As a Jewish woman, this week I am engaged in readying my physical home in preparation for Pesach (Passover), also known as the Festival of Freedom. This includes intensive cleaning of the house in order to rid all corners of chametz-leavened food stuff. I'm doing a modified cleaning this year as my energy is not what it once was, but still honoring the traditions of my Mother, Grandmother and all of the Jewish Mothers who came before us in the best way that I can. (I gratefully acknowledge my husband Gordon and our daughters for their part in getting the house ready! and my sister Amy and Sister-in-Law MaryLou for purchasing additional Passover foods we couldn't find up here in NH-thanks everyone!) In our house we also change all the pots and pans and dishes to special ones dedicated only to Passover foods (just like my Mothers before me). In my spiritual life this week I am taking a hard look at my personal "puffed-up"/judgmental habits in order to sweep them out from the corners of my heart. These judgments include those I hold toward others as well as toward myself-the person I probably criticize the most. I have Pharaoh-like tendencies especially when it comes to myself! Metta (lovingkindness) practice is really supporting my intentions this year, allowing me to soften my own heart, unlike Pharaoh (as the story goes) whose heart became more and more like stone with each demand for freedom Moshe Rabenu uttered.
How can each of us call out to the Pharaohs of the world and demand/ensure freedom (including our inner Pharaohs?) My friend and fellow Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach® and Singer Songwriter Jill Allison Bryan is stepping up to the challenge...with song. She is celebrating like the birds outside my house tasting the freedom of warmer days and Myriam the Prophetess too, as she sang and danced with my Mothers across the Sea of Reeds long ago.
I want to share with you something truly awe inspiring Jill has put together in support of "women survivors of war [as they] rebuild their lives," through her extraordinary fundraising event:
A Night of Music, Art
& Women Helping Women
Jill Allison Bryan's "Dancing in Limbo" Solo CD Release Party
and Silent Art Auction Benefiting Women to Women International
Please take 4 minutes from your busy day and watch this video in which Jill explains what this beautiful event and soulful offering is all about. Even if you don't live in Dallas, TX (I don't), you can get involved and help out by buying a CD, or tickets as a donation or by making a direct contribution to Women for Women International (if you do please let WfWI know that you are making this donation in connection with Jill Bryan's charitable event).
Jill was my practice client when we were in training together as Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaches®, these were intimate, healing sessions I will always treasure. One of the things I love most about coaching is that like teaching and parenting it is a reciprocal process; you give and receive in an exchange of metta (lovingkindness). Jill's latest creative endeavor is truly metta in action.
Jill my dear, YOU are an inspiration to me...May you be blessed with abundant joy and the freedom that comes with being a generous soul.