Questions for the one who answers by Megan Hollingsworth

Why does the rooster crow

all day?

Why does the cabbage unfurl

only at her edges?

Where, when dragonfly dies, does her turquoise 

and emerald go?

Who will shelter me like my mother and father,

the sure house passing?

Oh, will my questions answered

be a fall from grace, leaving me

a filthy preacher of truth?

Or will I be penetrated with the power

of gratitude learned through trial

that my eyes may see beyond forgiveness

to compassion for the innocent who stole

muntjac’s favorite bed in the woods of wild forbidden?

May I fumble with these questions

only to find grace catching me in the arms

of the brother who prays within refined walls

and the sister who laughs at the dark night, my dear log troll

the silly wise one who calls me dirt witch, a shining ruby

in the dust?

May I find shelter from the barking night in you

not because I am tame or wild

but because your eyes see all the way through me?

Of these questions, at this smitten hour

pray tell about the cabbage first.

 

Conversation with Azul-Valerie Thome by Megan Hollingsworth

'Conversation with Grief' ~ with Megan Hollingsworth is part of a series of interviews with women and men engaging fully with our collapsing world, our dying systems, our collective grief and with our deep longing to fully participate in our world in ways of soul, imagination and beauty."

~ Azul-Valerie Thome / SOULand

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Mothering Culture - Sobonfu Somé by Megan Hollingsworth

"Joys are joys of the collective. Problems are problems of the collective." - Sobonfu Somé

In this 2014 talk, Sobonfu Somé offers reflection on how her village functions due to the oneness worldview. In addition to the wisdom she offers, Sobonfu carries the seed of that wisdom, which means her offering is whole.

This wisdom seed is energy, a vibration realized in compassion's all-knowing joy and sorrow arising from and giving rise to the vibration of gratitude, which yields abundance. Sobonfu heals with her presence alone. And I'm so grateful that she and others have endured the pains of leaving home that many may see and experience in person what it is to carry one's essence fully despite the challenges imposed by a culture of separateness and false borders.

Empowering women ultimately means bringing the mothering culture back into fullness. The mothering culture is a culture that prioritizes all children as if they are, as they are, one child. The mothering culture knows no favorites and spoils none unless all. I'm curious to see if those who have been spoiled in something else will truly embrace mothers like Sobonfu, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Alison Cochran Little, and Berta Cáceres.

A (M)otherworld is Possible: Two Feminist Visions: Matriarchal Studies and the Gift Paradigm Sobonfu Somé (Burkina Faso, Africa) The Gift of Mothering - See more at: http://gift-economy.com

Bioneers 2016 Highlights by Megan Hollingsworth

My own agenda during Bioneers 2016 was directed as much by my passion for interspecies and intraspecies peacemaking as by trauma and to receive support for my healingThankfully, Bioneers conference serves this personal agenda with understanding that one's personal health status reflects and contributes to the community's health status. These are some of my highlights with link to official Bioneers highlights provided.

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