Happy Solstice! We officially have entered the season of winter. Each day, from here forward, the light grows and stays a little longer in the sky, making it easier for us to see both outside and inside. (As without, so within) The Sun’s illumination reveals what we have hidden (shoved) in the dark and, if we are patient, uncovers the needs behind the stories we tell ourselves.
Before I sat down to write this blog, I reviewed my 2021 calendar. I noticed the various ways I spent my time, the people I interacted with, and the events I offered or participated in. I journaled about what my choices reflected: my priorities as well as the places where I felt out of alignment. I made note of the times in the past year where I felt most at peace, the most energized, and the most depleted. I then sat with the following questions:
- What do I want to let go of as I head into the new year?
- What do I want to cultivate for 2022?
One outcome, at least for me, of engaging in this activity is noticing where I bullshit myself. In other words, if I complain of not liking something, and yet, the something repeatedly shows up on my schedule, then I have to ask myself: “What is preventing me from removing what I don’t like from my life?”
Quite often the answer is fear. Identifying the fear and the underlying story I perpetuate to maintain the status quo is the only way I know to get unstuck. Ignoring, avoiding, or justifying my position only intensifies the stuckness. It should be noted that sometimes I have to hang out in stuckness far longer than I am comfortable before I am properly motivated (read miserable) to get unstuck.
Reading books or watching stories which celebrate the heroine’s journey inspire me to complete my own journey and get unstuck. Below are some titles where I have found inspiration. Feel free to share with me the books, movies, and television shows which have inspired you.
In closing, I invite to you check out the new Shakti Winter Schedule and make plans to join us after the first of the year. (A reminder: Shakti in the Mountains is closed December 24 until January 3.)
Wishing you much peace and joy for the coming winter season!
Heroine Journey Stories to Inspire
- The Little French Bistro by Nina George
- The Moon Beneath Her Feet by Clysta Kinstler
- A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Book One of the Broken Earth Trilogy) by N.K. Jemison
- A Study in Scarlet Women (Book One of the Lady Sherlock series) by Sherry Thomas
- Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
- The Bear and the Nightingale (Book One of The Winternight Trilogy) by Katherine Arden
- The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- See No Stranger: A Memoir of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur
- Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson
- Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr
- Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- Thelma and Louise
- Little Women with Saoirse Ronan (2019)
- The Hunger Games
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.