On the eve of Thanksgiving, I am filled with gratitude for the Shakti community. Your big hearts and warm smiles are a gift. Thank you!
Bear visited our town, literally. Last week a small Black Bear cub wandered onto our local university’s campus. Students were herded back into buildings until the cub was safely relocated. The young bear caused quite a stir and prompted me to look up information about bears. Here are some of the facts I discovered.*
Recently I pulled out one of my favorite reads from last year: Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics by Mirabai Starr. I love the way Mirabai uses words to weave a sensual experience, which invites you into a deeper exploration of the Divine Feminine. I highly recommend this book.
As I was re-reading the book, I came across the story of Tara, the Buddhist goddess of compassion. Upon her inception, Tara made a commitment to alleviate suffering by meditating for ten million years. Over the course of her long practice, she set millions of people free by…
There is a pressure to conform: to hide our eccentricities, and even worse, to reject our worth because of our eccentricities.
We tend to reject what has been judged. Judgment occurs every time the dominant culture purports there is only one way to be or to look. When we exalt a narrowly defined beauty standard, when we uphold gender-specific behaviors and roles, when we teach race-biased narratives, then we, directly and indirectly, create a norm which only benefits a few and keeps the rest small and compliant.
Do you feel the shift in the air? I am noticing a sense of heaviness: a need to hunker down, go inward, inventory my resources, and ground. This heaviness does not feel like despair, although I can feel the grief in the collective, rather this heaviness feels like an invitation to disengage from distractions and to seek wisdom.
There are so many distractions…
The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor is challenging me and in a good way. Sonya’s message to love our body, as it is, is an idea I can totally embrace; however, I find it emotionally difficult to abandon decades of indoctrination, which tell me my body is only okay when it conforms to a specific standard.
I know this thought is b.s. I know it, and yet…