From Wanderlust: Get Out and Go Vote

Yogis vote. Get inspired to exercise that civic duty and make your voice heard from some of our favorite wellness teachers.

Understanding how our practice can affect social and global change is an important part of the wellness conversation. The first step toward effecting this kind of change is to make your voice heard by exercising your civic right. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Have you made plans to cast your ballot?  For more inspiration, check out Wellspring, Wanderlust's premiere wellness expo in Palm Springs. You'll hear from a variety of leaders and luminaries dedicated to shifting society toward wellness for all. 
November 6 is rapidly approaching, and as yogis and mindfulness practitioners, we feel it our duty to remind our readers of the importance of voting. When we come together as a community, we create the momentum to fuel real change. Don't let your voice go unheard. Whether it's before or after that power vinyasa class, make time to hit the polls. Feeling like your vote won't make a difference? Pish-posh. Read below for some quotes from some inspiring Wanderlust luminaries, yoga teachers, and spiritual leaders about the value one voice. Together, we can make a difference.

“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.” – Marianne Williamson “If I’m not spending with them because I refuse to participate in the way in which they manufacture, or what it is they’re manufacturing, perhaps they’ll change what they do. Not necessarily because they care about my values, but because they care about my dollar. There’s an enormous amount of power in that dollar, there’s an enormous amount of power in my vote.” – Seane Corn "Many people say they would rather not get involved with politics in order to maintain their peace of mind. However, our peace of mind can be negatively affected by policies that create frustration, hardships, and oppression of the silent majority when we choose not to vote. This election is extremely important because many young, progressive, and female candidates are running to support the majority of us. Let's show our support for them by volunteering, donating, and voting to put them in office." - Ken Nwadike Jr.  “Though my perspective and life ethos may be different than some family and a friend or two, burning the bridge isn’t what’s helpful. Instead, it’s engaging in conscious, compassionate conversation and a willingness to actually listen and hear what they are going to say… Have the conversations you need to have and shine a light where there only seems to be darkness.”– Mary Beth LaRue

“If you don’t think that one person, or one being, can make a difference, go to sleep with a mosquito.”– The Dalai Llama “I deeply lean on relationships and community. Both to remind me of who I am and what I’m capable of—but also to amplify our voices, and our impact so that we can really be a force for change. An aggregate powerful force in numbers, in voices, in votes, in money.”– Kerri Kelly "In order for us to create a better world, it starts within us. The world is born from the inside out."– Prince EA What (or who) inspires you to vote? Tell us in the comments below.