In response to world events, the Wisdom Keepers participated in a Gratitude Postcard Project, conceived in Berkeley, California, by the members of the "Grant St. Indivisible" group.
"We are Grant St. Indivisible, a group of therapists, artists, educators, family folk and neighbors who have over time formed long-term relationships. Inspired by the Indivisible Guide, our group has come together to explore how a loving neighborhood community can effectively interact with what’s happening in our country, and the world, in a way that honors and reflects our unique gifts, passions, and limitations. Strong and courageous activism is needed now. Human rights and the health of the planet are threatened. Basic human values are in need of defense and protection. We also understand that in order to make the change we want to see in the world, we must also be that change. How do we resist the pull towards negativity, intolerance, and polarization that got us all here in the first place? How can we truly embody what it means to be “indivisible” with all of humanity, and with our shared planet? We need compassion and courage, kindness and fierceness, flexibility and strength to meet this moment. And we can’t find this balance alone. We need each other.We all need reminders, encouragement, and support.
As a neighborhood group, our intention is to be this for each other; and we want to extend this community culture out into the world. Our Gratitude Project is about promoting connection, support, and encouragement to folks who are acting in brave, just, creative, and compassionate ways right now. We want to extend a “thank you” to anyone who is interacting in a positive way with the situation we’re in. One of our group members created a visual arts project, called The 64 Faces of Awakening(The Wisdom Keepers series), that resonates with this purpose. We are using some of the images from this project to create Gratitude postcards to send to members of the federal government, the judiciary, state government, local government—and any public agent who has promoted just, honest, and compassionate policies or practices during the last four months. But this project is not limited to government officials. The goal of this Gratitude project is to support and amplify all positive actions—from all over the planet—that are working to promote Integrity, Honesty, Courage, and Care-for-our-collective-well-being. We want to move away from an age of dominance and callousness, toward a future of equality, interdependence, and care. We can be this future by acknowledging everyone’s contribution to the path, and by encouraging their efforts. For the Gratitude Project we have gathered a list of people to write “thank-you” cards to. This list includes the names and addresses of politicians, judges, artists, and other activists. Feel free to use this list to write your own card. Or, if you know someone who should be on the list, add their name—together with a description of their action. Then take a card and write a thank you to them! We are grateful to be here tonight, and to have your participation."
Disclaimer: Rosy is an ordained minister of Designed to Blossom of AIWP and provides something more akin to spiritual counseling than psychotherapy. The work she does is with highly functional people, for whom ‘spirit’ plays a central role in their life. Rosy does not give diagnoses, work with pathology, or claim to be an expert offering a treatment or cure.