Over coffee, I sat with a man named Keith who welcomed me into his story. He described his on-going pursuit to secure a permanent housing solution while continually “getting the runaround.” When I asked him to join us for our yoga & meditation session he replied, “Once I get my housing figured out. I have to sit here and wait to meet with the people who can help me every day until I have somewhere safe to sleep.” He finished our chat saying he’d like to try yoga because his “body hurts” and he needs “productive activities to fill up my day.”
Timothy, a regular, came into yoga more to talk than to stretch or sing. He trusted me with his personal as well as family story filled with addiction, loss, poor choices and blame. Timothy’s nephew just arrived in Grand Rapids hauling his family’s history with him as well his string of unfortunate choices leading to severe alcohol and gambling habits. Timothy, who is in recovery himself, said he is working to get his nephew clean while helping him to find the Lord and some yoga. I felt honored to have yoga included on that healing list! He even offered to get music together for the following weeks to draw other people into our space. We are hopeful the music will offer an additional element of calm, safety, and focus.
Coffee, art, conversation, yoga, & music… tools to change lives! I’ll take it!