Challenge Accepted: Volunteering for Mindfulness

by Nicole
(Elk Grove, CA)

El Yunque, Puerto Rico

El Yunque, Puerto Rico

"Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help."
— Thich Nhat Hanh

I began with the intent to use my career as middle and high school English literature teacher to guide young minds into being more conscious about the world around them. Unintentionally, when I began teaching, I began my own self-awareness journey about the intersection of conscious thinking, creativity, and collaboration. Through this trek, I began the practices of yoga, meditation, and reflection. Over the last few years, my inner intuition has blossomed, and I have fallen in love with myself, and the world.

Two years ago, I put this love for world exploration into something tangible. My inner voice called me to Latin America. I had a burning desire to absorb the rich, yet variant cultures, and to become fluent in the Spanish language. Living, working, and traveling in countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, Argentima, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic have all made me fall deeper in love with Latin America, and with plans to live in Colombia in the fall of 2014, I don't see my affair ending any time soon!

More recently, I've had an itch that I can't seem to scratch. An itch to go a little deeper and to truly challenge myself. I've always prided myself on being intelligent, kind, and resourceful, but a little too quick to rely on conventional education or methods to show my talents. That little voice inside, who I've come to trust completely, is telling me it is time to look inward, to strip away the pretenses and so-called "safety nets" to which I've become acostomed and dive head first into some absolutely amazing, life-changing experience.

Volunteering at the Santuary seems to be exactly where I need to be on my own journey towards mindfulness. In order to truly be of service to the kids I educate and the world, I need to continue to look within - to challenge myself in projects and experiences that are unfamiliar and may not come naturally, but find peace and serenity from the most simple interations with humanity.

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