Articles by Harriet
• Do you remember your childhood dream of what you wanted to be when you grew up?
• Can you recall how excited you felt imagining your happy life, doing what you most loved?
• Are you living that dream expressing your passion or sharing your gift?
If not, why not? If not now, when?
“Planted in the soul of each individual is the seed of greatness.” – Dana LaMon
The world is in crisis, as are our families, communities and institutions. We are in a state of breakdown and transformation in every sector of society. Some of our broken systems in government, commerce, education can’t be fixed…they simply don’t work, don’t serve or support us, and this is why they are falling apart!
“Stress is being out of alignment, balance, circulation by not honoring or expressing your true nature, divine purpose and innate creativity, a condition that leads to disorder and dis-ease in body, mind and spirit; and is reflected in your external environment.” – Harriet Tubman Wright
Imagine living your life with the seed of genius and magnificence dormant, never realized or fulfilled?
In my own life, as I sought to find and fulfill my purpose, I accepted jobs and assignments that helped me earn a living to support myself and my son. I excelled in some jobs and languished in others, ultimately recognizing that I was not being all I was meant to be or doing what I really yearned to do.
In my work with mature women career professionals and entrepreneurs who feel undervalued, frustrated and stressed, I believe that a fundamental cause of the stress is not knowing and/or accepting your soul’s calling or life purpose.
Not honoring that deep inner desire, the creative impulse, your true calling denies you and the world your greatest gift(s).
Imagine the seed that is never planted and not allowed to fulfill its innate purpose to grow, into a flower or food?
Imagine the egg that is not nurtured to maturity so that a new life is brought forth?
Imagine a world without the (r)evolutionary pioneers, artists, scientists, educators, leaders and other cultural creatives who by expressing their soul’s calling, sharing their unique brilliance, and making profound contributions to uplift humanity in myriad ways?
The accelerating pace of change is unsettling. Regardless of your allegiance, widening polarity between political rivals is alarming. For young and old, uncertainty about finances, health, housing, and livelihood is growing.
How are you to deal with these stresses and regain your balance?
Strategies and anchors that I find particularly helpful:
Maintain Spiritual Practices to Stay Grounded and Centered
Prayer, Meditation, Hatha Yoga and Tai Chi are practices that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. These anchors help you manage and minimize stress and generate a greater sense of balance and harmony. In spite of the demands on your time and energy, you can experience peace of mind when you make spiritual practices a priority.
Seize the opportunity to create unexpected solutions!
In recent weeks, I’ve been confronted with/deluged by a series of unexpected occurrences. Rather than get stuck in the “why me” victimhood mode, not to say that I didn’t go there, I just didn’t stay stuck there. Clearly, here was no choice but to deal with these unexpected occurrences/intrusions; the question was how?
These days it feels like time is accelerating. We’re at the mid-year point! Many of you set intentions or made commitments at the start of the year, some of which you’ve fulfilled or perhaps even forgotten. You may also have intentions yet to be realized. And you’ve probably taken on additional commitments.
This is an ideal time to assess progress….
These are the best and worst of times, depending on your perspective and the experiences you create, as a result of your perspective.
I’ve chosen the path of personal and collective evolution rather than personal and collective extinction. I accept the breakdown/collapse/destruction that we are experiencing in every sector of society,
A world characterized by stress, frustration, anxiety and overwhelm is definitely challenging. How are you to accept, cope with or transcend these conditions?
In this environment, why do some of you settle for, accept and even create “circumstances” through which you function in ordinary, average, mediocre ways? Rather than express your innate talent and true passion,…
Throughout our educational pursuits, we were given assignments; that is homework, reports, projects…activities with which we had to demonstrate our knowledge, creativity and resourcefulness, (especially when taking exams!)
Ultimately we received grades or evaluations that might have represented how well we performed academically, artistically or athletically. We all became accustomed to getting assignments from parents, teachers, coaches or other “grown-ups”, whether or not we liked or enjoyed them.
In these uncertain and unsettling times,
Are you concerned about what might happen to you or someone you know?
Do you worry or feel stressed about your future or that of your children?
Are you wondering how best you can respond to the challenges in your life and in the world?
As I think about the Dalai Lama’s statement, I’m encouraged by the fact that I come from a long enduring lineage of powerful African American women; Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Iyanla Vanzant, Madam CJ Walker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm , Ella Baker, Aileen Hernandez, Dorothy