This past month was filled with many adventures in Asia.  I was invited to teach another international workshop, this time in Hong Kong at the Yoga Room.  In addition, I took a few days off to see Bali, Indonesia.

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And while these professional and personal experiences were fun and exciting, what gave me the most satisfaction out of this Asia trip was being a part of a medical mission in the Philippines.

On January 28 and 29 I volunteered at a medical mission trip in Cauayan, Negros Occidental where we provided free medical supplies, dental exams, and minor surgeries to low income families in the area. 


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In addition to donating time, I decided last December to host two music performances where all ticket and CD sales would go towards further fundraising for humanitarian efforts in Cauayan.  Thanks to you all, we raised almost $600 which we used to buy school supplies for over 600 students in local neighborhoods.

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Seeing the smiles on these kids' faces was nothing short of life changing. And so I quickly realized this while in Asia: you don’t become your best self when you’ve added a line to your resume or are lounging by the pool at an island resort.  You become your best self when you help others to become their best.

If you've read this far, I hope this message inspires you in your own way to continue this very important work.  Because it's only when we direct our lives towards deeply connecting with others, and truly being of service, that we ultimately become our best too.

Keep on diving in,

Andrew Abaria

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