This one phrase alone would have been enough to take away from the talks I heard last night from Rising Women, Rising World. It was said by Dr. Rama Mani, who talked about “the heArt of transformation”, another wonderful phrase which describes creativity as the driving force for change, both inner and outer. I don´t know how to describe briefly all I heard: the most moving was to hear Gululai Ismail talking on a mobile with poor coverage from North West Pakistan saying “speaking up is important”, especially for those who enjoy free speech to use it on behalf of those who don´t.
It brought home forcefully how we can enjoy playing here with our words (I´m not knocking play, believe me – what was that about the heArt of transformation?) while women who speak up for education for girls face death threats.
There was Jean Houston on designing a world that works from the perspective of women – and Monica Sharma on leadership development for sustainable change. The only person I´d heard of before was Jean Houston, and it felt like a huge privilege to be able to hear from women who really are movers and shakers – not in the areas of celebrities and fashion, but in refugee camps, health systems, peace processes, girls´rights…
Jean said, quoting Margaret Mead ” Women´s resolve and resourcefulness increase when times get harder – all over the world, women must embrace their power.”
Go listen: more tonight, and replays for 48 hours.
Yes, I know this is a word Americans use when they want to sell you something – but I am! Today and tomorrow “Rising Women, Rising World” are hosting a series of talks broadcast live – you get the general idea of what it´s about from the name of the organisation: been trying to think of a word to use which sounds less dreary than “organisation”, because what is being proposed is the growing of networks of women imbued with woman-ish values. check out what´s on offer:
I´m on this page thanks to Jean Houston, who for me has melded magnificently two of the main strands in my life, spiritual searching and social commitment. If to no-one else, listen to her!
Direct translation from the Spanish. That´s how I feel, since a week ago, when the results of a scan showed me to be almost free of cancer: breast cancer, which left me a one-tit wonder eleven or twelve years ago, came back in my lungs and bones – and now it´s nearly gone! Whether it´s because I´ve been so successful at enjoying every day, or because of the food full of life energy I´ve been eating, or the pill (Loxifan) that I´ve been taking daily (my kind doctor attributes miraculous powers to this) – I imagine it´s a combination of all three – spirit, food, and scientific research.
I´m going to carry on living each day as if it were my last, whilst taking great care crossing the road to make sure it isn´t!
I hope this encourages people who may be in the same boat: I got an enormous amount of help at the start of the process from reading Anita Moorjani´s “Dying to be Me”, which took away the fear of dying.
I have just entered the moment that brush stroke was made
The jagged bent grass in the young hay field.
It´s May, perhaps June
It is early summer in Auvers
One hundred and twenty four years ago.
One evening, a couple of years ago, I was walking down High Park Street in Liverpool, and I passed Admiral Grove, where Ringo Starr grew up. It´s fog, not focus, that makes this photo so blurred that you can´t even read “Admiral Grove”. I felt I´d entered a worm-hole in time: on a November night, it seemed that nothing had changed since the 60s.