Om Namah Shivaya Everyone and Happy New Year!!
I wanted to share with you something I have co-created with my friend Hillary Branoff.
It goes out as a newsletter and is called "On the Bhakti Trail - SEVA Edition".
Below I have included our first issue for January '09. It will come out the first of every month. So, enjoy and hope you find inspiration in it.
Welcome to the first edition of "On The Bhakti Trail - SEVA Edition." This newsletter is to provide information and education on a variety of issues that inspire us, "To Be The Change". Our intention is to raise awareness surrounding these themes so we can then make informed choices about what we eat, what we wear, who we support, what we buy and where we spend our energy. We can also make a difference by passing the information along- spreading awareness, signing petitions, joining an activism group, donating funds and/or time, speaking to politicians and creating your own Sacred Activism project!Please enjoy our first edition's theme of AFRICA.Inspiring Projects
The Africa Yoga Project - www.africayogaproject.org
The Africa Yoga Project's vision is to develop and support programs that empower youth and support well-being in East Africa.
Shanti Uganda - www.shantiuganda.org
If you are a Mid Wife or Doula this project will surely interest you! Shanti Uganda is an organization dedicated to helping children, women and communities in Uganda find peace and health. Shanti Uganda's projects combine healing, birth education and community development initiatives.
The ( Philani ) Mothers www.philani.org.za www.philanimothers.com
The Philani Child Health & Nutrition Project has changed the lives of thousands of women and children in disadvantaged communities on the outskirts of Cape Town. One aspect of this project is education through song. Many people in this South African culture sing all day long and the health educators/nurses had a brilliant idea which was to create songs to spread awareness about health and nutrition. The second project has taken these songs, mixed them and created an awesome CD that you can purchase on line. All of the money goes towards the project! I love the Divine Flow this project is!
Emmanuel's Gift www.emmanuelsgift.com
This is one of the most inspiring films I have ever seen. It is a wonderful demonstration of how following your heart and taking small step by step can lead to massive transformation!
God Grew Tired Of Us www.godgrewtiredofus.com
A documentary that tells the story of the, "Lost Boys" a large group of Sudanese boys who become refugees in Kenya. The film follows the lives a few of these men who are given an opportunity to begin a new life in America.
War Dance www.wardancethemovie.com
Get out the tissues for this documentary! The story follows the courageous efforts of Patongo's students as they pour their hearts into winning this year's music competition. Community, dance, music and hard work bring great healing to these precious children of Uganda.Books
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1993/mandela-bio.html
Long Walk to Freedom is Mandela's moving and exhilarating autobiography, a book destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. For the first time, Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life - an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph, which has, until now, been virtually unknown to most of the world.
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane is a true story of a Black youth's coming of age in Apartheid South Africa. An incredible inside look as to what it was like to grow up in the Townships of South Africa.
Life & Times of Michael K is a 1983 novel by South African-born author J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2003. The book itself won the Booker Prize for 1983. The novel is a story of a simple gardener Michael K, who makes an arduous journey from civil war-ridden urban South Africa to his mother's rural birthplace, during an imagined near-future within the apartheid era.
Editor: Hillary Branoff
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