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Welcome to the Offering Bowl

Welcome friends! This is the place to share inspiration, tools and practices to help us keep us on the path to collective and expansive health.

From Maria Skinner:

The first offering is the dancing we have been doing. Below is the playlist:

love-hope

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Grandmothers’ message

From Linsey Hurley:

“This is the Net of Light that will hold the earth during the times of change that are upon you. You are part of this Net. Take your glorious place.”
 
Grandmothers’ message
“After the election in America I asked the Grandmothers, “Now that it’s over, what can we learn?”
“First,” they replied, “let us explain some things. You have elected, not a man, but a ‘moy’ to lead you. He is a boy in an old man’s body. Moys are a combination of man and boy, but mostly boy. They are large and have loud voices so people mistake them for men, but they are not men. A man thinks of the common good while a moy has not learned to think

of anyone but himself. He has not fully developed and is still a child.”
“The time you are living in is called the age of destruction,” they said, “the Kali Yuga. It is the lowest point. At this time evil rises to the surface to be destroyed. This dark-age takes place just before the arrival of the in-coming Golden Age, so today you are watching out-of-balance Yang energy creating destruction all over your planet. This IS the Kali Yuga. You have heard and read about it and now it has come.”
“Your country has just elected a moy to be its next president. Russia as well as Syria are already run by moys, while Africa is overrun by them, each moy creating havoc in his area of that continent. The Philippines is run by a moy and so are several other countries. Is it any wonder that the world is lurching from crisis to crisis?”
“This is what is happening on earth now and because it is, you must learn to cope with this energy. You cannot reason with it because it is entirely destructive. Instead you must hold steady within yourself and observe its wild behavior from a position of power. If you do this, it will not be able to feed on you. Your steadiness will help contain its rapacious energy and it will not be able to do as much damage as it would otherwise.
Call on us, call on the Net of Light and hold Sacred Space. Be mindful of who you are! You are a great being, here on earth to occupy a steady place in an unsteady world. You can do this! You are not weak and helpless. Within yourself you carry the great holding power of Yin. Call on it now. Live with it. Be as you were born to be.”
“We ask one more thing of you. At this time reach out to one another in service. Many are suffering now. Feed the hungry, visit people in hospitals and prisons, provide shoes to those who need them, help the animals. If each of you plunge into one activity of service, together you will do great good, turning many hearts to light. Find a service project for yourself. We ask this of you because we know who you are. You are our hands and hearts on earth. You are greatness itself.”
November 12, 2016, The Great Council of the Grandmothers

Hope

From Monica Biswas

I just heard a quote this weekend that I had never heard before:

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK had numerous defeats over the course of his civil rights journey.  Like him, we must overcome our profound disappointment to go on.  That starts with Love.

Love for yourself— Do what will make you feel better:  Scream, Sing, Cry, Dance(!), Hit balls at the batting cages.  Reach out to allies and friends and let them support you.
Love for those around you, who support you.  Thank those who are lending you a shoulder to cry on, liquor to drown your sorrows in, or inspiration to get out of bed in the morning.  We cannot do this alone – it truly takes a village.
Love for those who do not support you.  We are all connected, whether we agree or not.  We will need them, and at some point, they will need us.  Keep that in mind when you are considering whether or not to unfriend FB friends.   If you feel strong enough, listen to them and hear what is in their heart.  If they are harassing you, or putting you down, then go back to the first point:  Love for yourself.

Then we go on to fighting for the things we believe in.  I feel fortunate to have found this Starfish community —  it truly inspires in me infinite hope to know that we are connected in our passion for dance, and a passion for creating an inclusive and respectful world.

 

 

 

Hoping to be here soon

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From Maria Skinner:

Here are some words from Martha Beck. I have been having this conversation with myself for several years. If inside reflects outside, how can I learn to love and dissipate the internalized patriarchy? No specific answers here but some fodder for the imagination. I am still in an anger place. Though this brings me hope.

From Inside the Darkness by Marth Beck

Holding Space

From Sarah Bossert:
What Bernie Sanders said Wed eve, November 9th, 2016

“To the degree that Mr.Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him.”

Yet Sanders continued, “To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”

Perspectives from Buddhist Teachers

From Tracey Wright

Here is a link to an article where Buddhist teachers respond to the election results. Long, but full of perspective to help us move this from the inside out. Included are Pema Chodorn and manu more. Here is an exerpt:

Noah Levine, Against the Stream

Here in the United States of Samsara ignorance is the status quo. The Buddha’s teachings guide us to go “against the stream” to develop wisdom and compassion through our own direct actions. As the path encourages, “Even amongst those who hate, we live with love in our hearts. Even amongst those who are blinded by greed and confusion, we practice generosity, kindness and clear seeing.”
Meditate and Destroy!

 

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