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 showering them with compassion and understanding. Tara reminds us that we each have a gift or a purpose for our time on this planet. Our contribution is a part of the solution and absolutely necessary. Mirabai Starr brings this point home in her following description of Tara:

“Tara helps us to remember: We are not on our own. There are countless of women hearing the call, extending their hands, blessing and strengthening us to step up. We cannot and should not transmute the toxins of the prevailing paradigm inside the cells of our bodies. The alchemy happens in a circle. We need to weave together our threads of care and transfigure this tapestry. It is only together that we can reimagine the territorial treaty we’ve inherited as a generous invitation to a communal feast.” (p. 92)

This Friday is an opportunity to sit in circle and to weave together a new tapestry: a tapestry which eases the burden of women who do not have a home. On November 19, Shakti in the Mountains is hosting an evening of storytelling called “The Moon and the Telling.” All ticket sales go to The River, the only day shelter in Johnson City which serves women.

The Moon and the Telling

The River provides women without homes a place to shower, do laundry, get warm, receive mail, eat, and social service referrals. The River is a safe place for women to seek shelter and to have respite during the day. I am so very glad this resource exists in our community.

This opportunity would not have been possible without the generous support of Emily Katt, a graduate student in the East Tennessee State University Storytelling Program, and her colleagues. Thank you Emily and friends for putting together a magical night and for your willingness to give freely of your time and talent.

I also want to thank everyone who has already purchased tickets for Friday night. Your donations are making our community healthier and kinder.

If you would like to make a donation to The River, then please consider either buying a ticket, or two, for The Moon and the Telling or making a monetary contribution by going to The River’s website and clicking on the “donation” button.

I look forward to being under the light of the full moon this Friday, listening to moon stories, and sipping hot chocolate with you.

Have a wonderful week!


Kim Bushore-Maki


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 women 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.

Since 2010, Kim continues to build and to support a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.

Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.

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