This Election Tuesday is momentual for me personally as I get to support two amazing women in my life in their campaigns for office — my cousin Shauna Dunnings, who’s running for Probate Judge, and my friend from high school Elissa Slotkin, who’s running for the 8th District U.S. Congressional seat!
(I also went to junior school with a third woman who is a candidate for another local judicial office.)
Heartened and hopeful as I am, the reality is there are elected officials who still refuse to acknowledge the humanity of marginalized and oppressed communities and actively create policies that continue to jeopardize our well-being on every level.
So these words from adrienne maree brown are a timely centering prayer and the soulful lyrics from Jill Scott’s song My Petition (which I’ve been playing on repeat lately) captures a sliver of my current mood.
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This Sunday, Sangha will open our season of contemplation and discernment with an inquiry into Mutual Care — with a specific focus on how we collectively respond to the new and/or changing accessibility needs of fellow practitioners.
Some of the queries that will guide our discernment:
What is our capacity for honoring our needs and the needs of others in ways that are equitable, creative, sustainable and reduce harm?
What does this look like in our intimate relationships? Our shared sacred spaces?
What factors/conditions create barriers to our skillful understanding and skillful action?
What factors/conditions support our ability to dissolve barriers and build bridges of possibility that deepen our skillful understanding and skillful action?
Naps on naps on naps! In this season of soul-tending, I’ve been relishing a slower pace and a quieter schedule where I can rest in the mundane. A key part in spinning down from the fullness of activities in previous months has been to recognize and accept that everyday doesn’t have to be purposeful or productive!
Discovering the nap ministry during this period of reclaiming rest was a clear co-sign from Spirit to reset the tempo of my days.
Even if I don’t actually close my eyes, I’m enjoying the horizontal repose as often as possible.
i am an open heart — strong, free, full and clear as the bell itself.
i am soft-flexed knees,
gravity centered and recaliberated,
surfboard-steady and supple
to ride the waves of challenge and change.
turning away from that which seeks to diminish, defeat or undo me — i protect my borders, restore breaches, preserve the sanctity of wisdom well earned and compassion long cultivated.
turning toward that which fuels and fortifies me, i am a commitment to liberation —
cutting through artifice,
toppling the false idols of oppression,
and living (w)holy unperturbed
in the unalterable truth of my divinity.
Sangha is cancelled due to this stunningly bizarre weather. With the news reporting that the road conditions are sketchy (and my car being completely covered in ice to the point where the doors are frozen shut), it just doesn’t make sense for us to take any risks.
May you find moments of quiet contemplation and refuge today within the safety of your homes.