Join the One Billion Rising movement this Valentine’s Day

So many of us desperately want to step into our true power. We try to earn more, get healthier, enhance our relationships and accelerate our careers. Though achieving life’s big goals are a great focus, too often we lose track of what will really serve our soul. We forget about our capacity to help others and rise up for a greater cause.
It’s time for us to redirect our focus off of what we need to achieve and instead shift to how we need to serve.
On Feb. 14, you’ll have a radical opportunity to accelerate your service mentality. On this day, one billion women (and all the men who love them) are rising to say “no” to violence against women and “yes” to raising awareness.
According to the United Nations, one out of three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is  one billion mothers, daughters, sisters, partners and friends who are violated.
Activist Eve Ensler and her movement, V-Day, refuse to stand by as women experience this amount of violence. Instead, they invite you to rise up and demand an end to violence — and dance.
The late dancer Gabrielle Roth once said, “Dance is the fastest, most direct route to the truth.” On Feb. 14, join activists in over 178 countries and stage a rising in your community, office, college or school for a global dance party. Organize a flash mob at a landmark, in the streets or in a mall. Have a dance party, produce a theatrical event, march in the streets, protest, strike, dance and above all, rise!
As Burmese activist San Suu Kyi has said, “When you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” Use this event as an opportunity to get out of your own way, be a part of a global movement and take a stand. For more about this powerful cause, visit www.onebillionrising.org.

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Anne Hathaway is a supporter of One Billion Rising.

Gabrielle Bernstein is the author of “Spirit Junkie.”



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