This month our theme is Stand. Waking up contemplating the word this morning I was immediately drawn to an article which stunned me that I read this week. The article covered the brutality which the Yazidi women were enduring under the ISIS. The details which the article provided, as to how the slave women were to be treated, was appalling. My initial reaction is to simply cry but I don’t want to just be traumatized at the outrageous and inhumane way that these women are being treated, instead I want to do something. I thought of the word warrior. Many yoga poses are named Warrior and my favorite is Warrior 4, in which the legs are are in a strong lunge, the arms are open wide, the heart center is drawing upto the sky and the gaze is up. This pose for me symbolizes how I want to make a stand for these women. I don’t know how to do this effectively yet but I want to figure it out.
One can face a huge issue and feel totally overwhelmed by perhaps not knowing where to begin. But as so many words of wisdom will reiterate; the longest journey begins with the first step, the story of the starfish with the boy throwing them one by one back into the sea knowing that he made a difference to the single ones he did save rather than being overwhelmed by the millions he perhaps wouldn’t be able to get to…The thing is I firmly believe that we are stronger and more powerful than we think we are. We can move mountains and we can make a difference and if something that we read/watch/become aware of affects our heart then we must act. Who knows what chain reaction one might be capable of beginning by taking that first step. The thing is simply that the first step must be taken.
So for this week the word stand draws me to stand up for women whose voice has currently been silenced. Taking myself back to the reason for beginning the bead movement and making each day and moment count, I want to use my resources wisely and effectively as I try to navigate the best possible way to help. May this week bring for you an opportunity to stand up for what you believe in and the strength to know the power that that one step can make.
Tags: advocate, Mhairi Morrison, The bead movement, women, womens rights, Yazidi