This past week the news gave us all whiplash. The tragic events in Colorado cause me to question our mental health care support systems, relive some personal grieving and ache with the urge to comfort the hurt and the damaged. The best I can do is offer up spiritual support. In doing so I know that I am doing a lot and that no matter what I do it will not feel like enough.
We can't let that stop us from offering our blessings, though. To give in to the feeling of being overwhelmed is to spread the damage. Instead, let us make our offerings, practice supporting others and know that when the damage is nearer, we will be that much more ready to support then.
It is only by giving more than we receive that we know the bounty of our Goddess.
In other news, I read about the campaign to join in and support those women who chose to take the veil. These are not the women forced to cover by an oppressive society, but women who choose to cover their hair as a symbol of faith or thanks... or for reasons which are their own personal ones. because this link does not work as it did yesterday http://coveredinlight.org I include this address http://www.facebook.com/pages/Covered-in-Light-International-Day/444797368874444 to lead you to the Facebook page and see the beautiful group of proud women and their many supporters.
It isn't often that I hear about something so meaningful to me just as it happens, but the background of last week's insults to three different women wearing veils really struck me. As I was feeling helpless to support one group, I found a way to support another. As a woman who covers her hair for certain special events and as a woman in a liberated land, I am delighted to join with my sisters on September 21, 2012 and appear for the entire day wearing a hair cover of my own choice.
I was so proud when I mentioned this event at dinner to a friend on Saturday and without hesitation she replied "I'm in." before I even requested her support.
I am eager to put veils on the street and change the look of the world. I am eager for personal adornment to someday again be personal and not fodder for public judgement.