Centering Ourselves for Change

This is a "Save the Date" kind of email. There are many events coming up in the next few months that I would love to invite you all to. Some of them are music-related, while some are events that feature Govinda's, and some are both. All, I hope, will be fun for you. Please mark your calendars and let me know if you plan to come so that I can make sure to be on the look-out.

I had originally intended to make this a compilation issue of resources for combating political insanity. However, when I looked back at the last newsletter that featured the Greek menu, I saw that it was one in which I announced many upcoming kirtan and catering events. Being as there was a template and all... well, I shifted focus a little. I will come back to that theme very soon, though, as I have several friends and acquaintances who are taking wonderful initiatives to improve the lives of those around them. And y'all know me, I love to share. Below are just a few of the uplifting, centering events that are being offered in the Triangle in the next couple of months.

Yes, the fight for change must go on, and thank you to all of you who went out to the march on Saturday. I was at the Farmers' Market and couldn't be there in person. I also recognize that change on the microcosm is reflected in change in the macrocosm, or perhaps it is more accurate to say that individual change becomes collective change at a certain point. The more we center ourselves, the more we clear our hearts and minds, the more we practice acts of love and kindness, the more space we create in the universe for others to do the same.

Friday, February 17th - February Kirtan and Spoken Word at Collective Wellness, 3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham. 7 pm Spoken Word poetry by my good friend and published poet, Darrell Roberts and traditional, Vrindavan-style kirtan by Vinod and Sushma. 8:30 pm Yoga of Food. Our hostess, Emily Penney, always cooks something delicious and wonderful to share with all. Donations accepted, $10 - $20. Come for all or part of the evening.

Saturday, February 25th - The Embodied Learning Summit, The Ark, East Campus Duke University, Durham. 9am - 5pm. I am pretty sure that Govinda's is catering the lunch for the event. Even if not, what a powerful way to spend a day! This event is organized by students from both UNC and Duke University. Keynote speaker is Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts, whose research specializes in yoga for youth, yoga as a tool for social justice, and yoga for marginalized populations. Suggested donation $5 - $35 This price, which includes lunch, is a steal. Jus' sayin'. If you are free that day, I highly recommend attending. For more info & registration, click here.

Saturday, March 4th - Kirtan with Samadhi at Oasis Cafe, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro. 8 - 10 pm. Come see how a 9-piece band fits on the tiny stage at Oasis. This little spot of heaven has a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere and genuinely welcoming vibe - a perfect match for the healing sounds of kirtan! Free. Buying of tea and other goods from the Cafe strongly encouraged. ;-)

Saturday, March 11th - First Saturday kirtan with Samadhi at Triangle Yoga, 930 MLK blvd., Chapel Hill. Potluck at 6:30, Kirtan from 7-8:30 pm. Donations cheerfully accepted.

Saturday, March 25th - Govinda's Catering will be back at the Carrboro Farmers' Market from 9 am - 12 pm. I will update you all on the menu as we get closer to that date.

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