We made IT!
Through the storm of Issac and the fire of a very quick fundraising effort, we made it on all fronts:
- we surpassed our minimum goal of $5000, raising just under $6500 from 92 donors. Gifts from $5 to $500 carried us over the top. The "extra" funds helped make up the increased airline cost and supplemented one week of two weeks lost wages for chandra's volunteering (she's no longer on staff, but offered to come anyway)
- we touched down in Tampa just as Issac shifted course. We spent our first day getting acclimated to the Huffington Post Oasis, where our partners, Off The Mat, Into the World are offering free yoga, meditation and spa services to RNC attenders to unplug and unwind, connecting body, mind and heart.
- we are a go! This is just the beginning. Getting to the RNC & DNC to staff the Oasis was just the first step in our larger MindfulVOTES campaign. Our website is now up at http://mindfulvotes.org
and we invite each and everyone of you to go immediately and Pledge to Vote as a first step to shifting the energy of HOW we engage our political lives.
YOU made all of this happen by donating, sharing and sending love notes of support, and for that we are so moved and deeply grateful. It was a big stretch to move things to do this trip and an even bigger stretch to insist we had to raise $5K in under two weeks. We wanted to make a statement about the importance of everything this campaign stood for, but we NEEDED to know we had the support of our larger community.
So, thank you.
A we kick-off our MindfulVOTES campaign, you can stay up-to-date with our Oasis activities, MindfulVOTES' progress and most importantly, Pledge to VOTE, visit http://mindfulvotes.org
More information on MindfulVOTES follows and I'm looking forward to seeing you all to Pledge to Vote, shift HOW we engage our political lives and build a community for Mindfulness That Matters. Are you in?
with humility, love and in solidarity,
p.s., Our prayers for safety go out to those in the Gulf and especially New Orleans on this 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. May the winds settle and carry away darkness & divisiveness from the hearts of everyone.
What is MindfulVOTES?
"It's time to liberate our politics from negativity and closed-Â"heartedness. The widely-Â"held mindfulness values of love, compassion and inclusivity can bring sanity to our process and return us, as Americans, back to our center of goodness." "”angel Kyodo williams
MindfulVOTES is a dynamic campaign to galvanize ALL people that aspire to bring mindfulness into every aspect of their lives"”and the resulting values of love, compassion and inclusivity"”to the fore of American politics. No matter where we stand on the political spectrum, HOW we vote and engage matters. Mindfulness communities across traditions and the nation, comprise 5 million people, many of whom are registered, but like other Americans, are disturbed by and disengaged from the current state of the electoral process. Imagine if this community could be gathered together to bring sanity and heart to how voting happens, allowing once again meaningful engagement, respectful debate and openness to differences?
WHO: MindfulVOTES is a collaborative effort anchored by Transformative Change, in alliance with YogaVotes.org, Dreamed up around a dinner table of yogis, meditators, organizers and thinkers, MindfulVotes piggybacks off the efforts of YogaVotes. Transformative Change bridges the inner and outer lives of social change agents and their allies to support a more effective, more sustainable movement towards justice for all. Advisors and co-Â"organizers include leaders & members of mindfulness communities such as Interdependence Project, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Deer Park Monastery, The Engage Network, Insight Meditation Society, Off The Mat Into the World and more*.
WHEN: Onsite, teleconference, virtual events and small group circles every week through Election Day, November 6th, 2012
WHERE: On the web, Facebook, Twitter, in mindfulness centers & communities: http://mindfulvotes.org
IMPACT & REACH
MindfulVOTES expects to capture and engage more than 250,000 self-Âidentified members of the 5-Âmillion person strong mindfulness community. They span traditions, political perspectives, parties and practices. What they have in common is a commitment to bringing greater consciousness through mindfulness in all aspects of their lives. MindfulVOTES will also engage:
350 Leaders: engaged individuals excited to amplify the MindfulVOTES message and bring others on board
75 Centers: places of community and practice activated to create local containers for face-Âto-Âface connection
30 Ambassadors: highly-Ârespected individuals & couples who lift up the message of MindfulVotes, make the case for Mindfulness That Matters and answer the critical question of today: "Why Vote?"
We hold a firm commitment to the belief that our country can only be served by having everyone's voice at the table in respectful dialog with free access to participate in the voting process. Viable solutions to our most entrenched social issues depends upon safe, open, conscientious debate of ideas and issues, connecting what matters most to how we vote. Putting aside vitriol and negativity will restore our faith and empower our potential to discover solutions that work for everyone. Deeply changed by the rediscovery of our hearts and humanity, engaging the values of mindfulness can be transformative for all. (*Organizations listed for identification purposes only.)
Keep up with the MindfulVOTES team at the RNC & DNC and beyond...
Like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/mindfulvotes
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mindfulvotes
Listen to us: http://mindfulvotes.org/blog/
Get In It
Be A Mindful Leader: http://mindfulvotes.org/leaders
Become a Partner Organization, Center or Community: http://mindfulvotes.org/mindful-partners/