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Grateful and Motivated

It took an elephant to remind me.

Last Friday’s threat to the African elephant snapped me out of my mind-numbing complacency.   There was a planned ruling to reverse a ban on importing elephant ‘trophies’ (and by trophies I mean body parts) from two countries in Africa. The African elephant is classified as ‘vulnerable’ and is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. They are temporarily keeping the ban in place, but no one really knows what that means.

I know what that means: we need to get off our butts and make noise.

THINK GLOBALLY.

Write a congressman.  Write a senator. Contact a wildlife organization, such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  This organization works to protect and preserve the African Wilderness and its inhabitants, particularly endangered species such as elephants.  Do something to be heard for the herd.

So, I did. But then I thought, now what? How do we continue to make a difference, especially as we head into the holiday season? And then it hit me.

ACT LOCALLY.

It sounds so…trite, as you’ve probably heard it so many times it doesn’t even register.  We can all look at the big picture and easily get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the world’s problems.But we have no excuse for not helping out in our own backyards.  Please don’t brush it off and think ‘anything I do won’t matter, it just won’t make a difference, and do I really have the time and energy to do something?’

Actually, you should and yes you do. We need to have the time and energy to make changes. We here at Laughing Elephant Yoga have 3 super easy ideas for you to help make a difference this holiday season:

#1: Lisa Rae teaches Mommy and me/prenatal classes and one of her students approached her about collecting items for  the babies at the Rhode Island Crossroads homeless shelter. YES. Yes, we can help. Details to follow, but there will be 20 ‘giving tree tags’ with specific items coming to the studio within the next week. Please corner Lisa when you see her!

#2: A member of our community recently adopted a puppy through the East Greenwich Animal Protection League. We at Laughing Elephant LOVE this organization, and they kind of fell off our radar this Fall. (our bad) So I took a moment and checked in; they quickly responded, asking for help. We are now collecting donations through the holidays for their animals: gift cards (to pet stores like Petco), puppy collars, martingale collars, small leashes and slip leads, Kong toys, treat puzzles, etc…We will  have a box at the studio if you’d like to drop anything off. Want to make a monetary donation? Click here: http://www.gofundme.com/build-our-animal-shelter  They do so much for our four legged friends and they could really use our help.

Example #3 (in reverse) : Our global jettsetter, Megan Eddy, who always thinks big picture, took a trip to Cambodia last Spring and fell in love with the area and the children at the school where she taught English. She sadly noted these children had nothing, and when she came back, was determined to raise funds to buy them backpacks and bicycles.  She and her friend Debbie Reisert are asking for donations : https://www.gofundme.com/bicyclesandbackpacks/donate

See? Three simple things you can help with…pick one…or all!!!!

Yoga teaches us to reach out when others pull back.   We need to help those that are unseen and  have no voice. Be moved.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Please.

 

Ever grateful,

The Laughing Elephant Yoga family

 

 

 

2016 Strong

2016.

A new year can be a new beginning.  A year to shed the unessentials, say yes to new opportunities,  and thrive.

If I have one prayer for our community, it would go like this:

Let us let go of the things that no longer serve us.  When we give everything we’ve got and it doesn’t become what we want, let it go. Sometimes we just need to surrender.

Let us run towards our dreams.  What have you been wanting to give yourself to? Choose something for 2016, and commit. Pour yourself into it, will it with intentions, and work towards making it a reality.

Say yes. And say it with enthusiasm and passion.

Show up. Our Susie Gurfein says don’t just survive, thrive in 2016! And Rob Bell preaches that ‘you have to use all your energies for your precious and sacred work. Give your best self to the world.’

Your best self indeed.

Happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.

Love,

Lori and the Laughing Elephant family

 

 

The Power of the Porch

The front porch.

It’s the welcoming threshold into our home. The porch is a magical gathering place where we learn, socialize, celebrate, mourn, reflect, observe, confide, and just hang out.

Front porches stir memories from childhood. I grew up in Knightsville, an Italian neighborhood in Cranston, and it seemed like everyone had a porch. And not only did they have a porch, they practically lived on it during the summer and early Fall.  I asked my Dad about it and he said years ago, before tv, everybody sat out on their porch. It was their entertainment and a voyeuristic glance around their particular corner of the world.  “You would see your neighbors as they walked by to go get ice cream or some treat, wave a warm hello and sometimes stop and chat.”

I fondly remember my childhood porch; it was the gathering place for family and friends on summer nights. We raced home to make curfew and then plopped down, telling outlandish tales of the day to make ourselves laugh. You’d never know who’d show up to visit, and better yet, bring something sweet.

Laughing Elephant has a porch too. A big and breezy one with adirondacks haphazardly arranged, remnants of the last conversations that took place here. It was the selling point for us; we knew it would be an ideal gathering spot for our community and we were right. Students come early and stay late to sprawl on the steps and watch others mastering  handstands in the front yard.  The porch just draws you in, the perfect spot to savor a moment, to just be in the moment.

The front porch is like a yoga class. It’s home. It’s where we come to learn, socialize, celebrate, mourn, reflect, observe, confide  and sometimes just hang out.

Need a reminder of the magic of the front porch? Or a reminder of how wonderful yoga is? Please come and experience both at Laughing Elephant.