This is a guest post by one of our members.
A couple of months ago, after a long-time build up events, my emotional state came to the point of crisis. I called an appropriate person to vent. When I got off the phone, some of the pressure and anger had been released, but I didn’t want to wallow in pain anymore. I wanted to heal. I wanted hope. I wanted to know that I mattered. That’s why my next call was to the friend who introduced me to Animaterra. She gathered a few others and a friend from church, who came over and sang with me songs to acknowledge my pain and refresh my spirit, some from a distance and despite their busy lives.
I knew they would come. I knew they wouldn’t push about “getting the dirt” and details on what was wrong. I knew I wouldn’t be judged, just accepted and uplifted.
Not even my family gets how much I need to sing and how it heals, but I’m working on that! So, I thought everyone should know how I knew that Animaterrans would answer my call. Since my stream of consciousness tends to slip into my writing and conversations, it often presents itself as me thinking out loud on a convoluted path to a final destination of making sense. So, I tried to put my thoughts and feelings about Animaterra below, hopefully in a fairly succinct way!
Animaterra is different. It is an experience of the powerful, positive and caring energy generated by the intertwining of kindred spirits. A strong, compassionate spirit, that naturally abides in us and the women before us and the women now present in the world.
Animaterra is different. It is a collective, brief acknowledgement of our sorrows, quickly pulled up by a perseverance to intentionally live in joy and proclaim both in song.
Animaterra is different. It is an anthology of lives, women who nurture each other, and balance the power of sound with an understanding of the powerful healing of silence.
Animaterra is different. It is organic and authentic. It is of ancestry and the elements of nature. My anxiety and fear of judgment does not exist there. Each woman’s value and eccentricity is embraced there. When I called in need, its spirit came without question to sing me back to the joy and strength from childhood spirit.
Animaterra is different. It is not a solely a chorus, or a women’s group. It is not a committee, a job or a burdening commitment.
Animaterra is an amalgamation of dedicated soulful spirits singing refreshments of joy and light into the world.
With love, gratitude and joy,