Winter is approaching, the days are getting darker, hot chocolate is more appealing and the chill is starting to creep into our bones. This gives us an abundance of opportunities to help someone out.
I was privileged enough to attend a yoga session with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa at Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precint recently. An intense few hours of Kundalani, what I got out of it was a little bit more than a workout.
A bunch of girls from Home of Hope in Hillbrow/Berea attended the event and I was touched to hear that one of the volunteers, Rachel, started doing yoga with the girls in an attempt to help out in some sort of positive way. The girls also now have workshops that include drama and other creative outlets. Home of Hope was born when Mam Khanyi noticed how many young girls were being sexually exploited by pimps and drug lords in the area. She didn’t know where she was going to get the funds or the help, but she began taking these young girls into her home. The result is a home that provides an opportunity for sustained physical, educational and holistic wellbeing for these girls.
The message is clear: to live abundantly, we must give. And there are so many opportunities to do so. With this, comes a new dimension of happiness.
For example last Monday I came home to a stray kitten in my bed. Boyfriend had taken pity on said (flee-crawling, one-eyed) kitten who had been abandoned somewhere in our garden by a feral cat. We dutifully took her off to the vet, got her cleaned up and before we knew it, we had fallen in love with this gorgeous little playful thing who weighed only 400g on that first day (she has gained a significant amount of weight since). It has been nearly two weeks and I have never had such a little amount of sleep, run after a pet so much in my life, spent so much money on vet bills and cat food or loved a little thing so much. I feel like my whole life has opened up.
At the event in Maboneng, Rachel said that for them to be able to assist Home of Hope, teaching yoga and drama and spending time with these girls, is not just an act of giving. She said that those girls add something to each of the volunteer’s lives, fulfilling their souls.
We all have something to give and there are so many of our sisters and brothers out there who need that something. We can donate a bit of our money, donate a bit of our talent or spend time with someone who just needs to get something off of their chest. In return, you may find the abundance of opportunities, love and happiness in your life become that much more abundant.