I spent most of my young adult life performing and recording my own music. In the past decade though I have found myself pulled into many different and challenging places- doing suicide prevention work, opening and running a yoga studio and becoming a mom. I have always kept music alive in my life by singing to (and now with) my daughter and by incorporating chanting into my yoga classes. I recently had the pleasure of performing at the Celebration of Women and Their Music, an annual event that raises money for local high school scholarships. It brings together women artists of various backgrounds and ages for a night of music and community. I’ve participated in the event many times in the past but not for many years. There is nothing quite like singing to a live audience, feeling its energy, and finding oneself to be perfectly present in a moment. I think those experiences are partly why I was drawn to yoga in the first place- to allow myself more opportunities to feel the power of that presence.
I also recently traveled to the east coast for a suicide prevention gathering that included hundreds of other leaders and volunteers from across the country. It’s focus was on learning and connecting but also was an opportunity for the foundation to “rally the troops”. I was asked to lead a short yoga session for the group to encourage better self-care as it’s quite common that those who serve others often don’t take very good care of themselves. Suicide prevention, like so many other social and public health issues, can be tiring and discouraging work. It can be difficult to stay focused and clear when you are aware of so much suffering. Gathering with others who are also working for change is both inspiring and necessary.
I believe that no matter what work you’re doing- as a social worker, teacher, parent, artist, friend- that you are a part of the whole. What you do matters, even if it sometimes feels small or insignificant. You may not be able to do everything, but you are doing something and that is good.