jyoti Seth and the group "Space" from Delhi. They are AMAZING. http://www.tritha.com/space/