Revolution for Breakfast – A Conversation with Shannon Thompson from Shakti Rising

Dear Ones of the Heart,

This morning I had the pleasure of speaking with one of my dear friends and cosmic sisters, the founder of the social change organization, Shakti Rising. We just decided to TURN the i-phone on and see what came out. In the wake of our nation’s devastating tragedy – Shannon and I and our fellow sisters continue to talk about what motives us and why – and how we keep going during challenging times. Especially when the very things we work for, are statistically getting worse as the years go by.

Listen to this unplugged recording to hear what keeps us in conversation about our work.

Love,

Shiloh & Shannon

How do you deal with your past?

Ah, two weeks later and I have used a chainsaw sized tool to carve out some time finally to dream my future. I get to go to the future dreaming room so I get a cup of tea, wash the dishes, call my mother and then, change into something more futuristic and I step on through. Nothing is blocking the door this time. The room, is empty. At first I sit down and sob. Don’t know why. I just sob. Then exhausted I take a nap in the empty future.

The Spirit of Hope – A Writing for Spring

It is Spring Eve, she said to all the Doubts.
Gather around! All of you.

One by one, she called their names aloud:
Fear…Neglect…Sadness…Guilt…Worry…
Lack…Shame…Carelessness…Overdoing…
Like little mice in a fairy tale gone wrong
they congregated at the hem of her garment.
With kindness and fierceness in her voice,
She continued to call on all that prevents:
Gather around! All of you!
Non-Action…Blame…Regret…Cold Heart…
Envy…Judgment…Greed..Malice…
and you too, yes you! Mediocrity. Cynicism.
and Just Joking. And you!
Unwilling to change. Unwilling to look.
Unwilling to see what is needed.
Unwilling to Hope.

Join me in a Sabbath? A call to rest instead of a call to action..

Why were we commanded to rest? In a world that’s gone mad, I think it is pretty obvious what happens when folks don’t get enough rest. I have often thought to myself, how can we not covet, steal and kill if we do not rest? Maybe Creator or Mother and Father Divine, put it there for a reason. You think? Even our cattle are not supposed to work. Around Cosmic Cowgirls if we don’t have a workshop, we don’t e-mail amongst ourselves on the weekends mostly, and we don’t work unless we absolutely have to – and we put our horses out into the meadow. There is a decency in stopping working — and we need it.

Ten Ideas for Creating Meaningful Holiday Celebration!

Call a circle right before dinner to give thanks. Then once you are seated, take gentle control. and invite each person to share what they are grateful for as you all eat dinner. You start, and have one person next to you who is ready to share and is not surprised about this. (ignore any grumbling and forge ahead, it is so much more interesting than sports, or the weather or little Sally’s gymnastic class)