Friday, May 11, 2012

mother/no mother

while i was completing my yoga teacher training in new york, i happened upon the important documentary "darshan" about amma, the hugging saint. i was blown away by the simplicity and beauty of her role in the world as someone who gives service to many - her foundation builds orphanages, care facilities for the elderly, and offers food and clothing to the poor amongst many other things. it's amazing to see how this one woman has made such a positive impact on the lives of so many. very fittingly amma means "mother" and she does embody the spirit of motherly love, selfless and unconditional. she is the mother that so many people don't have. amma's greatest act is "darshan." people from all stripes will stand in line for an entire day waiting to receive a hug and some kind words from her. amma is coming to los angeles this june and i have every intention of witnessing this beautiful soul give her little bit of love in person (i missed two opportunities, one in new york and one here in los angeles.)

i am also very moved by christy turlington's "no mother's day" campaign. i had randomly spent a friday night crying over american photojournalist lynsey addario's moving essays on maternal mortality when i heard about the campaign that christy has organized this mother's day. it is criminal that this happens to such a large degree to women all over the world. i'm still educating myself on what i can do but am grateful to women out there who are dedicating their time and energy to this cause. our ability to bear children in relative comfort and safety is not something i want to take for granted. this weekend, i don't want flowers. i want every mother to be able to hold their child just like i am able to.








































12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Elizabeth. So inspiring, you words and what you are speaking of. I agree. We who are able to hold our children ARE the lucky ones. Hug them tighter and remember to look outward to others to see what you can do.

    Hope your Mother's Day is full of the most important thing. LOVE.

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  2. Amma is AMAZING - make sure you go and take your family. She is in LA every summer, so this won't be your only chance - but still, I'd jump on it... :)

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  3. Oh Elizabeth, that's such a lovely thought! Happy mother's day to you!

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  4. I had the fortune of seeing Amma a few times, and she is a truly divine presence. She is so pure and giving, just the blessing of her touch is enough to transcend the receiver. What a lovely post, from one of the loveliest Mamas I know. Happy mothers day! xoxo Lu

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  5. You are a beautiful person, Elizabeth.....I love this post. I especially love your wish for mother's day. xoxo

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  6. Wow - that clip is so powerful, so beautiful and so sad. I had no idea the rate was so high. Thank you for sharing. I am with you on wanting to ensure as many women as possible get the chance to hold their babies - and to experience what we have. Mine is now 11 and I still go right back to that first moment of wonder and true and absolute love and delight when I first met and held him. Bliss.

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  7. thank you so much for sharing this and introducing these really important campaigns

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  8. Such an interesting post. I love reading your work because I learn a little something new each time I "surf". Thank you!
    Megan
    Artbymegan.com

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  9. This was heavy on my heart this year. A close friend just adopted 3 (yes 3) children to add to their 2 and one was sobbing asking why her Ethiopian mother who loved her had to die. It just put a lot into perspective this Mother's Day.

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  10. I've been following your blog for awhile but this is my first time commenting. This issue is one close to my own heart. I easily could have lost my life when I was pregnant with my son. I was fortunate that I lived in a country where good prenatal care was available to me. He died shortly after he was born. But I lived. My husband could have very well lost his child and his wife.

    Every Mother Counts is a great organization. Thank you for sharing this with your readers.

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  11. Great blog, this is very inspirational for me.

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  12. Really interesting post but inspiring!

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