Heather Schieve wrote -
Four years ago my life changed forever when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Upon hearing the diagnosis, I was so lost and scared; the only thing I knew to do was pray. I sat in a gentle meditation where I reflected on self-love. It was in this space that I decided I was going to LOVE my way through this journey with trust instead of fear. I understood on a deep level that a more divine power would be there to guide me.
As the news of my diagnosis began to spread, I received supportive responses from friends, family, and fellow yogis. I felt honored to have so many people care about me, but several sang songs of “fighting” and “beating” cancer. These sentiments felt so intense and filled with fear, that it furthered my resolve to root myself in LOVE. I sent a message to all my friends and family, asking them to hold me in a light of love, believing I am a perfect reflection of God. At that time I shared with them that I would no longer use the word Leukemia, but “LOVEolution”, because I wanted to overcome the stigmatization associated with cancer. Though my journey wasn’t always easy, I truly believe that focusing on love over anger and fear is what helped bring me into full remission.
During the course of my journey, I came to realize that others in the aftermath of crisis could benefit by their own LOVEolution. It is my hope that the LOVEolution project can transform hearts and minds, and assist those in the aftermath of crisis mend and move forward with a new connection to their authentic self. Often, while facing life-altering challenges, it is easy to feel fear, anger, and shame. I especially hope that the LOVEolution Project will help teach the beauty of self-love, as this is the most difficult love to realize, but the most transformative love of all.
The Yoga Relay is a 24 hour fundraiser to inspire the community to join together and express the value of love, regardless of the individual challenges we face. It is a true relay of love, connection, and empowerment. There will be 24 amazing yoga classes, many great teachers, and lots of fun activities. Come out and have some fun at this first time event, rain or shine!
As we are in the process of becoming a non-profit, 100% of this years proceeds will go to Take A Stand. Take A Stand focuses on stopping the shame and stigmatization that surrounds addiction/drug overdose. To learn more about Take A Stand visit their page on facebook.