I am sick today as I write this, and have had to modify my week. After slacking off last week, I was determined to start anew, and have been doing much better. One day at a time.
My mama’s birthday was on the 4th, and it colored the events of the week. On Saturday, I attended a marvelous event at the Evergreen College, about 5 minutes from my house. It was the much awaited documentary on the life of Dolores Huerta. She would make a great MM leader, I thought, as I watched her firm determination, focus and will. She had 11 children, and no husband; and spent her life fighting for farm workers’ rights in unconventional ways. One of my favorite moments from the movie was when she spoke of sending a group of grandmothers to a political leader’s office with their knitting. “You are going to sit there knitting until you get an answer from this leader”. The idea was that they were not going to move until their need was met.
Dolores was the one who coined the phrase, “Si se puede” or “Yes, we can!” She was the other wing of the movement – the woman who “got things done”, the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, and the only woman on the board! It took me watching this film to even understand the depth of the work, intelligence, and drive Dolores Huerta has. She is still helping young women nationwide today.
I also saw an amazing female artist in concert this week – award winning clarinetist, Anat Cohen. With a stellar tentet of New York’s finest musicians, her music was one long stream of fascinating experiences in Klesmer, rock, jazz, Brazilian and more. As I watched her, I reflected on the 7 Laws of the Mind, particularly The Law of Practice. How many hours of practice had she put in to get to where she is today? And The Law of Dual Thought and Subconscious – she sees something she wants to manifest, and keeps it in her mind until her subconscious makes it so. This is how she achieved greatness. It doesn’t hurt that she’s adorable and charming – the Mental Diet perhaps?
These experiences tied in neatly with the advent of my mother’s birthday. My (Chicana) mama was a labor union leader and civil rights activist in the 60s and 70s. She and my grandmother were involved with the United Farm Workers Movement at the time, and helped with integration in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was also a classical pianist, and as a Jewish woman, would have felt connected to Anat, her music and impish spirit! No coincidences in life, only incidences..
I would really love to go to the MK Retreat in Kauai this June. I know it will help me advance in my goal to build self-confidence and eliminate fear in my life. I am manifesting confidence that I can do this, and still have enough income to sustain myself, and take another important trip in December.
The new reading is just what I needed this week. I have needed to feel motivated about moving forward. I am writing my OATS down (thanks Dan), and chipping away at my list. I like the image of taking small bites at a time, rather than getting overwhelmed with the big picture – tapas!
I am about to take a big leap into a new paradigm, and need all the strength I can muster to do so. This week’s read comes at the right time, and is in alignment with my universe. Watching the webinar helped me get inspired again to “do my best” and not beat myself up for moving forward and backwards. It takes a lot of work to create new mental tapes – like gestating a baby. Be kind to yourselves folks, and remember how to walk like a baby again!
Be sure to click on the inspirational music link below!
Song of the week: I Am Singing