As another 9/11 annivesary passed this weekend, I couldn't help but reflect on the importance of community -- beyond our immediate families whether it's as a town, nation or heritage. A. has frequently challenged my understanding of "community" and the exhilirating feelings that move communities. In fact, he is stunned by the genuine friendliness at a smaller church we've been visiting, where folks get out of their pews and go up to each other individually as well as across aisles to wish each other peace . . . a simple act of karma yoga.
A.'s coming around though as he gears up for the 2010 Heart Walk in Long Branch on October 3. He's been super concerned about whether or not he'll be able to last a 5K walk. No doubt he will! It'll be our third health awareness event that we've participated in since May, and each has had significant meaning in our lives. We supported our physical therapist friend who specializes in hemophilia. In June, we honored Dad's memory by doing the Run for Dad and raised funds for prostate cancer research. And in just three weeks, we'll celebrate A.'s 4th healthy heart anniversary as we stand up and walk for healthier hearts.
Karma yoga doesn't have to be back bendingly strenuous. It can be fun, especially when we're practicing alongside friends and family and even those we don't know.
Thank you, Great Spirit, for the blessing of community -- being with those we don't know but with whom we might share a familiar experience. Teach us grace, so that we might live a more charmed existence. Help us to go beyond our comfort zones so that we might learn the value of true fellowship.