If you weren’t at the march…

womens march avl 1If you weren’t at the march, what can it mean to you? If you don’t know what to do, where can you start? What might all these marches have to show or teach you?
power to the polls
Great turnout today – many were estimating that it matched last year’s 10K.   A big focus, in this march and the Women’s March organization, on getting out the vote.
super callousHave you seen the pictures? Do you know how many people were out here? So many – in so many places. This can be encouraging. It doesn’t matter that you weren’t here. We were all here for you. Sense it. Feel it. Something is happening. People are rising up. Rise up. People are standing up. They’re standing up for their rights. Standing up for what is right. Standing up to Trump.
I do not like you
In Our AmericaYou sit in a context of something happening. There is something happening. We are shifting this whole terrible episode with Trump.  He is going to leave our house, unwanted guest that he is. Society is in a different place. People are taking responsibility for their society.

Pierce and Toni
You see the greatest people at a march.  My old co-worker Pierce carried my little Toni for a while.  Toni loved it and just nestled in against Pierce’s chest.
And so you can do something.  You may not know yet what you’re going to do. You might go to a march (today was not your last chance). You might go to a meeting. You might write a letter. You may still not know what you’re going to do, but if you hold this imagery – if you remember that you are part of this – things will change.  Whether you stayed at home or not, this is your movement. You belong to it. It belongs to you. And what happened with these marches created an energy that will support you in your next step.
Listen to (and see!) Eva Cassidy – she might make you feel good.

The Artist’s Way comes to Jubilee

Jackie Dobrinska, the wonderful Jubilee Community Life Coordinator, is offering The Artist’s Way class at Jubilee for 12 Monday nights, 6:30-8:30, starting January 29, on a donation basis.

Artists Way book cover

Jackie is a wonder – I’m taking the class partly just to be around her great energy.

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Jackie D and horse friend

This class can feed the heart-centered activist in you in several ways:

  1. It can provide a nurturing, supportive home base as you begin to venture forth in new ways.
  2. By feeding the artist – the creative person – in you, it can help you find what in the world of activism is really “yours to do”.
  3. One common fear around activism is that it will gobble up all of your time, will not allow you to have a life.  The two primary ongoing activities in The Artist’s Way are daily “morning pages” journaling (very helpful) and the “artist’s date” – spending two hours a week doing something that feeds the artist in you.  One positive impact of both practices is that they explode the myth that you have no time – you see yourself every day and then every week making some time for yourself.  (One week I fed the music-starved workaholic in me by spending two hours at the listening station – where you could play lots of CD’s into your headphones – at Border’s Books.  My friend Sue would go to the beach and make sand sculptures.)
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Thousands of people have tagged their Artist’s Way–inspired works on Instagram.

I tried once to work myself through the book on my own, but it just didn’t work very well. When I took it in a class 13 years ago, powerful things happened for me and basically everyone in the class (besides the fact that taking the risk of sharing our creativity with each other got us very connected with each other).  The class played a big part in me getting ready and willing to leave my home base in Chicago and come to Asheville.

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Julia Cameron

Come play with us!

If you are interested, contact Jackie at jldobrinska@gmail.com.