Modern Dancer and Freelance Fashion Designer From Van Buren, Arkansas
Heart’s Home found me, I didn’t find them! I was found by a movement of people that simply said to me “we are here for you… we see you as God sees you”. At the time I was living not too far from the Heart’s Home in Brooklyn, enjoying my work as a dance artist and teacher but desiring much, much more. I discovered a simple unity in the mission of compassion that drew together my desire to serve and my love of dance. Through my visits to the Heart’s Home and during my formation I witnessed something in their hearts that caused a burning in my own, igniting my ‘Yes!’ to be a child in the school of love and friendship.
India and all the friends whom I served actually served me by opening my heart to love and beauty in a much deeper way. The eyes of my heart slowly began to change their glance, seeing more the miracle of life and love in whatever reality I entered. The reality of a little girl, Preanga, taught me one of the greatest lessons of compassion. When cradling her close in my arms amidst the filth and noise of her family’s hovel, I had two choices: I could either look upon her life with sadness and get caught up dreaming the future I wished for her… or I could remain present to her in the moment and offer her all my love in the now. And when our precious Preanga got lost in a crowd her family ran to us for help. As true friends we passed the word to all whom we knew in the village. After one month of sorrow and countless visits to the side of her family, Preanga came home. Hope lives on!
How often do we waste time dreaming of a brighter future and not loving in the present! My Heart’s Home experience has continued to guide me in my life and work as an artist, encouraging me to create and help others to spread a culture of compassion through beauty; to be as Preanga’s smile upon a world that too often wants to steal it from us. My life now is more about seeing the mystery in exactly where I am and being more available to welcome the mystery of another into an eternal friendship.