In "How to Walk," mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hanh writes,
"There are those of us who are prisoners of the future. We don't know what will happen but we worry so much that the future becomes a kind of prison. The real future is made only of one substance, and that is the present...If we know how to take care of the present moment the best we can, that's all we can do to assure ourselves of a good future. We build the future by taking care of the present moment. Taking care of the present moment includes mindful breathing...With each step, you arrive in the future you are making. Make it a future of peace and compassion."
WIth this idea in mind, I am excited to announce that as I train for and compete in the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon this November, I'll be using each step to help make such a future "of peace and compassion." I'll be fundraising for the global mental health nonprofit, the MINDS Foundation, and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which is doing invaluable work to support refugees and asylum seekers caught in the humanitarian crisis on the nation's southwest border. The way it works is that for each dollar donated to MINDS, a generous benefactor has agreed to donate a dollar (1:1 match) to RAICES. Support global mental health, support the most vulnerable among us, and save the world!
For both MINDS and RAICES, each dollar raised has an invaluable return on investment, as both organizations serve populations with little to no resources and are well served by low-cost interventions. Thank you for your genrosity and your support for the invaluable work to which these organizations are committed.
In love and hope,