Dr. Vaughan-Lee says, “As you become closer to the Earth, your connection to consumerism begins to fade.” This is my experience, and it’s also true for one’s connection to cultural definitions (which are, in fact, tied to consumerism) for age and beauty and relevance as middle-aged women. I’m growing into something deeper now, and you are too.
Interdependence invokes a magic that’s not found in going it alone. It’s in community—or communion with another—where we find meaning and encounter a larger sense of purpose.
Midlife and the pandemic called me into communities. The desire to gather might partly be due to isolation, but this yen is more than an urge to re-people my life. Wisdom circles welcome us—the changes and cycles of life—with open arms.
Joy shapes us in ways we can’t anticipate. It points us in directions we may not have considered. Joy brings us striking ideas and startling inner direction.
The symbolic nature of ritual signals a change to our psyches. This is what we desire. This is what we treasure, and this is what we’re claiming.