I am hard at work finalizing the Shakti schedule for fall. I don’t think I have ever received this many proposals before: it is exciting! Once the details are finalized, the amazing Carolyn will create event and registration pages to showcase the talent within our community. These events and classes are in addition to the new Shakti Badge Program which is launching this fall too. Needless to say, there should be plenty of ways to engage, to learn, and to have fun. I cannot wait to share the calendar with you!
Because I need to attend to the behind-scenes work, I am offering a fun ritual as opposed to a longer article this week. As always, take what you want and leave the rest behind.
Looking forward to engaging, learning, and having fun with you this fall!
A Ritual for the End-of-the-Summer
With three weeks until the Fall Equinox, I invite you to review and to reflect upon your summer. Look back to June and notice:
- Where did you spend your time?
- What did you enjoy?
- What depleted your energy?
- What insights did you learn about yourself and your habits?
Next, find a blank piece of paper and draw a big circle on it. (Or click here to download a printable version.) Divide the circle into four quarters. Label the top right quadrant “seed,” the bottom right quadrant “leaves,” the bottom left quadrant “fruit,” and the top left quadrant “roots.”
In each quadrant identify at least two to three reflections based upon the following definitions:
- Seeds are ideas or dreams you had for the season. What did you hope would happen or hope you would experience this summer?
- Leaves are activities in which you spend your time. What did you do this summer?
- Fruit is what you harvested. What did you receive this summer? What were the fruits of your labor?
- Roots are what is composted. What did you learn about yourself? What are you ready to leave behind?
Because August 30 is a full moon, you may enjoy going outside or finding a quiet place inside to connect with your Inner Wise Self. As you gaze at the bright full moon, let her luminance show you what no longer serves you. Name what you are releasing, write it on a piece of paper, and then either burn it, bury it, or dissolve it. Give yourself permission to have big, or small, feels.
You also may choose to burn, bury, or dissolve the paper which outlines your seeds, leaves, fruits, and roots of the summer. I like to keep my responses as a visual sign of how I have grown and healed over the course of one season. Sometimes I forget how far I have come and appreciate the reminder. Whatever you choose to do, create some space to absorb the information and celebrate your journey.
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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Shadow Work: Uncovering our Unconscious Needs
A 6 week series
To support emerging leaders, the Shadow Work series is being offered this fall to build resilience and freedom. The goal of this series is to unearth your unconscious needs so you may eliminate limiting beliefs and healthily address your needs.