House Bill 221 to Yoga

Tuesday I spent over two hours waiting in line at the Idaho State Capitol. As soon as I got to the front of the line to sign-up to testify against House Bill 221 I had to leave for an appointment with a client. I felt a strange mixture of guilt, anger, disbelief and relief. I was mad at myself for not clearing my whole day free, guilty that I would not be able to help, disbelief that I had waited in line so long and then had to just walk away and relief that I would not be talking about painful memories in front of hundreds of people. This mixture had me feeling miserable as I drove to my client’s house. It was to be our first private yoga session and I wondered if I would be able to be clear headed enough to stay present during the session.

I arrived at her house, the door flew open and I was greeted with the most sincere smile and enthusiasm. We spent the next 90 minutes having a blast practicing yoga. Staying in the moment was not a concern from the time I walked in the door. The experience reminded me of the power yoga has for healing. For those 90 minutes my client and I were the only beings in the world. There was no judgment, no votes to be made, no ideals to live up to, and your best would always be good enough.

I am happy to say many of my fellow concerned citizens were able to testify at the Capitol that day. And they made a difference. Thank you to everyone! We may not have gotten everything we wanted, but some huge changes were made. If you would like to read about those changes to House Bill 221, which effects Medicaid cuts, below are some links to some articles (you will also find some good information about the Luna Bill):


Published in: on March 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm  Comments (7)  
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  1. Namaste
    “Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me.” Chris Prentiss 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Bill, the quote you shared is so right on! It is hard to remember, but life just keeps proving over and over how true it is.

  2. I just want to make you aware of the new “Peer Run Center for Hope” which has opened up in Boise. They are located at 7161 Potomac (east side of the mall off Cole) and are now open on Mon, Wed and Thurs from 10:00 – 3:30 p.m. This is a drop-in center for those with mental illnesses where they are encouraged to be peers, self-advocates, and community leaders instead of just “patients”. We are based in the belief that recovery happens and is even expected. Come check us out!!! For more information email

    • Anne,
      Great minds think alike 😉 I was planning to post about the “Peer Run Center for Hope”. I am excited to check it out.

  3. I’ll forward you a flyer to your email! Thanks!

  4. You showed up girl, you’re awesome.

    • Thank you so much for your support.

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