By Diane Jung and Mary Cunningham
Matrix Conveners & Regional Coordinators
Upon reflecting on the Gathering held in Racine, Wisconsin this August, the one word that keeps surfacing is “savoring” and this all began with our opening circle when each of us shared our thoughts on “who we are and what we are bringing to the Gathering.” One of the presenters Holly Whitcomb asked us to consider the four aspects of Savoring:
- Live in the present moment
- Slow Down
- Hold on to your precious memories – those that feed your soul, and
- Cherish and protect.
We focused on experiencing all those aspects in those three days at the DeKoven Center. Once we moved away from the external world, entered those beautiful grounds and sat in the Buddha gardens, we were able to really be present – and to live in the moment.
We also experienced “holy moments” when led by a Native shaman woman to the shores of Lake Michigan and as a group, we blessed the waters that we had brought from our respective homes and then added these waters to the lake. The Water Ceremony reminded us all that as all water is from One Water, we are all connected as Sisters throughout the world.
We danced, we laughed, we shared our stories, we listened to one another and we were not afraid to let our tears fall either. We had lots of time to have fun in circle and away from circle. We put on our long party skirts and danced to Middle Eastern music feeling so “alive!”
I am so grateful for those women who presented at the gathering this year—for I learned valuable lessons from each.
Each day at the Gathering held its own surprises and we all welcomed them. In doing that, we grew to know and understand one another and also knew what it meant to be in “circle.”
Another highlight of the Gathering was to see the women participate in blessing each other with the Tibetan scarves – again, a moving tribute to each woman’s spirit and our roles as Light Workers in the world today. I think that after we experienced this, we came away with more of an understanding and appreciation of who we really are—beautiful spirits ready to light up our world!
Save the Date for next year’s Regional Coordinator gathering in Toronto, Canada happening July 19-22, 2012.