Moment of Peace 2014

At Moment of Peace,  Veda closes the doors to the public at all four locations for one Sunday each year to volunteer services to those in our community who have had gone through rough times such as illness or other unfortunate life circumstances. At Veda, our community is our passion and we are involved in many community events throughout the year, however, our Moment of Peace event is a staff favorite. We started Moment of Peace seven years ago when one of our staff members, Tara Kiele came up with the idea of giving back to those who have endured a serious illness or personal tragedy. She herself, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was 19 years old. When she brought the idea to the owner, Carrie Perkins, she jumped at the chance to get involved with community in a way that was meaningful to both our guests and our staff.

Moment of Peace is all about renewal; hopefully giving recipients a sense of renewal among their everyday struggles, also giving our staff a sense of gratitude and a chance to renew their commitment to Veda and Aveda. Carrie’s last statement to me about Moment of Peace, and I LOVE IT, was this, “Everybody wins! It’s a big fat love fest!”A Moment of Peace is all about renewal.

The day of the event at each location there was a feeling of serenity and gratefulness, a quiteness that normally isn’t a part of everyday life at Veda. Our team volunteered 100% of their time to do facials, massages, pedicures, manicures and haircuts. They also brought homemade dishes for breakfast and lunch to serve our guests giving the event an even more personal touch. As they sat down to enjoy their lunches the men and women welcomed each other; there was no awkwardness, but love and acceptance from each of the people coming to join the group. Each of the people sitting down embraced one another and sat together and shared stories, but most of all they enjoyed a little bit of peace and comfort.

One recipient at our Academy location, although high-spirited, still has a long road ahead of her and was so deserving of this day. Her name is Jeanette ColemanShe and was nominated by her sister, Danielle Coleman. When asked what she would remember most about her experience with Moment of Peace she said, “The whole experience has been utterly breathtaking. When I first heard about the event it literally took my breathe away. I am the caregiver typically, no one takes care of me and I forget about myself most days. It has been so wonderful to be taken care of and pampered and treated so well. All of the staff here has been so amazing.” The staff at the end of the day felt exhilarated and more grateful for their life and more connected to Veda as a company. One of our Spa Leads, Summer Ehlers, was there the day of the event and said,”Moment of Peace is a great oppurtunity for us to give back to the community in a way that’s easy for us and feels good. My favorite part is seeing all of our staff coming together and so positive and everyone is in a great mood!”

Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give - pleasure, possessions, power - but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.Dada Vaswani. [hr]

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Posted on November 2, 2014 and filed under Moment of Peace, VEDA Blog.