Thank you for all the warm birthday wishes last week – I felt very seen and loved.
In celebration of my birthday, our community generously supported the Little Free Pantry by bringing non-perishable food and by donating money. I am happy to report, in monetary donations alone, the Little Free Pantry raised $380.
Thank you for recognizing not everyone is food secure and for wanting to make a difference in our community: I appreciate you all.
On Friday of this week, the moon marks the midpoint of summer. (The sun marks the midpoint of summer on August 2.) In ancient Celtic traditions, the full moon, halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox, was called Lughnasadh after the Irish god Lugh. Lugh is the Irish god of kings and rulership, attributes associated with the zodiac sign of Leo. Leo is the sign who most embodies the characteristics of the Sun, thus it is no surprise Lugh and Leo season happen in the same month.
When the Christian tradition appropriated the holiday, the church changed the holiday name to Lammas which literally means “loaf mass” day. Because the first wheat harvest happened this time of the year, there was a blessing of the grain followed by a celebration in which bread was served.
In both traditions, the summer midpoint was a time to celebrate the first harvest. (The second harvest is at the Fall Equinox.) Folks would gather in the center of the village and eat and drink the fruits of their labor. After intensive work, Lughnasadh or Lammas was a welcome break as well as an opportunity to share in the bounty. (If you garden, then you may recognize the need to find homes for your surplus of food.)
This Friday I recognize the first harvest by sharing homemade bread with the folks who show up for Community Time (3 to 5 pm) and by picking peaches from the Shakti Garden. If you wish to bring something to the first harvest celebration, then please do so. (What you bring does not have to be food. Perhaps you have a talent you wish to share?)
In addition to our celebration, Shakti is hosting our first inside and in-person class on Friday. At 4 pm, Earlene is offering a Gyrokinesis class to the first 8 people who register. I love the way my body feels after this beautiful movement practice. I hope you can join us!
May we all experience the blessings of summer!
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.