Feed the Hungry, Fill Your Heart

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | February 13th, 2008 | 6 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

My eldest brother is turning 60 today. Traditionally, 60 is a very significant birthday for the Chinese. I believe it marked a time when people would start letting go of their worldly possessions and embark on a life of spiritual seeking. It marked the time of the beginning of wisdom. My brother is retiring this year, and I hope he dedicates the last third of his life to fulfilling his dreams and to service.

A yogic way of being in this world goes far beyond doing yoga poses. The other day when I was teaching and I began to contemplate what message I would convey to the class, what came to mind was very simple and has been reiterated constantly by gurus in India. Feed the hungry! Feed the hungry!

Sometimes I forget that there are so many people who are without water and food. My reality doesn’t include starvation. Even as I sit here, it is hard to believe that in a world of planes and computers, people are dying of starvation. It is even harder to swallow that in a world of hearts, minds and hands, we can turn our backs on our brothers and sisters of the world.

Today Colleen and I pledged to feed more than our own family. Today we will find another child to feed, because we can. Until we make this effort, our hearts will cry out and be deflated from the injustice and inhumanity. Let us all be responsible by responding to the most basic call of the human being — food and love.




  1. Hi Rod,

    Thanks for this post! I’ve practiced feeding people (as I practice yoga) for a lot of years now. It fills my heart to fill someone else’s belly — which makes me wonder if I’m not getting the better end of the deal.



    RickR | February 17th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. Hey, Rodney! Tell Albert that we all say happy birthday. You are so right. We are so blessed to have such abundance and we need to share from that to improve the lives of others. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference! BTW, we’re still waiting for you to come back to Texas. Last fall’s Altus reunion was great … hope some of you can make the next one. Our best to your folks. (Kay Kamm)

    Kay Kamm | February 17th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. Feeding the hungry could start with environmental changes.. global warming has a direct effect on those who farm and raise food for themselves. A Pakistani farmer is wiped out when drastic weather changes cause frost and high winds, destroying banana, eggplant, potato, and other crops. Feed the hungry, but just as important, save the planet.

    Lucy H. | February 19th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  4. Miko, I am cheerfully panicky with you.

    Jetiodic | February 19th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  5. Isn’t it a shame that there is so much hunger in the world and we hear so little about it in the news. Maybe we need to start asking the newcasters to leave the celebrities out of the news and start reporting on issues that we really care about.

    Jeanne Daly | February 27th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  6. Thats very good to know… thanks

    Kelli Garner | September 25th, 2009 | Comment Permalink

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