Last week was a lot of firsts. I am grateful to all of you who are willing and able to support these new endeavors and are so gracious with my learning curve. I know it is not the same as in person. I, too, miss the physical contact – of just simply being in the same room with you all. I hope I never take physical contact for granted again.
What makes these online connections so special is how we all are willing to jump in and negotiate the different virtual mediums. Seeing the heart emojis as I guide a Facebook Live event is comforting. Reading your comments after the event is over is validating. Seeing your smiling faces on Zoom meetings is rewarding.
The other benefit to moving to virtual platforms is the ability to connect with friends who live far away. It was so special last week to have out-of-town friends meet our local community during our book study. I love being able to introduce heart-centered, soul-driven people to each other. Plus I just like hanging with all the people I love.
So yes, being in person is best AND I will continue to offer online services, even after social distancing is over. I want to sustain the weaving between local women and our friends further afield. If we are going to foster the (r)evolution that has begun, then we need to maintain the connections we have now.
Did you notice the word I slipped in above: (r)evolution? I hope so. I’ve been thinking about that word a lot lately.
(R)evolution describes the journey we embark on when we no longer are willing or able to maintain the status quo.
Each of us is capable of experiencing a (r)evolution and some of us experience multiple (r)evolutions in a lifetime.
What I have noticed in my own journey is I move through a new iteration every time I am able to recognize a barrier to my own growth.
I liken this process to the “leveling up” that happens to characters in video games. In order for the character to move onto the next challenge in the game, the character has to complete or master the level she or he is on. There are no short cuts. Sometimes you have to do the same thing over and over again until, one day, you get it. Until one day you realize that you need to turn right instead of left, or say “no” instead of “yes,” or stop instead of go.
When this day happens, you may think: The answer has been in front of me all along: why didn’t I see it until now? You did not see the answer until now because you weren’t ready. This is not a defect or a problem. This is about right timing and growth.
Just like you would no sooner jump off the couch and go run a marathon with no training, you are not able to see the answer until you have laid the foundation for understanding the answer.
Humanity is in the middle of a huge learning curve.
We are receiving new information on a daily basis. We are negotiating new ways of interacting with ourselves, each other and our world. It is my fervent prayer that we do not attempt to re-establish the status quo, the way things were before the pandemic. Not only do I think it is impossible (there is no going back), I think it is a false sense of security.
While it is natural to want what is familiar, familiar is not what instigates or sustains (r)evolutions.
If we enjoy having less air and water pollution, one outcome of the pandemic, then attempting to “go back to the way things were” means intentionally emitting fossil fuels into the air and water.
If we enjoy working fewer hours at the office, then how do we want to restructure our days post-pandemic to support a less pressured, hectic lifestyle with more time for family and self-care?
If we are grateful for all the folks who continue to work through the pandemic: our health care workers, first responders, grocery store employees, truck drivers, farmers, sanitation workers, teachers, warehouse stockers, delivery drivers and mail carriers, to name a few, then are we willing to advocate on their behalf for higher wages and better benefits?
If we value the outpouring of generosity, kindness and consideration we are witnessing as neighbors share resources with neighbors and those with jobs are supporting those without jobs, then we cannot go back to the way things were. Because if we do, we are choosing to ignore our truth and to suppress our growth.
My invitation is to make time every day to note what you are seeing and how it makes you feel. What do you like? What scares you? What do you hope never returns? What do you want to birth into this new tomorrow?
We are witnessing an unveiling of humanity’s shadow: the part of us we consider ugly, unworthy, scary – the part hidden in the dark. Acknowledging the shadow allows us to see what is working and what is not – both on an individual and on a collective level.
As Carl Jung, the famous psychoanalyst and father of shadow work, said: “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”
And, if we are willing to do so, to accept ourselves completely, then we can heal. We can evolve to the next level. We can create a world which reflects our values and our dreams.
This is the invitation, I believe, the pandemic is offering to us. Are you willing to accept the invitation?
To receive support during this major (r)evolution, Shakti in the Mountains is offering a variety of online services, mostly free. Please check out the offerings here and email me with any questions you have.
In the meantime, I encourage you to explore, and if you wish, share what you are noticing as you navigate the pandemic and the subsequent consequences. Let’s keep our eyes, ears and hearts open.
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.
Five years later, Kim is still in the flow of supporting and building 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.