Happy Juneteenth! (+ Summer Schedule and More)

Happy Juneteenth! (+ Summer Schedule and More)

Happy Juneteenth! I celebrate the emancipation of enslaved people and the ending of slavery in the United States. I hope each person who reads these words feels free, safe, and loved. I also acknowledge that everyone feels free, safe, or loved. May we never assume that everyone experiences freedom and may we all work toward the day when everyone does.

Muddy angels

Muddy angels

One of my go-to sources for inspiration and enlightenment is Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, in particular her audiobook, Mother Night. During a recent listen, I heard Dr. Estes speak about “muddy angels.” Muddy angels are messy and can be somewhat disorganized. They are not pristine or perfect, and yet, they are deeply connected to the unseen world. Muddy angels are of the earth, and consequently, are not afraid to get dirty as they bring the messages from the unseen world into the mundane world.

I suspect each one of us has witnessed a muddy angel in action…

Pushing past signals to slow down or stop.

Pushing past signals to slow down or stop.

I am putting the final touches on the Shakti Summer Schedule and am looking forward to sharing about the opportunities to play, connect, and create in community with you. The finalized schedule will be released the week of the Summer Solstice with the exception of our first workshop on June 29. In the spotlight section below, you may read about our first summer offering “Oven Dyeing Wool Skeins.” I am super excited about this workshop because:

1. I love working with yarn and each participant receives two, high-quality wool skeins.

2. It means that I get to spend time with my sister-in-law, Joanne, the class instructor.

Oven Dyeing Wool Skeins hints about the quality and type of workshops and classes being offered this summer at Shakti in the Mountains. Just wait until you see the rest of the schedule!

Another hint about Shakti’s summer offerings is reflected in the following story…

Roadmap to transformation.

Roadmap to transformation.

I love to read. One of my favorite genres is fantasy. I greatly admire authors who build well-crafted worlds filled with fantastical creatures and complex characters. Despite the predictability of the hero story arc, I enjoy watching the protagonist navigate each step of her journey, and even stay up late to read the exhilarating conclusion.

Why do I not get bored with the predictable plot line? I have several theories which might explain my ongoing love affair with the hero’s story arc…

The invisible tensions between opposites.

The invisible tensions between opposites.

I had a wonderful vacation with my family and I am happy to be back home. Interesting how both extremes are true. Going away and coming back have equal value: I no longer feel that I have to choose one or the other. Instead I choose to be curious about how I want to flow between these two poles.

I credit this way of thinking to my study of polarity mapping: a technique developed by Barry Johnson. Polarity mapping is used to navigate paradoxes or dilemmas by making “the invisible tensions visible.” Considered a wisdom organizer, a polarity map acknowledges that there are both upsides and downsides to either pole and provides strategies for moving between the upsides of both poles – the ideal situation…

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