A warm welcome to our 69 new marchers!
There are now 973 -- nearly 1,000 -- feminist do-gooders virtually marching alongside you! When we began this journey, my ambitious goal was to get 100 people signed up to virtually march, so my heart overflows with gratitude! It's never too late to join or to invite others; we're just glad you're here. If you'd like to catch up on past seeds or learn more about the march, you can always go to our webpage, www.seedstoscatter.org.
Seed of Inspiration
Each Saturday we will bring you a reading from different religious, spiritual, or philosophical tradition that continues in the spirit of the Women's March. Although many of you may be Christians who have signed up to scatter seeds as your Lenten discipline, our strong commitment to hear women of all faiths and of no faith is vital to our progress as intersectional feminists.
This first Spiritual Saturday, we will be reading a scripture passage from the Christian tradition because it was this passage which inspired the title, "Seeds to Scatter." Next week, we will share a seed from a different tradition. Whether or not your are of the featured tradition, we invite you to simply meditate on the seed with an open mind and heart.
- Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit and read.
- Take a minute to center yourself, mindfully noticing the sounds and sensations around you. Follow your breath.
- Read the passage below silently and very slowly to yourself.
- Now, close your eyes and take a few minutes to meditate on the passage you read. Do not attempt to decode the "true meaning" of the passage -- simply ponder how the words are speaking to you, what they make you feel, and/or what they might mean to you.
- Very slowly read the passage below again a second time, but this time, read it out loud.
- Close your eyes and sit for several minutes more in silent meditation, noticing which words or phrases seem to echo in the air or stick in your mind.
- Close your meditation by thanking yourself for taking the time to plant a seed of peace within yourself, and in turn, in the world.
The Parable of the Sower
That same day he went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as s/he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’
Seed of Action
Just for today, scatter seeds of affirmation. Keep your eye out throughout the day for opportunities to affirm someone, whether that be someone in your family, or a complete stranger. Try to be specific in your affirmations: for example, instead of saying, "You're great Shante," try saying, "Shante, thank you for the careful job you do every day, no matter the weather, carrying our mail." Catch your kids doing something good, and then affirm them for it while looking into their eyes. Or why not sneak a note under your grumpy neighbor's door mat to affirm her gardening? Tell the manager how great the service was. You could even put post-it note affirmations on public restroom mirrors that simply say, "You are beautiful!" The sky's the limit -- just make sure you keep us posted with your seedy adventures by using the tag #seedstoscatter.
Self Care Sundays
We have designated Sundays as your day off from marching for an intentional self-care practice of your choosing, so you will not receive an email tomorrow. Those of Jewish faith or with conflicting schedules may wish to take Saturday off instead, which is always okay; simply swap Saturdays and Sundays.
Self-care suggestions will be tacked on to each Saturday's post for your day off, but what's most important is not that you take up the self-care suggestion given, but that you commit to carve out time to do something that is life-giving and restorative on your day off.
Taking care of myself means the people in my life get the best of me, rather than what's left of me. -Anonymous
For self-care this Sunday, perhaps block out 30 minutes for exploring or practicing mindfulness meditation. The Women's Network, a women-led business, has an app and several great free videos, one of which we will insert below, to get you started. Don't expect enlightenment at first try! Your mind is like a energetic puppy; she will need lots of patience, practice, and training to find equanimity.
Shout out to Jennifer Holloway and Sarah Huyck Bhatia who shared their action seeds yesterday on twitter! Jennifer made a recurring donation to the Malala Fund and Sarah contacted her representatives about 5 important clean air issues! You two are going above and beyond! We love to hear about your seedy adventures by sharing to our Facebook page or tagging your social media posts with #seedstoscatter ! Show us your seeds!!!!!!
The International Women's Strike: A Day Without a Woman is this Wednesday. Even if you can't stay home from work, there are ways you can support the strike. Click the banner image below to learn how.
And above all, scatter with love!