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December  2016
Yokie* Message
by LauraLynn Jansen
Yoke, Executive Director

May all beings be safe, happy, healthy, live joyously…..

May all living beings be safe, happy, healthy, live joyously…..

May all breathing beings be safe, happy, healthy, live joyously…..

May all individuals be safe, happy, healthy, live joyously…..

May all beings in existence be safe, happy, healthy, live joyously…..

*Yokie - someone who provides seva (service) through theYoke. 
  Sacred Activism       
A sense of how activism is morphing in my life arose several years ago. This consideration of this transformation, to something associated with a deep sacredness lead me to call on a dear friend, Robin Renée. The limited verbal description of my sense immediately resonated with her, and a thoughtful and sweet interchange ensued. We reconnected over this type of sacred act as the presence of folks in the Dakota Access Pipeline standoff made themselves more known months ago.
This deep and compelling demonstration led us to dig deeper into what we coined sacred activism.
How would you define sacred activism?
RR: For as long as I’ve had a general sense of what sacred activism is, I have never fully fleshed out a definition of what it means for me. This is certainly a work-in-progress, but here it goes: Sacred activism is the merging of what is vital to the spirit with essential action in the world. It is recognizing when changes must be made in the political or social arena in the interest of health, wellbeing, or equality and then taking action while staying rooted in love and compassion for all. Sacred activism is not dogmatic activism. It is inclusive and does not squabble over the ways one might express and understand the sacred. It is progressive in that it embraces diversity and seeks to create positive change for the many rather than the few. Sacred activism holds an awareness of when to be silent and when to be loud. Sacred activism allows for an activist’s strength and focus to emerge from within and to guide that activist’s work.
LL: I completely align with Robin’s working definition of “the merging of what is vital to the spirit with essential action in the world.” I am also in complete agreement that sacred activism comes with a capacity to know when to speak into the space and when to hold space. It is the knowing of Self so deeply in the moment there is no doubt about right action to be taken. 
...and the conversation continues here.
what theYoke is up to...

Along The Path *


 popUP Oahu

 Thanks goes out to    
 Priscilla Lopez for co
 -teaching this month's
 event. She also hosted the event at beach in her neighborhood at Iriquois Point. Stayed tuned for next month's popUP Oahu.

This week theYoke headed up the largest dignified shopping experience, for homeless individuals, ever held on the island of Oahu.

When executive director, LauraLynn Jansen, arrived on the island and discovered that Oahu has the highest homeless rate per capita in the whole nation she knew she wanted to spearhead something to be of service (seva) to the community.

After discovering the model set forth by The Street Store she engaged others to set the project in 
motion. Once a local organization, Honolulu Community Action Project (HCAP), offered to let the event be sponsored on their property it was full steam ahead.

Over 100 individuals visited the store and almost 300 pounds of donated clothing was selected by the shoppers (all clothing was free). 

* Delve Deeper *

The Root of the Lotus 

 led by LauraLynn.
Will begin its next session in February. Enrollment is now open to those who wish study the Yoga Sutras more deeply and apply them to their every day life.
 All our courses now qualify for CECs (continuing education credits) with the Yoga Alliance.

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