As we all continue to go deeper into Winter and the Season of Advent, what follows is a reflection I wrote after experiencing the gift of transformative grace when I was visiting a friend on her deathbed.
This season brings so many beautiful things—beautiful songs, light, traditions new and old—but is it also a time to remember those who have passed on before us, as we wait until we me meet again…
Becca’s 2018 Advent Reflection: Stop & Wait
Tea has an innately ritual quality to it.
Do yourself a sweet favor. Take a breath, brew a cup of tea brimming with justice, and share the world’s oldest beverage with someone you love, even if it’s only in spirit.
Below is a simple ritual you can try, and you can find out more about Thistle Farms’ justice teas here.
Giving thanks is an expression of morality, memory and mutuality.
This week i invite you to listen again to the story of a friend or coworker or family member. Listen like you are falling in love. Listen like your job is not to fix or change it, just witness to the story they are sharing. Listen like you will hold their story deep in your heart and be their story bearer.
A group photo of Thistle Farms #loveheals
It's November and the season for giving thanks. I am sharing a poem I wrote a couple of weeks ago encouraging us to become wild lovers of the woods.
On the eve of midterm elections I thought it might be nice this week to focus on some helpful hints to keep us centered and grounded on our spiritual path. Enjoy.
Grateful to Guideposts for this great three-minute interview. Look for us in the November issue and feel free to share with your friends.
As we continue to contemplate the meanings of power together, don't underestimate the power of love in your life or its ability to heal the world.
Enjoy this guest blog from one of my best friends and co-workers, Frannie Kieschnick, about what hope looked like, rising in the midst of the refugee camp where she helped launch one of our newest projects Love Welcomes.
A new spin on Max Ehrmann's "Desiderata" for our day and age.
Redefining power is an exercise that offers us an opportunity to see how we have undercut or abused our own. More and more, I am shying away from the word "empower" and using the word love.
Don't empower me. Love me.
This piece was a gift to film and offers a real glimpse into our lives at Thistle Farms. Thank you Modern Hero. Let us know what you think. #loveheals.
Two sweet happenings from the past few days…
"Working" and breathing and knitting as I watch the hearings & Dr. Ford’s testimony.
Recently, I have kept returning to the idea of Emancipation. My hope for sexual assault survivors, who are willing to speak their truth amidst their pain and hard work, is that there is healing. Not just for themselves, but for this culture that would still rather keep the secrets of abusers than hear the cry of those assaulted.
Lighting the candle everyday is our practice, our ritual, at Thistle Farms. Thanks to everyone who came out to the Education Workshop today and who are lighting the way for the next woman coming off the streets too. #loveheals
Becca was recently interviewed for a filming project. Here, she talks about the beauty she found in the thistle and why they’re so important to Thistle Farms…
“I wanted to name the whole place ‘Thistle Farms’ to celebrate the women, their ability to survive, their persistence, but also deep beauty and their softness, like the thistles.” —Becca
Listen to Becca’s recent interview on The Heart of Dating Podcast.