The weekend was moving, provocative, inspiring, and validating.
I do believe that love has got to be the bottom line, and that it is time for heart-centered, loving people to speak up and take action!
I took so many notes, and am beginning to pour though them now.
There were moments at Sister Giant where I was incredibly uplifted, and moments where I felt myself plummet to the depths of darkness as I relived how my own life has been affected by poverty and homelessness and fear and violence and sexism and racism and invisibility—and how I am not alone, not today nor in the history of our country! I also felt the relief of light shined on those dark aspects of our collective history, the “dirty little secrets” that are not secrets (sexism, racism, poverty, genocide, hunger, classism, etc.), by the voices of courageous women and men who are taking a stand for humanity—and calling all of us to do the same! I felt myself sweat and squirm, I laughed and cried, I felt the gravity of our collective and individual situations, and I experienced the capacity to love humanity and our potential to bear witness to our struggles and to be light for one another.
Our stories are powerful!
And wow! It was amazing to be in a room packed with women (and some men, too! woohoo!) who care about the world and want to do something about it. There were young women in their early 20s all the way to women in their 70s and 80s! Talk about powerful . . .
There is a lot to be done. I was also incredibly grateful for the practical actions and ideas offered over the weekend regarding working in politics—whether it be running for office, or being in a supportive roll for someone in office or running for office—and to helping ourselves and our (current and future) elected officials stay on track with our (their) bottom line of love and peace. I am grateful for organizations like Sally’s List and The Women’s Campaign School at Yale, too, they are amazing resources for getting involved in politics.
This video touches on a lot of what was discussed, it was put together by glad.is. Some of my images are in there!
Thank you for helping me get there! I could not have done it without you.