A new turn of the wheel; introspection

A new turn of the wheel; introspection

Happy Winter Solstice!! On this day the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn marking the beginning of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere and initiating a new turn of the wheel.

We are celebrating the Winter Solstice today at Shakti in the Mountains by hosting activities (4 to 6 pm), a potluck dinner (6 to 7 pm), and a bonfire (7 to 8 pm). Our celebration is for all ages and genders. Please come for all or some of the celebration. The Winter Solstice Celebration will be our last event for 2022. Shakti will re-open on January 3.

Storytelling: as an art form and as a learning tool

Storytelling: as an art form and as a learning tool

I’ve been sitting with the concept of storytelling: both as an art form and as a learning tool. Clearly, there is a lot that can be said about storytelling and there is plenty of research about the effectiveness of storytelling. My goal is not to make all the points or to share all the research, rather I wish to convey some recent thoughts.

As some of you know, I like to find a book which can be read as a daily source of inspiration. My current source of inspiration is…

Pointers for Navigating Group Dynamics

Pointers for Navigating Group Dynamics

I recently participated in a day-long retreat composed of people who want to develop a regenerative economy in Northeast Tennessee. I loved being with folks who have similar values and who are invested in addressing the needs of our community. I plan on writing more about regenerative economics and why I believe this type of system is healthy and necessary for our region, so stay tuned.

For today’s article, I decided to focus on the way our retreat was facilitated. I was so impressed with the facilitator’s skill and their kindness that I had to share some of the lessons I learned by observing and by receiving their good work. I figure we all could use some pointers on how to navigate the needs and the desires of multiple people, even people who like each other and have similar goals. As always, take what you want and leave the rest behind.

Find the courage to be with the mystery.

Find the courage to be with the mystery.

In a country where “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are considered “self-evident” truths and “unalienable rights” there are still discrepancies, based on sex and gender, to the application of the law.

Gender and sex discrimination are not exclusive to the United States nor is this type of discrimination a recent phenomenon. Historically girls and women have been perceived and treated differently than boys and men. I know you know this.

My purpose here is not to regurgitate facts or to remind you of notable injustices. Rather, I invite you to notice how humans treat people and ideas that they do not understand, and consequently, fear. We make them smaller…

Barriers to change: Pro tips for creating an intention or goal

Barriers to change: Pro tips for creating an intention or goal

Happy New Moon! Today is a wonderful time to begin anew: to sit quietly, to reflect, and to set an intention. To support your intention being realized, I offer the following guide which I learned from listening to Lisa Lahey, founder of Minds at Work and co-author of Immunity to Change.

Pin It on Pinterest