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Femininity – Stacey Martino

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“Femininity is an energy of openness! It has nothing to do with your hair, your makeup or how you dress. It’s not the “idea” you have in your HEAD. And it’s NOT weakness. Feminine energy is your best and most authentic self stepping forward with courage and vulnerability to BE who you truly are….no matter what the “risk”!”

 

~ Stacey Martino

Being Feminine in a Masculine World

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Enjoying lifeWhen I began my healing journey in Fall 2013, I struggled with balancing my feminine, which I had been suppressing for nearly 40 years, with my masculine. As a successful academic at the pinnacle of her career and the sole breadwinner in my former marriage, I literally and figuratively wore the pants in the family. And it exhausted me.

So in 2014, I decided I would try to be more in my feminine by wearing more dresses and skirts. That worked great until I went back to work this Fall. Put me back in academia – in a dress – and I still find myself falling back into my masculine. Taking charge, forming committees, getting stuff done. One week back full time in the masculine world of academia, and I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open on a date with my man Friday night.

Then it hit me. Be-ing in my feminine is so much more than wearing flowing skirts and dresses. They are merely symbols of femininity, not the real thing.

Stacey Martino puts it like this:

“Femininity is an energy of openness! It has nothing to do with your hair, your makeup or how you dress. It’s not the “idea” you have in your HEAD. And it’s NOT weakness. Feminine energy is your best and most authentic self stepping forward with courage and vulnerability to BE who you truly are….no matter what the “risk”!”

But put me in an academic world and I close down. I focus. I become goal-driven. There’s nothing “open” about it. It’s an “eat or be eaten” cut-throat type of energy. Although I am certainly capable of do-ing what needs to get done, I’m not sure that’s who I want to Be anymore. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not because while all that do-ing made me successful in academia, it made me miserable in my personal life.

So I find myself in a bit of a quandary. I don’t know how to “do” academia in a feminine way. And while you might think I should just be in my masculine at work and in my feminine at home, it’s hard to turn off do-ing when I get home. So I end up trying to be feminine and open when I get home, while battling my leftover need to “do” from work. It’s like I don’t have an “off” button. Trust me; it’s not a fun place to be – for either me or my man. (Although I am getting a lot of cooking and housework done!)

How can you “be” when the world is telling you to “do”? I have a few ideas I plan to put into place this week. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Spend some time outside in nature every day – no pulling weeds, just sit and be.
  • Check in periodically throughout the day and ask, “How open do I feel right now?” Alternatively, you could ask, “How closed/tense/tight do I feel right now?”
  • Get up at least once an hour to walk around – no sitting at the desk all day.
  • Spend at least 5 min a day meditating – the more, the better.
  • Pull a card from your favorite deck – I like my Angel Cards and my Goddess Guidance oracle cards – and see what message your Guides have for you today.

Let me know how you stay in your feminine and just be. I’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

 

Everyday GODDESS: Cindy Heath

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CINDY PHOTO BIO BOOK (2)Cindy is a R. N., [BScN], a past teacher of Nursing for university and college students, a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, and a mother of six beautiful daughters. She has inspired and healed many over her 25 years as a practitioner in the medical field. Awarded for her ‘caring’ in her nursing practice, Cindy trail-blazes a sacred path that raises the energy vibration inside women’s physical bodies to scientifically manifests beauty, power, healing, magic, and miracles in their daily lives!

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being an everyday goddess means I am connected to my highest vibrational energy or the spirit part of who I am. I know that living from this realm connects me to the magnetic energy of the divine universe which brings out the truest essence of my being. It involves knowing the sacred science behind mind, body, and spirit so I can use this energy to manifest beauty, power, healing, inspiration, purpose, and any other desire I intend. These are the magic and miracles or ‘heaven on earth’ we can all manifest into our lives with our goddess power that sits inside our physical bodies waiting to be awakened.

 

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

 

I feel I have been on a continual awakening or gentle unfolding to the presence of the divine feminine since my arrival on earth— and many life events and circumstances nudge us into further awakening in every moment if we are willing to seek and find the truth of our existence. It was a near-death experience I had in 2010 that lit the fire of awakening inside me to a higher level.  Some energy technologies that I was practicing from my book caused my kundalini energy at the base of the spine to rise and unite me with the energies of the goddess power inside my body.  This process revealed some sage insights and my sacred goddess power to me. It continues to guide, protect, and uplift my daily living.

 

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

 

I think I have faced a long and arduous journey to understand the secret balance between giving and receiving love. The greatest transformation took place when I began receiving love instead of always giving it. As a nurse, mother of six daughters, wife, and friend to others, I lost the balance between giving and receiving love. Becoming knowledgeable in energy technologies that exist and then applying them to my life helped to nurture a more sacred and divine love for myself.  These technologies revealed other mystical secrets that allowed me to experience my own beauty and to be my own miracle maker.

 

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

 

A deeper understanding of how powerful I am as an energy being, a clear understanding of my purpose, and how to experience more beauty, peace, bliss, prosperity, and inner knowing to guide my daily life.

 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

 

I practice what I call ‘Sacred Sadhana’; a space in my day where I do specific practices that raise my energy vibration to higher levels, I surround my physical body with higher vibrations to further encourage this sacred connection; for example, I wear gemstone jewelry, smudge sacred herbs like sage, cedar, and sweet grass, and recite mantras that contain higher vibrational energy…all of these effortlessly keep me linked into the to divine energies that share miracles with me.

 

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

 

I feel connected to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity, Beauty, and Purity. I have always been blessed to see Beauty and receive Prosperity amidst the challenges of life. I have been a spiritual seeker which has kept my living and being pure. I believe I can reach greater opportunities for beauty, prosperity, and purity that involve keeping the balance of honor and love I have for myself over others, since my tendency is to give more than I receive. Lakshmi reminds me to love, care, and purify myself on an energetic level to increase the beauty and prosperity I already experience. My life’s purpose revolves around encouraging other women to do the same. The essence of Lakshmi reminds me to keep up with my ‘sacred sadhana.’

 

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?  

 

I would like women to know that there is a sacred field of energy inside of them that once activated through energy practices, can bring magic power into their own hands. It is a mystical and divine experience many women have not yet known. This power can create every desire women intend, but this energy needs their help to remain at the manifesting level through the dedicated application of energy technologies.   Honor yourself and this power by taking time every day to connect to it so you can use it to create a beautiful life!

 

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Everyday GODDESS: Sherri Nickols

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SHerri NicholsSherri Nickols is an award-winning author, international teacher/speaker, and women’s empowerment coach. Trained in transformational healing, identity shifting, Chakra Sound Tuning Fork Therapy, and PSYCH-K she is known as a Sparkling Mojo Specialist. She’s an expert in helping women balance their masculine and feminine energies as well as overcome the negative patterns that keep them stuck. Sherri’s business, Unleash Your Inner Sparkle, teaches women how to increase confidence, joy and sensuality while embracing their feminine playful spirit.

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

It means loving boldly, laughing easily and living with lightness. It means expressing yourself with freedom and confidence unabashedly. It means identifying and exploring what makes YOU uniquely feminine because it is different for everyone and then owning it with pride. It means knowing you are enough, just as you are…and committing to share your brilliance and magnificence with the world, no matter what.

 

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

I awoke suddenly when my marriage fell apart in my late 30’s. I had been living primarily in my masculine energy and let’s just say two men in a marriage doesn’t work! My husband at the time sought feminine energy elsewhere and that was actually a huge gift to me. I realized I had lost my core feminine essence. Although I thought I was doing everything right, I was way off balance, and had lost touch with me…so I went on a journey to find and reconnect with my authentic feminine self. It was a roller coaster of highs, lows, excitement, fun, fear and deep expansion – it brought me to where I am today.

 

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

I had to give up the notion that the identity I had created for myself (successful career woman) gave me my value – understanding viscerally that who I am is enough. Let go of being a “rescuer”, when I was honest with myself and looked at the underlying motivation – that rescuing made me feel important and was very ego driven because I didn’t know how to tap into the importance of just being me. And I most definitely had to give up the role of being the man! Letting go of the need to prove my worth through achievements and accomplishments.

 

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

Bar none I would have to say the sheer bliss that is not dependent on anything external like validation from others or incredible accomplishments. This is the bliss experienced by being in direct connection with God when your heart is so soft and expanded every breath of that connection brings tears of unparalleled joy. Being steeped in my heart is the happiest place I’ve been since stepping into my feminine essence.

 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

My favorite ritual is one I learned from my yoga mentor –I call it the Heart Opener Meditation. I love this exercise because when you drop down into your heart you automatically drop into your feminine – instantly. It’s also quite simple. Sit with your eyes closed and think about all the people in your life – as far back as you can remember – who have been there for you -shown you love and kindness, given you a shoulder to cry on, said something wise and comforting, given you a hug, a smile, their time and feel the gratitude you have for them. Do this for 5 minutes or until tears of appreciation roll down your cheeks. This will make you magnetic to love. 🙂

 

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

Not mythically speaking – but in today’s world I love Dolly Parton. She’s honest, warm and funny. She exudes feminine charm yet is incredibly strong – you feel it with her presence whether you see her live, hear her interviewed or read her book. She freely expresses herself, owns her talent, is comfortable in her skin and shines her magnificent self for all she’s worth. I admire her ability to let her feminine lead while dancing and singing through life. She simply sparkles!

 

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?  

Believe in your sparkling magnificence! Deep down, at the core of your being, you are a beautiful diamond – maybe it’s been buried for a while, maybe it needs to be dusted off, but trust that it’s there! And as you wipe the sludge off your shine, polishing every facet, living in integrity and honoring your truth, you change the trajectory of women everywhere – healing past and future generations of detrimental paradigms and patterns. Being in your feminine is powerful in the most loving way. Embrace it!

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Dissolving my Heart Wall

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heart wall“Your heart is only functioning at 8%, emotionally. You have a heart wall 56 feet wide surrounding it like a fortress. That’s not good,” she said to me as though it weren’t a big deal. A friend of my boyfriend had read my blog and offered to do a free healing with me surrounding my infertility – and this is what she starts off with.

I knew what she meant. Despite my attempts and promises to go ‘all in’, I wasn’t. I couldn’t. In truth, I never have. Not with my ex-husband, not with my family of origin, not with any of my myriad friends with which I feel safe.

My heart wall has always stopped me. It has stood at the doorway of any relationship I might have entered, keeping me at a ‘safe’ distance. If I don’t let you in – not fully – then I can’t get hurt.

In theory, it makes sense – it’s like having a fenced in back yard so your children can play in safety without you watching their every move. In reality, it doesn’t work. You can only protect your children – and your heart – from so much. I’ve been hurt before – lots of times. My heart wall has never prevented me from knowing pain. But I think it has prevented me from knowing love.

By walling off my heart, I may have saved myself some of the pain I would have experienced – who knows? You can’t go back in time and redo a situation minus the heart wall. But I have also denied myself the freedom of knowing true, unconditional, 100% all-in love. I’ve always had one foot in and one foot out of every relationship I’ve ever been in – be it romantic, family, or friendship. You know, just in case I need to bolt. That way I’ve got a running start – well, in theory. But this one-foot-in-one-foot-out modus operandi has insured that whoever I am in a relationship with cannot meet my needs – I won’t let them get close enough to do that. Similarly, it has prevented me from meeting their needs at any level other than superficial. I see this now as a primary cause of the failure of my marriage – why my ex and I could never seem to meet each other’s needs. My heart wall prevented that from ever happening; the dissolution of my marriage, thus, ‘proved’ the need for and validity of my heart wall so that I would never get hurt like that again.

Yet, I find myself at a crossroads.

I have finally found a man who actually wants to meet all of my needs, who is ready to go all in. And I am pulling back – retreating behind the safety of my heart wall – while at the same time recognizing that the very pattern I am trying to escape from – getting hurt – is the very pattern that will assure I do get hurt again.

So how do I break down my heart wall? How can I demolish it for good?

It’s a work in progress, but here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Steps to removing your heart wall:

  1. Thank your heart wall for being there – you wouldn’t have it if it wasn’t trying its best to protect you.
  2. Ask it why it’s there – if you’re like me, it’s probably rooted in fear of some sort (e.g., fear of getting hurt).
  3. Ask what it needs to feel safe – what needs to happen for it to shrink in size? – Mine wants to make sure I don’t lose myself again, as I did in my marriage. It also wants unconditional love.
  4. Ask it what steps you can take to get its needs met so it can start to dissolve.
  5. Do that (whatever it asks for) to the best of your ability – baby steps are okay – my heart wall is willing to shrink, but isn’t quite ready to completely disintegrate yet.
  6. Keep checking in – making sure you’re not forcing the issue – asking your heart wall to go away is telling it that you don’t need its protection anymore. It’s not as simple as knocking it down. Since it thought you needed its protection to begin with, convincing it that you know longer need may not happen overnight. Be patient with yourself and your heart wall.
  7. Love it – above all, love it, love yourself – its job has been to protect you and it’s done that to the best of its ability. So show it – and yourself – some love, appreciation, and kindness. Only then will it feel save to dissolve on its own.

Do you or have you ever had a heart wall? If so, how did you get dissolve it? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear about your journey.

Here’s to loving ourselves so much that we allow others to love us 100% – no walls necessary.

 

 

 

Everyday GODDESS: Donna Hill

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Donna HillDonna Hill is the founder of Road to Rediscovery, a supportive community that guides women to release their pasts and create abundant futures. Donna's work is aimed at helping women to rediscover their natural gifts and passions and her online community is a safe haven of support, strategy and celebration. Stay tuned for Donna's signature program being released later this year.

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

 

I believe that an Everyday Goddess is a woman who knows who she is and exudes a quiet confidence. She’s confident in herself and therefore has no need to put others down or engage in negativity and gossip. She believes that there’s enough good in the world to go around for everyone so there’s no need to compete and be greedy. She lovingly takes care of herself. As she replenishes her body, mind and spirit she has more to give to the world around her.

 

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

I was what you might call a ‘late bloomer’ in experiencing this gradual awakening. I am now 52 years old and I spent the majority of my earlier years trying to conform to what I felt others wanted me to be. I just wanted to ‘blend’ and fit in. I was pretty adept at morphing into the person who would fit in with whatever group of people I was with at the moment. Creating a persona to gain the approval of others never felt authentic, and of course it was unsustainable. In the end it left me feeling like a fraud, drained and more out of touch with my true self than ever before. Tamping down my personality and spirit for all those years significantly delayed my journey to discover who I really am, what my gifts are, and how I can live my life by design and not by chance. While I feel a sense of loss and sadness over those lost years, I’ve come to realize that experiencing this delay in self-discovery has only made me even more passionate about living my life fully and authentically. I have learned the fine art of saying “no” to commitments that I don’t want to make. I have little patience for superficial people and a great compassion for those who are struggling to find their true self and voice.

 

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

I am by nature a nurturer. I instinctively want to nurture and cheer others on towards success in their lives. I can clearly see all of the wonderful traits in family and friends and I celebrate them.   The problem was that I rarely gave that gift to myself. As I look back on my life, I realize that not only did I not nurture myself, I was my own worst critic. My self-talk was often harsh and unloving. I would condemn myself in ways that I would NEVER dream of doing to anyone else. Over the years, it has been a slow and methodical process to recognize this self-talk as it was occurring, consciously reframe it into a more loving and generous internal dialog. This conscious effort, along with prayer, created a profound shift in the way I see myself. I have learned to be accepting, tolerant, encouraging and gentle with myself. I’ve also learned how to recognize, celebrate and appreciate my authentic self.

 

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

Self-acceptance, first and foremost. Can you imagine hanging out with someone you really don’t like 24/7? If it’s a person in your life that you feel this way about, you can just stop spending time with them. But what if that person who can never measure up to your unrealistic expectations is yourself? There’s no walking away. Learning to completely love and honor myself was a game changer. By being compassionate to myself, it became easier to be more compassionate and accepting of others. To be truly at peace with yourself is a tremendous blessing.

 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I have always been a voracious reader since I was a young girl – books, magazines, anything I could get my hands on. My love of reading opened so many doors for me. I learned about the world, myself, new concepts and others’ opinions through reading books. Reading sparked my imagination and creativity. I could travel the world without ever leaving my home by reading. I am a collector of books and whenever the time eventually comes that I need to cull my collection down to a more manageable number, it’s like “Sophie’s Choice” for me. I just can’t let them go easily!

My nightly ritual is to climb into bed, put my readers on and pull a book from my nightstand. The Bible has been a source of great comfort and wisdom for me. I also love biographies, history, and of course self-help books! J This special time, right before I fall asleep every night, centers and calms me, and lulls me into a peaceful state, ready for sleep.

 

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

I don’t have one. But I can say that I am drawn to other women who are kind and compassionate to others, have a quiet strength, are comfortable in their own skin, and who don’t feel the need to diminish others in order to elevate themselves. These are the women who I strive to surround myself with.

 

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?  

Learn to celebrate who you authentically are and be gentle with yourself. You are perfectly PERFECT just as you are.

“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia 

 

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Everyday GODDESS: Lynda Monk

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Lynda monkLynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is the founder of Creative Wellness – where writing, well-being and transformation meet. She regularly speaks, coaches and teaches about the transformational and healing power of expressive writing and journaling for individual and collective well-being. Lynda is the author of Life Source Writing™: A Reflective Journaling Practice for Self-Discovery, Self-Care, Wellness and Creativity. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book (November 2014) called Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection.

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being am Everyday Goddess means connecting with the power of the Divine Feminine in my daily life. I do this through gratitude practices, self-care, reflective journaling and regular connection with nature and the cycles of Mother Earth. It means connecting with others and myself in sacred, loving and compassionate ways – it means embracing personal leadership and choosing to make a difference in the lives of others. Being an Everyday Goddess connects me with an awareness of the interconnection of all living things, it means believing in Angels, Source energy and a power greater than myself. As an Everyday Goddess, I embrace beauty, peace, sensuality, love and a deep faith that I am always supported by all that is.

 

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

I was in my twenties when I awakened to the Divine Feminine, as a spiritual path versus a religious doctrine – this really spoke to me. I was raised Catholic and in my late teens I became very frustrated with the patriarchal nature of this religious institution, I chose to explore religious studies and philosophy as part of my university studies, in part searching for a belief and value system that had resonance for me as a woman, as a Goddess. I met a dear friend, Chris Leischner (she was also raised Catholic), who described herself as a Wiccan & Pagan cross – I liked the sounds of that and experienced many rituals with her over the years, including Solstice and Equinox celebrations. She introduced me to books by Starhawk and other women who were leading the way with an understanding of the Goddess within and I felt deeply connected to all that I was learning and experiencing. I have always been part of women’s communities – circles, writing groups, book clubs, and soulful gatherings where we honour in various ways the Divine Feminine and the role female leadership plays in our families, communities and the world.

Now at nearly 45 years of age (I was born on September 11th, 1969 to a woman who could not keep me as her own), as a mother, sister, daughter, adoptee, wife, writer, social worker, life coach and Goddess – I am aware that being an Everyday Goddess is a continual journey of “gentle unfolding” with some radical moments that define who I am along the way (that are less gentle, more abrupt moments and experiences that represent my growth, learning, humility and expansion on this sacred path of embracing the Divine Feminine and conscious living path.)

 

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

Many roles in my life needed to transform, or evolve, since living authentically requires different shifts (releases, letting go, surrendering, embracing, claiming…new beginnings), at different times. I have left a marriage, moved to an island, shifted in my career, started a business, redefined that business many times, went from dealing with infertility to becoming a mother of two amazing sons, allowed more love in – including self-love (this is the most important aspect of honouring and expressing the Divine Feminine!)

In terms of my business, I had to shift my focus (more than once) to keep listening to the call from within to do something different. This at times, has involved struggle, resistance and fear. For example, after I became a Life Coach, I kept feeling called to make the heart of my business all about helping heart-centered women create transformational writing practices in their lives for self-care, healing and personal growth. But I kept wondering, “Is this is enough, can I really let my coaching business be all about my passion for going to the page to know, grow and care for myself and to help other women do the same in their lives?” I felt like I was leaving my professional path of doing the “serious work” of stress, burnout and trauma management, education and intervention that had marked my career for over a decade as a social worker, trainer and workshop facilitator. I wondered what my colleagues and clients would think about this new focus in my work. Could I be successful making Writing for Wellness the heart of my business? In some ways, I am still answering this question. I am so excited about the path ahead – I feel on fire with desire to create more programs- to publish more, to let writing lead the way in my life and work – for me, this is authentic living – because writing helps me listen within and chart the course that is most true, a course that embraces the Divine Feminine in every way.

 

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

I have felt in touch with my feminine power for a long time. I am deeply aware that this infuses and benefits every part of my life – my marriage, motherhood, health, business, friendships – the whole of my life is sacred and supported by continuing to grow and step into my feminine power. I feel a new wave of transformation coming as I cross the threshold of publishing a book this November called Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection – a project inspired by the Divine Feminine and the healing power of words and women’s stories.

Ultimately the greatest gifts I experience are inner peace and an ever-present faith that things are always unfolding as they are meant to. I also know that my dreams and creative pursuits are not the “extras” in life that get attention when there is “time left over” (since none of us seem to have much of that these days!), but rather following the pulse of my desires and creative self-expression are the foundation to embracing the Divine Feminine – this allows me to keep opening, listening, growing and serving from a deeply rooted place.

 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Making love with my husband, playing at the beach with our sons, family blessings and our form of prayer, journaling, dancing, singing, writing, collage, visiting art galleries, listening to music, meditating, yoga, attending retreats, facilitating writing and self-care retreats, reading inspirational quotes, surrounding myself with positive, awake women, soulful conversations with friends, taking time for solitude, stillness and silence, slowing down and listening within, sacred self-care, acknowledging the four directions, the elements, the Earth and my connection to all that is.

 

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

My dear friend, Linda Dobson – we have started every email to one another for many years…Dear Goddess of Beauty, or Dear Goddess of Getting Things Done, or….(the title is always unique based on what we see and want for one another at the time) – I am drawn to her due to her strength, intelligence, sense of living fully, to the way she always tries to come home to herself in the midst of a very full life – she has 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren, a busy career/business – and she takes time to travel, connect with friends in meaningful ways, meditate, create beauty in her home, etc. She also knows how to laugh at herself and with others – her caring is real and I honour her as a Goddess in every sense of the word. I am near the age of her oldest daughter, she is the age of my biological mother – we are in different stages of our lives and careers – yet we are the best of friends. The Divine Feminine is the quiet weave of love that connects us together.

I am also drawn to a circle of Goddesses, many of whom I have never met, like yourself, Mary and other women within the community of Goddesses that Linda Joy is cultivating through her work in the world.

 

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?  

In my own life and in the journey of supporting other women on their own unique paths, one of the key areas of women’s lives that seem to be perpetually calling for more attention is self-care in mind, body, heart and spirit. As women, we can easily abandon ourselves, our own needs, our instincts, our desires – in service to the needs, desires, demands and expectations of others – even without realizing it. There can be a sense of martyrdom in serving the needs of others, sacrificing ourselves along the way – I have experienced this in my own life at times, as a helping professional, as a wife, mother, daughter, etc. – and I see it as a common challenge for busy, everyday Goddesses.

I invite all women to pause, to reflect and to listen within – whether that is through a reflective journaling practice, meditation, quiet walks in nature, solo retreats or folded into the ordinary moments in daily life – pause, breathe, listen and honour the whispers of wisdom within. Listen to the body – what does it need and want – rest, movement, touch? Listen to the mind – what does it need and want – stimulation, new opportunities, silence? Listen to your heart – what emotional needs do you have – perhaps you long for more love, connection, belonging, acceptance? Listen to your spirit – what part of your unique essence wants to be expressed? How do you honour your connection to all that is – others, the earth, the space beyond it all?

Most of all, remember that you are enough! Happiness is your birthright. You are a bright light and the Divine Feminine wants to shine and manifest itself through each and every one of us. Sometimes, we simply need to get out of the way and allow our greatness…our beauty and wisdom and uniqueness to shine like diamonds in the midst of it all. You are perfect just the way you are. You know what is best. You are never alone. We are all in this life together, alone and together.

 

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