One of the most moving portions of my trip was engaging with the people of India. When they look into your eyes, they see your soul. They don’t glance away. They look deeper. There is a genuine desire to “know” you and honor the divine in you, thus where the word Namaste comes from.
As part of SHEROES United, I got the privilege to go into the Himalayas and bring Humanitarian relief. But honestly, visiting them, I got humanitarian relief. Relief that there are still such genuine, kind, loving people in the world. These are people who are gracious and grateful for the smallest of blessings.
After we spent time with the children (a beautiful earlier post), we received the beautiful blessing of meeting the moms of the kids, plus other women who had heard of our arrival.
Our wonderful Drum Goddess, Katie Jo, pulled out her drums and then we were off to an adventure of bringing the beauty of sound to the village women. One woman would strike the drum with a small stroke, and Katie Jo would encourage them to strike it hard. The sound then filled the room and soon the dancing broke out, and we saw the women’s hearts soar with the beats. What a wonderful sight to see these women laughing and dancing with so much joy. We gave the drum to the grandmother who really encouraged all to dance. But the most beautiful sight of all was when I looked to the back of the room to the faces of the sons and grandsons of the woman who had witnessed their moms and grandmothers dancing in spirit. What a sight to see!
I will forever be changed getting the honor and privilege of being a part of watching spirits soar.
(p.s. The last picture is one of our drivers…look at the GRIN! The power of the drums is evident on their faces.)