Life is about choices….
In The Book of Joy the Archbishop Desmond Tutu states, “…in a kind of paradoxical way, it is how we face all of the things that seem to be negative in our lives that determines the kind of person we become.”
While I am occasionally challenged for supporting a convicted felon (yes, not everyone agrees…and I appreciate everyone’s choice), I thank David for being my teacher and a teacher to so many others. Even though he’s hundreds of miles away and currently battling the “summer plague” with a compromised immune system, moderate health care, no pillow to sleep on, no mother to comfort him, no healing girlfriend (Emily) to care for him, he continues to inspire me, guide me and shares with me (so I can share with you) what his journey to accountability looks like. I learn and grow through each piece of correspondence.
As you read the following excerpt from David’s email, consider what choices you can make to rise above and live a powerful life for yourself and others. With gratitude, Leslie
“Life is about change and adapting to change. This has been the biggest change of my life since becoming a father. I’ve been yanked out of my normal daily comfort zone and I’m fighting to restore control of my life. Being treated as less than a person is difficult and not taking things so personally is a daily struggle. My life and the majority of the choices are not my own for the next 20 months, but I do still control my own mind. I still have the choice of whether or not I’m going to give in to the negative feelings and emotions, or if I’m going breathe and somehow find a way to find peace in a very uncomfortable situation.
I am taking things slow with these new yoga students in here and trying not to overwhelm them with fancy poses and techniques. Many of these prisoners have already failed at so many things in life and I feel as though its important that I don’t allow yoga to be something that they fail at and then turn away from.
I taught a class Monday that was huge. Well over 20 guys in it and it was a good flow. They are all eager to learn and develop their own practice. I am also working privately with the 2 teachers that are in here who have no formal training. I have been teaching some basics of power yoga sequencing and how to assist/adjust postures. By the time I get out of here they will be great teachers and I will be able to pass on as much as I can to help those well after I am gone…..Love and Light! ~ David, The Humble Warrior”
PS ~ Artwork by David