There is so much suffering and destruction happening in the world. During this time, we can ask ourselves some questions.
What do we truly believe in?
How can we take the next steps to honor our deepest truth?
We all have different responses to these questions based on our lineage and live-experiences.
I believe in the power of coming together to support each other. I believe in a particular kind of healing, love and support that is only available when we are in community. The truth is, none of us know how long we will be on this Earth. We must lean into the connections, gifts and resources that we have now.
Connecting with folks in the OurSpace World ecosystem has reminded me to embrace the power of community.
Not the theory of community, but an active community. One where I can contribute to the Earth in meaningful ways.
The Ujima Jams are a beautiful example of what can be accomplished when we come together to support each other. Even when there is chaos happening around us we can carve out time to be present on sacred land.
Sisters of the Soil embodies the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
In October Farmers Michelle, Trina and Miriam had a goal to harvest as many sweet potatoes as possible. The Ujima Jam was an opportunity to support their efforts. When I arrived on the farm, they were present, harvesting sweet potatoes and selling produce.
After I greeted the land and farmers, I got right to work. Farmer Michelle taught me how to cut weeds with a knife. Then she taught me how to use a broadfork to get underneath the sweet potatoes and loosen the soil. While Michelle was teaching, we talked about musical instruments (e.g. drums and saxophone) and the importance of growing our own food.
Throughout the day volunteers showed up at the farm. Children, parents, community members, OSW team members, apprentices and interns all added life to the soil. Collectively, we harvested sweet potatoes, made memories and enjoyed refreshments. It was wonderful seeing folks come together on a Sunday to support Sisters of the Soil.
If this Ujima Jam was a song it would be, “People Make the World Go Round” by the Stylistics.
Thank you Farmers Michelle, Trina and Miriam for all the effort you put into your work that makes Sisters of the Soil possible. Thank you for teaching us how to nourish ourselves and the land we are on. Thank you for showing us the power of community.
Photo Credit: Farmer Miriam, MJ & Aita