My home has become a place of sanctuary in an environment that reminds me to value stillness on the interior as well. The longer I explore the feminine, work with women, and seek to re-orient my inner directions, the more I notice stillness as a moment-to-moment practice. For me, emptiness and reflection have become profoundly nourishing, rather than simply filling the spaces in between. In January, I participated in a winter dreaming ceremony and felt grateful for the sacred time of prolonged darkness and the invitation to become quiet and go deep inside into a receptive place. Part of this ceremony involved going for hours into a kiva in pitch-blackness with my eyes open and calming my mind to attune and receive. It was an opportunity to explore my inner world through closing off external input. There is so much for each of us to learn from practicing listening and being receptive. The deepest pulse I hear prompts me to embrace my life as a healing. When I hear you talk of stillness through Sufi practices, I hear that as being a profound form of medicine. We need to remember the qualities that restore our sense of tranquility and beauty and that help us to embrace the full spectrum of lifeâ€™s processes and possibilities, especially those qualities commonly associated with the feminine.
LIFEâ€™S EVOLUTION What I love most about Bioneers is relating to it as a living system. Even though there are structures or forms that translate from year to year, there is also a real evolution, and it changes as the world and our learning grows. An early discovery I made through Bioneers was that relationship with our selves, each other, and the earth are all octaves of the same relationship. We cannot act upon one without our actions rippling through all three. I notice that many women find value (as I used to, myself ) by serving the needs of others while chronically under-tending and undervaluing their own longings and inner voices. Increasingly I observe that the more I can hold the truth that the Divine is within
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 2