Happy Soul Food Friday!
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Striving for Balance:
Equinox Blessings for Balance in Our Inner and Outer Nature from Billy S:
The Autumnal Equinox is Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 6:30 am PDT.
It marks the start of Autumn for us in the Northern Hemisphere. For our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring has just begun.
The Equinox reminds us about the passage of time, the motion of the Earth, and the changing of the seasons. After the Autumnal equinox, the days become shorter and the air cooler.
Translated literally, equinox means “equal night”. On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world. Twelve hours of each, because the sun is positioned above the equator. It’s one of two times a year that the day and night are about the same length.
On this day, the Sun rises directly in the East, and sets directly in the West.
Wishing you a special day, symbolic of balance in our life and with the environment.
Stay in tune with nature and health, Billy
United Nations International Day of Peace Sept 21, 2020: Shaping Peace Together:
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere.
National Voter Registration Day 2020:
Voting has never been more important, regardless of your political ideology.
60% of eligible voters are never asked to register. Let’s not allow that to be an excuse.
Register now and get your mail in ballots here!
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87
Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died from complications from cancer. Her death will set in motion what promises to be a tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her.
Ginsburg’s death on Rosh Hashanah is especially significant for some Jewish (and non-Jewish) Americans:
Ginsburg, the first female Jewish member of the U.S. Supreme Court, died on one of the holiest days in Judaism, as many of the country’s nearly six million Jews welcomed the new year 5781, based on the Hebrew calendar. Ginsburg was raised in a secular household, but explained in 2018 that her religious background influenced her life’s work: “I am a judge, born, raised and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition.”
I found this quote about how she’d like to be remembered—deeply moving: “Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has.”
And it reminded me of hearing about this Jewish sentiment and concept:
The “Notorious RBG” was one of my living hero’s, and my heart is broken for our loss of her as a champion for women and for the historically marginalized members of our world.
As we process, this loss, along with so many others, while celebrating her life and contributions, maybe the following can lighten our load and lift our hearts…
A Prospective Antidote for Some of Our Pain:
This vid should warm your heart…
A Trace of Grace:
If music is one way to access that inner place of both suffering and healing, this piece from an entirely different tradition, might help you feel the full extent of your emotions:
Turn it Up and Lean In!
Thanks this week go to Billy S, the Notorious RBG, Larry H, Glenda O and Arman S-B.
Pay it forward!
Bonus Reel: September by Earth Wind and Fire!