Mama Carrie Makes


Monday Morning

Inspired by a conversation with KidMakes who is enduring Junior High right now.

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Monday Morning

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During my first ‘real’ job, I had the opportunity to take a course on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction with Bob Stahl. I think the biggest gift and blessing mindfulness has given to me is the ability to realize in the moment (sometimes) that this is an amazing moment that I need to fully immerse myself in because it will be over before I know it. To be able to focus on ignoring any distractions and soak up the experience.

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Truth or Dare Tuesday

Power-from-within stems from a different consciousness – one that sees the world itself as a living being, made up of dynamic aspects, a world where one thing shape-shifts into another, where there are no solid seperations and no simple causes and effects.  In such a world, all things have inherent value, because all things are beings, aware in ways we can only imagine, interrelated in patterns too complex to ever be more than partially described.  We do not have to earn value.  Immanent value cannot be rated or compared.  No one, nothing, can have more of it than another.  Nor can we lose it.  For we are, ourselves, the living body of the sacred. 

Immanent value does not mean that everyone is innately good, or that nothing should ever be destroyed.  What is valued is the whole pattern, which always includes death as well as birth. 

Starhawk, “Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery”

 

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Truth or Dare Tuesday

One of the great tools of the weavers of culture is ritual.  In the dismembered world, we live in a vicious circle of killer patterns.  Ritual can help us regenerate a culture of life.

Ritual is the way culture enacts and affirms its values.  The transitions a culture marks with ritual are considered important; those that go by unmarked become nonevents.  In this culture few women are given any positive celebration to mark their first menstruation.  Coming into womanhood becomes a time of shame or embarassment, not of pride, but were we to celebrate that passage, we would profoundly affirm the value or a women’s inherent, body-rooted power.

Starhawk, “Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery”

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