Aligning her actions to the message of the chant, Dana decided that the proceeds from it along with a fundraising workshop from 2:30-4:30 on October 5th at PURE Yoga will go to benefit Doctors Without Borders.
Dana explained why she chose this particular mantra: "I have written several chants over the years, but I always come back to this one. In prema, or divine love, it is all encompassing and accessible to everyone."
The idea that sparked this charitable music project came from her friend Jamie’s newsletter describing some of her work with Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a humanitarian charity created to supply non-partial medical care to 60 countries in crisis. Some of the countries that receive support from Doctors Without Borders are suffering from devastating natural disasters, famines, armed conflict, or exclusion from health care.
Dana said: "I would read Jamie's newsletters, the stories of life on her missions and I would just be shocked at the level of challenges they have there and then these beautiful moments of deep deep compassion and duty, like the doctor who took time to sew up a woman so her tribal markings lined up. I loved the respect between the cultures."
Jamie describes her work for the organization as an administrator in the field. Doctors Without Borders has a good reputation for being transparent with where the money they raise is applied.
According to Jamie: “The majority of donations go directly to the field activities: hospital supplies, to dig wells, build buildings, buy medicines. We just hit the ground and set up tents and start working. Everyone is really sick, but you still work, there are so many incredible people who just give their lives to these patients."
For Dana, this is just one issue of many that the uplifting message of her song can benefit.
"Mostly, I just want to get the chant out there, it is a positive contagion in the world and my plans are to post a how-to video on how to play the song on the harmonium so others teachers can play it for their class."