In just one week, the Republican National Convention will be held, followed by the Democratic National Convention. In an effort to lift up the importance of bringing consciousness to the political process, Arianna Huffington and Huffington Post is sponsoring an "Oasis" at the conventions. It will be a space to unplug and recharge featuring meditation, yoga, spa services and healthy refreshments to give the delegates a rejuvenating place to reconnect to their bodies and minds so they can bring their hearts in a powerful way during the supercharged political conventions.
The reach of these events will be significant, with 16,000 participants gathering in Charlotte and Tampa. 1000 - 2000 people each day. This effort transcends partisanship and brings a fundamental sanity to a process that has seemed pretty insane lately.
Transformative Change, in an alliance with the team behind YogaVotes, is anchoring MindfulVotes, 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.
What Is Needed
We need to raise $5000 by next week to send a team of four leaders of color to the conventions, to anchor a larger group of locally-based teachers. Each skilled leader can teach meditation, yoga, tai chi and other mindfulness practices. Chip in now to keep airfare costs down.
Why Does This Matter?
It's time to liberate our politics from negativity and closed-heartedness. The widely-held mindfulness values of love, compassion and inclusivity can return us, as Americans, back to our center of goodness.
And, by bringing an anchor team of people of color, we will change the way practices mindfulness and embodiment are represented in this important and highly visible venue. The team will coordinate efforts to assure locally-based leaders of color are supported to show up, as well.
What Can You Do?
Give. If 100 people give $50, we'll make our goal. If you give more, we'll reach that goal faster and save money. Give as generously as you can, from $5 to $1000 or more. Private donations are accepted here.
It's always said, but truly, every single dollar counts, just like every vote does. $5000 covers the basics, and more will allow us to supplement transportation & expenses for others to be there.
If you can make a foundation grant, contact us for arrangements.
Rev. angel Kyodo, Muki, chandra, Zochi & the MindfulVotes anchor team
p.s., Remember, the hardest part is already done: the opportunity of the Oasis already exists for us to bring mindfulness to politics in a big way. Your contribution will make it happen for people that wouldn't make it. Let's meet the opportunity together.
- Dena Merriam, GPIW