It feels down right healing to see lots of men, women and even children standing up for women in light of so much blatant degradation. I notice it, I feel it in my core, I am comforted by it as a woman, and I thank you all!
I recently got to experience a massage technique called Mayan Abdominal Therapy. (A woman from our blog community was so generous to offer a treatment.) It's great for connecting with your body and it actually helps to correctly position your organs, which affects blood flow and lymph flow. (What?! Your organs can be repositioned?) Yes. And the whole thing was so fascinating - it was like nothing I'd ever experienced! I could feel the effects of it for days after. This certified practitioner I know is from San Diego and if you'd like her info., let me know (she is amazing and one of my favorite women.) Otherwise, see if there's a practitioner in your area. I highly, highly recommend this for all women.
Mascara mystery solved: I have "hooded eyelids" and that's why my mascara usually doesn't stay on very well (as my lashes touch my skin.) Who knew that there was a name for this. Oh, what you learn from Google.
I've thought more and more about Heavenly Mother over the last few years - something near non-existent in my upbringing and church experience. My friend, Rachel, is a scholar and once boldly spoke at a church women's event about some extensive research she did on the topic of Heavenly Mother. Her research felt trailblazing as it's a topic hardly spoken of - usually in hushed voices, with no elaboration, let alone celebration. I love the idea of a divine, feminine source - and the practice of openly aligning with that power. I'm thankful for the other women in my life who have claimed this relationship with the feminine divine and showed me the way. How about you? Do you feel a connection with a divine feminine source? What does that look like?
With a one-piece bathing suit on, when you go pee, you can just pull the suit to the side. haha. Say what?!? Never ever once thought of doing this. And then a bunch of women I know said they do that all the time. I guess it's never too late to learn something new. Is this news to you, too? Please tell me I'm not the only one. :)
This book with a shocking name is actually one all women should read ASAP. This interview with the author will convince you. The book is called Pussy: A Reclamation. Very fitting for these times. Don't be scared! :) This book is sooo good and uplifting for women. It's about learning to be radiant and free and giving more honor to your feminine, despite a world culture that devalues women. I can't recommend this book enough.
Sitting in a patriarchal church meeting where only men preside and claim to have authority over me - and where men are celebrated nearly 100% of the time feels increasingly more uncomfortable to me as a woman. It no longer fits in with the way I view women in this universe. I'd love to hear what that experience is like for you. Have you experienced any shifts lately? Sending love for anyone who has...as I know it can really rock your core. Though, to me, it's liberating to see the inequality - because seeing it opens up completely glorious possibilities - ones that you would not trade for anything.
There's a Facebook gem called Aspiring Mormon Women and it's for women in the workforce or in school, or considering either option. The discussion group provides support, encouragement, networking, and mentoring surrounding educational and professional pursuits. I have a Mormon friend here in Cuenca who was a recent single mom with two young children and is in grad school. She was saying this forum is her favorite place on the internet. I, too, can't get enough of it. I just love seeing women supporting women in pursuits. And I looove seeing women pursue their dreams!!
8 ways to take care of yourself while the patriarchy loses it's shit. So good.
There you have it! Thanks for the sisterhood here all these years. I think we will need sisterhood more than ever in the years to come. As always, would love to hear any of your thoughts or comments. And, what have you learned recently about being a woman?
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