I just returned from a ten day trip to South Sudan, where I worked with Dr. Richard Brown with psychiatric patients with severe PTSD and their staff in Juba the capital, with women who were enslaved and tortured, and people with polio in Aweil, as well as local South Sudanese who are dealing with the normal stress of living in todays globalized world.
We had to deal In South Sudan with the same ‘anxiety of the unknown’ that we deal with here in the US, but there it’s called ‘African time’, which means nothing is on time. I was reminded daily that those of us who offer help to others are not exempt from stress, and that at the end of the day the most authentic care we can offer is by being a living example and demonstration of self-care, unless we want to fall into the ugly pits of pity & superiority, and the ‘us vs. them’ counter productive and enabling mentality.
While many people are still living in incredible poverty, pain and despair and under despicable conditions, struggling with misery & oppression, I witnessed that wherever you go, and regardless of where you are, it’s by natures design that you’re the only one who can take care of your energy – your inner self. Don’t give up! Reach out and ask for help… Open your heart and breathe with ease. Have compassion for your challenges & connect to your core. Follow your MOJOE – joy, oxygen & ease and make your experience sacred. Ignite your spirit and dance with sacred celebration. Join a growing global community of sacred breath celebrants. Offer your open heart & easeful breath and move with grace. Embrace your humanity against the odds, and celebrate your energy with courage and awe. It’s
OK to feel good – even in the midst of a mess.
Yesterday, I arrived in a great mood to Washington DC, after a fifteen hour flight from Addis Ababa, and had to catch a connecting flight to NYC. When I was asked to pay a $25 fee for my luggage, I looked for my wallet & couldn’t find it. I freaked out for a moment, envisioning what it would take to retrieve the wallet with all my credit cards & documents from the place I last remember seeing it -:). But I immediately asked for help… started to breathe with ease & open my heart with compassion to the ‘klutz & ditz’ that I am, and went for breakfast with Dr. Brown. I didn’t stop doing it for even a second, and then carefully and with patience and faith started to search my bag, when the wallet just crawled into my hand…. -:)
Have a MOJOE day, filled with joy, oxygen & ease,
Samuel Jakob Kirchner, Voice of The BREAZE