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.