Courage

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Woman’s Holy Roar!

Published November 12, 2019 by tindertender

Written by Maria Palumbo

https://mariapalumbo.com/

https://www.facebook.com/maria.palumbo.loves

Mother Mary came to me

Said my wretchedness is holy

Said the way I bleed and hunger and cry

I create a storm in an otherwise boring sky

And she tells me to stay this way.

Do not succumb to the pressure to be barely seen, heard, to speak so gentle the tiniest bird might out sing you.

Roar.

In the supermarket.

Roar in the street.

Roar with every step I take.

For my love is brave, she says. I should be proud of what I can do with a heart. While she chose God. And that was an easy choice. But I have decided to fall in love with mankind. Now that is something.

To be brought to my knees and commit the most humbling acts of sheer love. Without knowing how it will land, where it will go. Putting the world deep inside me, and when I let it go, she is more alive than she was without me.

Mother Mary says desire in and of itself is holy.

That my innocence will never die. And they will only see in my who they truly are. So love deep and wide, but do not get caught up in it. Love pure and long, but never erase yourself for it.

Systemic Slaughter, Country Built On Genocide

Published October 18, 2019 by tindertender

Photograph Title ~ “SEVERELY MALNOURISHED DAKOTA INDIAN WOMAN IN A TIPI”, 1891. Following the systemic slaughter of the Buffalo nations…

~ “They take our land, they take our hunting and then they force us to work for food that make us sick.”

– On the Great Plains, tribes came to be seen grudgingly as “Wards of the Nation” and were guaranteed at least on paper, food rations by treaties signed with the United States government in exchange for their vast traditional lands.

Following the government sanctioned near extermination of the Buffalo to force tribes onto reservations and rid itself of the, “Indian problem, rations cards were issued by the indian agent to the heads of each household for up to nine dependents once weekly. Food rations were often late, the rotting meats caused rampant sickness and death especially for the children and elders. Rations came in the form of beef, flour and pork with the occasional coffee, sugar, soap and tobacco. Indian agents came to use rations as a form of coercement, to threaten against participation in cultural gatherings, forcing Native families to send their children to government boarding schools often hundreds of miles away, often with the warning threat to take away a family’s ration ticket.

Over time, the promise of rations came to be seen as a burden by society of the day, a view often promoted by politicians and in statements made the national media. Rations were decreased and ultimately eliminated. Over time the land and climate could not sustain and support the small-scale agriculture the government indian agents were forcing Natives into under the admonition issued, prevalent at the time, “Till or starve!”.

Brutal winters during the Reservation confinement era killed the native people’s cattle further environmental stressors were introduced through government issued passes allowing for settlers to graze cattle herds upon supposedly protected reservations lands, herds that trampled through and destroyed what crops the tribes managed to grow.

Drought stalked the Plains then, as today. Traditional roots, berries, and plants on the reservation became over-foraged, and bison herds that would have kept everyone fed, were by this time nearly driven extinct. Leading to despair, tribes no longer had an effective system of sharing food communally as was custom prior to reservation life that had always protected the poor, elderly, ill, and the disabled from starvation, furthering the breakdown of ancient life ways in, culture and community fueled by federal and state policies equaling genocide.

~ “The government is ready to assist in their support, to grant them reservations, to give them food and make them presents; but it must and will, with sharp hand, enforce their respect to travel, their respect to lives and property, and their respect to trade throughout all this region. And if this cannot be secured, short of their utter extermination, why extermination it must be.”

– Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, May 1865.

I Want To Tell You …

Published October 10, 2019 by tindertender

Written by Maria Palumbo, https://www.facebook.com/maria.palumbo.loves

I want to tell you about a very special woman.

She is not made of sugar and spice and everything nice.

She is made from the fire of being cast out and carving her own path.

She knows what she wants. And is irresistible in her knowing.

She has fought her way here. With no great applause. No great reward.

Her highest joy is feeling around and finding her own flesh to be more than enough.

She does not come up empty handed.

She has carried the world. And has set down their expectations.

She has been mother and father to herself. Knowing what it takes to quell her own fears. Knowing how to feed herself.

She has walked aimlessly in the dreams of others and no longer does that haphazard dance. Her life is not a performance made to entertain.

The drama of her past she lets go. She is here for creation. Not for fighting or explaining.

She dies and is reborn daily. Sometimes hourly.

She comes back to herself.

When they ask her to burn softer, to say less, to be careful—

She comes back to herself.

When they ask her to not be so extravagant, so beautiful, so knowing of her soul beauty—

She comes back to herself.

When she is afraid with nothing left to give—

She comes back to herself.

And her smile can be seen from galaxies away, lighting up the entire world.

Photo by Lana Prins

Never Giving Up

Published September 13, 2019 by tindertender
I may not be cussing the whole time. I fluctuate between swearing, loving compassion, sobbing, and frankly just deciding to be the best version of myself despite the pain, and hoping in this effort to be more than I’ve ever been before somehow, help my brothers and sisters do the same.

When You Dream

Published September 12, 2019 by tindertender

When you dream at night, can’t anything happen next? Are you limited by what you dreamt the night before? Aren’t you the creator-manifestor-genius behind every bell, whistle, and sparrow?

Same for the dream of here and now.

Bam!

~ The Universe

https://www.tut.com/

Space … Time … Love … Fundamentals of Life

Published August 22, 2019 by tindertender

We all have to eat shit in our lives. Literally, figuratively, whatever. Regurgitated shit spewing in faces everywhere we go. The thing is, this experience is also the forging fire. That which tries to break us, by feeding us on garbage, we turn into a transformative fire that makes us so much more than we could have ever imagined.

It often resonates through familial linage, through constant connections, various incarnations … and the ‘shit storm stuffers’, when they’ve realized you’ve developed a taste for shit and smile anyway, living your best life, will scratch their heads wondering how they lost their grip on your mind, your soul.

We have all suffered pain … from childhood, relationships, job status, income level and all that entails. Often, especially the younger ones, holler, swear, fight, hurt self, hurt others … actions that scream, “I am in pain! I am suffering! Take this from me!”, and they put that pain, anger, rage on others, perpetuating the pain cycle, growing it. Playing the game of the chaos maker, not even aware that they are doing the dirty deeds required for that one to remain in control … of them, of us, of everything.

This cycle must stop. We must become aware, reclaim our energies, our efforts and redirect them to the “polar opposite” of suffering. Take it ALL and create pain’s polar opposite rather than being puppet, slave to emotional bondage. This pain must be transmuted at the personal level, no one else is going to ease it for you.

This is sacred, transformative work, highly valued and desperately needed, should we wish to create a peaceful alternative to what we’ve had for many decades.

Polarity: it’s one of the seven Universal Laws.

http://www.yogebooks.com/english/atkinson/1908kybalion.pdf

Television programs, video games, desensitizing adults, and now youth. Desensitizing them to the chaos in this world, encouraging them to create more of the same. Making brains numb, and zombified when it comes to empathy for others.

Newscasters have become nothing more than “talk show hosts”.

Sitting in the dark, candles are flickering. I can see it, even with my eyes closed. And the gong sounds … water drips from the ceiling in this cave. The sounds of singing bowls echo … echo …

We all like to think we are a main player in this game. No one wants to realize they’ve been a pawn all along. Some may even tell you you’re a main player to get you to continue the “cycle”, the damages.

People want to believe they are worthy so badly they often do things their consciousness pings them on … yet they agree to it simply for a status boost, not realizing they, too, are being abused.

Claim your energies, retract them from those who have manipulated your power to their benefit. Bring it home, and create what your heart longs for … is it Peace? Is it Relief? Is it empathy, compassion, connection and care?

Are you able to see yourself in your fellow human being yet? Or are you still driven by the differences?

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