One week ago today, the Canadian public (my fellow countrywomen & men) voted in a new Prime Minister. Enter Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party, son of a former P.M., back in the dynasty and driver’s seat, moving back to his childhood home on Ottawa’s Sussex Drive. After Harper’s defeat, and Trudeau’s victory, there was – unexpectedly – much brouhaha over the latter’s childhood, his legendary father’s legacy, his mother’s activism, his brother’s early and untimely death and his agenda.
But I don’t go for politics much these days, in fact not in the past decade or more. Same same, but (not so) different.
Instead, I tend to hone in on the asides, the interesting tidbits that rarely get the spotlight. Ahhh, how pleased was I to find it in Trudeau’s wife, Sophie. Brought up herself in the rarefied atmosphere of Montreal’s elite socialite families (as was her husband), Sophie went to university, became a television reporter, married, birthed three children and became a stay-at-home mother, walking her kids to school.
But, blessedly, there is more: Sophie is an activist as well, supporting charities and advocating for a wide range of issues, including mental health, eating disorders, the plight of aboriginal women (plenty of fodder in Canada) and domestic violence among others.
And this: Sophie, a dedicated Hatha practitioner, is also yoga teacher. A children’s yoga teacher.
First there was Michelle (Obama). She strove to get kids off their butts, get active, move their bodies. Now here’s Sophie, bringing yoga – to kids, into the spotlight, side-by-side with politics (who says yoga and politics don’t mix?!). I say YAY. Yay for yoga. Yay for Sophie.
By her voice and actions, may our own First Lady bring some grace, stillness and calm into the lives of more citizens – kids, certainly, but adults too. And if she should happen to infuse some yogic thinking (mindfulness meditation, ye MPs?) into the inner chambers of government, so much better.
I can see it now: Peace & Pranayama on Parliament Hill. Why not? Even in politics, anything seems possible…
Well done, Canada. And thank you for the good post, full of hope. Namaste
Thank you! At least it’s a good start and in the right (meditative/mindful) direction 😉
Amit, I didn’t know all those wonderful things about Sophie! I’m so impressed. Like you, politics isn’t my first love, but I’m always impressed by people who advocate for others. 🙂 Thanks so much for this great info. ~Terri
Absolutely Terri, it’s a cause for celebration and hope 😉
Super! Thanks for researching and sharing! xoxo oj