“Be still and the earth will speak to you.” Navajo Proverb
People. You don’t have to believe me, test this with an experiment and discover the truth for yourself. Find a space where you can sit or lay down in a comfortable position, soften your body and your mind and listen.
The truth has been painful this week, between Minnesota and the racial division, rising cases of Corona as we shift phases of re-opening, updates on virtual graduations and a minor heat wave to remind us that summer is coming. It is totally o.k to acknowledge, “I can’t handle the truth.”
I have been struggling with the idea of “others” this week. The language we hear, the stories on the news, the requirements to wear a mask and be 6′ from each other, the people we judge and who judge us, this creates separation and turns us into “others.” We do this to ourselves and people do it to us, we are all complicit. Do not be confused, I am going to continue to encourage you to adopt best practices for safety and to be patient as our Local and National governments struggle to balance public health and a working economy. We all must note, they are re-opening for the economy, not for your safety.
Have practiced at the studio with us? Inside the building that was built by Mrs. Canby during the Depression as the first post office of San Anselmo, we have gathered for the last 7 years to “improve the health and happiness of our community.” This is our mission and it doesn’t change because we can not be together in person. One major lesson we have learned over these years is there is no such thing as “others.”
Our local San Anselmo community has a strong connection to the Navajo people, from residents such as our County Health Director, Matt Willis, who lived and worked on the Navajo Reservation to our yoga teacher, Lynne Solarz, who taught 4th grade on a Navajo Reservation to our building owner, Victoria Canby, who is the Director of the American Indian Museum of Marin and Navajo. While Marin has been virtually untouched by Corona as we benefit from low density, resources and luck, the Navajo reservations have been devastated with painfully high death rates and a rapid spread of Covid-19.
I’m including some links from Victoria below, one way we can bridge the gap that divides us is to take action that brings us closer together. We can help by working together, whether that is donating to a GoFundMe or sharing links or simply wearing a mask, you can take action that saves lives. When I read about the conditions on the Navajo Reservation I am reminded of how lucky I am to have adequate supplies and easy access to some of the best hospitals in the country, food in the fridge and my health. I can do more.
I encourage you to consider donating, taking a small action to ease the pain on the Navajo Reservation. We are all in this together and our collective actions will determine our future. Keep your head up, your mask on and love alive in your heart.
This is a link to a local GoFundMe to send a volunteer nurse with supplies to help on the Navajo Reservation. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-me-help-the-navajo-during-the-covid-pandemic?sharetype=teams&member=4473622&pc=fb_co_campmgmt_w&rcid=r01-159010612619-30d35a4c3a8c4d2b&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmt_w&fbclid=IwAR1vZO7q0tx-bb9AnbarthQaTlPJnlGQSCP58RN4CJk_ahnVASN1ZDMMPIU
This is a link to a larger Navajo GoFundMe that is getting food and supplies to the Reservation. https://www.gofundme.com/f/NHFC19Relief?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR03nv49pu7O3jNlocsI3PPixvHA-O0rq8GTtQwmCvobrmDYTaQ6d9DRX7g
This is a link to an activist group of young Navajo people who are delivering supplies. http://keinfoshop.org/donate/?fbclid=IwAR1hxPNDn1Mg9d8W07rkWF_xcZOzaOsNhGkTh-CzPz-Eu2Lj-yG2STd86_o
This is a link to an activist group of young Navajo people who are delivering supplies.