Everlasting, steadfast beacon, she moves in phases of renewal.
We stand in her sanctuary.
We tell stories about moments of change, moments that are unanticipated but challenge us to stand up and be counted.
This is the story about a moment.
FOR CENTURIES, WOMEN HAVE GATHERED IN CIRCLES TO CONNECT VIA THE PHASES OF THE MOON. COMMUNION EMERGED IN SONG, MUSIC-MAKING, SPOKEN WORD, PRAYER, MEDITATION, DANCE. GATHERING IN CIRCLES, WOMEN SPOKE TO SUFFERING, CELEBRATION, THE PAST, AND THE FUTURE. WOMEN IN AFRICA CLAPPED OR DRUMMED, IRON-AGE WOMEN HIKED INTO THE MOUNTAINS, INDEED, WOMEN HAVE GATHERED FOR AS LONG AS KNOWN HISTORY IN CIRCLES OF NURTURE.
In The Moon Room, Episode 1: Inspiration
Inspiration is what drives us, often on unconscious levels. Inspiration leads to the inner voice speaking up in miraculous ways, creative, heroic, needful, prayerful.
Music is an obvious expression of inspiration. The Spiritual was an inspired lament and a point of release, woe, anger, despair. There are moment’s when I reflect on America’s cruel history and I am left breathless, and yet, people sang songs. In turn, those songs emerged with a structure and in tonalities that would eventually reach into new forms of music such as jazz and the blues.
The Yoruba Orisha (god), Eleguá, is the “owner” of roads and paths. Eleguá is often depicted holding a set of keys. A figure of Eleguá may be placed in the house behind the entrance door for protection.
If we speak of inspired moments in history, let’s speak of the moment Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in an Alabama bus as a point of glorious inspiration as much as it was for Claudette Colvin and Mary Louise Smith, and more importantly, a moment’s decision that inspired a movement.
Rosa Parks may have refused to give up her seat in the “Black section” of that bus, she may have been “escorted” by police out the door, but when she crossed the threshold of that Birmingham bus, she opened the door to the Civil Rights Movement.
Let’s speak about Odetta, a fierce bard embodying the voices of many who were scarred through their songs. Odetta’s powerful voice and unique musical interpretations inspired a generation of Civil Rights activists.
In The Moon Room leaves us all with the question, how do we mindfully inspire future generations to do the right thing?
Let’s celebrate inspiration through song, poetry, and conversation among friends.