One way I seek guidance is by listening to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ audio lectures. One of my favorite messages from Dr. Estes, who is a Jungian analyst, storyteller, and poet, is the following:

Whatever makes you eccentric is your gift.

Quite often what makes us eccentric is misunderstood, belittled, rejected, or ridiculed. There is a pressure to conform: to hide our eccentricities, and even worse, to reject our worth because of our eccentricities.

We tend to reject what has been judged. Judgment occurs every time the dominant culture purports there is only one way to be or to look. When we exalt a narrowly defined beauty standard, when we uphold gender-specific behaviors and roles, when we teach race-biased narratives, then we, directly and indirectly, create a norm which only benefits a few and keeps the rest small and compliant.

The irony is everyone, no matter how well-positioned in the dominant hierarchy, loses when conformity is the objective. Everyone gets put into a box: boxes where only the approved thoughts, behaviors, and goals are allowed. Not only are these boxes confining, uncomfortable, and boring, they also are soul-crushing and prevent the world from receiving the unique gifts each individual brings.

I love witnessing people giving up their box. I love watching people embrace their eccentricities and showing up in service of their gifts. It is beautiful to see people accepting and appreciating themselves as they are with no apologies or explanations.

There is a David Whyte poem which speaks to me about this transformation. I share his words with you and hope they inspire you to trust your gifts and to leave the norms behind.

With much love,

Kim Bushore-Maki

 

Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone,
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your home
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

by David Whyte, The House of Belonging

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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