​Next Tuesday is the Spring Equinox and Shakti is celebrating with art, ritual, and food. (Click here for details.) While I love our potluck meals, I think my favorite part of our equinox and solstice celebrations is the ritual. I’ve had a hard time articulating why I enjoy ritual so much, that is until I read Jessica Dore’s thoughts about ritual in her book, Tarot for Change.

Dore references the work of David Steindl Rast, a Benedictine monk, who wrote “that all rituals have to do with, and celebrate, belonging.” (p.201) I feel that. When I reflect on the rituals which elicit the most emotion, they are experiences which mark my love for something bigger than myself. I feel immense gratitude when I, and others, acknowledge my connection to a group in which there is a shared value or meaning.

Shakti Spring

Look what’s coming up at Shakti! A big THANK YOU to Monica and David Black for putting together this greenhouse! It was a labor of love. Thank you to K.C. Gott for donating the structure!

It is a gift to be invited to participate in a practice or a ceremony where you are wanted. As Dore says to “validate that, in a terrifying world, to feel safe is sacred.” (p.202) That. That is why I respond so deeply to ritual: belonging makes me feel safer.

That sense of belonging is what inspired our guest author to write. After last Friday’s Makerspace, Teri Lee asked if she could share how she felt after attending our International Women’s Day celebration. I am so glad she asked!

International Women's Day Photo

Something powerful happens when women gather. I recently had the honor of gathering with the women of Shakti in the Mountains. We shared food and we shared stories. Above all, we shared love. It filled my heart to hear the women’s stories of resilience, inspiration, growth, and determination. Many stories pertained to protecting Mother Earth and all of the life that she sustains.

The connections we make upon this Earth are ones that I carry with me throughout the day. I carry my love for these women and I carry their love for me. This gives me strength and comfort in trying times, and because of that, I thrive in ways I never have. Like trees, our roots reach deep into this Earth and communicate with each other even when we’re apart: sending energy that helps others grow to their best potential. When I find myself feeling unsafe, I think of these beautiful, kind, caring and incredibly strong women and I have the courage to get through.

I also think of and celebrate folks who present as women. Whether out of self-preservation or self-discovery, I deeply admire their ability of discernment and being true to themselves. This International Women’s Day, I celebrate this community of women who create an environment where we can share our skills and build each other up. I hope that you, too, feel supported in the ways that you need. —Teri Lee

I hope Teri’s words encourage you to join us on March 19 for our Spring Equinox Celebration or any other event at Shakti in the Mountains. I want to make this world less terrifying and more beautiful for as many people as possible.

Love,

Kim Bushore-Maki

Luna McFeisty
Books and Journals

A note from Luna McFeisty:

This Friday (3/15) during Makerspace Open Hours, participants will have the opportunity to make and/or decorate pamphlet journals and booklets.  This activity meets Shakti Badge Program requirements for the Collage badge and the Journaling badge and could also connect with several other badges as well.

Makerspace

Did you know that we have take-home craft kits? You can take Makerspace home with you!

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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