Articles by Harriet
As some of you know I’m celebrating a milestone birthday this year; 70 years young on April 6! Most friends know that I normally go to retreat/spa places to celebrate. However, this year I decided to stay in Oakland and have a party!
Maturing into this milestone (along with Mercury Retrograde most of March) has led to a period of reflection and renewal. However, a mini-retreat for more silence and solitude is in the making!
My life is full, rich, ever-changing. I’m increasingly grateful for my BodyMindSpirit health and well-being; my birth family, spiritual family of many branches, village family; appreciating long-time and new relationships that challenge and enrich me. I’m also grateful for the ways in which The Wright Resort continues to evolve into a form of ministry through which I lead mature women career professionals and entrepreneurs to activate, illuminate and liberate their Soul’s Calling, thereby fulfilling their divine life purpose. As change-makers and leaders, they help galvanize those they serve to transform businesses, workplaces, communities and the world.
- For what are you most grateful at this time in your life?
- As you enter the next phase of your life, who are you being and becoming?
- In what ways are your heart and soul frustrated or fulfilled?
“I freed a thousand slaves – I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” ~ Harriet Tubman
Freedom is a universal value. We all want to be free from abuse, struggle, pain or fear…free from circumstances that keep us mentally or emotionally enslaved. Ultimately, we want to be free to be and do our best; to pursue and fulfill our dreams; live our Soul’s Calling or Divine Purpose and share our talents to empower those we serve or help transform the world.
Women Rising, Women Revolutionizing Leading the Movement for Peace, Justice, Sustainability Honoring Women’s History Month 2019
“Women of every color, ethnicity, cultural, spiritual, social and educational background throughout the world are rising up as leaders, visionaries and agents of change to restore balance, peace and justice in the world.”
– Harriet Tubman Wright
I’m proud to come from a long lineage of powerful African and African American women trailblazers, movers and shakers, those who have defied the odds, broken the barriers and raised the bar of excellence in every field of endeavor!
Africa – In antiquity: Auset, Queen Hatshesut, Queen of Sheba, Queen Nzinga to more contemporary times: Wangari Mathaai, Miriam Makeba, Winnie Mandela, Sobonfu Some’ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira…
Are you settling for stress, mediocrity or stagnation?
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 find that a fundamental cause of stress is not accepting your soul’s calling or living your soul purpose. It is not honoring that deep inner desire, true essence and innate creativity.
Can you “feel” the potent energy of deep transformation? Are you in the “creative” flow?
Are you ready to:
- Chart a new direction and explore different territory to expand your horizons?
- Re-invent yourself or your work to contribute your spiritual and intellectual resources in bold, creative, dynamic ways?
- Release the mental and emotional chatter, break through self-imposed limitations and free yourself to be all that you can be?
- Say “YES” to up-level your leadership, expand your visibility and influence in your career, business or community?
- Celebrate who you are and what you do because you’re being authentic, doing great work and having fun?
These are some of the questions that I’ve been asking myself as I step into the decade of my 70’s. What is the “new story” that I’m creating?
New Year Blessings and Greetings. As you reflect on the past year,
- Identify an experience that challenged or stretched you.
- What was a significant lesson or insight?
- For what are you most grateful?
I’m most grateful for quality time with family and friends, particularly my Village Family, Spiritual Family, Conscious Evolution Family, Business Mastermind Family and Birth Family. I’m grateful for good health and financial growth as well as the spiritual, social, cultural, business and political engagements that challenged, delighted, stretched and grew me in myriad ways!
What’s all the rushing, hustling, shopping about…the addiction of commercialism and materialism that leads to hoarding and debting?
Ah, the holiday season—from Halloween Trick or Treat to Thanksgiving indulgences; Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Tuesday Giving, Christmas and the-day-after Christmas sales. Even as I write this, I feel exhausted and choose to take deep slow inhalations and exhalations to re-center myself.
For some people it’s quite an effort to remember/resurrect the true meaning of the Holy Days, the Season of Advent. It is indeed a deeply transformational time. It is noted that:
The Mid-Term Elections have passed. However, the impact, consequences and opportunities resulting from the outcome will shape the trajectory of this country and the world for generations to come. Hearty Congratulations to all the Women Democrats who won at the local, state and national level! And of necessity, the next phase has begun…
Having expended energy and funds to support candidates and causes, it may be prudent to pause; reflect; refocus efforts and renew yourself before years end. Time off, time out and time in…
Stress is being out of alignment, balance and coherence by not honoring or expressing your true essence, soul’s calling and innate creativity, a condition that leads to dis-order and dis-ease mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually; and is therefore reflected in your external environment.
Recognizing the grave impact of stress on your health in relationships, finances, livelihood, my work with women initially focused on the importance of incorporating daily self-care practices to help release stress.
In the Northern Hemisphere we’ve begun the Autumn Season; my second favorite season highlighting nature’s profound, beautiful changes. Seeds of intention were planted at the start of the year, cultivated during the Spring. Some of us enjoyed succulent Summer Fruits, while others look forward to the Autumn Harvest.
Autumn is also a season of letting go. In the same way that trees begin to change creating an awesome array of colorful foliage that eventually falls…red, gold, orange, yellow maple and oak leaves carpeting the earth, we too must let go.