Happy May Day! May Day, or Beltane, marks the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice and was originally celebrated in Ireland and Scotland as a fertility festival. Common Beltane customs include jumping over a big bonfire (for good fortune), circle dances, maypoles, and of course, making love. This cultural holiday is a celebration of the growth stage of the life cycle, and as such, there is a felt-sense of vitality and exuberance. 

I invite you to tune into the energy of the season and specifically to notice where you feel an urge to create. Are you feeling crafty? Do you feel like making a new food dish? Does a box of art supplies give you a little thrill? Do you have a desire to plant a flower or vegetable garden? Are you feeling an urge to decorate a room or to play with fabric? What are you curious about or willing to try? 

Give yourself permission to explore a myriad of ways to create. Let go of old tapes which say that you aren’t good at art or creative. Creativity can look like a lot of different activities and is not about perfection or mastery. Ideally creative endeavors are stimulating, imaginative, and hopefully – at least some of the time – fun. 

Here are a few ways that you can jumpstart a creative exploration:

  • Find five random household items and see what you can make from them. If you know someone who is willing to play with you, then ask them to find random items for you while you identify five random items for them. 
  • Put a playlist on shuffle and pretend that you are auditioning for a musical.
  • Collect scraps of fabric and sew them together without following a pattern. 
  • Get chalk and brighten up a neighborhood sidewalk.
  • Build a mandala outside made from natural elements (leaves, sticks, rocks).
  • Make playdough and build a structure with it. 
  • Create a board game using pictures and words that you cut out of magazines.
  • Photocopy a page from a book and circle all the words that stand out to you. Make a poem from the words that you circled.  

If you would like company and/or support exploring your creative side, then please attend Makerspace Open Hours at Shakti. We have lots of supplies and helpful volunteers to get you started. (Please note we are no longer offering Makerspace Open Hours on Tuesdays.)

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Love,

Kim Bushore-Maki

Heather Hoover

Thank you Heather Hoover for designing a workshop that encouraged stimulating conversation and creative expression. Word Tasting left us hungry for more: can’t wait to see what is next!

Hellebore

Thank you Monica Black for bringing and planting this beautiful Hellebore: it is a wonderful addition to the Shakti garden.

Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where people could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.

Kim is a licensed professional counselor and a yoga teacher. She completed the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy program as well as the Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance program. Kim is very interested in somatic expressive therapy, archetypal psychology, gardening, herbalism, astrology, wisdom traditions, and regenerative economics.

Kim continues to build and to support inclusive, vibrant communities. She spends most of her time mentoring leaders, guiding healing programs, and providing mental health counseling.

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